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Raiders Name Tony Sparano Interim Coach

David Lee/Thinkstock(ALAMEDA, Calif.) -- The Oakland Raiders are turning to offensive line coach Tony Sparano to handle the head coaching duties on an interim basis, the team announced on Tuesday.

Sparano previously was the head coach of Miami from 2008-11, leading them to a 29-32 record. He guided the Dolphins to the AFC East division title in 2008 with an 11-5 record.

The Raiders fired Dennis Allen on Monday night after compiling a record of 8-28 during his two-plus seasons at the helm.

Sparano becomes the Raiders' eighth head coach since 2003. Oakland has not had a winning record or a postseason berth in 11 seasons.

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Raiders Fire Head Coach Dennis Allen

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- After a 0-4 start to the season, the Oakland Raiders have fired head coach Dennis Allen.

Allen ends his tenure like the six head coaches that preceded him, with a losing record. In his two-plus seasons under the helm, Allen went just 8-28.

Dating back to November 2013, the Raiders have lost ten-straight games and are 0-4 for the first time since 2006. The Raiders lost by 20 or more points in nine of Allen's 36 games as coach.

"It's a tough deal, especially for him," tight end David Ausberry told ESPN. "As we all know, this is the NFL and it keeps growing. So we just all got to as a team pull together and keep going forward. That's all we really can do."

Since Allen was hired back in 2012, the Raiders have a .222 winning percentage, which is the second-worst mark in the NFL over that time.

Since 2001, the Raiders have had seven head coaches, the most in the NFL during that time.

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Raiders 'Host' Dolphins at Wembley Stadium

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The Oakland Raiders will "host" the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. 

Oakland was designated the "home" team for their game and both teams are looking forward to the opportunity of showcasing the NFL to new fans.

Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr wants to get his first win of the season anyway possible.

"I'll throw five touchdowns or five picks," Carr said Wednesday.  "I could care less, I just want to win, that's all this game is about, that's all that matters in the NFL."

"It's a good football team," Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said of Miami. "They like to pressure the quarterback; we've got to understand what they're trying to do.  We've got to take care of the front-four; we've got to be able to make some plays down the field when we get some opportunities."

The Raiders are coming off a 16-9 loss last week against New England.

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Raiders Name Derek Carr as Starter

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Oakland Raiders announced on Monday that rookie quarterback Derek Carr will start Week One for the team.

Carr becomes the 18th different starting quarterback since 2003, beating out veteran Matt Schaub.

"Not an indictment on Matt Schaub, Derek Carr is mature beyond his years," coach Dennis Allen said. "We feel very comfortable with him helping us win football games. ...Derek is the starting quarterback."

A second-round draft pick out of Fresno State, Carr was 11-for-13 passing in the Raiders final preseason game with three touchdowns to help beat Seattle 41-31. The rookie is expected to be the only first-year player to start at quarterback in the NFL week 1.

Oakland will travel to MetLife Stadium on Sunday to take on the New York Jets in the season opener.

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Raiders Cut Matt Flynn 

Kevin Casey/Getty Images(ALAMEDA, Calif.) --  The Oakland Raiders have decided to move on from quarterback Matt Flynn.

The team released Flynn Monday after just one regular-season start.  He had been demoted to third string behind Terrelle Pryor and undrafted rookie Matt McGloin after Flynn threw a pick-6 interception, fumbled twice and was sacked seven times in a 24-14 loss to Washington in Week 4.

"I don't know, exactly, what the reason was, why it didn't work but it just, it didn't work," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. "Terrelle came in and he took over the job and he's earned the position that he's in so we just felt like it was probably best to go ahead and move on from that."

Flynn was acquired in a trade from the Seattle Seahawks, where he was beaten out by Russell Wilson for the starting job last year.  The Raiders gave up a fifth-round pick in the 2014 draft and a 2015 conditional pick for Flynn with the hope of making him their franchise quarterback.

Flynn has made $14.5 million from the Seahawks and Raiders combined the past two seasons for a total of one start.

Pryor will be the team's starting signal-caller moving forward.

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Raiders Still Undecided about QB

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Oakland Raiders still are unsure of who will be named the starting quarterback this season.  

Head coach Dennis Allen said after Friday's 34-26 loss that he is still looking into the situation as the team has one preseason game remaining.

