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Germany wins Eurobasket opener

Dirk Nowitzki and Dennis Schröder combined for 30 points and 13 rebounds to lead Germany to a 71-65 win in the Eurobasket opener for both teams. Germany is trying to qualify for the 2016 Olympics after missing out in 2012.

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DWade @DwyaneWade

ok ok! it's time to see why part of my house is decorated with Nebraska memorabilia. Headed to Lincoln for my very first @Huskers game.

Dirk has Germany up big

Dirk Nowitzki has 12 points and 5 rebounds, and Hawks guard Dennis Schröder chipped in 11 points to give Germany a 41-26 lead over Iceland at the half at Eurobasket 2015. Live on ESPN3

Dirk has Germany up big

Dirk Nowitzki has 12 points and 5 rebounds, and Hawks guard Dennis Schröder chipped in 11 points to give Germany a 41-26 lead over Iceland at the half at Eurobasket 2015. Live on ESPN3

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

Dirk's Germany squad has five games in next six days during EuroBasket pool play. Not ideal for his 37-year-old legs.

Nowitzki leads Germany into action

Dirk Nowitzki and Germany missed the 2012 Olympics. Their journey to try and get to Rio begins today against Iceland at Eurobasket 2015. Live on ESPN3

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Eurobasket tips off today

The 24-team European Olympic qualifier begins today with the Czech Republic against Estonia. You can see every Eurobasket game from now through the finals on Sept. 20 on WatchESPN. Watch live

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Brandon Armstrong at it again

His latest imitation? A team's bench after a sick play. Maybe no one busts out the worm, but Armstrong isn't far off.

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Kendall Marshall close to deal with 76ers

The free-agent guard, who tore his ACL in January while with the Bucks, is finalizing a multiyear contract with Philadelphia, according to Yahoo Sports.

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Are NBA stars overplaying in the summer?

In a league beset by overuse injuries, David Thorpe questions the wisdom and safety of NBA players playing in summer pro-am games: "It just seems to me that, No. 1: Guys play too many games anyway."

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ICYMI: Armstrong impersonates Manu ...

... and the Spurs guard loved it! Yes, the NBA's foremost impressionist impressed the Argentine by mimicking him in all his Euro-stepping, foul-drawing glory. Ginobili: 'Great job man!'

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Brian Windhorst @WindhorstESPN

JR Smith's $5 million deal w/Cavs fully guarantees on Monday. Only $2M guaranteed at moment. It's a quirk done for CBA procedural reasons.

SportsCenter's not top plays

It's been a fun week of mascot fails, baseball gaffes and tennis whiffs.

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All-access pass with Dikembe Mutombo

Before he's inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame next week, former Hawks star Dikembe Mutombo was honored by Fulton County, Ga.

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Rick Carlisle takes flight

The Mavs coach spent the past couple summers learning to become a pilot. "I remember thinking, 'These guys have gotta be crazy to think I'm ever gonna buy an airplane. And then a month later I had an airplane." A new challege

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Suns' Morris clear in trade desire

Markieff Morris does not want to be in Phoenix next year, a stance he reiterated in a tweet late Thursday night: "My future will not be in Phoenix #thatisall #backtothegrind #FOE"

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Mexico trying to stay unbeaten

Behind Gustavo Ayon (22.5 PPG), Mexico is off to a 2-0 start at FIBA Americas. They can clinch a spot in the second round with a win tonight against Panama. Live on ESPN3

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Venezuela making Canada earn it

Andrew Wiggins and Canada take a 19-point lead into the half, but they might have some wounds to nurse in the locker room after 3 flagrant fouls by Venezuela in the first 2 quarters. Watch live on WatchESPN

Olynyk leading Canada early

2-0 Venezuela is on the ropes after the first thanks to Kelly Olynyk, whose 9 points leads all scorers. Canada takes a 25-15 lead into the second. Live on ESPN3