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ATP investigating report of match-rigging on men's tour

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Published October 15, 2003

MADRID, Spain - The Association of Tennis Professionals is looking into reports of possible match-rigging, but the head of the men's tour doesn't believe any players are involved.

"I suppose anything is possible in some respects, but I believe that our guys ... are among the cleanest in any sport anywhere," ATP chief executive Mark Miles said at the Masters tournament here in response to a British newspaper report.

The ATP got permission from the online gambling company Betfair to see its clients records, part of an effort to make sure players aren't involved.

Last week, bookmakers reportedly suspended betting six hours before a match in Lyon, France, between Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Fernando Vicente after a big wager was placed on Vicente, winless since June. He won in straight sets.

Kafelnikov, forced out of his first-round match in Madrid by a sore left foot, was upset about the allegations in several newspapers. "When I walked in yesterday morning in the locker room all the players looked at me like I'm the worst enemy of all time," he said.

Wayne Ferreira said it was clear a bad foot bothered Kafelnikov in Lyon.

COLLEGES: Gators' Foley to speak

Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley will be at ICONS Restaurant in the St. Pete Times Forum from 6-8 p.m. tonight to speak on past, present and future endeavors of Gator athletics. Sponsored by the Tampa Gator Club, the event is free and open to the public. Business attire is requested. For additional information, go to or RSVP at the TGC Hotline, 813 226-8660.

SOCCER: Leah Gallegos became the second Seminole ever named a two-time ACC player of the week after scoring three goals in two 3-0 shutouts. ... Host Rollins scored three second-half goals for a 4-3 Sunshine State Conference win over the Eckerd men.

VOLLEYBALL: Host USF (8-13) lost 3-0 to Miami (16-4). ... Visiting FSU snapped UCF's 11-match winning streak 3-1.

AUTO RACING: Brack has more surgery

Kenny Brack had surgery on his broken back, his second operation in two days following a terrifying crash in Sunday's IRL season finale. The driver was in serious but stable condition at Parkland Hospital in Dallas after repair of a spinal fracture and the fusing of three vertebrae. "Kenny's spine is stable, and he's moving his legs and toes," said Dr. Kevin Morrill, chief neurologist at Parkland.

K. EARNHARDT OUT OF JOB: Kerry Earnhardt was released from his contract with FitzBradshaw Racing, a Busch team partly owned by Terry Bradshaw. He has not driven the No. 12 Chevrolet since July but continued to fulfill sponsor requests and attend races to support the team.


GOLF: Don Lucas of Lithia and Mike Walters of Tampa combined for a 10-under 62 in the second round two win the Florida State Senior Four-Ball Championship by six strokes in Sarasota.

BASKETBALL: Cheryl Ford had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the WNBA Select team past a South Korean squad 86-53 in an opening game at the inaugural Women's World Cup in Russia.

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