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Names in the games: State, Oklahoma football, Nowitzki

Staten gets invite to James’ Skills Academy

West Virginia University guard Juwan Staten has received an invite to the LeBron James Skills Academy, which begins Wednesday in Las Vegas.

The event features the top 30 collegiate and top 80 high school players from around the country and players will have four days of competitive skills workouts and five-on-five games.

Staten, the Big 12 Conference’s leading scorer from a year ago at 18.1 points per game, was named to the All-Big 12 first team and the league’s All-Defensive Team. He was the first WVU player to score 500 points, grab 150 rebounds and dish out 150 assists in a season.

WR Green-Beckham going to Oklahoma

Oklahoma has added Dorial Green-Beckham, the standout receiver who was dismissed by Missouri in April.

Coach Bob Stoops announced Thursday that Green-Beckham was added to the Sooners’ roster after signing a financial aid agreement Wednesday. He can immediately enroll in classes and begin team activities. He would be eligible to play beginning in 2015.

Green-Beckham caught 59 passes for 12 touchdowns as a sophomore last season at Missouri. He was dismissed after being charged in October 2012 with marijuana possession in Columbia, Mo., and later pleading guilty to trespassing.

Mavs, Nowitzki agree on 3-year contract

Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks have agreed on what could be the final contract for the future Hall of Famer.

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. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.

New contracts can’t be signed until next Thursday.

Nowitzki, 36, 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.

— From staff, wire reports


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