Torre: Action possible against plate collisions

RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer Published:

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BASEBALL

Torre: Action possible against collisions

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Major League Baseball Executive Vice President Joe Torre says momentum is gaining toward taking action that would help prevent collisions at home plate.

Speaking Tuesday after a meeting of big league general managers, Torre said a written proposal will be developed that will be discussed at the winter meetings next month.

Torre said it was too early to determine exactly what the proposal would be and that it wasn't clear whether a rules change could be made for the 2014 season.

Discussion to limit or ban collisions has intensified since San Francisco catcher Buster Posey was injured in 2011.

Mayor: Turner Field to be demolished

ATLANTA -- Atlanta's mayor says the city will demolish Turner Field after the Braves leave for a new stadium in the suburbs in 2017.

Mayor Kasim Reed said Tuesday during a press conference that the stadium will not be left vacant after the team starts playing at a new field in Cobb County.

Reed says the land will be used to create a development for middle-class people.

Reed also says that Atlanta had hoped to keep the team in the city but could not afford to do so. He says the city would have had to take on $150 million to $250 million in debt to make the improvements the Braves wanted at Turner Field. He said that doing so would not have allowed the city to accomplish other goals.

AUTO RACING

Bayne says he has multiple sclerosis

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR driver Trevor Bayne says he has multiple sclerosis. he does not expect the diagnosis to impact his racing career.

Bayne said Tuesday he will compete as scheduled at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend in the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series finales.

The 22-year-old driver was sidelined for five races in 2011 for an illness that led to hospitalization at the Mayo Clinic. Doctors ultimately called it an "inflammatory condition," and it was never made clear if it was related to an insect bite he'd suffered weeks earlier.

Bayne became the youngest winner in Daytona 500 history when he won the race as a 20-year-old in 2011.

He is scheduled to drive for Roush-Fenway Racing full-time next season in the Nationwide Series, and a partial Cup schedule for The Wood Brothers.

FOOTBALL

Chiefs' Bowe arrested for pot, speeding

RIVERSIDE, Mo. -- Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe has been arrested outside Kansas City for speeding and possessing marijuana.

Police in suburban Riverside say Bowe was pulled over for speeding late Sunday and that an officer smelled marijuana in the car. The officer found a bag holding Bowe's wallet and two small containers of what the officer suspected was marijuana.

Police say Bowe was cited for speeding and possession of a controlled substance. He posted $750 bond and is scheduled to appear in Riverside court on Dec. 18.

Chiefs spokesman Ted Crews says the team is aware of the situation, is gathering information and has no further comment.

The Chiefs are off Tuesday before resuming preparations for a pivotal AFC West showdown at Denver on Sunday night.

Jaguars' Reynolds susp. for PED use

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker LaRoy Reynolds has been suspended without pay for four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

The Jaguars announced the suspension Tuesday, saying Reynolds will miss games against Arizona, Cleveland and Houston twice.

Reynolds, a backup linebacker who played mostly on special teams this season, won't be allowed to be around the team during the suspension.

He will be eligible to return to the active roster Friday, Dec. 6, following the team's second game against the Texans. Reynolds will lose more than $95,000 because of the suspension.

Reynolds is the second Jacksonville player suspended this season. Receiver Justin Blackmon was suspended the first four games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Blackmon was suspended indefinitely last week for another violation.

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