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Sports briefs for Feb. 6, 2014

By Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

PVC-EMITL meet set Saturday

The Penobscot Valley Conference-Eastern Maine Indoor Track League Championship meet will be held Saturday at the University of Maine’s New Balance Field House in Orono.

The meet begins at 2:45 p.m. and fans will not be admitted until 2 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for students K-12.

No food or beverages, other than water, are allowed in the field house.

Romo progressing in recovery

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is making excellent progress since back surgery and will soon move into the next stage of his rehabilitation, according to a Dallas Morning News report.

Romo had surgery to relieve the pressure of a herniated disk on Dec. 27, two days before the Cowboys’ regular season ended with a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 17.

The newspaper reported Romo likely will be cleared for low-impact work in the next week or two. Romo has been limited to basic core and stabilization exercises to bolster strength and flexibility in his lower back.

Tanaka obtains work visa in time for Yankees camp

New York Yankees righthander Masahiro Tanaka, who signed a seven-year, $155 million contract last month, has obtained a work visa and could depart Japan for the United States as early as Sunday, according to reports.

Tanaka, 25, received his visa on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press, and is preparing to report on time to the Yankees’ spring training camp in Tampa, Fla., with the rest of the club’s pitchers and catchers.

The Yankees’ report date for pitchers and catchers is Feb. 14, with their first workout scheduled for Feb. 15 at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Position players are scheduled to report on Feb. 19, and the first full-squad workout is scheduled for Feb. 20.

Tanaka has been working out in Sendai, Japan, and told the AP, “I am in better shape at this point compared to previous years.”

Last week, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer confirmed that his office helped expedite Tanaka’s paperwork.

Patriots CB Arrington to undergo groin surgery

New England Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington will undergo groin surgery on Friday, according to multiple reports.

Arrington, 27, first hurt his groin in Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Recovery time is expected to be about six weeks.

Throughout the season, Arrington remained on the injury report as questionable, but he played through the injury and never missed a game.

Arrington had 62 tackles, two sacks and an interception last season.

Rangers’ Holland likely to miss half of 2014 season

Spring training was more than a month away, but the Texas Rangers’ year got off to a dog of a start.

Left-handed pitcher Derek Holland underwent microfracture left knee surgery Jan. 10, and he is likely to be sidelined until midseason.

Holland was injured while playing at home with his dog, Wrigley. There was no ACL or MCL damage.

“I was running around with the dog and took off up the stairs,” Holland said, according to the Dallas Morning News. “He chased me and ran up under me and undercut me, and I slammed my head on the steps.

“It could have been worse. I could have cracked my head open. I was doing a typical guy thing, clowning around with the dog thing, and this happened.”

Holland denied reports that he was injured during a hockey game.

Struggling Cavs fire general manager Grant

Not much has gone right for the Cleveland Cavaliers since their favorite son, LeBron James, left in 2010 to join the Miami Heat and on Thursday general manager Chris Grant was fired following the team’s poor start to the season.

The Cavaliers have stumbled to a 16-33 record, after six straight losses, to sit fourth-last in the 15-team Eastern Conference standings and there have been rumblings of dissent among the players.

Cleveland’s most recent defeat was their most embarrassing, going down 119-108 on Wednesday at home to the injury-hit Los Angeles Lakers, who had arrived in Cleveland on a seven-game losing streak and had only enough players to finish the game when Robert Sacre was permitted to play under a little-used NBA rule after fouling out.

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