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Source: Dolphins to retain Tony Sparano

Updated: January 7, 2011, 7:54 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

The Miami Dolphins will retain head coach Tony Sparano, a source told ESPN's Chris Mortensen on Thursday night.

Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh met earlier Thursday with Miami owner Stephen Ross in the San Francisco area about the Dolphins' job, sources told Mortensen.

But Harbaugh and the Dolphins broke off talks later in the day, sources told The Associated Press.

The Dolphins were willing to make Harbaugh the highest-paid coach in the NFL, which would place his salary in ...

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