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Sports briefs for July 15, 2014

By Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Mavericks re-sign Nowitzki

The Dallas Mavericks confirmed Tuesday that All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki signed a new contract with the team.

The Mavericks did not release details of the contract, but it was believed to be a three-year deal worth $25 million, according to multiple reports.

The 36-year-old Nowitzki made $22.72 million in the final year of a four-year, $80 million deal he signed in 2010. He has played all 16 of his NBA seasons with Dallas, leading the Mavs to the 2011 title.

Last year, the 12-time All-Star averaged 21.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.

ESPN reported that the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers offered Nowitzki maximum contract offers, but Nowitzki wanted to remain in Dallas. Instead, the 7-foot forward took a pay cut to help the Mavericks fit restricted free-agent forward Chandler Parsons under the salary cap after the Rockets declined to match Dallas’ offer to Parsons.

Penguins’ Crosby avoids wrist surgery

The Pittsburgh Penguins announced Sidney Crosby will not require surgery on his injured right wrist.

“After seeking additional medical advice, doctors have decided not to perform surgery on Sidney Crosby’s wrist,” the team announced Tuesday via Twitter. “Sid will continue treatments and be evaluated regularly while he prepares for training camp in September.”

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported last week that Crosby would have arthroscopic surgery in the coming days after the NHL MVP was hampered during the playoffs due to the injury. However, Crosby sought additional medical advise and it was ultimately determined surgery was not necessary.

Crosby, who the Hart Trophy as league MVP after scoring a league-best 104 points, is not expected to miss any time next season.

Wild card playoff to stay one game: Selig

Major League Baseball’s wild card playoff system will remain a one game, play-in to the postseason, according to commissioner Bud Selig.

Selig, in an online Town Hall meeting on Tuesday with fans ahead of the All-Star Game in Minneapolis, shot down speculation that wild card showdowns might be turned into best-of-three series, saying MLB did not want postseason to reach November.

“The playoffs take a long time. I am bound and determined to make sure that baseball is done by October 31,” he said.

Under the current playoff format, the three divisional winners in the American and National Leagues automatically earn spots in the postseason.

The two teams with the next best records in each league play a one-game “tiebreaker”, with the winners advancing to the postseason proper.

Heat, Wade agree on new deal

Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are returning to the Miami Heat, even if LeBron James will not.

Wade and the Heat reached agreement on a multiyear contract that will pay the 32-year-old All-Star guard at least $15 million per season, ESPN reported Tuesday.

“Home is Where The Heart Is… My Home,My City,My House..#HeatLifer,” Wade tweeted.

Wade’s physical decline was at the forefront of conversation during and in the aftermath of the Heat losing to the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals last month. Wade said after the series-deciding loss that he will never point to health as a hurdle.

Former punter Kluwe to sue Vikings

Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe plans to sue the franchise for discrimination unless the team releases the findings of its investigation into the player’s allegation that he was subjected to harassment and hostility for speaking out in favor of gay marriage.

Kluwe said the team is not living up to a promise to release those findings, but the Vikings immediately denied that claim through a press release from a public relations firm.

Kluwe said Tuesday he will file a lawsuit for religious discrimination, sexual orientation discrimination, defamation and interference.

The Vikings said a meeting is scheduled for Thursday.


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