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ALAMEDA, Calif. Hockey Jerseys China . --?Oakland Raiders cornerback Sean Smith, who signed a $40 million free-agent contract with Oakland this offseason, owned up to his poor play which led to his second-half benching in Sundays season-opening 35-34 win at the New Orleans Saints.The benching came after he was burned by Brandin Cooks for a 98-yard touchdown, the longest pass play in Saints franchise history.I was getting killed, Smith told reporters Tuesday at the Raiders facility. Im not going to lie to you. It was getting bad out there. I was costing our team points so Coach did what he had to do.I would have loved to stay in, fight that thing out, but Coach made the decision which was best for the team, so Im going to ride with it.Raiders coach Jack Del Rio acknowledged giving Smith a talk on the sidelines.I said, Hey, youve got to own up to that, Del Rio said. That certainly wasnt anywhere near where it needed to be and I know youll bounce back. Be ready to face the music because theyre going to be coming at you.Hes a big boy. Hell bounce back. Hes going to be a good player for us ... [his play] was not what we need and he knows that.Per Pro Football Focus, Smith gave up four receptions on six targets for 183 yards (the most surrendered by a cornerback on Kickoff Weekend) and his yards per cover snap of 6.78 was the second worst of any cornerback in Week 1. The QB rating for passes thrown into Smiths coverage was 149.3, also the second worst by any corner in the league last week.It all added up to an overall grade of 40.3, which ranked 87th among cornerbacks.Three big receptions allowed essentially doomed Smith, who gave up a combined 172 yards on those catches in the Superdome after starting strong with a pass breakup underneath and a tackle. But the Saints found him lacking on deeper balls to smaller receivers.Such as the 49-yarder to Willie Snead. The 25-yarder to Michael Thomas. And then, the 98-yarder to Cooks, which came with 7:52 remaining in the third quarter when Smith failed to bump or jam Cooks at the line of scrimmage.Smith, at 6-feet-3, 220 pounds, is the biggest cornerback in the league, but the Saints used their much smaller wideouts to get by him.Just made some bad decisions, Smith said. Poor technique, cost our team.Up next, the Atlanta Falcons and the speedy but bigger Julio Jones, who is also 6-3, 220 pounds. Might the Raiders have to alter their coverage scheme by giving Smith help with a safety, and could the Falcons send Jones his way after he caught four passes for 66 yards and a TD in Atlantas 31-24 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?Julios going to get the ball regardless of who [the opposing cornerback] is, Smith said. So you always have to be worried about that going in and facing that team.Del Rio did say that Smith would start this weekend in the Raiders home opener, and Smith acknowledged that he must have a short memory before lining up against Atlanta.Being an eighth-year veteran should help him move on quickly, he said.Its one game, he said of the debacle in New Orleans, which reminded many Raiders fans of DeAngelo Halls brutal debut for the Raiders in 2008. Hall was cut following eight games that year after he signed a seven-year, $72 million contract with Oakland.Its not going to define myself or my career or this season, Smith said. It was a bad day. ... Its just like any job. I had a bad day at work and Ill come back the next day and get ready to roll for Week 2.You play long enough, youre going to have days like that.Raiders quarterback Derek Carr defended Smith after the game.I told Sean, I said, Hey, man, you are one of the best cornerbacks Ive ever played in my life, Carr said. Anyone wants to challenge that, we can go back and watch the film and see that he is a shutdown-type corner. He really is. Hes so smart, and some days its going to be like that. Ive been there. Against Kansas City last year I threw three picks in the second half.None, though, were by Smith, who was then with the Chiefs.Weve all been there, Carr said. Its going to hurt, its going to sting, its going to be hard to sleep ... but I know him. Hes going to come back and be the same dominant guy that he is, and he will be for us.Im not worried about him, and I dont think that our fans should be either.And, as Smith said, at least the Raiders rallied to win after trailing by 14 points following