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Greg Jennings Still Happy He Left Green Bay


David Derner/Diamond Images/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- Minnesota Vikings receiver Greg Jennings says he still doesn't miss playing for the Green Bay Packers.

Jennings also said he doesn't care if the Packers fans boo him when the Vikings play the Packers in Green Bay Thursday night.

Jennings left Green Bay in 2013 and signed a five-year, $45 million contract with the Vikings.

This is the second time Jennings will play at Lambeau Field since signing with Minnesota.

Packers Nation was upset when Jennings questioned their quarterback Aaron Rodgers' leadership ability. "Honestly, to be honest, no," Jennings said during a conference call when talking about whether he missed Green Bay. "It doesn't because -- and this is sincerity right here -- it really has nothing to do with football. From a football standpoint, I would have loved to have finished my career out in Green Bay, but from where I am spiritually and where I am with my family and the growth that we've had because of what we have around us educationally -- and there was some great educational systems there, as well -- but this is a step up for us."

Jennings, a two-time Pro Bowler, has played in all four games for the Vikings this season, catching 15 balls for 204 yards and a touchdown.

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Browns RB Ben Tate Returns to Practice


Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(BEREA, Ohio) -- After missing the last two games with a knee injury, Cleveland Browns running back Ben Tate returned to the practice field Tuesday.

Browns head coach Mike Pettine said Tate will start Sunday versus the Tennessee Titans if healthy.

After playing his first three seasons in Houston, Tate joined the Browns this offseason. He played in the team's opener against Pittsburgh, rushing for 41 yards on six carries before leaving the game with a sprained knee.

"(We're) looking forward to getting him back," Pettine said. "He was playing at a high level before he got hurt."

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Colts Sign LB Mathis to Extension


Rob Carr/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Linebacker Robert Mathis may be out for the season, but that didn't stop the Indianapolis Colts from wanting to keep the five-time Pro Bowler around longer.

The 33-year-old Mathis signed a one-year contract extension with the Colts Tuesday that will keep him with the team through the 2016 season.

According to ESPN.com, Mathis can make up to $6 million in 2016.

Mathis was suspended the first four games of this season after violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy.

During his suspension, Mathis tore his Achilles tendon while working out on his own, causing him to be placed on the season-ending injured reserve.

Last season, Mathis played in all 16 games for the Colts, recording 59 tackles and 10 forced fumbles while leading the NFL in sacks with 19.5.

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Perez Sends Royals into ALDS with 12th Inning Single


Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Salvador Perez's walk-off single with two outs in the 12th sent the Kansas City Royals past the Oakland Athletics 9-8 Tuesday night, in the American League Wild Card game.

After the Athletics took the lead in the top of the 12th on an Alberto Callaspo RBI single, the Royals answered back. Eric Hosmer hit a triple and then scored the tying run on Christian Colon's RBI infield single. Colon then stole second base before scoring the game-winner on Perez's clutch hit.

"This will go down as the craziest game I've ever played," Hosmer said. "This team showed a lot of character. No one believed in us before the game. No one believed in us before the season."

Hosmer is right, the game was pretty crazy. The Royals, who were playing in their first postseason since 1985, were leading 3-2 in the sixth inning when starting pitcher James Shields allowed a hit and then walked a batter. That prompted Kansas City skipper Ned Yost to pull Shields for rookie Yordano Ventura. Ventura then allowed a three-run home run to Brandon Moss, his second homer of the game, to make it 5-3. The A's added two more runs that inning, creating a deficit that appeared the Royals would not overcome. But Kansas City clawed out three runs in the eighth and Norichicka Aoki's sacrifice fly in the ninth sent the game into extra innings.

This is the Athletics seventh-straight loss in a winner-take-all playoff game since 2000.

The Royals now advance to take on the Los Angeles Angels in their best-of-five Division Series. Game 1 is Thursday night in Los Angeles.

 

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Scoreboard Roundup - 9/30/14


Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB American League Wild Card: Kansas City Royals 9 - Oakland Athletics 8 - 12 Innings (Royals Advance)

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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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NFL Says Officials Were Wrong to Penalize Chiefs S Husain Abdullah


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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Yankees Brace for the Return of Alex Rodriguez


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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NFL Suspends Colts Safety LaRon Landry for Four Games


David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The Colts defense has been dealt another blow as the NFL has suspended safety LaRon Landry for four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Landry will be eligible to return to the team on Oct. 27, the day after the team plays the Pittsburgh Steelers.

After a disappointing first season with the Colts, the 29-year-old Landry has been solid so far this season. In four games, Landry recorded 23 tackles and 1.0 sack.

Landry is in his eighth NFL season, and the Colts are his third team after previously playing for the Washington Redskins and New York Jets.

This is the second time a Colts player has been suspended in recent memory for a PED violation. Defensive end/linebacker Robert Mathis was suspended for four games. He then torr his Achilles tendon while he was working out during suspension.

The Colts have the 21st ranked defense through four games and are one of the worst teams in stopping the pass.

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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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