Former baseball union head dies
NEW YORK (AP) -- Marvin Miller, the union boss who won free agency for baseball players in 1975, ushering in an era of multimillion-dollar contracts and athletes who switch teams at the drop of a batting helmet, died Tuesday at 95. He had been diagnosed with liver cancer in August.
In his 16 1/2 years as executive director of the Major League Players Association, starting in 1966, Miller fought owners on many fronts, not only achieving free agency but making the word "strike" stand for something other than a pitched ball.
Over the years, his influence was widely acknowledged if not always honored.
Baseball fans argue over whether he made the game fairer or more nakedly mercenary, and the Hall of Fame repeatedly rejected him in what was attributed to lingering resentment among team owners.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa are set to show up on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time, and fans will soon find out whether drug allegations block the former stars from reaching baseball's shrine.
The 2013 ballot will be announced today.
Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza and Curt Schilling are certain to be among the other first-time eligibles. Jack Morris, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines are the top holdover candidates.
Phillies' Ruiz banned 25 games
NEW YORK (AP) -- Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz was suspended Tuesday for the first 25 games of next season following a positive test for an amphetamine.
The 33-year-old was an All-Star for the first time this year when he hit .325 with 16 homers and 68 RBIs.
"I am sincerely regretful for my mistake in taking a prohibited stimulant," Ruiz said in a statement issued by the Major League Baseball Players Association.
Ruiz will be eligible to participate in spring training, including exhibition games.
Pardee has gall bladder cancer
HOUSTON (AP) -- Jack Pardee, one of Bear Bryant's "Junction Boys" who went on to become an All-Pro linebacker and an NFL coach, has been diagnosed with gall bladder cancer and has six to nine months to live, his family said.
The cancer has spread to other organs and that her 76-year-old father plans to move to a Denver hospice where the College Football Hall of Fame inductee's wife, Phyllis, has been receiving care since having a stroke, daughter Anne Pardee confirmed to The Associated Press.
DETROIT (AP) -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and league officials looked at Ndamukong Suh's latest infamous act on the field from several angles, trying to understand why the Detroit Lions defensive tackle kicked Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin area.
"Intent is something that is very difficult for us to ever try to make a judgment on," Goodell told reporters before speaking at a Lions charity event.
Goodell said he hasn't spoken to Suh about what he did in last Thursday's game, adding that the league's football operations staff is in the process of speaking to him about it.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- The San Francisco 49ers and inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman reached agreement on a five-year contract extension through the 2018 season.
The contract is worth $45.25 million, with $25.5 million guaranteed.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- The Chicago Bears signed former Pro Bowl offensive lineman Andre Gurode, hoping to boost a short-handed unit.
The Bears announced the signing a day after right guard Lance Louis was placed on injured reserve. Louis tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Sunday's win over Minnesota on a blindside hit by the Vikings' Jared Allen and will miss the rest of the season.
Stoops named Kentucky coach
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky hired Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops as the Wildcats' football coach.
Stoops replaces Joker Phillips, who was fired on Nov. 4. Phillips went 13-24 in three seasons at Kentucky and the Wildcats were 0-8 in the Southeastern Conference this year.
Source: ACC to add Louisville
UNDATED (AP) -- A person familiar with the situation says that the Atlantic Coast Conference's presidents and chancellors voted unanimously today to add Louisville as the replacement for Maryland.
The person says ACC leaders also considered Connecticut and Cincinnati over the past week before choosing to add the Cardinals from the Big East. The person says the vote came during a conference call of ACC presidents and chancellors.
Maryland announced last week it would join the Big Ten in 2014.