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iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The NFL said on Tuesday that Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct following a touchdown in Monday night’s 41-14 win over the New England Patriots.

Early in the fourth quarter, Abdullah intercepted Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and returned it for a TD. He proceeded to drop to his knees in prayer. The sixth-year NFL veteran is a devout Muslim.

The NFL says according to the rulebook, “players are prohibited from engaging in any celebrations or demonstrations while on the ground.”  But “the officiating mechanic in this situation is not to flag a player who goes to the ground as part of religious expression, and as a result, there should have been no penalty on the play,” according to the league.

Abdullah took the entire 2012 season off to join his brother in a pilgrimage to Mecca.


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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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Bruins Re-Sign Krug and Smith

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Boston Bruins re-signed defenseman Torey Krug and forward Reilly Smith Monday.

The two players each received one-year contracts worth an annual cap figure of $1.4 million.

The signings mark the end of a long negotiation between the players and the B's.

"It was definitely tough," Smith said of the contract talks. "At times, you think you're fighting a three-way battle. You've got your own ideas, your agent is advising how he probably should and they've been in the business a long time and that's probably the advice you should take. The Bruins also have their ideas and ideologies of how they want the whole situation to go, so you're kind of bouncing ideas with everyone. Me and Torey were bouncing ideas off each other the whole time, because we just wanted to get to camp. It seems like it all worked out."

The re-signing of Krug and Smith is huge for a Boston team that finished last season with the most points in the NHL.

Krug, 23, played in 79 games last season recording 14 goals and 26 assists.

As for the 23-year-old Smith, he played in 82 games last season, scoring 23 goals and handing out 31 assists, mainly playing on the second line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.


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Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- While the New York Yankees just lost shortstop Derek Jeter to retirement, they'll be getting back third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

A-Rod will be removed from the restricted list at the end of the World Series after his year-long suspension because of his role in the Biogenesis scandal.

Still, Yankees manager Joe Girardi isn't sure how much play they can get out of A-Rod.

"We have to see where he is at," he said Monday. "I think that is the thing that we have to do. I believe he is going to be 40 next summer, and we need to see where he is physically at."

The Yankees and Rodriguez both decided it'd be best for both parties to remain apart during the season even though he could have been with the team.

The Yankees still owe Rodriguez $61 million over the next three seasons and will make an additional $6 million if he hits six more home runs, which would tie him for 4th place on the All-Time list.

Rodriguez has been one of the best players of his generations, but his connection to PEDs has tainted his playing career. In 20 seasons, Rodriguez has hit 654 home runs.


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Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- The Houston Astros hired A.J. Hinch as their new skipper.

"I am extremely excited to bring in A.J. as our new manager," Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said at a news conference Monday. "Throughout our process, we searched for a person with previous Major League experience who could effectively lead our young, growing nucleus of talented players. I have no doubt that A.J. is the right person to do that. He brings experience as a Major League player, Major League manager and player development executive. His skillsets and leadership abilities will be enormous assets in our clubhouse and to our entire organization."

The 40-year-old Hinch was the Arizona Diamondbacks skipper from May 2009 to July 2010. During that time, he recorded an 89-123 record before being fired.

Hinch takes over a team that finished last season 70-92, which was good for fourth in the AL West.

Like many current managers, Hinch is a former major league catcher. He played seven seasons in the big leagues with the Athletics, Tigers, Royals, and Phillies.

Hinch takes over for Bo Porter, who held the job for nearly two seasons.


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