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Mavericks Sign Jameer Nelson


Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- The Dallas Mavericks signed Jameer Nelson Thursday.

ESPN's Marc Stein reports it's a two-year deal with a player option to return to free agency next summer.

The 32-year-old Nelson was selected with the 20th overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets, but his draft rights were traded to the Orlando Magic, where he spent his entire 10 year career.

The 6-foot, 190-pound Nelson was waived by Orlando on June 30. The Magic will still pay Nelson $2 million this season, money due to Nelson from the final year of his contract with Orlando.

For his career, Nelson has averaged 12.6 points, 5.4 assists, and 3.1 rebounds per game.

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Lars Eller Agrees to 4-Year Contract with Canadiens


Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(MONTREAL) -- Center Lars Eller agreed to a four-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens Thursday that keeps him in Montreal through the 2017-18 season.

ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reports the deal is worth an average of $3.5 million a year.

“We are very pleased to have agreed upon a long term agreement with Lars Eller. He is an important part of our group of young veterans. He has a tremendous work ethic and a great attitude. He is the type of player you can rely on for his play at both ends of the rink,” Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said. “Lars can play big minutes against the opponents’ top players and still be an offensive threat. We are confident he will reach his full potential and become an impact player who will compete at a high level for many years to come.”

The 25-year-old Eller was the 13th overall pick of the 2007 NHL Draft by the St. Louis Blues.

Eller has played the last four seasons in Montreal, scoring 43 goals while tallying 101 points.

The deal cancels Eller's salary arbitration hearing that was scheduled for Friday.

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Mariners Trade for Kendrys Morales


Ed Zurga/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- Kendrys Morales is headed back to Seattle.

The Minnesota Twins traded the switch-hitting Morales to the Seattle Mariners Thursday in exchange for relief pitcher Stephen Pryor.

Morales played for the Mariners in 2013 hitting .277, 23 home runs and 80 RBIs.

"He's a professional hitter," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He gives us the opportunity to stretch out our lineup, so to speak. He's a nice fit, switch-hitter, hitting behind Robbie (Cano).

"He gives us options, what we want to do with (Kyle) Seager, where we want to hit him. I like it."

Morales was a free agent last offseason and he rejected a $14.1 million qualifying offer from Seattle.

"We had a lot of dialogue over the winter that just didn't work out," Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "We're in position now where wanted to add a bat. That was no secret. When the opportunity arose, we moved forward with it. He's a player we like and a player who is familiar with us. He'll be welcomed with open arms."

The 31-year-old Morales has played eight major league seasons. During that time he's compiled a .277 batting average, with 103 home runs and 363 RBIs.

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Cavs Sign Wiggins, Can't Trade Him for 30 Days


Jost West/Getty Images Sport(CLEVELAND, Ohio) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers signed the No. 1 overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft, Andrew Wiggins, on Thursday.

ESPN reports the contract is for four years and will pay Wiggins $5.5 million next season.

The Cavaliers have been talking about sending Wiggins as part of a package deal to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love, but because of NBA rules involving rookie contracts, Wiggins can't be traded for 30 days.

The 6-foot-8, 19-year-old Wiggins averaged 17.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and a block per game last season at Kansas.

The Cavaliers also signed second-round pick Joe Harris Thursday.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 7/24/14


Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Philadelphia Philles 2 (44-58) - San Francisco Giants 1 (57-45)

Toronto Blue Jays 8 (54-49) - Boston Red Sox 0 (47-55)

New York Yankees 4 (53-48) - Texas Rangers 2 (40-62)

Oakland Athletics 13 (63-38) - Houston Astros 1 (42-60)

Miami Marlins 3 (48-53) - Atlanta Braves 2 (55-47)

Milwaukee Brewers 9 (58-45) - New York Mets 1 (48-54)

Chicago White Sox 5 (49-54) - Minnesota Twins 2 (46-55)

San Diego Padres 13 (45-56) - Chicago Cubs 3 (41-59)

Kansas City Royals 2 (51-50) - Cleveland Indians 1 (51-51) - 14 Innings

Baltimore Orioles 4 (56-45) - Seattle Mariners 0 (53-49)

Detroit Tigers 6 (57-42) - Los Angeles Angels 4 (60-41)

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Jacksonville Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon Arrested for Third Time


Sam Greenwood/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Banned Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon has been arrested for the third time, as police charged him with possession of marijuana.