Cooks long TD over him.That, Smith said of a loss, would have been a rough plane ride home. Discount Hockey Jerseys . -- The Bishops Gaiters are showing they belong among the countrys top varsity football teams. Clearance Adidas Hockey Jerseys .C. -- Charlotte Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said after all of these years in the NBA hes still amazed at some of the things LeBron James does. http://www.cheaphockeyjerseyscustom.com/ . -- Linebacker Myles Jack ran for four touchdowns, defensive end Cassius Marsh caught a scoring pass, and No. HOUSTON -- Lance McCullers isnt reveling in his success after two straight 10-strikeout games.Houstons 22-year-old starter remains focused on improving.Its a good two starts, but tomorrow its back to what I can do to try to help the team win against Toronto the following week, he said. So thats all Im really thinking about right now.McCullers fanned 10 in six solid innings, Colby Rasmus broke out of a slump with a two-run homer and the Astros beat the New York Yankees 4-1 on Wednesday night.McCullers (6-4) allowed five hits and one run and his 10 strikeouts tied a season high.All in all hes becoming a little more of a complete pitcher the more that he utilizes all his weapons, manager A.J. Hinch said.He kept the Yankees off-balance by throwing almost as many curveballs as fastballs, but to Brian McCann it seemed like more than that.Hes got one of the better curveballs youre going to see and out of 90 pitches it seemed like he threw 89 of them, McCann said. He has a great arm and a really good curveball.Rasmus snapped an 0-for-29 skid when he sent an off-speed pitch from Masahiro Tanaka (7-3) into the seats behind the bullpen in right-center field to make it 4-0 with one out in the third.He said he hasnt felt right most of this month after getting an ear infection early in July.My ear had a little bit to do with it, kind of got me down those few days there to get my balance off and what not, he said. I was trying to play through it and suck it up. I got that kind of tamed now ... so Im hoping that can get me on a good roll and I can help this team win some ball games.Ken Giles and Luke Gregerson pitched a scoreless inning each before Will Harris got his 11th save by striking out two in the ninth.Tanaka, who entered the game with a 1.50 ERA in nine road starts, allowed seven hits and four runs in five innings for the loss. He had thrown 12 1/3 straight scoreless innings on the road before an RBI single by Carlos Gomez with one out in the first inning.He had the onee bad inning. Cheap Hockey Jerseys Fast Shipping. He left the (splitter) up, he left a couple pitches up that inning, manager Joe Girardi said. They made him work. He had a real easy first inning and then after that they really made him work. The one inning really did him in.Marwin Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games with a single to start the third. He advanced to second on a groundout and took third on a wild pitch. A single by Carlos Correa came next to score Gonzalez and push the lead to 2-0.Rasmus then collected his first hit since July 5, when he also homered and drove in two runs, on his 12th homer this season.McCann cut the lead to 4-1 when he led off the fourth inning with a home run to center field.Didi Gregorius singled with one out before McCullers walked Starlin Castro. But McCullers ended the threat by striking out the next two batters to end the inning.McCullers then struck out the side in the fifth to make it five in a row.McCanns homer was the highlight of the night for the Yankees, who managed just four other hits, which were all singles, and struck out a season-high 15 times.TRAINERS ROOMAstros: Houston 3B Luis Valbuena was out of the lineup after leaving Tuesdays game in the second inning with a strained right hamstring. Hinch said he was feeling better on Wednesday and was confident that he would avoid a trip to the disabled list. ... Gomez left the game before the third inning with a strained right hamstring, but said after the game that he didnt think it was serious.UP NEXTYankees: New York has a day off Thursday before opening a three-game series at Tampa Bay with Ivan Nova (7-5, 4.65) on the mound.Astros: Houston is off on Thursday before Collin McHugh (7-6, 4.18) starts in the opener of a three-game series at Detroit. McHugh allowed two runs and six hits in six innings of a win over the Angels on Saturday. ' ' '