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Kansas’ Les Miles explains his grass-eating history after Wimbledon champ chomps a blade

Kansas football coach Les Miles, who has famously eaten a blade or two of grass during games while coaching LSU, ate some Kansas wheat grass when he was introduced to Jayhawks’ basketball fans earlier this spring.

And word got to him over the weekend when Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic knelt down and tasted the grass on centre court after beating Roger Federer in an epic tennis match.

Miles started the habit while playing baseball in his youth. Playing right field, he said, could get boring with few balls hit his way, so he started to put a blade of grass in his mouth as a way to fight dry mouth and pass the time.

“I think that’s a wonderful parallel in sports,” Miles said. “Generally speaking, [right field] was not a place where everyone would hit the ball.”

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Stefan Stevenson has been covering sports for the Star-Telegram since 1997. He spent five years covering TCU athletics, which included two BCS bowls, two trips to the college World Series and the move to the Big 12. He has covered the Texas Rangers since 2014 and started reporting on the Dallas Cowboys in 2016.