Carlos Ruiz, the Philadelphia Phillies' All-Star catcher, was suspended for 25 games by Major League Baseball for a violation of its performance-enhancing drug policy.
Phillies’ Ruiz is suspended
Carlos Ruiz, the Philadelphia Phillies’ All-Star catcher, was suspended for 25 games Tuesday by Major League Baseball for a violation of its performance-enhancing drug policy.
Ruiz, according to two league sources, tested positive for Adderall, an amphetamine classified as a banned stimulant. The suspension was triggered by Ruiz’s second positive test for the stimulant.
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The 33-year-old Ruiz hit .325 with 16 homers this year, both career bests.
Pettitte, Yankees talk
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Big East to add 2 schools
Tulane and East Carolina have agreed to join the Big East Conference in 2014, making it six Conference USA schools to leave and join the Big East in the last two years.
Grand Canyon heads to WAC
The Western Athletic Conference is adding Grand Canyon University of Phoenix to replace Denver, which is bolting for the Summit League after one season in the WAC.
Grand Canyon would join Seattle U., Cal State-Bakersfield, Idaho, New Mexico State and Utah Valley in the WAC starting in the 2013-14 academic year.
ACC sues Maryland
The Atlantic Coast Conference has filed suit against Maryland, asking that the school be forced to pay an exit fee of $52.27 million — a penalty Maryland officials have questioned since announcing last week the school’s plans to join the Big Ten.
• In college-football coaching news, Kentucky hired Mark Stoops — previously Florida State’s defensive coordinator — as coach and Southern Mississippi fired Ellis Johnson, 60, after an 0-12 season.
Stoops, 45, is a brother of Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops.
• Defensive end Jason Babin, who had 18 sacks last NFL season and made the Pro Bowl, was released by the Philadelphia Eagles. Ex-Seahawk Babin, 32, was in the second season of a five-year, $28 million contract. The Eagles also placed receiver DeSean Jackson (multiple fractured ribs) on injured reserve, ending his season.
• Linebacker NaVorro Bowman, 24, of the San Francisco 49ers agreed to a five-year contract extension through the 2018 season. The deal reportedly is worth $45.25 million, with $25.5 million guaranteed.
• Golf’s governing bodies, the USGA and the R&A, might announce an eventual ban of putters anchored to the body — such as belly putters and long putters — as soon as Wednesday.
• Glendale, Ariz., officials approved a $320 million, 20-year deal to keep the NHL Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena. The league operates the team, but potential buyer Greg Jamison said he would like to close a deal within the next month or so.
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