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Sports briefs, Feb. 10

BDN staff and wire reports

Basketball tourney passes to be sold Feb. 16

BANGOR, Maine — Eastern Maine basketball tournament passes will be sold at the Bangor Auditorium from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16.

Adult passes good for 21 sessions are $105 each, with 10-session adult passes available for $70, according to tournament director Norris Nickerson.

For students and senior citizens (age 65 and older), 21-session passes are $45 while 10-session passes are $40.

The passes are good for tournament games at both the Bangor Auditorium and Augusta Civic Center, Nickerson said.

Fans also may purchase the passes at the auditorium when they attend a tournament game for the first time, Nickerson added.

The Eastern Maine high school basketball tournament begins Friday, Feb. 17, and continues through Saturday, Feb. 25.

Cavs’ Irving out next 2 games with concussion

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Cavaliers rookie guard Kyrie Irving will spend the weekend resting and recovering from his concussion.

Irving is sitting out Cleveland’s next two home games — against Milwaukee and Philadelphia — as the Cavs follow the NBA’s new guidelines on treating head injuries with their young star.

“He’s getting better but we are going through NBA protocol,” coach Byron Scott said following Friday’s shootaround. “He’ll be out tonight and tomorrow and we’ll go from there. He’s making improvement but we’re not going to risk putting him out there until the doctors say he’s fine.”

Irving’s next chance to play will be Wednesday against Indiana. The Cavs play their next eight games at home.

The 19-year-old Irving was at the team’s facility Friday, but Scott said the point guard did not do any physical activity. Under the league’s concussion guidelines, which were implemented at the start of training camps, players are not permitted to do anything physical until their symptoms subside completely.

Scott would not address if Irving is still experiencing any symptoms.

Dorrell hired as Texans QB coach

HOUSTON — Karl Dorrell has joined the Houston Texans as quarterbacks coach.

A former head coach at UCLA, Dorrell spent the last four seasons with the Miami Dolphins as QB coach. From 2008-10, Dorrell served as Miami’s wide receivers coach.

In his five years at UCLA he compiled a 35-27 record and led the Bruins to a bowl appearance each year. In 2005, Dorrell was the Pac-10 Conference co-Coach of the Year after leading UCLA to a 10-2 record, a No. 16 ranking and a Sun Bowl victory against Northwestern.

Dorrell also served as wide receivers coach with Denver from 2000-02, working with several current Houston coaches, including head coach Gary Kubiak.

Ind. judge dismisses charges against ex-Pitt coach

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — An Indiana judge has dismissed a domestic battery charge against former Notre Dame offensive coordinator Michael Haywood, who served briefly as Pittsburgh’s head football coach before the case led to his firing.

A St. Joseph Superior Court judge dismissed the charges Friday after determining Haywood had completed all terms of a pre-trial diversion program that included counseling and community service, the county prosecutor’s office said.

The state had agreed to dismiss its case if Haywood completed the terms by this month.

The 47-year-old Haywood was charged with felony domestic battery and misdemeanor domestic violence after he allegedly attacked his son’s 38-year-old mother at Haywood’s Indiana home. Both counts were dismissed Friday.

Haywood admitted that he grabbed the woman and that she was hurt when she ran from him. The woman said she never wanted Haywood arrested or prosecuted though she had called 911.

Haywood had recently been hired as Pittsburgh’s head football coach when the Dec. 31, 2010, incident occurred. The school fired him the next day.

Cabrera, Indians agree at $4.55 million

CLEVELAND — Nobody dodges salary arbitration like the Cleveland Indians.

With a hearing just days away, the club and All-Star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera agreed to terms on a one-year, $4.55 million contract Friday, extending the Indians’ streak of avoiding arbitration to 21 years.

The Indians haven’t had an arbitration hearing since 1991, when gas was $1.14 per gallon and Cabrera was 6.

The agreement was $75,000 above the midpoint between the $5.2 million Cabrera asked for last month, and the $3.75 million the Indians had offered. A hearing had been scheduled for next week, but won’t be necessary as the Indians kept their run alive. Cleveland hasn’t gone to a hearing since pitcher Greg Swindell and Jerry Browne had their salaries decided by an arbitrator.

The Indians had discussions with Cabrera about a long-term deal but couldn’t reach one.

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