RIO DE JANEIRO -- Each quarter begins with pure, unbridled speed, a furious dash from the mouth of the goal to the middle of the pool while your opponent comes barreling at you from the opposite direction. At stake is the most valuable commodity in water polo: possession of the ball.While players have all sorts of tricks for winning the sprints, they all agree on one thing: Practice makes perfect.Pushing off the wall is way better, U.S. driver Rachael Fattal said. But (you) try to get momentum, so if you can get momentum its not too bad. Its definitely something you have to work on.U.S. coach Adam Krikorian lets his players decide who takes the sprints -- They know better than I do, he said -- and it worked out quite well in an 11-6 victory over Hungary on Saturday, concluding a 3-0 run through group play for the defending Olympic champions. The Americans had the ball at the beginning of each quarter, with Fattal taking two sprints, Hungary jumping early on one and the U.S. winning a jump ball after a tie-up in the fourth.Fattal said captain Maggie Steffens lines up next to her for the sprints and helps her watch the referees.I only look at one. Maggies telling me what the other ref behind me is doing, Fattal said. So when she puts her hand up I know that my persons going to put their hand up and get ready to go, but I just go as fast as I can. I put my head down and hold my breath and I go.Standing nearby, Steffens pointed right back to Fattal.Shes a competitor, Steffens said.Timing the starting whistle is a big key -- If you start little bit later, you dont have a chance, said Zivko Gocic, the captain of Serbias mens team -- but you also have to get up to full speed as quickly as possible -- without the benefit of starting blocks or a wall.Its pretty tough, Australia driver Keesja Gofers said. Its always nice to do sprints off the wall, when you get a nice push-off. But we do work a lot on our breaststroke and egg beater (kicks), so were used to starting from nothing and like changing speeds.Gofers and Rowie Webster scored two goals apiece to help Australia beat Brazil 10-3 to finish second in Group A behind unbeaten Italy. Australia will face Hungary in Mondays first quarterfinal when the tournament shifts to the Olympic Aquatics Stadium for the next round.Also Saturday, Laura Lopez Ventosa scored four times as Spain pulled away from China for a 12-8 victory, and Roberta Bianconi had three goals in Italys 10-5 win against Russia. Spain and Russia meet in Mondays quarters, and Italy takes on China.Next up for the United States is Brazil, which has dropped each of the three meetings between the countries this year by a combined score of 55-7.The U.S. got a preview of what it likely will see more and more the rest of the way when Hungary tried a physical approach against the speedy Americans. But Steffens scored four times and Maddie Musselman had three goals to send the U.S. to its 19th straight victory.Thats what we need to be ready for, Krikorian said. I think Id be shocked if teams dont come out and play real more physical with us. Everyones looking for an edge and trying to find a way to gain an advantage and obviously thats one way to play.Steffens leads the tournament with 10 goals after scoring 21 times during the United States march to its first Olympic gold. The Stanford star seems to have picked up right where she left off in London.Shes a captain for a reason, Krikorian said. 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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans are above .500 for the first time this season and tied atop the AFC South for a second straight week.For the Denver Broncos, the NFLs toughest finish is even more rugged -- theyre in a scrap for a playoff spot, just for a chance to defend their Super Bowl title.The Titans used the NFLs third-best rushing attack to control the first half and jump out to a 13-point lead, then held on to beat Denver 13-10 Sunday for their biggest win in years.To come out here and put ourselves in position for the AFC South and to beat the defending Super Bowl champions, who have been doing their thing all year, and for us to come out here and really shut them down, that was definitely gratifying, Titans linebacker Brian Orakpo said.Now tied with Houston, the Titans (7-6) hadnt been tied for the division lead this late in a season since winning the AFC South wire-to-wire in 2008. Its a big turnaround for a franchise that drafted Marcus Mariota at No. 2 overall in 2015 before winding up with the No. 1 overall pick, which they traded away to help rebuild.Were doing what we havent done in years, and lets get over those and start talking about other things that everyone says we cant do that our team is accomplishing, Titans coach Mike Mularkey said.Denver (8-5) hosts New England next, the first of three final opponents who all are 10-game winners already.I mean the schedules nasty, but we can win those games, Denver linebacker DeMarcus Ware said.Here are some things to know about the Titans big win over Denver:GROUNDED TITANSMariota had the worst passing day of his career in a game he finished, throwing for only 88 yards. But he also ran for 38 more. Best of all, he didnt turn the ball over to mark the Titans fourth straight game without a turnover. 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Derby lost a fumble with 53 seconds left after catching a pass from Siemian.BATTLE ROYALEDenver star cornerback Aqib Talib promised after the game to fight Titans wide receiver Harry Douglas when they meet at the office of the agent they share. Talib remained upset over Douglas low block of teammate Chris Harris Jr. and tangled with Douglas on the Titans sideline on the next play, sparking a scrum that ended with Talib penalized for unnecessary roughness and with his helmet missing. Harris also wants Douglas fined for what he called an illegal hit. Douglas defended himself, saying film study wouldve shown he cut blocks in run support.TITANS OFFENSIVE LINEThe Titans have young tackles in third-year player Taylor Lewan at left and rookie Jack Conklin, the eighth pick overall, at right. They gave up a sack to Shane Ray, giving the Denver linebacker his 10th career sack. 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