Oklahoma City — Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony missed his second straight game Saturday night after leaving the team to be with his family following the death of his sister.
Denver coach George Karl said before the Nuggets’ Christmas Day game at Oklahoma City that he had no update on Anthony’s status. Karl says he doesn’t expect Anthony to return for a home game today against Philadelphia. The team said Wednesday night that Anthony’s sister, Michelle Anthony, died of a pre-existing medical condition Tuesday in Baltimore. She had four children.
Colts short-handed today on ‘D’
Indianapolis — The Indianapolis Colts will be missing three defensive starters today against Oakland.
Team spokesman Craig Kelley says cornerback Kelvin Hayden, linebacker Clint Session, defensive tackle Daniel Muir and backup running back Mike Hart did not make the trip.
Aust. Open to precede Pres. Cup
Brisbane, Australia — The Australian Open will precede the Presidents Cup next November, a decision that could put the Australian Masters — an event Tiger Woods has played the last two years — opposite the American star’s own tournament in California.
The PGA of Australia announced Sunday that the Open, likely to be held at a Sydney-area course, will be held from Nov. 10-13. The Australian PGA at Coolum will be played Nov. 24-27, a week after the Presidents Cup between the United States and an International team at Royal Melbourne.