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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki's deal is official. The Mavs announced that Nowitzki re-signed Wednesday.

Viral Vault: Lewis' awful national anthem

On January 21, 1993, track and field star Carl Lewis performed a terrible rendition of the national anthem, prompting Charley Steiner to call it Francis Scott off-key.

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Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Official confirmation of the sad news Anderson Varejao must miss the Olympics in his native Brazil due to injury (back) is expected today

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

The Bulls' Cristiano Felicio has emerged as the strong favorite to replace Anderson Varejao on Brazil's Olympic roster, league sources say.

Kevin Arnovitz @kevinarnovitz

Site exploration might be a leverage play, but I don't think Ballmer will ever get what he wants in an arena owned/operated by someone else.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Al Horford seems to be getting to work with his new Boston Celtics teammates. Second-year guard R.J. Hunter posted a picture to his Instagram account showing the pair alongside teammates Amir Johnson and Jae Crowder. Sweat-drenched Hunter looks to have gone through a fairly rigorous workout.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The Celtics mourned the passing of longtime parquet caretaker Rudolph "Spider" Edwards on Wednesday. Edwards, instantly recognizable with his trademark fedora, swept the Garden parquet for 33 years and remained a familiar presence even after hanging up his broom. Edwards did a ceremonial sweep of the Garden parquet last October when the Celtics unveiled only the third parquet in team history. Edwards was beloved by players (Larry Bird, among them), fans, and executives alike. As Celtics assistant GM Mike Zarren wrote on Twitter Wednesday, "When I was 4 years old, the only thing I wanted in the whole world was to be Spider for a day. Really."

Kevin Arnovitz @kevinarnovitz

NBA sources say Clippers are actively exploring sites for new arena. One area that interests: Westside. Staples Ctr lase runs thru 2024.