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Raiders name Tony Sparano as interim coach

The Oakland Raiders announced Tuesday that Tony Sparano will take over as he team’s interim head coach.

Sparano replaces Dennis Allen, who was fired Monday after the Raiders’ 38-14 loss to the Miami Dolphins in Londan the previous day.

Allen’s team’s compiled an 8-28 record since he took over as Raiders coach at the start of the 2012 season. Oakland has lost a league-high 10 straight games.

Sparano joined the Raiders in 2013 and served as the team’s assistant head coach/offensive line coach before Tuesday’s announcement by general manager Reggie McKenzie.

“Tony Sparano has a strong presence in this organization,” McKenzie said. “His experience and leadership qualities will serve the team well in helping reach the goal of everyone here, which is to win football games.”

Sparano was the head coach of the Miami Dolphins from 2008 to 2011 and compiled a 29-33 record. He previously worked as the offensive coordinator of the New York Jets in 2012 and with the Dallas Cowboys for five seasons before he left to take the Miami job.

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