Union head Miller dies...Phils catcher suspended...Eagles cut Babin, put Jackson on IR


NEW YORK (AP) — Marvin Miller, the soft-spoken union head who led baseball players in a series of strikes and legal battles that won free agency, revolutionized sports and made athletes multimillionaires, died Tuesday at 95. Miller had been diagnosed with liver cancer in August. He won free agency for baseball players in 1975, ushering in an era of multimillion-dollar contracts.

NEW YORK (AP) — Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz has been suspended for the first 25 games of next season following a positive test for an amphetamine. The 33-year-old, an All-Star for the first time this year, hit .325 with 16 homers and 68 RBIs. Ruiz will be eligible to take part in spring training including exhibition games.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Eagles have released two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Babin in the first major roster move for a team that's lost seven straight games. Babin had just 5.5 sacks after recording 18 last year. The Eagles also will place receiver DeSean Jackson on injured reserve after he sustained multiple rib fractures in Monday night's loss to Carolina.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers and inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman have reached agreement on a five-year contract extension through the 2018 season. That will keep the third-round pick in the 2010 draft in place for the long haul as part of one of the most-feared linebacking duos, along with Patrick Willis. Willis is signed through 2016.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has hired Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops as its new football coach replacing the fired Joker Phillips. It will be the first head coaching job for the 45-year old Stoops. He's the brother of Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops.

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