LSU football coach

Les Miles

signed a contract extension that will keep him with the Tigers through 2012.

The deal was approved yesterday by the LSU board's athletic committee, apparently ending any chance of Miles leaving for Michigan to replace

Lloyd Carr,

who retired last month. The approval of the full board is needed, but that is considered a formality when it meets today.

The contract does not change Miles' salary, which will rise to at least $2.8 million annually next season.

LSU (11-2) faces Ohio State (11-1) in the BCS national championship game Jan. 7 at the Louisiana Superdome.

Jim Grobe

said he would return to Wake Forest next season, ending speculation that he would move to Arkansas to replace

Houston Nutt

. The former Razorbacks football coach is now at Mississippi.

Two Texas A&M football players were arrested Wednesday in connection with an alleged armed robbery at an off-campus apartment complex Nov. 29.

Yemi Babaloa,

a starting offensive lineman, and

Brandon Joiner,

a defensive end, were charged.

The College of William and Mary's new logo will shed the two feathers that the NCAA deemed offensive to Native Americans. The logo updates the familiar "W&M" monogram and uses the school's traditional colors of green and gold.


South Alabama's board of trustees voted unanimously to start a football program starting in 2009. . . . Emporia State suspended men's basketball coach

David Moe

for one game for knocking over a watercooler after he was ejected at the end of regulation in the team's 93-89 overtime loss to Newman a day earlier. Moe was an assistant coach of the 76ers for one season under his father,

Doug Moe

, in 1992-93.

Auto racing

NASCAR gathered the top 10 drivers from the Busch Series to a meeting in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., to discuss whether to exclude full-time Sprint Cup drivers from the junior varsity series.

The second of NASCAR's three series will be renamed the Nationwide series next season. The top series will be renamed the Sprint Cup.

Robert "Red" Byron,

the first driver to win a NASCAR points championship, is among six inductees into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega, Ala.

The group includes

Art Arfons, Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins, Frank Kurtis, Everett "Cotton" Owens


Ralph Seagraves.

They will be enshrined on April 24.


Renault was not penalized despite being found guilty of having confidential information about Formula One rival McLaren. In September, McLaren was fined $100 million for using confidential data from Ferrari.


In her first public comments since a TV interview in which she criticized her benching in the World Cup, U.S. goalkeeper

Hope Solo

told the Associated Press she never saw it coming and was not prepared for it.

The starting goalkeeper for the U.S. soccer team in China, Solo played well in the opening round and quarterfinals. But then coach

Greg Ryan

benched her for veteran

Briana Scurry

against Brazil, and the Americans were routed 4-0. Solo called it "the wrong decision."

"Mentally, I was full of all sorts of emotions," she said. "The World Cup was the only thing that kept me together after the death of my father [in June] . . .

"Never did I intend to put down a teammate, and that is the thing that hurts the most. I always have respected and will respect Bri. And that is the thing that hurts me the most."

Real Madrid said it has no plans to make a move for Barcelona's



Olympic downhill champion

Antoine Deneriaz,

31, of France announced his retirement. At the Turin Olympics in 2006, Deneriaz won by .72 seconds for the largest margin of victory in an Olympic men's downhill in 42 years.

Matt Skelton

(21-1) will challenge

Ruslan Chagaev

(22-0-1) for the WBA heavyweight title. The fight, set for Jan. 19 in Duesseldorf, Germany, was announced by Skelton's promoter,

Frank Warren.

Sion E. Bebb

shot a 5-under 67 to lead by a stroke after the first round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship at the Leopard Creek Country Club in Malelane, South Africa.

Former Olympic decathlon champion

Bruce Jenner

was selected to the board of directors of the USA Track & Field Foundation.

The Wings of the National Lacrosse League will meet the New York Titans in the season's first exhibition game Sunday at 9 a.m. at Center Circle in Rahway, N.J. The scrimmage is free and open to the public.

Three-time champion

Roger Federer

heads the men's draw for the Australian Open, which begins Jan. 14, while top-ranked

Justine Henin

- the 2004 champion - will be the women's No. 1 seed.