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Ezekiel Elliott mocks Dirk Nowitzki's running style

By Alex Butler

June 25 (UPI) -- Dirk Nowitzki's annual charity baseball game was filled with stars, including Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.

Elliott, Dak Prescott, Daren McFadden, Rico Gathers, Dez Bryant, Byron Jones and Tyron Smith were all in attendance for the Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game Saturday at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas.

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There were many highlights in the contest, but one of the best zingers came from Elliott. The All-Pro running back told Nowitzki that he runs like a baby giraffe.

"Zeke just told me I run like a baby giraffe...is that a compliment?" Nowitzki asked on Twitter.

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"We gotta get you in speed school lol," Elliott responded.

Nowitzki, 39, does look a bit odd in a baseball uniform, mostly due to the fact that he stands at 7-feet tall. The Dallas Mavericks recently declined the 19-year veteran's $25 million option for next season, according to ESPN. But the franchise will likely negotiate a new deal for the 13-time All-Star.

Elliott, the 2016 NFL rushing champion, is among the athletes featured in ESPN's upcoming Body Issue.

Dirk's team earned a 5-3 victory Saturday against Elliott, Bryant and crew. Former tennis star Andy Roddick won the MVP award for the contest.

NBA players Nerlens Noel, Yogi Ferrell, Seth Curry, Salah Mejri, Dorian Finney-Smith, Dwight Powell, DeAndre Liggins, Devin Harris and Jarrod Uthoff also played in the game.

Nowitzki's event has raised $4 million in 15 years, according to the Dallas News.

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