National sports briefs: Garrigues, Johnson out front
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. ó Robert Garrigus and Dustin Johnson had 7-under 65s in the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Vijay Singh, returning from minor knee surgery, and Phil Mickelson had 72s.
* MELBOURNE, Australia ó Karrie Webb shot a 7-under 66 to take the first-round lead in the Women’s Australian Open, and 12-year-old Oh Su-hyun (79) became the youngest player ever to participate in the tournament.
Oklahoma State pitcher Andrew Oliver was reinstated to the team when an Ohio judge tossed out an NCAA rule that prevents college baseball players from hiring advisers who are in direct contact with big league clubs.
The NCAA suspended Oliver last spring because it said advisers he had hired listened in on contract negotiations after he was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in June 2006. Erie County Common Pleas Judge Tygh Tone ruled that the NCAA shouldn’t restrict a player’s right to have legal help when negotiating a big league contract.
* SPARTANBURG ó Elon is the pick of Southern Conference coaches and media to repeat at the league’s champion. Elon was followed in the coach voting by Georgia Southern, College of Charleston, The Citadel and Appalachian State.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. ó John Lovett was formally hired as Miami’s fourth defensive coordinator in the last 26 months. His most recent stop was North Carolina, where he spent the last two years as a defensive assistant and special teams coach.
* IOWA CITY, Iowa ó Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz has agreed to a new, seven-year contract that includes the same salary and bonus structures as his previous deal.
* The Miami-Florida State game is back in prime time. The Hurricanes visit the Seminoles in Tallahassee, Fla., on Labor Day night.
MANCHESTER, England ó Ryan Giggs, Manchester United’s most decorated player, agreed to a one-year extension that will keep him at the club until June 2010.
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands ó Rafael Nadal was pushed by 17-year-old Grigor Dimitrov before winning 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 to advance to the ABN Amro quarterfinals.
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