For his part, Carmelo Anthony said he "just didn't have it" Wednesday night in Denver. Anthony bolted early in the third quarter and will head back to New York to have his right knee drained and likely will miss the rest of the West Coast trip -- if not more. ... There is no timetable for his return but a medical expert said it could only be a week before he returns unless there is more to it. Nevertheless, fluid in the knee is a symptom of larger problems -- possibly cartilage damage or arthritis. Early in the fourth quarter, a loud, taunting chant of "Where is Melo?" rang out in the thin Denver air as the Nuggets (44-22) won their 10th straight game. (New York Post) Comment
Even in the offseason, a Packers-Vikings matchup makes for a fun one. The top wide receiver left on the free-agent market is visiting with his former rival Thursday. Greg Jennings will visit with the Minnesota Vikings today, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday. ... [The] visit is interesting in that ESPN Twin Cities' Tom Pelissero reported earlier this week that the Vikings wouldn't pursue Jennings if the receiver was interested in making Mike Wallace-type money. The trip to Minnesota might signify that Jennings and his advisors have acknowledged that this offseason the market is scarce on $10 million-plus contracts. The Green Bay Press-Gazette reported Wednesday that the Green Bay Packers are still "strongly in the running" to re-sign [Jennings]. (NFL.com) Comment
Sidney Crosby took the occasion recently of a wide-ranging postgame interview to offer his take on such hot-button topics as the Olympics, visors, expansion and fighting. Crosby knows fighting has become a sensitive issue after Ottawa's Dave Dziurzynski was KO'ed by the Leafs' Frazer McLaren last week. At the same time, he admits there still seems to be a place for fisticuffs in the sport. ... Sometimes things happen no matter how many times you have done it. The likelihood probably increases when you have an experienced guy going up against someone who is having his first time fighting at the NHL level. "It's been around for a long time and I don't see it changing any time soon." (Toronto Sun) Comment
Kobe Bryant grimaces after hurting his ankle on the game-tying shot attempt as the Lakers fell to the Hawks, 96-92. (Daniel Shirey/USA Today Sports)
A couple of Patriots fans took the news of Wes Welker's deal with the Broncos personally, so decided to burn his jersey.