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Sports briefs for Aug. 22, 2013

By BDN Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

Color Me Rad 5K set Saturday in Brunswick

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Maine runners are gearing up for color, and a lot of radness, as they take on the Color Me Rad 5K on Saturday. As white-clad participants run around Brunswick Landing they’ll be doused with color that tie-dyes their T-shirts while trying to brighten their outlook on life.

In this untimed event, the focus is on fun, and the fitness is an added bonus. After completing the 3.1-mile course, runners will declare themselves rad as they toss their own bags of color into the air.

“Like your fifth birthday party, we want this event to be memorable, fun, and colorful,” said race organizer Scott Crandall. “This is all about fun, and unlike your birthday party, there are no scary clowns here, just lots of color.”

The color is FDA approved colored cornstarch, and almost 5,000 pouinds of it is used for each race.

Inspired by the Holi Festival of India, Color Me Rad is in its second year of turning runners into color revelers. Last year more than 200,000 runners were turned rad in 36 cities across the U.S. and Canada.

“We love to get people involved in fitness who may not come out to your typical 5K,” Crandall said.

A portion of the proceeds of the race goes to The YMCA of Maine.

Waves of 1,000 people will take off every five minutes beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Participants of all ages are welcome to run or walk. Preregistration is closed, but some race-day registrations at 8 a.m. are still being accepted. The fee is $55.

Jets to start Geno Smith at QB vs. Giants

Rookie quarterback Geno Smith will start the New York Jets’ third preseason game against the Giants on Saturday, but head coach Rex Ryan is in no hurry to name his starter for the regular-season opener on Sept. 8.

“Right now is not the appropriate time to name a starter because (the competition) is incomplete,” Ryan said Thursday. “The main thing is it’s the right decision at the right time.”

Smith and incumbent starter Mark Sanchez have both experienced uneven training camps. Sanchez has completed 23 of 36 passes for 294 yards, two touchdowns and a pair of interceptions in posting an 84.7 passer rating. Smith has completed 6 of 7 passes for 47 yards with a 94.6 passer rating.

“I’m most impressed with his composure,” veteran guard Willie Colon said of Smith. “His ability to come out of the huddle and get the plays going and get guys lined up. It seems like he has a good grasp on the offense and he’s a competitor so I have a lot of faith in him.”

QB Manziel not first-team All-SEC

Aaron Murray of Georgia was named first-team preseason All-Southeastern Conference quarterback by the league’s coaches ahead of Texas A&M sophomore Johnny Manziel. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner was a second-team pick.

Manziel, embroiled in a series of controversies off the field since becoming the first freshman to win the storied college player of the year award in December, was All-SEC First Team in media voting.

Coaches do not vote for their own players in the all-conference poll. Eleven of 14 SEC schools have a representative on the first team.

LSU junior Odell Beckham Jr. was named to all three teams at three different positions, while Florida junior Ronald Powell was elected to the third team at both linebacker and defensive lineman by the SEC head coaches.

Bucs’ Nicks, Tynes have staph infections

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers recently treated their facility to try to get rid of MSRA, which sidelined guard Carl Nicks and place-kicker Lawrence Tynes, ESPN reported Thursday.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is a bacteria resistant to penicillin-type treatment.

Nicks, a Pro Bowl guard, and Tynes recently contracted staph infections. Tynes is having surgery this week on an infected toe.

Nicks said recently that he had a staph infection to one of his toes that will keep him out of action indefinitely.

Buccaneers head athletic trainer Todd Toriscelli has also had an infection since having offseason knee surgery, but was not diagnosed with MRSA.

Heyward has surgery after hit by pitch

Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward had surgery Thursday, a day after being hit in the jaw with a pitch.

Heyward had two plates surgically placed in his fractured jaw by Dr. Glenn Maron in Atlanta, the Braves announced. He is expected to miss four to six weeks, but could be out the rest of the season.

Heyward was hit on the right side of his jaw by a pitch from New York Mets left-hander Jonathan Niese. Heyward, who bats left handed, was taken to a hospital, where tests revealed two fractures.

Heyward was batting in the sixth inning when a 90 mph pitch from Niese came up and in and appeared to strike him below the ear flap on his helmet. He took a step and fell to the dirt at home plate.

After remaining down for several minutes, Heyward was helped up and he left the field slowly. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Heyward, who was bleeding from the mouth, never lost consciousness.

The pitch appeared to be unintentional. Niese showed his concern and made a gesture toward Heyward as he was leaving the field.

Heyward is batting .254 with 13 homers and 37 RBI this season.

Doctors: Browns Mingo could miss months

If unaffiliated physicians are to be believed, Cleveland Browns rookie pass rusher Barkevious Mingo won’t be back any time soon.

Two doctors told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that Mingo, who sustained a bruised lung during last week’s preseason game, likely needs months, not days, to heal.

“The fact that he’s spitting up blood means it’s not a minor contusion,” said Dr. Philip A. Linden, the chief of thoracic surgery at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. “There’s something significant going on there.”

Linden said the usual recovery time is between two and eight weeks.

His opinion supports that of Dr. Clark Fuller, Director of Thoracic Surgery at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif. Neither doctor has treated Mingo. Fuller said Monday that had Mingo remained in last Thursday’s 24-6 victory over the Detroit Lions and taken another hit to the chest, it could have killed him.

Fuller said Mingo had already torn at least some small blood vessels, “and if you tear some larger ones, the chest cavity is an area where you could bleed to death and nobody ever sees a drop of blood on the ground.”

Mingo has been expected to be ready in time for the Browns’ regular-season opener Sept. 8 against the visiting Miami Dolphins.

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