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ESPN: Mavericks Agree to Deal with Chandler Parsons

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Dallas Mavericks have agreed to a three-year offer sheet worth in excess of $45 million with restricted free agent forward Chandler Parsons, according to ESPN.com.

ESPN.com also says that Parsons will sign the offer sheet Thursday. Since Parsons is a restricted free agent, his current team, the Houston Rockets, will have three days to match the offer before losing him.

The 6-foot-9, 25-year-old Parsons was a second round pick of the Rockets in the 2011 NBA Draft.

During the 2013-14 season, Parsons averaged 22 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game.

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Argentina Kicks the Dutch Out of The World Cup in Penalties

Ian MacNicol/Getty Images(SAO, PAULO, Brazil) — Argentina advances to its first World Cup final since 1990 after defeating the Netherlands in penalty kicks 4-2 Wednesday.

Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero made two saves in penalties, including one spectacular diving stop on Wesley Sneijder.

Argentina’s Lionel Messi didn’t create many highlights, but he did get his teammates going in penalties by scoring on his sides first opportunity.

Argentina will now take on Germany, the team they faced in the 1986 and 1990 finals. This will be the rubber match between the two sides, as Argentina won in 1986 and Germany won in 1990. The game will take place Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Eastern. You can watch that on ABC.

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Yankees Place SP Masahiro Tanaka on DL

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images (CLEVELAND) — The New York Yankees placed rookie starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka on the 15-day disabled list due to right elbow inflammation.

The Yankees flew Tanaka to New York Wednesday to receive an MRI on the elbow.

“It’s obviously soreness,” Yankees skipper Joe Girardi said. “I’m not saying it’s a significant injury. There’s soreness, and he must have felt that it was affecting him a little bit. So he felt it was best to send him back to have an MRI.”

The 25-year-old Tanaka has been brilliant in his first season in the States. He’s thrown 129 1/3 innings compiling a 2.51 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 19 walks, 135 strikeouts, and a major league-leading 12 wins.

Boston Red Sox Koji Uehara will take Tanaka’s spot on the American League All-Star team.

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Twins Send Pitcher Ricky Nolasco to DL

iStockphoto(MINNEAPOLIS) — On Tuesday, the Minnesota Twins placed starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco on the 15-day disabled list with a strained elbow.

The 31-year-old Nolasco could only pitch two innings during his start Sunday against the New York Yankees before having to be pulled due to the injury. Nolasco was then flown back to Minnesota Monday where he was evaluated by Dr. John Steubs.

“It’s good there is no major thing here, nothing structurally too awful bad,” Twins skipper Ron Gardenhire said. ” Now it’s about getting the soreness out, getting the stiffness out, time probably better than anything else and we’ll see. We’ll see where it goes from there. Let him take some time, do some treatment with the trainers and see how he responds to that. Obviously the throwing is not making it better.”

Nolasco, who says he’s pitched with discomfort in his elbow all season, signed a four-year, $49 million deal with the Twins in the off-season. He’s made 18 starts this year compiling a 5-7 record, a 5.90 ERA, and a 1.62 WHIP.

Catcher/outfielder Chris Herrmann was recalled from Triple-A Rochester.

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Joey Votto Returns to DL

Rich Pilling/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) — First baseman Joey Votto was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday, for the same thigh injury that had the former NL MVP on the DL earlier this season.

The move is retroactive to Sunday.

“We did a full workup on Joey yesterday,” Reds skipper Bryan Price said Tuesday. “There’s definitely more soreness and a continued issue with it. It’s something that he’s just not going to be able to play on. Our plan of attack will be to do everything we can to get him back to be able to play over the course of the year. I don’t have a timetable on how long that will be, but the goal is to get him back and able to help us before the year is out.”

Votto has been off the disabled list since June 10. In the 23 games he has played since, the four-time All Star is hitting .250, with no home runs and 11 RBIs.

With Votto out, Price plans to play Brayan Pena, Todd Frazier, and Jay Bruce at first base.

