Dallas Mavericks: Dez Bryant

We're not sure if he's going to break out the good china, but Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is making his sales pitch for the Mavericks.

Bryant sent out a twitter message to free agent point guard Deron Williams on Sunday night:

Bryant is a big basketball fan, as are some of the Cowboys players, and he wouldn't mind Williams, who attended The Colony High School, to play for the Mavs.

The Mavericks are scheduled to meet with Williams as part of his two-team free agent tour. Williams will also talk with the Brooklyn Nets and make a decision about his future this week.

T.O. named Heroes MVP in White Sox's win

June, 30, 2012
FRISCO, Texas -- The 2012 Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game, hosted by the Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki, was a success as the White Sox came through with a 13-6 win over Nowitzki's Blue Sox.

The MVP of the game was Terrell Owens. The former Dallas Cowboys receiver had three hits -- his third came late in the game on a ball that rolled to the wall. He used his speed to get around the bases. Owens also made a wide turn at third thinking about an inside-the-park home run, but he slammed on the breaks and settled for a triple.

Some notes:

* Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle delivered a pair of singles for the White Sox. In Carlisle's second at-bat, Nowitzki took to the rubber for two pitches and sent a message by throwing behind his head coach. Nowitzki had two hits of his own and attempted at a diving catch in the ninth inning but came up empty handed.

* Charles Barkley toed the rubber for a couple of batters, but it didn't go like he had hoped. Former Texas Rangers player Kevin Mench hit a three-run home run over the left-field fence, but that wasn't all. Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant hit a shot right back at Barkley, who dodged the ball at the last minute. Barkley got his revenge the next time they came up, getting Mench to pop one up in the infield and Bryant to ground out to third.

* The celebrities had difficulty fielding the ball, but they still flashed some leather. The best catch of the night came early in the game when Mavericks guard Dominique Jones made a diving catch in right field. Brian Cardinal and Ben Grieve also made a nice catches at third, and Barkley caught his only attempt at a ball to a big ovation from the crowd.

* Bryant, along with former Cowboys receivers Owens and Drew Pearson, showed their skills on the diamond. Bryant collected a couple of hits but also made Cowboys fans nervous sliding awkwardly into second. He got up, smiled and played the rest of the game without a problem. In fact, he felt so good that he participated and won in a dance competition before the ninth inning.

Kevin Mench wins Heroes home run derby

June, 30, 2012

FRISCO, Texas -- Former Texas Rangers player Kevin Mench walked away with the Baylor Medical Center at Frisco Celebrity Home Run Derby title Saturday with an impressive final-round showing.

The celebrities got a chance to show off their talents in a home run derby. Four markers on the field represented 100, 200, 300 and 400 points. The further the ball traveled, the more points the celebrity was awarded. A home run was worth 500 points.

Mench took the title with ease totaling 2,800 points in the final round, including three bombs out of the park. Former major leaguer Ben Grieve finished second with 1,500 points with one home run. Josh Henderson, who stars in the new "Dallas" TV series, was the third finalist finishing with 800 points in the final round.

Other notables:

* Dirk Nowitzki had a nice swing and took a couple of good cuts at the ball, but he couldn't quite find his home run rhythm.

* Charles Barkley gave it a valiant effort but failed to get the ball out of the infield.

* Vince Carter had one nice swing to deep left field. Delonte West and Rick Carlisle also had a good showing.

* Terrell Owens put a couple of good swings together to get 400 points. Dez Bryant showed his athleticism putting 600 points on the board.

* ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM's Ben Rogers outclassed his co-host Jeff "Skin" Wade. Rogers finished with 400 points with a couple of shots that landed foul, while Wade didn't get on the board.



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Dirk Nowitzki
21.6 2.7 0.9 32.7
ReboundsS. Dalembert 6.8
AssistsM. Ellis 5.8
StealsM. Ellis 1.7
BlocksS. Dalembert 1.2