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Les Miles' $549K pay raise approved by LSU board

Les Miles' $549K pay raise approved by LSU board

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU football coach Les Miles has a new seven-year contract that pays him a $4.3 million annual salary and keeps him in Tiger Stadium through the 2019 season.

The university system's Board of Supervisors backed the contract extension Friday, giving Miles a $549,000 - or 15 percent - increase.

``When you study the body of work that the man has done over the last eight years, I believe that he has run a quality program, one of the top programs in the country. And in my evaluation, all indications look like we're still going to be there, we're going to stay on that track,'' Athletics Director Joe Alleva told the board.

Since becoming LSU's coach in 2005, Miles has lodged the second-highest number of wins in university history, with a record of 85-21. LSU finished No. 14 for the 2012 season, going 10-3 and losing to Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Miles, who didn't attend Friday's meeting, and Alleva agreed to the new deal in December, after Arkansas contacted Miles about its then-vacant head coaching job.

The board approved the pay raise and contract extension with little discussion and no objections.

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Isaiah Thomas isn't ready to give up his reputation as a fourth quarter star

Isaiah Thomas isn't ready to give up his reputation as a fourth quarter star

During two dominant years with the Boston Celtics that saw Isaiah Thomas earn two All-Star nods as well as All-NBA honors during the 2016-17 season, the point guard became well-known for his play in the fourth quarter.

Throughout that stretch, Thomas always seemed to shine when the lights were the brightest. He could play well for three quarters, but then it seemed as if he'd find an extra gear. If a bucket was needed late, he was the guy. So much so that those final minutes became known as "IT time".

A few bumpy years removed from those iconic nights, Thomas is now with the Wizards working to make it back to that elite level of play. As for the Celtics, they now have a different point guard coming up clutch late in Kemba Walker. Walker, who signed with Boston in the offseason, is averaging 25 points per game for his 8-1 squad and has been a force down the stretch. His recent play has some in Boston wondering if he now wears the crown when it comes to fourth-quarter heroics. 

Thomas says hold on a minute.

There's no denying that Walker is at the top of his game right now, but Thomas' confidence isn't going anywhere. It's that attitude, always wanting to be the best, that has allowed him to work back to being a starter. Thomas will get a chance to make his point come Wednesday, as he makes his return to the arena he once thrived in when the Wizards visit the Celtics.

If the game is close late, there could be some good action between two guys who know a thing or two about getting a big basket.

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Little League team replicates Adam Eaton and Howie Kendrick's clutch and drive celebration

Little League team replicates Adam Eaton and Howie Kendrick's clutch and drive celebration

With the Washington Nationals going on a magical run to capture the 2019 World Series, the team will likely serve as an inspiration to young ballplayers everywhere.

Many will strive to swing like Soto and Rendon, and pitch like Scherzer and Strasburg. As it turns out, they want to celebrate like Adam Eaton and Howie Kendrick too.

Throughout the 2019 season, Washington introduced plenty of exciting ways to celebrate a good time. From 'Baby Shark' to home run dances to hugs and more, it always seemed to be a party in the dugout. One particular move that caught the attention of many was the clutch and drive celebration by Kendrick and Eaton.

During Game 2 of the World Series, the two were caught on camera sitting down and acting out the motions of driving a car, noises and everything, after an Eaton home run. The act quickly picked up steam, and now seems to have made its way to the Little League level.

The Mount Vernon Mavericks from Alexandria, Virginia, broke out the move at a game and even got the whole team involved. Such an impressive feat that it caught the attention of Eaton.

With the Nationals leaving an impact on the baseball landscape, expect to see more of this in the future.

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