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Germany Trounces Brazil to Advance to World Cup Final

Jean Catuffe/Getty Images(BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil) — Germany destroyed Brazil 7-1 to advance to the World Cup final on Tuesday.

The game was never in doubt for the Germans, which had a five goal lead before the 30th minute.

Toni Kroos and Andre Schurrle each scored twice and Miroslav Klose broke the World Cup all-time goals record with his 16th goal, to send the Germans to their eighth World Cup final.

Meanwhile, Brazil has its 62-match home unbeaten streak in competitive games broken as it suffers its worst defeat since 1934.

Germany will attempt to win its fourth World Cup on Sunday when it takes on the winner of Wednesday’s Netherlands-Argentina match.

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Germany’s Klose Sets All-Time World Cup Goals Record

Ian MacNicol/Getty Images(BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil) — On Tuesday, German striker Miroslav Klose broke the record for most goals scored at the World Cup.

The 36-year-old Klose scored his 16th, and record-breaking goal, in the 23rd minute of Germany’s 7-1 win over Brazil in the World Cup semifinal.

Klose tied the record, held by former Brazil striker Ronaldo, in Germany’s Group Stage game against Ghana earlier in the tournament.

Klose, who is Germany’s all-time leading scorer with 71 goals in 136 matches, becomes only the third player ever to score in four straight World Cups. The other two are West Germany’s Uwe Seeler and Brazil’s Pele.

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Arroyo to Undergo Tommy John Surgery

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(PHOENIX) — Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo will undergo Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow to fix a torn ulnar collateral ligament.

The 37-year-old Arroyo had to be placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career in June. The decision was made because pain in his right elbow was causing him to lose velocity on his pitches.

Arroyo, who signed a two-year, $23.5 million contract with Arizona in February, told the team’s website that he hopes to return to the mound next June.

“If this was the last year that I was going to play, I would just go gut it out and pitch and it would hurt and I’d try to find a way to win at 82 miles per hour, but I don’t think it is,” Arroyo said. “I think my body’s a lot younger than my age is. I think I’m probably closer to 32-33 as far as the way I feel in comparison to most guys my age. So I don’t think it’s going to be a problem coming back.”

Arroyo has pitched in 15 big-league seasons. During that time he has compiled a 145-131 record, 4.19 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.

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ESPN: Wingels Agrees to New 3-Year Deal with Sharks

Len Redkoles/ NHLI via Getty Images(SAN JOSE, Calif.) — Unrestricted free agent center Tommy Wingels agreed to a new three-year deal with the Sharks Monday, according to ESPN.com.

The 26-year-old Wingels will earn $7.4 million throughout the deal, according to CSNBayArea.com.

Wingels, a former sixth-round pick of the Sharks in 2008, had a breakout campaign last season for the Sharks, playing in 77 games, scoring 16 goals and racking up 38 points.

Wingels also played on the Sharks’ second penalty-kill unit last season and led the team with 218 hits.

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Cabrera Wins Greenbrier Classic

Todd Warshaw/Getty Images(WHITE SULFUR SPRINGS, W. Va.) — Angel Cabrera has won just two tournaments in his PGA Tour career, both of which were majors. On Sunday he picked up his first non-major event victory by taking the Greenbrier Classic.

“This was a great opportunity,” Cabrera said through an interpreter. “I wanted it. I needed to win a tournament. I felt under control today out there, and I didn’t want to let it get away from me.”

The 44-year-old finished the tournament at 2-under, posting a 6-under 64 in his final round to beat George McNeill by two strokes. McNeill shot a season-best 61 for his fourth top-10 finish of the year.

For Cabrera, it is his first top-10 finish of the season and his first win since the 2009 Masters. The Argentinian’s only other PGA Tour victory came in the 2007 U.S. Open. 

And although McNeill played well, he suffered some bad news right after his round — his older sister passed away from cancer early Sunday morning.

“Golf doesn’t really mean a whole lot,” McNeill told reporters after hearing the news. “So it’s hard.”

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