Anthony expected to opt out

NEW YORK (AP) — 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. 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.

Streelman wins Travelers

CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Kevin Streelman birdied the last seven holes to win the Travelers Championship by a stroke at TPC River Highlands.

Streelman shot his second straight 6-under 64 to finish at 15-under 265. He broke the tour record for consecutive closing birdies by a winner of six set by Mike Souchak in the 1956 St. Paul Open.

The 35-year-old Streelman also won the Tampa Bay Championship last season. He missed the cuts in his previous four starts on tour.

Sergio Garcia and K.J. Choi tied for second. They each shot 67.

Aaron Baddeley was fourth at 13 under after a 69.

Austin’s career over before it starts

WACO, Texas (AP) — 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.

According to the Mayo Clinic, complications from Marfan syndrome can weaken the aorta, the artery that supplies blood from the heart to the rest of the body.

Torres 1st to wear protective cap

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Padres reliever Alex Torres is the first pitcher to wear a protective cap in a major league game.

Torres used the oversized gear when he worked the eighth inning of a 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night. There was little on-field reaction.

“There really isn’t that much difference between this and a regular hat,” Torres said. “It may not look great, but I can’t feel a difference.”

Torres said he’s had the cap, approved by Major League Baseball in January, for about a month. He said he tried it on while playing catch on a few occasions before finally wearing it in Saturday night’s game.

Asked why he decided to wear it in a game, Torres said: “If it can save your life, why wouldn’t you? I’m not worried about how it looks if it works.”

Torres, 26, was with Tampa Bay last season when Rays pitcher Alex Cobb suffered a concussion when he was struck on his right ear by a line drive on June 15.

“That’s a scary thing to witness and it makes you think that could be you,” he said.



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