"I think obviously we have to look at it. I think when you look at it I don't think Matt [Flynn] played well in this game," Allen said. "Obviously, I thought Terrelle [Pryor] came in and gave us a spark. I thought he played well in the game. I think that's something that we have to go and look at it."

Flynn was brought in during the offseason after spending last season with the Seahawks, but has been inconsistent all preseason long.  Pryor has looked good and has been able to push the ball down the field when given the opportunity.

"What I want to look at is who gives us the best chance to move the ball down the field and score points," Allen said. "Obviously I'm not going to look at one night and base any type of decision on one night. I'll go back and I'll look at it and we'll see where we go from here."

The Raiders are 1-2 this preseason and will play the Seattle Seahawks on August 29.  They open their regular season on the road against the Colts.

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Raiders Rookie D.J. Hayden Has Abdominal Surgery 

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(ALAMEDA, Calif.) --   Oakland Raiders rookie cornerback D.J. Hayden underwent abdominal surgery to have scar tissue removed and will be out until training camp.

A team source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Hayden's injury was related to a previous heart surgery. Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie said Hayden underwent the procedure late last week.

Head Coach Dennis Allen said that Hayden felt symptoms of the surgery during OTA practice last week.  He isn't sure if the injury was related to the torn blood vessel that nearly killed Hayden last November after colliding with a teammate during practice at the University of Houston.

"We can't rule that out, obviously, but right now I don't know exactly what the correlation is to it," Allen said. "But we don't anticipate it being an issue."

Hayden was selected by the Raiders with the 12th overall pick in April's NFL draft despite the injury that nearly cost him his life.  He was looking to make an immediate impact on an Oakland team that went just 4-12 last season.

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Raiders' Terrelle Pryor to Start Against Chargers

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(ALAMEDA, Calif.) -- The Oakland Raiders will go with second year quarterback Terrelle Pryor in the season finale against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.

Pyror was taken in the third round of the supplemental draft by Oakland in August 2011 and in starting in place of Carson Palmer, who was injured against the Panthers last Sunday.

"I'm nervous. Until the first play I'm going to be nervous," Pyror said on Friday. "I'm human like you guys. I'm human like everybody. I just happen to play one of the best sports in the world. I'll be nervous until the first snap."

This will be Pryor’s first start since the Sugar Bowl for Ohio State against Arkansas on Jan. 4, 2011.

"We know what his strengths are, we know what his weaknesses are," Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said Friday. "But really, to give him an opportunity to go out in a game, against a division opponent, at their place, and give him a chance to play, it gives us a view into the future."

San Diego head coach Norv Turner was asked about what the Chargers defense can expect when lining up against the kid.

"He's a guy that can run and get on the edge and give us some problems," said Turner on Friday.  "We're going to have to do a great job with our defensive front and keeping him contained."

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Raiders Give McClain Two-Game Ban

Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)(NEW YORK) --  The Oakland Raiders have suspended linebacker Rolando McClain two games for conduct detrimental to the team.

McClain was told about the suspension by head coach Dennis Allen at team headquarters on Friday.  He is eligible to return to the team on December 10.

He did not practice with the Raiders on Thursday because of a "team-related issue," according to sources.  In fact, the Raiders were ready to release McClain on Thursday before deciding on the two-game ban.

The former first-round draft pick has 6.5 sacks, one interception, and one forced fumble in 41 career games with the Raiders but has struggled this season in pass coverage.
He has only played in half of the team's defensive snaps over the past seven games.

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NFL Preview: Raiders at Chiefs

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- An old AFC West rivalry will be revisited on Sunday when the Oakland Raiders (2-4) travel to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs (1-5).

It's a critical game for both if they have any chance at getting back in the AFC West title chances.

Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer isn’t buying into the Chiefs poor record.

"It’s going to be an extremely physically game, we've got our mindset for that," said Palmer.  "We're ready for that, but it's going to be a four-quarter battle."

Oakland head coach Dennis Allen is preparing his team for a very physical game on Sunday.

"This is a team that when you watch the tape and look at the way that they've played, they've got the potential to be a lot better than what their record might state," said Allen.

Kansas City head coach Romeo Crennel is psyched about the rivalry. "Some of these young kids they don't understand it, they don't know it.  You talk to them about how close the games have been. I know since I've been here, two of them have been overtime games," said Crennel.  "It's going to be a battle."

Kickoff is set for 4:05 PM Eastern.

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