Sports briefs 6-23-14: Knicks' Anthony headed for free agency

BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer Published:

NEW YORK -- Carmelo Anthony is putting himself on the free agent market.

Anthony has informed the New York Knicks of his long-expected plans, two people with knowledge of the details said Sunday.

Anthony had a Monday deadline to terminate the final year of his contract. He filed the paperwork on Friday, one of the people told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no official announcements were made.

Anthony has repeatedly said he planned to explore free agency this summer. Team president Phil Jackson told the All-Star forward after the season he may want to delay the decision and play out the final year of his deal, which would have paid him $23.3 million, but Anthony is going ahead with his previous plans.

He told the Knicks he was sticking to his intentions during a recent meeting in Los Angeles with Jackson, general manager Steve Mills and new coach Derek Fisher, and has now made it official.

He will be eligible to negotiate with teams starting July 1.

Teams such as Chicago, Houston, Dallas and Miami have been mentioned as potential suitors for Anthony, a two-time Olympic gold medalist who led the NBA in scoring in 2012-13.

• Baseball

Padres fire GM: A front-office shakeup had no impact on the San Diego Padres' performance.

After the team announced general manager Josh Byrnes was fired minutes before the first pitch with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Padres put up another punchless performance in a 2-1 loss against Hyun-Jin Ryu.

Although Padres President and CEO Mike Dee said there were a number of factors that figured into the firing, Padres Executive Chairman Ron Fowler made it clear that the ownership group was not happy with the product on the field.

Reds sign Blandino: The Cincinnati Reds have signed Stanford shortstop Alex Blandino to a contract.

Blandino was the team's supplemental first-round pick and the 29th overall selection in the draft.

The team's top pick, Virginia pitcher Nick Howard, is still with the Cavaliers. They have reached the College World Series, which is scheduled to start today.

• Elsewhere

Releasing report: Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is preparing to release a report with new details on how police and prosecutors handled the Jerry Sandusky child molestation investigation.

Kane raised questions about the investigation when she was running for attorney general two years ago.

Kane ordered the review and brought in law professor and former federal prosecutor Geoff Moulton to conduct it. The report is scheduled for release today.

Reach deal: The Cleveland Browns have agreed to a deal with their second-round pick offensive lineman Joel Bitonio.

Bitonio is a projected starter at guard. The 6-foot-4, 305-pound Bitonio was selected 35th overall. He appeared in 51 games at Nevada. He started his final 38 games, with 26 starts at right tackle, before opening all 12 games at left tackle as a senior.

Career over: Isaiah Austin's attempt to play in the NBA despite his partial blindness has ended because of a rare genetic disorder that affects his heart.

The former Baylor center, who left school early to enter this week's NBA draft, has been diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, which affects the body's connective tissue.

Baylor made the announcement Sunday. The condition was discovered during a physical for the draft, which is Thursday.

Wings' schedule: The Detroit Red Wings will open the upcoming 2014-15 NHL season at home against the Boston Bruins.

The team released its regular season schedule Sunday. Opening night is Oct. 9 at Joe Louis Arena.

Detroit's first three games will be at home. The Red Wings also will play 19 games against the Original Six franchises, including five games each against Toronto and Boston.

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