Talking Points: Web of deception broken



What’s the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:


Investigators uncovered a plan where an associate of San Francisco Giants All-Star Melky Cabrera purchased a website and attempted to create evidence to support a claim that the outfielder inadvertently took the substance that caused his positive drug test.

According to a report by the New York Daily News, Juan Nunez, who works with Cabrera’s agents, purchased an existing website and attempted to alter it in a manner that would allow Cabrera to claim the positive test was caused by a substance obtained through the website. The News reported Nunez paid $10,000 for the website.Baseball officials uncovered the scheme as Cabrera prepared his case to challenge the test.Cabrera, MVP of the All-Star Game last month, tested positive for testosterone, MLB said.

“If you create a new website, you would know when the website was created,” one baseball official said. “At least they were smart enough to buy an existing website.”


College tennis isn’t exactly on the mainstream sports radar.

Until now.

A new NCAA proposal could change the way college tennis is played, and current players aren’t happy about it.

The move is intended to shorten matches with a new tiebreaker format and modify the NCAA tournament in hopes of giving the sport more exposure. The proposal will be considered at a meeting next month.

If approved, beginning in 2014, all singles matches would be contested in a best-of-three set format with a super tiebreaker used in the third set. The first player to 10 would win the match. Doubles matches would use a six-game set with a tiebreaker at six-all.

Players don’t like it one bit.

Stanford’s Nicole Gibbs, the reigning NCAA women’s champ, wrote on Twitter: “I play tennis for tennis, not for tv coverage and frat boy attendance. Playing a tb for a third set compromises the integrity of the sport!”

The U.S. Tennis Association and Intercollegiate Tennis Association have said they intend to send a formal letter opposing the changes to the NCAA this week.

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