AP source: Knicks agree to trade Carmelo Anthony to Thunder for Kanter, McDermott and a pick

NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony won’t be at Knicks training camp after all. He’ll be in Oklahoma City, joining Russell Westbrook and Paul George in a loaded lineup.

The Knicks agreed to trade Anthony to the Thunder on Saturday, saving themselves a potentially awkward reunion next week with the player they’d been trying to deal since last season.

New York will get Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a draft pick, a person with knowledge of the deal said. The person spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been announced.

The Knicks had said just a day earlier that they expected Anthony to be there when they reported for camp Monday. But it was clear they didn’t want him anymore and he no longer wanted to be in New York, where he arrived with so much hype that was never fulfilled in February 2011.

He rarely had a championship core around him in New York but jumps right into one in Oklahoma City along with Westbrook, the NBA MVP, and fellow All-Star George, who was acquired from Indiana this summer.

Anthony will see his old teammates soon: The Knicks open the regular season at Oklahoma City on Oct. 19.

Anthony agreed to waive his no-trade clause to complete the deal, which was first reported by The Vertical.

Phil Jackson spent the latter part of his time in New York making it clear he wanted to move Anthony. But a deal was difficult because the 33-year-old forward has two years and about $54 million left on his contract, along with the ability to decline any trade.

He had long maintained that he wanted to stay in New York, but the constant losing and a chance to play with a talented lineup convinced him it was finally time to go.

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

USU volleyball: Utah State opens league play undefeated with 3-1 win over Fresno State

Utah State volleyball started its conference slate with a perfect 2-0 record for the first time since 2013, with a 3-1 victory over Fresno State on Saturday afternoon, improving to 2-0 in the Mountain West and 10-4 overall on the year. The record is the best start for the Aggies since 2010, when the team opened the campaign 12-2 and later advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

The Aggies used a balanced attack during the match as senior outside Lauren Anderson led the way with 13 kills, followed by 11 kills from senior outside Rachel Gale-Hammond, nine from freshman middle Bailey Downing and senior opposite Kayla DeCoursey and eight from junior middle Lauren O’Brien. Both middles hit better than .300 as Utah State hit .188 (52-23-154) during the match.

Anderson coupled her kills with 11 digs, marking her team-leading seventh double-double of the year, as junior libero Tasia Taylor led all players on the back row with a match-high 21 digs, her sixth match with 20 or more digs this season. Other defensive highlights included a team-best six blocks from O’Brien and career highs from Downing with five blocks, Anderson with four blocks and a season-high two blocks by junior setter Kassidy Johnson.

“It’s nice to win. It’s always nice to defend your home court, and Fresno State’s a nice team,” head coach Grayson DuBose said after the match. “We served the ball really well, and they got in a lot of trouble. That allowed us to go be a little better defensively, as far as digging and deterring balls in transition.”

Utah State opened the first set hitting .312 (14-4-32) and scored the first two points of the frame behind a kill by Anderson and a block by Johnson and O’Brien. The Aggies never trailed in the set, but Fresno State came back late …read more

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Captain’s Corner: After Irma, fishing picks up along gulf beaches

Over the past week, fish activity has increased along the gulf geaches. During a relief trip to the lower Keys last week by boat, we encountered swarms of mackerel, ladyfish, bonito, tarpon and jacks hammering pods of tiny minnows all the way from Clearwater Beach to Marco Island. The entire southwest coast was teeming with striking fish. In some areas, big tarpon were also seen joining in the melee. Finding the fish is easy — drive down the coast a half-mile off the beach and look for birds. As you get closer you usually get an idea of what kind of fish are attacking the minnows. Each has a particular type of splash as it strikes. Bonito often show up as a white wall of foam and charge the bait schools side by side across the surface. These feeding frenzies can provide great opportunities to catch speedy ocean fish on fly fishing tackle. An ideal setup is an 8-weight outfit rigged with a floating or slow-sinking line, and a leader of 30-pound or more test fluorocarbon. Since the target fish are already worked into a frenzy, you do not need fancy flies. Anything shiny that resembles a small sardine will work. They key is casting in exactly the right place. For fish such as bonito, casting to the perimeter of the school seldom works. You have to land it right in the foaming frenzy to get a bite.

Ed Walker charters out of Tarpon Springs. He can be contacted at info@lighttacklecharters.com.

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