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Sources: If New York Knicks get Carmelo Anthony, New Jersey Nets may get 2 Knicks

Even if the New Jersey Nets do not acquire Carmelo Anthony, they still might pull off a trade with the Denver Nuggets, one that would likely be a sore spot for their cross-river rivals in New York, according to high-ranking league officials.

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ESPN.com’s Chris Sheridan talks about where negotiations are between the Nuggets and Knicks for Carmelo Anthony. Plus, comments on Isiah Thomas consulting for the Knicks.

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If the New York Knicks send Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler and Timofey Mozgov to Denver for Anthony, the Nets are in discussions to then acquire either Gallinari, Felton or Chandler plus Mozgov for two first-round draft picks.

That deal is obviously contingent upon the Knicks trading all those players to Denver for a package headlined by Anthony and Chauncey Billups.

The Nets remain confident that they can acquire Anthony before the deadline, but if he instead is obtained by the Knicks, they see this trade as an alternative way to strengthen their team, the sources said.

The move could also burn the Knicks, who are reluctant to part with so many of their coveted young prospects, even for a player of Anthony’s ability. To see a couple of them opening the Nets’ new arena in Brooklyn could certainly be bothersome to the Knicks’ franchise.

Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni says he’s “ready for anything” as the deadline nears and the trade scenarios keep swirling.

“I think everybody is waiting the next three days to see what happens, see the cosmetics, see if it’s big,” he said Monday. “We’re ready for anything but we do business as usual. We’re preparing for Milwaukee.”

Asked if he favored trading for Anthony while giving up three starters, D’Antoni said: “We could sit here, debate all day, but I’m not going to do it. It’s just not worth it.”

Although league rules generally preclude packaging players for two months after they are acquired via trade, Denver can package players acquired from New York in a subsequent trade with New Jersey if the players involved are sent to the Nets in separate but simultaneous smaller deals before Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline.

One example: New Jersey could trade Troy Murphy to the Nuggets as a trade exception that Denver would generate by the trade of Billups to New York. The Nets, then, would accept multiple players from Denver whose aggregated salaries are less than Murphy’s. There are other combinations possible for the Nuggets and Nets to make two separate trades to satisfy league rules and convey the former Knicks to New Jersey.

Sources confirmed to ESPN.com a Friday report from the Bergen (N.J.) Record that New Jersey has agreed in principle to send prized rookie Derrick Favors, former All-Star guard Devin Harris, Murphy (and his expiring contract), Ben Uzoh and four first-round picks to Denver for Anthony, Billups, Shelden Williams, Melvin Ely and Renaldo Balkman. As ESPN.com reported Thursday night, Denver would then use at least one of those future first-round picks to package with Murphy — either in this trade or in a separate deal — to a third team yet to be determined.

That deal is contingent on Anthony signing a three-year, $65 million extension to remain in New Jersey long-term.

But the Nuggets are currently embroiled in talks with New York, Anthony’s preferred destination. The Knicks are willing to send Gallinari, Chandler, Felton and a first-round pick to Denver, but the Nuggets are pushing for Mozgov, a 7-foot center, to be included in the package.

Landing Mozgov (and then trading him to New Jersey) would be a huge coup for Denver, since it would enable it to get the draft picks it desires, along with some of the Knicks’ young talent, along with a savings of roughly $20 million this season.

Felton (2005, No. 5 by Bobcats), Chandler (2007, 23rd by Knicks) and Gallinari (2008, sixth by Knicks) are all former first-round picks. Mozgov, a former six-year pro in his native Russia, was signed as a free agent in July.

Anthony, meanwhile, was excused from the Nuggets’ practice Monday night because he was in Burbank, Calif., taping a segment on “Conan.”

Team spokesman Tim Gelt told The Associated Press that Anthony’s absence was excused. Late Monday afternoon, Anthony tweeted: “Headed to Burbank to film THE CONAN SHOW.”

Chris Broussard is a senior NBA writer for ESPN The Magazine. Information from ESPN.com senior NBA writer Marc Stein and The Associated Press was included.

Follow Chris Broussard on Twitter: @chris_broussard



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Brett Mandel: Republican Mayor? – Philadelphia Magazine (blog)

Brett Mandel for Republican Mayor? According to Newsworks, Milton Street will be officially announcing his candidacy today. Meanwhile Dave Davies writes that Republicans want Brett Mandel on their ticket to run against Nutter and reports that Mandel’s not exactly saying no.

Sasso to Replace Estey on DRPA? Governor Corbett is expected to replace PA’s eight commissioners on the Delaware River Port Authority, and the Gloucester County Times reports the guv is going to name William R. Sasso of Philly law firm Stradley Ronon to take the chairman’s spot currently held by John Estey, who was appointed by Rendell and is a partner at Ballard Spahr. Ah, doin’ the political shuffle. Those crazy kids.

