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Sticking points remain in contract talks between Russell, Raiders

Updated: September 9, 2007, 7:46 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Two days of marathon negotiations failed to produce an accord between the Oakland Raiders and quarterback JaMarcus Russell, and barring an early Sunday breakthrough in the high-stakes bargaining, the team will officially commence its season later in the afternoon without the top pick in the 2007 draft under contract.

The parties met for much of the day Friday at an undisclosed Bay Area site, resumed discussions on Saturday, then adjourned for a few hours before reconvening in the evening. ...

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