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Cowboys’ Brooking not ready to retire

IRVING (AP) — Keith Brooking is one of those warrior-type linebackers, from his intense pre-game speeches to the smeared eye black running down his cheeks.

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Butler, Nowitzki lead Mavs to win

DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki was having a sub-par game. Then the fourth quarter started.

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Lee's itch for 7th year too much for Rangers

FORT WORTH  (AP) — Cliff Lee's last pitch to the Texas Rangers was too much.

While the Rangers really wanted to keep the ace who helped them get to their first World Series, they weren't willing to guarantee a seventh year on an already extended contract offer for Lee.

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Lee rejected Rangers, returns to Phillies

FORT WORTH (AP) — The Texas Rangers really wanted to keep Cliff Lee after the ace left-hander helped them get to their first World Series.
Lee, however, spurned the Rangers late Monday night for the other team he went to the World Series with - the Philadelphia Phillies - and the American League champions are left to look at other options for the top of their rotation.
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Bucks stop Mavericks' win streak

DALLAS (AP) — Brandon Jennings and the Milwaukee Bucks were determined to beat the NBA's hottest team and earn a signature road win.
Jennings had 23 points and 10 assists, and the Bucks rallied from a 20-point second-quarter deficit for a 103-99 victory over the Mavericks on Monday night to stop Dallas' 12-game winning streak.
Andrew Bogut contributed 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Keyon Dooling added 16 points for the Bucks, who won their fourth in five games.
"They were on a winning streak, 12 games in a row, so to come in and get a win, it's big," Jennings said after the Bucks earned their third road victory in 11 tries this season.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 30 points and Shawn Marion had 14 for the Mavericks, who hadn't lost since Nov. 19 to Chicago. Dallas had won eight straight at home over the Bucks.
"This was a game we should have won, a game we clearly had under control," Dallas' Tyson Chandler said. "We let them back in it."
Dallas coach Rick Carlisle had been downplaying the streak, saying he was more interested in his team showing overall improvement. But the Mavs should have been on alert after wasting a 25-point lead on Saturday night before coming back to beat Utah.
"This kind of slippage we've seen all too often," Carlisle said. "I've got to coach harder, the players have got to be more conscientious, we've got to do better than we did tonight."
Jennings went 9 for 19 from the field, hitting 3 of 4 from 3-point range
Carlisle said Jennings' second-half body language indicated the Mavs were in trouble.
"He was very determined," Carlisle said.
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