Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Source: The Mavs do not intend to exercise team option on DeAndre Liggins, who was claimed on waivers during the last week of the season.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Harrison Barnes, Nerlens Noel, Seth Curry and now Dennis Smith ... sources say Dallas is focused on cementing and developing its young core

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Re-signing Nerlens Noel, league sources say, is Dallas' offseason priority, far ahead of their long-anticipated interest in UFA Jrue Holiday

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Sources say the Mavs have informed PG Yogi Ferrell that they are picking up his team option for next season, an easy decision after he proved himself capable of being a rotation player after his promotion from the D-League.

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Tanaka vs. Darvish lives up to hype

When Masahiro Tanaka pitched for the Rakuten Golden Eagles and Yu Darvish was with the Nippon Ham Fighters, they went head-to-head four times. Darvish went 2-1 with a 1.36 ERA in those meetings, and Tanaka went 1-3 with a 2.90 ERA. Both pitched well Friday, but Tanaka's Yankees were victorious in extras.

Tanaka, Darvish duel in Yankees' extra-innings win (0:43)
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Tanaka edges Darvish in their first MLB duel

The first major league matchup between Japanese pitching stars Yu Darvish and Masahiro Tanaka lived up to the hype, as both starters pitched scoreless baseball before the Yankees defeated the Rangers 2-1 in 10 innings.

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Darvish cools down Yanks with 10 K's (0:18)
Houston 1-1 Dallas: Fiery derby ends level (1:55)
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Rangers' Perez fractures thumb, placed on DL

A freak injury involving a hotel door and Rangers pitcher Martin Perez's non-throwing thumb has put his next start in jeopardy after the team placed him on the 10-day disabled list Saturday.

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Final 2017 NHL mock draft

Who will the Devils take first overall? Who will be the first draft pick in Vegas Golden Knights history? Get those questions answered and many more in our final projection of the first 31 picks of the 2017 NHL draft.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Nice job by Dennis Smith Jr. (Dallas), one of the many draftees at Hunter College in NYC on Wednesday for a Jr. NBA youth basketball clinic and NBA Cares packing project.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Countdown to Kickoff - 69 Days: From 2006 to 2011, Texas Tech registered a streak of 69 straight games scoring on a passing touchdown. That was an FBS record until Oregon threw a TD in 83 straight games from 2010 to 2016, a streak that came to an end against Nebraska last September.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rangers great Michael Young's scouting report: "Dirk's a lost cause."


Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki on Dennis Smith Jr.: "It's a great pick. ... He brings obviously crazy athleticism and his shot is really good."