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Sports briefs: July 7

High school football

Lafayette hires Shaw to replace Hayden as coach

Lafayette promoted defensive coordinator Eric Shaw to head football coach Saturday.

Shaw replaces Carl Hayden, who stepped down last week after going 23-14 in three seasons with the Generals.

Shaw has been on Lafayette's coaching staff for the last 12 years. Shaw, 41, played collegiately at Louisiana Tech and played three seasons at linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals.


College basketball

Miller promoted to Butler head coach

Butler found its next basketball coach the same place it usually does — inside the family.

On Saturday, the Bulldogs announced they were promoting recently hired assistant coach Brandon Miller as Brad Stevens' replacement. The decision came three days after Stevens surprised everyone by taking the head coaching job with the Boston Celtics.

But like Stevens and his predecessors Todd Lickliter and Thad Matta, the Bulldogs didn't have to look far to find the next coach.

"We share a lot of the same characteristics in terms of our philosophy and the way we coach," Miller said of Stevens. "At the same time, he's left Butler University in great shape and that's what makes this a great job. The goals we had a week ago are the same goals we have today."

Starting forward Khyle Marshall said Wednesday that the players had been virtually assured that the next coach would have a Butler background.

"I think definitely that played a huge role because we have a guy that's been in the program and understands the program," point guard Alex Barlow said.

Only two candidates' names were bandied about — Miller, a former Butler star who was just rehired by Stevens as an assistant coach in April, and Michigan assistant LaVall Jordan, another Butler alum and former Bulldog assistant.

"I am confident that Brandon will carry on the Butler University basketball tradition of excellence, especially as we make the transition to the Big East Athletic Conference," Athletic Director Barry Collier said in a statement.

For Miller, it's a remarkable ascension after taking a one-year hiatus from college basketball just two years ago.

He takes over a program that finished as NCAA Tournament runner-ups in 2010 and 2011 and then reached the regional semifinals last season after missing the tourney in 2012. Their continual post-season runs made Butler one of the most recognizable mid-major programs in the nation and allowed them to move from the Horizon League to a much stronger Atlantic 10 last season and now on to the re-formed Big East next season.

"When I think of a basketball coach, that's what I hope to be," Miller said of Stevens.


Soccer

Donovan scores twice in U.S. rout

Landon Donovan made an impressive return to international soccer. Donovan scored two goals and the United States defeated Guatemala 6-0 Friday night in San Diego in a friendly match preceding the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Donovan had several dynamic moments in his first U.S. match since Aug. 15, 2012, which he played on the right wing and as an attacking midfielder. He took nearly five months off from soccer, and the American face of the sport wasn't included on the U.S. roster for June's World Cup qualifiers.

U.S. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann added him for the Gold Cup, soccer's regional championship of North and Central America and the Caribbean that is played every two years.

"We're happy that Landon picked up his rhythm and is part of the group again," Klinsmann said. "Goals certainly help. For any offensive player, that's the best recipe."

Donovan scored his 50th international goal, extending his American record, on a penalty kick in the 55th minute to put the Americans up 2-0. His 51st came in the 74th minute on an assist from Stuart Holden.

"This was a good way to take the pressure off and enjoy what I'm doing," Donovan said. "It certainly helps to hit the net."

Donovan has played 13 games for the Los Angeles Galaxy as he comes back from his layoff and believes he's returning to form.

The six goals were the Americans' largest total since June 15, 2008, when they scored eight against Barbados.


GolfWagner shoots 64 for Greenbrier leadJohnson Wagner shot a 6-under 64 Saturday to take a two-stroke lead after the third round of the Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

Wagner was 14 under overall on the Old White TPC course in West Virginia. Jimmy Walker also shot a 64 and was second at 12 under.

Sweden's Jonas Blixt was 10 under after shooting 67. Texas teenager Jordan Spieth and two others are 9 under.

Spieth overcame two early bogeys with birdies on three of the final four holes.

A win would give him his PGA Tour membership and make him eligible for the FedEx Cup playoffs. He's won more than $1.1 million this year and is assured of a tour card when the new season starts in October.

Among six golfers at 8 under included Bill Haas, the winner at Congressional a week ago.

Wagner entered the day one stroke behind Matt Every. Wagner had seven birdies and a bogey in his round.

No third-round leader has gone on to win the Greenbrier Classic, now in its fourth year.

The tournament has been decided by playoffs the past two years, and Stuart Appleby shot 59 in the final round to win by a stroke in 2010.

McDowell, Sterne lead French Open

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland and Richard Sterne of South Africa share a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the French Open.

McDowell shot a 1-under 70 while Sterne had a 71 on the tough Albatross course of Le Golf National, leaving both at 5-under 208.

"I couldn't have asked for a better position to be going into the last round," McDowell said. "The putter just has not quite got revved up to top gear yet, but hopefully that's waiting for tomorrow."

McDowell is rediscovering his form after missing the cut in his last three tournaments.

"I bogeyed 17 probably off the best tee shot I hit all day, maybe just wrong club selection off the back there," McDowell said. "I tried to nudge the putter out of the fringe and it was a bit sticky and came out hot on me."

Bernd Wiesberger of Austria (68), David Howell of England (69) and Richard Green of Australia (70) were at 209. Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark and Simon Dyson of England were at 210.

Francesco Molinari of Italy had the day's best round, a 67 that left him four shots back. Second-round leader Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay fell to 214 after a 78.

Thomas Bjorn of Denmark held a two-shot lead after a birdie on No. 8 — where he nearly had a hole-in-one but the ball lipped out — before dropping four shots in the last four holes.


The last word

Greg Cote of the Miami Herald on New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez exposing his backside in a homemade Internet video:

"Remember the good old days when Mark's biggest embarrassments occurred on a football field?"

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