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August 16, 2007
Early release is a kick

NAPA - Lane Kiffin ended practice about 30 minutes early this morning and had an idea of how to cut tonight's practice short.

He decided to let a field goal decide it.

First up wasn't kicker Sebastian Janikowski or backup Tyler Fredrickson.

Warren Sapp got the first shot from about 20 yards and missed wide right.

Quarterback Josh McCown missed wide left from 25 yards.

Then Kiffin picked rookie tackle Mario Henderson to be the man to slash time off tonight's practice.

He came up short from 15 yards out.

Sapp eventually bounced back with a 45-yard make, his career long.

Kiffin is letting the Raiders get their kicks in because Friday the team breaks camp and players are free to go back to their own beds.

For the rookies who don't have a place yet, that might mean another move to a hotel.

• Andrew Walter will start at quarterback against the 49ers, followed by Daunte Culpepper and Josh McCown.

Walter wasn't too enthused by the news. He's sticking to the "it's just the preseason" mantra, which isn't a bad idea.

• Kiffin said he hasn't spoken to JaMarcus Russell in a while. It'll probably be awhile before Russell signs.

• Kiffin promised change after the last exhibition, and some change came: The team released William Buchanon. The receiver was a training camp surprise last year. But he dropped a pass against Arizona and was let go by Kiffin, his former college position coach.

• Sapp had been relatively quiet lately, but he found someone to crack on this morning.

I've never seen rookie cornerback John Bowie's teeth, but Sapp apparently has.

"You better take advantage of that dental program," he yelled at Bowie. "It's 80/20."

He also found time to poke fun at defensive tackle Anttaj Hawthorne, who has been put on his back more than once in training camp.

"O.G. Taj Mahal on the ground again," Sapp yelled.

- Jason Jones

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Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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