Sports briefs: Nov. 13

November 12, 2013 


2011 Daytona 500 winner Bayne has multiple sclerosis

Determined to learn exactly what caused his mystery illness in 2011, Trevor Bayne made repeated visits to the Mayo Clinic over the last two years, asking questions about his health and medical history. The youngest winner in Daytona 500 history wasn't sick and he wasn't suffering from any of the symptoms — nausea, fatigue, double vision and numbness in his arm — that had sidelined Bayne for five races in 2011. He just wanted an answer.

Bayne finally got it in June when doctors confirmed that the 22-year-old has multiple sclerosis, a diagnosis he revealed Tuesday.

"I think MS takes time to diagnose and, as a doctor, you don't want to jump right in and give a diagnosis to somebody," Bayne said. "I think a smart doctor is going to continue to do things. Obviously, it's a different kind of condition than something where you can just see it immediately, so over time they just evaluate you and the doctors just run a bunch of different tests."

Bayne, who was 20 when he won the Daytona 500 two seasons ago, will compete as scheduled at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend in the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series finales. He will also run a full Nationwide schedule next season for Roush Fenway Racing and a partial Cup schedule for The Wood Brothers.

Bayne's younger sister, Sarah, also has MS, but he said the disease wasn't something doctors were particularly looking for when he was hospitalized in 2011.

"MS is not a hereditary or family kind of condition, so it's something that is an individual basis," he said. "They don't connect them at all because it's not a family kind of thing."

Bayne first felt numbness in his arm during a race at Texas in 2011, six weeks after his Daytona 500 victory. At the time, he assumed it was related to an insect bite on his elbow that had become irritated and developed a rash.

MS is a potentially disabling disease in which the immune system attacks the central nervous system, which includes the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. MS is not technically hereditary, but having a relative such as a parent or sibling with MS can increase an individual's risk of developing the disease over the general population.


Winning TD for Bucs 1st of Rainey's career

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' status as the NFL's only winless team ended Monday night. Former Western Kentucky star Bobby Rainey's 1-yard run capped an 80-yard drive that gave the Bucs a 22-19 lead on the Miami Dolphins, and Tampa Bay held on the final 10 minutes for the victory.

Rainey, who set up his TD run with a 31-yard run to the 1-yard line, finished with 36 yards rushing and one catch for 11 yards. He also had one kickoff return for 15 yards.

"Bobby really stepped up; both him and Brian Leonard did a great job stepping up when Mike James went down," Bucs QB Mike Glennon said. "He's only been here for a few weeks, and to make the plays that he did shows that he's a special player. Now's going to be the time for both of those guys to take the role going forward."

James, the Bucs' starting running back, ran five times for 41 yards on the opening drive before leaving with a broken left ankle.

"I was like, 'What's going on Mike, do you have a cramp?'" Rainey told The Tampa Tribune. "I didn't see anything. Then I knew me and Leonard were up next. The guys came up to me and said, 'Let's go, Bobby, you're up.' I'm always ready."

The touchdown was the first of his career for Rainey, a second-year player with his third NFL team after stints with the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns.

■ The Houston Texans released nine-time Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed and put running back Arian Foster on injured reserve. Reed missed the first two games after hip surgery and was recently relegated to a backup role.

■ Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was arrested outside Kansas City over the weekend on charges of speeding and possessing marijuana, throwing his status for a pivotal AFC West showdown against the Denver Broncos into question.

■ The Tennessee Titans placed quarterback Jake Locker on injured reserve because of an injured right foot. Locker was hurt in a 29-27 loss to Jacksonville.


Suns' Goodwin working on jump shot

Phoenix Suns rookie Archie Goodwin has been getting some tutoring on his jumpshot from Coach Jeff Hornacek.

"He's really good (in those teaching moments)," the former University of Kentucky star said of Hornacek. "He was a really good shooter and he had the same problem I did as far as having a hitch in his shot when he came into the league. He said it took him a year or so to get it to where he wanted it. It was frustrating for him and I know I'm going through the same process. I know it's going to be frustrating, but I have to just continue to work with it and stick with it and fix it."

Meanwhile, Hornacek seems pleased with the progress with how Goodwin is using his quickness in transition and his defense to carve out minutes off the bench. On Sunday, Goodwin had six points, three rebounds and three blocks against the Pelicans.

"He had a lot of energy out there," Hornacek said after Sunday's game. "I thought he did a pretty decent job defensively. ... He was active with his hands and he was moving his feet pretty well."


LPGA squad wins 3Tour Challenge

Stacy Lewis shot 7-under 65 to lead the LPGA Tour team to the championship of the 3Tour Challenge at Henderson, Nev. The LPGA Tour combined for a score of 17 under, edging the Champions Tour by one stroke and beating the PGA Tour by nine strokes.

Lewis (31-34) had eight birdies, including six birdies on the first nine holes at the Rio Secco Golf Club, and one bogey to pace the LPGA Tour toward its first 3Tour win since 2009.

Kenny Perry missed a 7-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th hole that would have sent the match into a playoff with the LPGA Tour team for the Champions Tour Team.

Billy Horschel and Boo Weekley paced the PGA Tour team, which also included Jason Day.

Major League baseball

Hurdle, Francona managers of the year

Clint Hurdle won the NL Manager of the Year award Tuesday after guiding the Pittsburgh Pirates to the playoffs in their first winning season since 1992. Hurdle was a runaway winner, selected first on 25 of 30 ballots from a Baseball Writers' Association of America panel. Don Mattingly of the Los Angeles Dodgers came in second and Fredi Gonzalez of the Atlanta Braves finished third.

The Cleveland Indians' Terry Francona won the AL Manager of the Year award in a close vote. Francona edged John Farrell of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox by 16 points.

Marlon Byrd and the Philadelphia Phillies agreed to a $16 million, two-year contract, a deal that came less than a year after he was playing in Mexico's winter league. The 36-year-old outfielder hit a career-high 24 homers last season for the New York Mets and Pittsburgh, which acquired him on Aug. 27. He batted .364 with one homer and five RBI in six playoff games after hitting .291 during the season with 88 RBI, one short of his career best.

The last word

The Denver Broncos' Shaun Phillips after seeing teammate Peyton Manning slow to get up after taking a hit against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday:

"Of course, I hold my breath. He's our breadwinner."

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