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Nowitzki Opts Out Plus Reds Snap Rangers Streak



The Cleveland Cavaliers will celebrate their NBA championship today. Downtown Cleveland is expected to be packed with Cavs fans for the celebratory parade starting at 11am local time outside Quicken Loans Arena and concluding with a rally at Mall B.

Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki opted out of his contract Tuesday, which will make him an unrestricted free agent July 1, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN that Nowitzki, who faced a Wednesday deadline to either become a free agent or lock himself into an $8.7 million next season, formally notified the club of his intentions with one day to spare. Yet the overwhelming expectation, ‎both in Dallas and league-wide, is that Nowitzki intends to stay with the Mavericks, who acquired him on draft night in 1998 and have made him the focal point of their franchise ever since.

HOUSTON — Before Dwight Howard decided to decline his $23.2 million player option, Houston Rockets officials tried to convince him to remain with the team, according to a source. The 30-year-old center will become a free agent on July 1 after averaging 13.7 points and attempting 8.5 field goals per game in 2015-16, his lowest output since his rookie season with Orlando in 2004-05.

The Golden State Warriors, after their NBA Finals defeat, are going ahead with their long-held plans to pursue Kevin Durant in free agency, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN that Durant is by no means Golden State’s lone target in free agency but stressed that he’ll indeed be the Warriors’ top target when the offseason marketplace opens July 1

ARLINGTON — The hottest team in baseball was stopped on Tuesday night. Behind four RBIs from Jay Bruce and three from Zack Cozart, the Reds marched to an 8-2 victory over the Rangers that snapped their seven-game winning streak. Jurickson Profar made it a one-run game in the bottom of the second inning with a two-run homer to right field — his third of the season. Rangers starter Colby Lewis, who was four outs from a perfect game his last time out, saw his night go sideways quickly. Bruce’s three-run homer gave Cincinnati a 3-0 lead in the first inning.

Ron Lester, best known for his portrayal of Billy Bob in “Varsity Blues,” died Friday at age 45. According to an NBC News report, Lester passed away after suffering liver and kidney failure. He had been hospitalized for months in failing health.bIn the 1999 high school football movie “Varsity Blues,” Lester played an overweight offensive lineman known for his partying ways and concussion problems.

Argentina star Lionel Messi dealt the United States a gut punch when he bent in a free kick to give his side a 2-0 lead before halftime of their Copa America semifinal. Argentina shut out the USA 4-0.