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PRESS BOX: Bulls, Rockets top Anthony's list

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The Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets are the early frontrunners to land New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, who plans to opt out of his contract, according to Yahoo Sports.

Anthony has until June 23 to either opt in or out of the final year of his deal with the Knicks. Team president Phil Jackson has lobbied for Anthony to delay free agency for another season but Anthony reportedly intends to opt out and become a free agent in July.

Jackson met with Anthony on Thursday in an effort to persuade him to stay with the Knicks. New York missed the playoffs this past season. Jackson, who recently took over as president, is trying to convince Anthony that the team can turn around its fortunes.

Anthony reportedly wants to play for a championship contender. The Bulls and Rockets reportedly will look to clear enough salary cap space to pursue Anthony.


The Montreal Canadiens gave coach Michel Therrien a four-year contract extension on Saturday.

Therrien guided the Canadiens to the Eastern Conference finals. The team is 75-42-13 in the past seasons under Therrien.

The new contract begins in the 2015-16 season and runs through 2018-19. Therrien, 50, had one more year left on his contract.

---The Anaheim Ducks acquired forward Louis Leblanc from the Montreal Canadiens for a conditional fifth-round selection in next year's NHL draft.

Leblanc, 23, has five goals and five assists in 50 career games with the Canadiens. He debuted in the 2011-12 season and led the team's rookies in goals and was second in scoring.

Leblanc went scoreless with four penalty minutes and a plus-1 rating in eight games this past season.


Former Georgia safety Tray Matthews announced via Twitter that he is transferring to Auburn.

Matthews was dismissed from the team after his freshman year for off-the-field issues, including an arrest in March for twice cashing his university stipend checks. He told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he was dismissed because of his involvement in a classroom disturbance.

In 2013, Matthews had 36 tackles and an interception in six starts.


Highly-touted high school guard Tyler Dorsey confirmed Saturday that he is decommitting from Arizona.

Dorsey, who was expected to join Arizona in 2015, said in a statement that he will open himself up to the recruitment process. He committed to Arizona in January. The 6-foot-4 guard from St. John Bosco (Calif.) is ranked the No. 12 overall among 2015 recruits, according to 247Sports.


The University of Kentucky's A.J. Reed won the Dick Howser Trophy as the top player in college baseball on Saturday.

He was honored in a ceremony at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

Reed, who was selected by the Houston Astros in the second round of the draft earlier this month, is a pitcher-first baseman. He led the NCAA with 23 home runs and batted .336 with 73 RBIs. On the mound, he posted a 12-2 record with a 2.09 ERA.
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