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Miles, LSU agree to extension | A.M. Briefing

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College football

Miles, LSU agree to extension

Les Miles has a new seven-year contract at Louisiana State that also will result in a pay raise for one of the most successful coaches in the program's history.

The new contract runs through 2019, which amounts to a two-year extension. LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said financial details were still being worked out and will be released after LSU plays in a still-undecided bowl game to close out this season.

A person familiar with the contract said Miles' new annual pay would be in the range of $4.3 million. Miles' previous contract paid about $3.75 million annually through 2017.

Miles has an 85-20 record since arriving at LSU in 2005 with two Southeastern Conference titles, the one national title and two BCS championship game appearances.

Gruden: No offer from Vols

Jon Gruden said he hasn't received an offer to coach the Tennessee Volunteers in a deal that would include becoming part owner of the Cleveland Browns.

Memphis television station WREG reported Gruden was weighing a Tennessee offer that would give him a piece of the Browns, who are owned by Jimmy Haslam — brother of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

Gruden, a former NFL coach and current ESPN analyst, said there is "no truth" to the report.

"I like what I'm doing," said Gruden, who was a graduate assistant with the Volunteers and whose wife Cindy is a former Tennessee cheerleader. "I'm just trying to hang on to the job I have, to be honest with you."

Golf

Belly putters on way out

In a proposal that would affect major champions as well as amateurs at their local clubs, the guardians of golf want to write a new rule that would outlaw a putting stroke they fear is taking too much skill out of the game.

The U.S. Golf Association and the Royal & Ancient Golf Club said they are not banning the belly putter or the longer "broom-handle" putters — only the way they are used. The rule would prohibit golfers at all levels from anchoring a club against their bodies while making a stroke.

The rule would not take effect until 2016.

Three of the last five major champions, starting with Keegan Bradley at the 2011 PGA Championship, used a belly putter.

Fred Couples, the 53-year-old former Masters champion, uses a belly putter, though it rests against his stomach — it is not anchored — and the end of the club moves freely. He was not sure if that would be allowed, and he wasn't sure golf needed such a rule anyway. Couples' argument is that if the anchored stroke was that much of an advantage, everyone would be using it.

"I feel bad for Keegan Bradley," Couples said, "because I'll tell you what: If they banned it tomorrow and we played a tournament, I think I'll be a better player than Keegan. And I don't think that's fair."

Soccer

U.S. women beat Ireland

Alex Morgan scored three first-half goals and the Olympic gold medal-winning U.S. women's national team beat Ireland 5-0 in Portland, the latest match in an exhibition tour for fans after the London Games.

Sydney Leroux added two goals to help the top-ranked United States improve to 4-0-2 on its Fan Tribute Tour. Morgan and Leroux played last season for the Sounders Women.

Morgan struck first in the 24th minute. It was her 25th goal this year, making her the third U.S. player to reach the mark. Abby Wambach had 31 in 2004, and Michelle Akers had 39 in 1991.

Former Huskies star Hope Solo started in goal for the U.S. With temperatures in the low 40s, attendance for the match was 10,092.

NHL

Sides talk with mediators

Negotiators from the NHL and the players union returned to the bargaining table for the first time in a week and for the first time with outside voices — federal mediators — contributing to the talks. The location was secret, and so was what was discussed, but the talks went well enough that the sides will be back at the negotiating table Thursday.

Auto racing

Trucks to race on dirt

NASCAR will go back to dirt for the first time since 1970 when the Truck Series visits Eldora Speedway in Ohio. The July 24 event at the Tony Stewart-owned dirt track in Rossburg will be a lead-in to the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races later that weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Elsewhere

• Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas said Tim Beckman will coach the football team again next year despite a 2-10 record this season, his first with the team.

• A suspended Montana football player, Trevor Poole, 20, of Spokane, pleaded guilty to a felony drug charge in exchange for a recommended deferred sentence.

Robin van Persie preserved Manchester United's lead in the English Premier League with the quickest goal of the season, scoring after 32 seconds in a 1-0 victory over West Ham. Defending champion Manchester City remained a point behind its neighbor with a 2-0 victory at Wigan.

Luiz Felipe Scolari is expected to be selected the new Brazil coach, returning to the national team 10 years after leading the country to the 2002 World Cup title.

• Former U.S. national team and D.C. United forward Josh Wolff is retiring as a player and will be a full-time assistant coach with the Major League Soccer club.

• Gambling-related allegations against Tulsa's athletic director have drawn the attention of the NCAA after Ross Parmley was linked to the criminal gambling case against an Oklahoma City man. Parmley was placed on paid leave.

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