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Sports news briefs — July 3

Compiled from wire reports


Dirk Nowitzki agrees
to new deal in Dallas

• Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks have agreed on what could be the final contract for the future hall of famer. Nowitzki, 36, is expected to take a three-year deal worth $30 million. New contracts can’t be signed until next Thursday.

• San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills had surgery Thursday in Dallas to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. Despite his injury, Mills has agreed to re-sign on a multiyear deal with the Spurs.

• The Sacramento Kings and guard Darren Collison have agreed to a three-year contract worth about $16 million. Collison averaged 11.4 points and 3.7 assists in 25.9 minutes last season with the Clippers.


Indianapolis Colts
player to miss year

•  Indianapolis Colts wide receiver LaVon Brazill has been suspended for the 2014 season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. Brazill, who was drafted in the sixth round out of Ohio University in 2012, was suspended four games last year for marijuana use.

• Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan will miss the first four games of the season after testing positive for a stimulant prohibited under NFL policy on use of performance-enhancing substances.

• Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Rokevious Watkins will miss four games for undisclosed violations. He is in his third season in the NFL after playing in one game for St. Louis in 2012 and three for Kansas City last year.


Buffalo Sabres sign
free agent Strachan

• The Buffalo Sabres signed free-agent defenseman Tyson Strachan to a one-year deal. Strachan, 29, had two assists in 18 games with the Washington Capitals last season.

• The Toronto Maple Leafs signed forwards Mike Santorelli and Petri Kontiola to one-year deals. Santorelli spent last season with the Vancouver Canucks. Kontiola spent five seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League.

• Defenseman Tim Gleason, 31, has agreed to a one-year, $1.2 million deal to return to the Carolina Hurricanes. Carolina traded Gleason to Toronto on Jan. 1 for John-Michael Liles and a prospect. The Maple Leafs placed Gleason on waivers this week.

• The Dallas Stars re-signed center Vernon Fiddler to a two-year, $2.5 million deal, and signed Brendan Ranford, 22, to an entry-level contract.

• The Arizona Coyotes named former Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier as senior vice president and assistant general manager.


Oklahoma welcomes
ex-Missouri receiver

• Oklahoma added Dorial Green-Beckham, the standout receiver who was dismissed by Missouri in April. Coach Bob Stoops announced that Green-Beckham can immediately enroll in classes and begin team activities. He isn’t eligible to play until 2015.

• A College of Charleston investigation found men’s basketball coach Doug Wojcik likely verbally abused players, using threatening, degrading and profane language in dealing with the team.

• Authorities offered to reduce charges against Central Michigan receiver Andrew Flory if he testifies against ex-teammate Ryan Oruche in the theft of DVDs from a Walmart.

• Boise State has agreed to pay $2.3 million to settle a lawsuit with the American Athletic Conference over unpaid exit fees. The AAC had sought $5 million.

• California sophomore center Kameron Rooks, a 7-foot player, could miss next basketball season after having surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

— From wire reports


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