Blackmon was arrested in Edmond, Oklahoma, after police stopped him for a traffic violation and could smell the odor of marijuana inside the car. Blackmon posted bail and was released.

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan said Thursday that the team intends to keep the troubled wide receiver.

"We want him to get help he needs," Khan said.

Blackmon is currently serving an indefinite suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He was handed the suspension last November by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

"It's just a difficult situation,'' quarterback Chad Henne said. "It's kind of ongoing. All we can do is pray that he finds a way to get on the right track and save his life.''

Blackmon was the fifth overall pick in 2012 and caught 64 passes for 865 yards and five touchdowns that year.

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Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended for Two Games


Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The NFL has suspended Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for the first two games of the regular season following his offseason arrest.

"It is disappointing that I will not be with my teammates for the first two games of the season, but that's my fault," Rice said in a statement released by the team. "As I said earlier, I failed in many ways."

Rice is able to participate in training camp and the pre-season games, but will miss the first two home games against the Bengals and Steelers. Rice will also be fined $58,000 and will be required to go to counseling, reports ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter.

"There are consequences when you make a mistake like that," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Thursday. "I stand behind Ray. He's a heck of a guy."

"He's done everything right since [the incident]," Harbaugh continued. "He makes a mistake, alright? He's going to have to pay a consequence."

Rice will be back on the field when the Ravens play in Cleveland against the Browns in Week 3.

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Falcons Reward Roddy White with Four-Year Extension


Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- One of the longest tenured members of the Atlanta Falcons is sticking around even longer as the team has agreed on a four-year extension with wide receiver Roddy White.

White's new deal is worth up to $30 million, which includes $18 million over the next two seasons.

"I always wanted to be back in Atlanta,'' White told ESPN.com. "Once we got to the guaranteed money that I wanted to get to that I felt would secure my future as a football player, then I could sign a contract. When we got it done, I was happy, because I don't want to go anywhere. I love this place. I wanted to be here. And I'm going to be here for the next four years.''

The 32-year-old White has been with the Falcons since he was drafted 27th overall by the team during the 2005 Draft. From 2007-2012, White averaged nearly 1,200 receiving yards. Since entering the NFL, his 685 receptions rank eighth among active players, while his 9,436 receiving yards rank fifth.

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Rangers Trade Closer Joakim Soria to the Tigers


Ed Zurga/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The back end of the Detroit Tigers bull pen just got a whole lot stronger as the team has acquired closer Joakim Soria from the Texas Rangers.

"I'm going to a new team, and that's going to be my new family and I will do whatever they want me to do," Soria said of the Tigers. "I want to help them win the World Series -- that's what this is all about -- and I hope to help them out as much as I can."

Despite the recent trade, Tigers closer Joe Nathan is expected to remain the team's closer, for now.After a hot start to the season, Nathan has struggled mightily recently. He has 20 saves this season, but also has a bloated ERA of 5.89 and has blown five saves.

Soria may not have been the dominant closer he was while he was a member of the Kansas City Royals, but he's still an above-average reliever who is capable of closing out games. In 35 games this season, Soria is 1-3 with a 2.70 ERA with 17 saves.

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Padres' Outfielder Cameron Maybin Suspended 25 Games


Rich Pilling/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In the midst of a disappointing season, San Diego Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin has been suspended 25 games after testing positive for amphetamines.

"I have been undergoing treatment for several years for a medical condition, Attention Deficit Disorder, for which I previously had a Therapeutic Use Exemption,'' Maybin said in a statement. "Unfortunately, in my attempts to switch back to a medicine that had been previously OK'd, I neglected to follow all the rules and as a result I tested positive."

Maybin was once considered one of the best young prospects in baseball not too long ago, but never fully reached his potential. In 62 games this season, the 27-year-old Maybin is hitting .247 with one home run and drove in nine runs.

The Padres signed Maybin to a five-year, $25 million contract extension in March 2012, but he's had trouble staying on the field in terms of durability and production.

The team has added outfielder Jeff Francoeur from their Triple-A El Paso club to replace Maybin.

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