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  • AP source: Mavs, Nowitzki agree on three-year deal
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  • AP source: Mavs, Nowitzki agree on three-year deal
    Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks have agreed on what could be the final contract for the big German.
    A person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Thursday that Nowitzki would get a three-year contract worth roughly $30 million.
    New contracts can't be signed until next Thursday.
    The 36-year-old Nowitzki is taking a big pay cut with a contract similar in value and structure to the one Tim Duncan signed with San Antonio two years ago.
    Duncan, who also took a much lower salary, is exercising a player option to return for the final season of his deal after helping the Spurs win their fifth title since 1999.
    Nowitzki just completed a four-year deal worth $80 million, and he left money on the table in that deal hoping the Mavericks could get some pieces around him.
    Defending champ Blixt takes lead at Greenbrier
    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Defending champion Jonas Blixt shot a 6-under 64 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Greenbrier Classic.
    Six of Blixt's eight birdies came on putts of 10 feet or less on the Old White TPC. The Swede also chipped in from the rough for birdie on No. 16.
    Patrick Rodgers, the former Stanford star playing in his third tournament as a pro, was a stroke back along with Chris Kirk, D.A. Points, James Hahn, Jason Bohn, Joe Durant, Jim Renner and Danny Lee.
    Steve Stricker topped the group at 66
    Masters champion Bubba Watson, the top-ranked player in the field at No. 3 in the world, had a 68.
    Autopsy: Soccer referee's death ruled homicide
    DETROIT — The death of a referee who was punched at a Detroit-area soccer match has been ruled a homicide, according to an autopsy conducted Thursday.
    John Bieniewicz died of blunt force trauma to the neck, said Mary Mazur, a spokeswoman for the Wayne County medical examiner's office. Bieniewicz, 44, died Tuesday, two days after Livonia police say he was attacked during an adult-league game.
    Prosecutors have charged Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad with assault with intent to do great bodily harm. But they say the charges against the 36-year-old Dearborn man are being reviewed and could be amended in light of Bieniewicz's death.
    Saad, an auto mechanic who has been playing soccer for 16 years in the area, is not guilty of the charges, defense lawyer Brian Berry said.
    Compiled from wire reports
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