Ackerman Passes on Her $100,000 Bonus … For Now. After the Daily News got pushy yesterday about this huge bonus written into the super’s contract, the school district said Ackerman will “defer her retention bonus until the [district's] budget picture becomes more clear.” [Daily News]

Suspended CB East Teach Stands By Her Blog. English teacher Natalie Munroe was suspended last week after her snarky blog comments about students (“rude, lazy, disengaged whiners”) got around on Facebook and such. She and her lawyer say she didn’t do anything that could get her fired because the school district has no policy about personal blogs. [6 ABC]

Ursinus College Lowers Expectations. Rounding out the Scoop’s education theme, Ursinus College has purposely cut back on its seduction of potential students (who will only turn around and reject the school once they’ve been accepted anyway … sniff). The New York Times has a piece today explaining why the Collegeville university has gone against trend and made getting into the school more difficult.

Cobbs Creek Kids Used as Drug Mules. Police made a drug bust yesterday and discovered a nine-year-old and a 10-year-old with seven pounds of marijuana in their backpacks. Their parents were arrested, along with a man who happens to be a school police officer. Lovely. [NBC 10]

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Bud Shootout may be real fast – Florida Today

Based on Friday’s two practices for tonight’s Budweiser Shootout season-opening non-points race at Daytona International Speedway, the dance could go any of three ways.

The 75-lap race could resemble a mosh pit, a line dance or a tango on the new surface that is as smooth as, well, a dance floor.

And the driver who best figures things out will get to perform the most desired dance of all — the Victory Lane celebration where sponsor hat after sponsor hat is donned for photographs.

That’s something Kevin Harvick has done for the past two Shootouts. Tonight, he’ll seek to be the first driver ever to win three straight.

“The Bud Shootout this year, I think everybody is anticipating it just for the fact you have the all new fueling system,” Harvick told reporters. “I think there’s questions there how fast the fuel goes in and what you do for strategy and things like that.

“But, obviously, we’re not going to approach the Bud Shootout just because Budweiser is our sponsor any different than what we did in the past. We’re gonna come here and try to win the race and know that there’s no points on the line and do everything we can to win. Nothing has changed there.”

Things could get wild or be relatively mild, at least until the end when the $203,000 winner’s paycheck is in sight.

Friday’s incident-free first practice session, paced by Shootout pole-sitter Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s fast lap of 199.862 mph, started out with one pack of cars drafting but soon broke down into the two-car draft that became the phenomenon after the 2006 repaving at Daytona’s sister track Talladega.

The second session was highlighted — or more correctly low-lighted — by the lights ringing the speedway from Turn 1 around the backstretch going out 24 minutes into the session with drivers on the track at speed doing what else but two-car drafts.

The lights came back on about nine minutes later and practice resumed. Joey Logano had the session’s best lap — 203.087 mph.

Dillon leads today’s ARCA field.

Ty Dillon, grandson of NASCAR Sprint Cup team owner Richard Childress, won the pole for today’s ARCA racing series season opener at Daytona.

Dillon, 18, a series rookie making his Daytona debut and driving a Chevy prepared by his grandfather’s team, turned a top lap of 185.533 mph.

“Our car was not as good in practice as it showed up to be in qualifying, it kind of surprised me,” said Dillon whose older brother Austin races in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series.

“I believe we can definitely win this race.”

The 80-lap, 200-mile race goes green at 4:30 p.m.

The pole was the second of Dillon’s career, the first coming in his series debut at Iowa Speedway last July. He will be making his fourth career start and shooting for his third consecutive series victory after winning last season’s final two races at Kansas and Rockingham.

Kyle Fowler, 18, also making his Daytona debut, starts second in his Venturini Motorsports Chevy thanks to a lap of 184.995. Fowler’s teammate, Steve Arpin, starts third thanks to his lap of 184.57.

Annett on probation.

NASCAR announced Friday it has placed Michael Annett, driver of the No. 62 car in the Nationwide Series, on probation until Dec. 31 for actions detrimental to stock car racing.

Annett was charged with driving while intoxicated following a Feb. 6 traffic accident in Mooresville, N.C.

Police said he was found to have a blood alcohol level of .32 or four times the legal limit.

In addition to the steps already under way by Annett’s Rusty Wallace Racing team, the driver will be evaluated by a certified substance abuse professional at NASCAR’s discretion and will be subject to random alcohol and drug testing.

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Sonali Bendre pantyless act denied by her – SamayLive

Sonali Bendre in a statement has clarified that the report about her pantyless act at Karan Johar’s party is mere rumour.

The statement has further said that such awful reports have disturbed Sonali and her family members.

According to the reports, Sonali was spotted pantyless at director Karan Johar’s party on Monday.

The reports claimed that Sonali Bendre, who had come along with her family friend Aishwarya Rai and her sister in law to the Johar’s party, was not wearing the essential piece of garment.

The reports had further said that Sonali was clicked by the photographers without her panty and she appeared unfazed over it.

Sonali Bendre is wife of Goldie Behl, who is a director and producer in Bollywood.

This model turned actress  started her film career with the Bollywood movie Aag.

Sonali has done several films like Sarfarosh, Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hain, Duplicate, Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega and many others.

She recenlty featured in the reality shows Indian Idol season 4 and India’s Got Talent as a judge.


 

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