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Raiders uncertain of their starting QB in finale

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Raiders uncertain of their starting QB in finale

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen isn't ready to select a starting quarterback for Sunday's game in San Diego and said it's possible that both Matt Leinart and Terrelle Pryor could play.

Leinart and Pryor shared reps in practice with Oakland's first-team offense during practice, three days after starter Carson Palmer went out with cracked ribs and a bruised lung after being hit from behind by Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy.

Allen said Wednesday that Leinart and Pryor split the workload during practice, but Pryor later said Leinart took the majority of reps.

``Both of them looked pretty good,'' Allen said. ``They had a good day out there and both of them got reps with the (starting offense). We'll continue to monitor it and we'll make a decision at the end of the week which way we're going to go.''

Both played in last week's loss to Carolina after Palmer was hurt, though Pryor was in for only a handful of plays. Leinart completed 16 of 32 for 115 yards. He also threw a momentum-shifting interception just before halftime.

Palmer had started 24 consecutive games for Oakland after being acquired in a midseason trade with Cincinnati in 2011, and his absence leaves a void at quarterback.

Leinart has started just two games since 2007 while Pryor has never started in his two NFL seasons.

While Leinart - the 10th overall pick in 2006 - has more experience than Pryor, Allen noted the Raiders offense would be limited in some capacity no matter who starts.

``I don't think you're going to be the same with either quarterback as you would with Carson because Carson's been getting all the reps and he has the full command of the offense,'' Allen said. ``So yeah, I would think we'd be scaled back a little bit with either one of those quarterbacks that would play.''

Allen said after the loss to Carolina that Leinart would remain ahead of Pryor on the depth chart, but changed his mind after reviewing film when he decided to keep the competition open.

``We got a chance to see what Matt could do and we might need to see a little bit more of Terrelle,'' Allen said. ``They're two totally different quarterbacks. Terrelle obviously is an athletic quarterback that can really do some things on the move. Matt's a little bit more your prototypical pocket passer. So when you look at those guys you've got to take into account those skill sets and what they do well.''

Leinart was unavailable for comment and a team spokesman said the former Heisman Trophy winner won't talk until Friday.

Pryor, a third-round pick in the 2011 supplemental draft, was just thankful for the extra work in practice after running the scout team for most of the season.

``That two or three snaps I get, I'm happy with it because it's way more than I was getting,'' Pryor said. ``Today I thought I did a fairly decent job. I commend Coach Allen and Coach (Greg) Knapp. They knew I wasn't ready. Still may not be. I'm just trying to work hard. I feel like I'm close.''

Palmer, who will not accompany the team on its flight to San Diego because of his bruised lung, finishes with the second-most yards passing by a Raiders quarterback in a single season.

Notes: The Raiders (4-11) didn't have a player voted to the Pro Bowl. K Sebastian Janikowski and FB Marcel Reece were selected as alternates. Janikowski has made 31 of 34 attempts, going 25-for-25 on kicks of less than 50 yards. ... RG Mike Brisiel (concussion/ankle) was held out of practice. Rookie Tony Bergstrom, a third-round pick, has been practicing in Brisiel's absence. ... S Tyvon Branch (neck/ankle), DT Richard Seymour (knee, hamstring) and CB Phillip Adams (groin) also did not practice.

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Don't expect a big role for Ramon Sessions with Wizards after signing as free agent

Don't expect a big role for Ramon Sessions with Wizards after signing as free agent

When Ramon Sessions was last with the Wizards, he was the primary backup point guard behind starter John Wall. Now back with the team on a 10-day contract, he is expected to play a much more muted role.

Wizards head coach Scott Brooks spoke of Sessions as the fourth-string point guard, not only behind Wall who remains out to recover from left knee surgery, but also behind Tomas Satoransky and Tim Frazier. The presence of Sessions should not affect Satoransky's minutes as the replacement starter and it doesn't sound like Frazier is in jeopardy of moving down the depth chart, either.

"I don't know how many minutes or opportunities he will get, but with the way he holds himself I feel comfortable if we need him in a pinch," Brooks said. "We have some coverage now if one of our guards goes down or gets in foul trouble."

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Brooks mentioned Sessions' ability to play some at shooting guard if needed. He also praised Sessions' penchant for getting to the free throw line. Sessions has averaged 3.9 free throw attempts in just 23.5 minutes per game. That's highest among active players who have averaged 24 minutes or less in their career.

Sessions played well for the Wizards down the stretch of the 2014-15 season and in the 2015-16 campaign. As a member of the Wizards, he averaged 9.2 points and 3.0 assists per game.

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He has played for eight different teams, but has always felt a connection to Washington.

"It just always felt like a place I could end up back one day," he said. "People always ask me, being on so many teams, 'what's the home team to you?' I always come back to the Wizards. It was a place I was only here a year-and-a-half, but it feels like much longer than that with the run we had and the fans and the support I get when I come here."

Exactly how long Sessions will be here is unclear. He couldn't crack the Knicks' rotation earlier this season and has a lot to prove. Still, he's excited for the opportunity.

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Kevin Durant commits $10 million to Prince George's County public schools

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Kevin Durant commits $10 million to Prince George's County public schools

Kevin Durant continues to give back to the community that raised him. 

Durant, who calls Prince George's County, MD., home, recently announced a partnership with Prince George's County public schools. 

The partnership, which comes with a $10 million dollar commitment from Durant, will help fund a program called College Track. Essentially, it's a 10-year program that provides basic infrastructure — test prep, tutoring, college selection and how to get financial aid — that kids from less-advantaged families often times don’t have.

Durant's money will go towards building College Track's Maryland center. There are nine other College Tracks across California, Colorado, and Louisiana, and the program has helped over 3,000 students get to college and beyond. This Maryland center will be the first of three that are planned to go up in the DC area. 

You can read the entire article about Durant and College Track right here. 

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