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Carmelo Anthony looked like he was all done just a couple of seasons ago.

Now, he's part of a truly exclusive club in the NBA.


Welcome to the Top 10, Melo.

Anthony scored 14 points Monday night in Portland's 123-114 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, moving him past Elvin Hayes for 10th place on the career scoring list with 27,318.

"If you’re in the top 10 of anything of all time, it’s a special moment," said Anthony, who's in his 18th NBA season and turns 37 before the month is out. 

Anthony cruised past Hayes early in the second quarter, hitting a 3-pointer while getting fouled by Danilo Gallinari and knocking down the free throw to complete a four-point play.

Anthony was fully aware of how many points he needed to surpass Hayes.

"I knew this moment," he said. "I didn’t know those other moments — 15, 13, 11. But 10 is something I knew."

It appeared Anthony was headed for a forced retirement after he played just 10 games during the 2018-19 season. 

He parted ways with Houston, was waived by Chicago and didn't hook up with Portland until the next season was several weeks old.

Even though he went more than a year without playing a game, Anthony found new life and a new role with the Trail Blazers.

A starter his entire career, he's now coming off the bench, playing a supporting role to younger stars, players who still look up to him, such as Damian Lillard.

"Being in the top 10 in a really special accomplishment," Lillard said. "For him, it's probably a little more special. A lot of people counted him out and tried to finish him."

During his time with the Trail Blazers, Anthony has passed nine players on the career scoring list. 

He knocked off Alex English, Kevin Garnett, John Havlicek and Paul Pierce last season. He's taken down Tim Duncan, Dominique Wilkins, Oscar Robertson, Hakeem Olajuwon and now Hayes this season. 

Next up for Anthony: Moses Malone at 27,409 points. 

Melo's got a good chance at catching him, too, by the end of the regular season.

"For Melo to be out a year and come back makes it even more remarkable," Portland coach Terry Stotts said. "I always appreciate greatness, whether it's a player I'm coaching or coaching against. Melo is a great player. He's a Hall of Fame player."

Lillard went on and on about what a pleasure it's been to have Anthony as a teammate, disputing those who have described him over the years as a selfish player who was never quite good enough to lead his teams — most notably, Denver and New York — to a championship.


"I appreciate him more as a friend than I do as a teammate, and I really appreciate him as a teammate," Lillard said. "I think that really speaks to the kind of person he is."

Afterward, Stotts presented Anthony with a game ball in the locker room.

"We need to acknowledge milestones," the coach said. "This is a big one. Top 10 of all time. That's big time."

After his teammates finished clapping, Anthony said, "A couple of years ago, I didn't think I was gonna be in this moment right now. I was out the league for whatever reason. I’m back. I persevered. I stayed strong, I stayed true to myself and now I’m here in the top 10."

He's not done yet.

"I'm still enjoying the game," Anthony said. "I'm still loving the game. I'm still approaching the game the same way."

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Portugal flights face mass cancellation from May 17 with TUI warning of border closures

AIRLINES and tour operators may be forced to cancel flights to Portugal from Monday, after fears the country's borders will remain closed.

Despite the country being added to the UK green list, allowing quarantine-free travel from May 17, current EU restrictions may still ban Brits from entering the country.

4Brits face mass flight cancellation due to the Portugal border closureCredit: Alamy

The country has also extended its "state of calamity" until May 30, despite being due to open their borders from Sunday.

Thousands of families are facing having their flights cancelled, after airlines such as easyJet and Ryanair launched thousands of flights following the government announcement.

TUI warned they may be forced to cancel flights, telling Sky News: "We will only take people on holiday if FCDO travel advice allows and borders are open.

"We therefore await an update from Portuguese officials.

"Should both of the above not be in place on the 17th May we will cancel flights and offer customers a full refund, or let them change to another holiday for free."

However, easyJet has told passengers that they still plan to resume flights from Monday.

Portuguese MP Cristovao Norte said a decision should be taken "immediately" over whether British tourists can travel to Portugal from May 17.

He told BBC Breakfast: "We are today going to make an urgent inquiry asking the (Portuguese) government whether or not the English travel can come to Portugal next Monday because we are three days ahead from 17th and no one is sure what is going to happen."

4It was hoped that holidays to Portugal could resume from Monday after the country was added to the UK green listCredit: Reuters 4The EU rules mean Portugal might be forced to turn Brits away at the borderCredit: Alamy 4Only 12 countries are currently on the green list

Asked if the decision could change between now and Monday, he said: "It's possible but I'm not sure what's going to happen.

"Yesterday there was a council of ministers and the minister responsible told the press they didn't have a definitive decision."  

The lockdown extension could also wreck plans to hold the Champions League final in Porto on May 29.

Up to 20,000 Man City and Chelsea fans are planning to descend on the country for the all-English final.

Nervous Brits have taken to social media, fearing last-minute cancellations.

One person wrote: "I am due to travel on 28th to Madeira and literally paid for our testing kits two days ago. No idea what’s going on."

Another person asked: "I have a flight to Portugal Monday it is illegal to go there so why I am I being charged to change it."

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Only four of the countries on the green list are welcoming Brits, with destinations including Australia and New Zealand not opening their borders to tourists.

While Brits won't have to quarantine when returning to the UK from a green destination, a pre-arrival test and a Covid test on day two are still required.

The rest of Europe is on the amber list, which requires a 10-day home quarantine.

TUI has since launched cheap Covid test packages to encourage Brits to go on holiday, which start from just £20.

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