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NFL NOTEBOOK: RAIDERS WILL TALK TO SARKISIAN.

Byline: Staff and wire services

USC quarterbacks coach Steve Sarkisian said he will interview for the Oakland Raiders head coaching position in the next two days.

Sarkisian, 32, said he was contacted four days ago by the Raiders, who just endured their worst record (2-14) since 1962 under coach Art Shell.

Shell was fired Thursday.

``I'll be headed up here in the next couple days,'' Sarkisian said. ``It's a nice opportunity. Obviously it's very flattering to be considered. If it doesn't work out, I have a great job.''

Sarkisian was the quarterbacks coach for the Raiders in 2004.

`` I have a great deal of respect for Al Davis and the Oakland Raider organization,'' he said. ``It's a proud organization that wants to do whatever it can to be on top,'' Sarkisian said. ``The good thing is when something like this comes unexpected, it's easier to go for it and if it doesn't work out, it doesn't work out. I know I'm a young guy and will have plenty of opportunities.''

-- Scott Wolf

Williams laid to rest: Darrent Williams came home Saturday to the tough streets he embraced and escaped, where he first flashed his awesome athletic skills and infectious smile.

Thousands of friends, family members, teammates and fans attended the funeral for the charismatic Denver Broncos cornerback who was killed in a drive-by shooting on NewYear's Day.

``I've never seen a little man with so much heart and so much fire,'' Broncos linebacker Al Wilson said at the three-hour service at Great Commission Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. ``He touched my heart and always will.''

When Williams' longtime girlfriend, Tierria Leonard, walked past his open casket, Williams' 7-year-old son, Darius, dressed in a navy pinstripe suit, cried uncontrollably just as he had at the memorial service Friday night, where he wore a T-shirt that read, ``I love you Daddy.''

Williams is also survived by a 4-year-old daughter, Jaelyn.

Williams was struck once in the neck and two other passengers were wounded when at least 14 shots were fired into the stretch Hummer that had just left a New Year's Eve party at a nightclub.

Police have no suspects in the slaying in downtown Denver but did make an arrest Friday night of a man they want to question. Police won't say whether they know the motive for the slaying but have said there was an altercation at the club.

After the funeral, Williams' gold coffin was carried away in a horse- drawn carriage with his No. 27 Broncos jersey draped across the back.

Ogden, playing next week? `Yep': Still feeling the effects of a turf toe, Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden (UCLA) didn't practice Saturday, but predicted he would play next weekend in the AFC divisional playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Ogden, who missed the Ravens' final two regular-season games, jogged and did conditioning drills with head trainer Bill Tessendorf.

``I'm getting better, I'm getting better,'' said Ogden, who was named to his 10th Pro Bowl this season. ``We've got another week, so I've got plenty of time.''

Asked if he would play next weekend, Ogden replied, ``Yep.''
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