Dogged Nets trying to pry away Anthony
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Nets' attempt to acquire Carmelo Anthony is in a holding pattern.
The Nets are waiting for the Nuggets to sign off on a deal that would bring Anthony to New Jersey, and also involve Charlotte and Utah, the Associated Press reported Sunday.
While he couldn't talk directly about Anthony, Nets general manager Billy King acknowledged he had been working on a trade.
"I would say that we're exploring everything," King said Sunday afternoon. "But there's no deal. We have nothing. … I'll continue to explore and see if we can make the team better."
According to media reports, New Jersey would ship Derrick Favors, the No. 3 pick overall in the draft and at least one first-round pick to the Nuggets for Anthony. New Jersey would also send point guard Devin Harris to Charlotte, and Denver also would receive Andrei Kirilenko from Utah.
Anthony, 26, averaged 28.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists for the Nuggets last season.
Women's worlds: After a day off, the U.S. national team will open the second round today against Canada at the world championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic. The Americans have cruised through the first three games, winning by an average of 34 points. After Canada comes games against Belarus on Tuesday and rival Australia on Wednesday.
Rain slows run at marathon record
Patrick Makau of Kenya won the 37th Berlin Marathon but failed to break the world record set on the course two years ago.
Makau ran through the rain-soaked German capital in 2 hours 5 minutes, 8 seconds, finishing 2 seconds ahead of countryman Geoffrey Mutai.
The Kenyans had hoped to break the world record of absent Ethiopian great Haile Gebrselassie (2:03:59 in 2008).
Aberu Kebede of Ethiopia won the women's race in 2:23:58.
More running: Amine Laalou of Morroco (3 minutes, 52.83 seconds) surged past two-time Olympic medalist Bernard Lagat of the United States in the final stretch of the Fifth Avenue Mile in New York. Defending champion Shannon Rowbury (4:24.12) led an American sweep in the women's event.
Horses: Exclusive Scheme beat Frivolous Buck by a length in the $100,000 John Hettinger Stakes for New York-bred fillies and mares at Belmont Park. … Morning Line beat First Dude by a neck Saturday to win the Pennsylvania Derby at Philadelphia Park. … Apart used a strong stretch run to easily win the $500,000 Super Derby for 3-year-olds Saturday at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City.
Soccer: Christine Sinclair scored twice, Marta had a goal and two assists, and the FC Gold Pride defeated the Philadelphia Independence 4-0 to win the Women's Professional Soccer championship in Hayward, Calif. … Brad Friedel came out on top in a matchup of American goalkeepers as Aston Villa beat Marcus Hahnemann and Wolverhampton 2-1 in England's Premier League.
Tennis: American teenager Melanie Oudin lost 6-4, 6-4 to Kaia Kanepi in the first round of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. Maria Kirilenko defeated Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 6-3, 6-7 (7-5), 6-1 in the event that is without top-ranked Serena Williams, who withdrew last week.