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Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Show me the money!

By Stacy Title

College basketball: The strange tale began Sunday, when businessman and AAU basketball operator David Salinas shot himself in the head after a month-long investigation into his business dealings. The SEC has begun to unravel what looks to be an investment fraud scheme around his sale of so-called corporate bonds. Current and former college basketball coaches are on the list of more than 100 investors. (Individual investments range from the low five-figures to more than two million!) At issue for investors is what happened to the bonds, since Salinas was unable to show any proof of their existence to SEC investigators. The NCAA has no plans to take action but there's sure to be way more to this story.

MLB: The Dodgers lost to the Giants 5-3, for the sixth straight time. (Six?! Not since 1969!) Rookies, veterans, sick puppies -- whoever the Giants play, they beat! ... The Pirates beat the Reds 1-0 and hold first place in the National League Central. ... The Phillies rallied in the eighth to beat the Cubs 4-2 and become the first team to reach 60 wins.

Side note: The Texas Rangers have decided to raise the height of their ballpark railings to increase fan safety. This move comes in the wake of fan Shannon Stone's death last week after he fell over a rail trying to catch a tossed ball from All-Star outfielder Josh Hamilton.

NBA: It was kind of cheeky of the NBA to release next season's schedule, when talks have stalled completely and many star players plan appearances and possible lockout commitments to play overseas. I guess David Stern is a glass half-full kind of guy.

WNBA: The WNBA All-Star rosters are now set with the league announcing the reserves. The Lynx's Seimone Augustus, Lindsay Whalen and Rebekkah Brunson join starter Maya Moore to give Minnesota a league-leading four representatives. San Antonio's Becky Hammon and Danielle Adams and Phoenix's Penny Taylor round out the West roster. In the East, Chicago leads the way with Sylvia Fowles, Courtney Vandersloot and Epiphanny Prince earning selection. They are joined by Connecticut's Renee Montgomery, New York's Essence Carson and Washington's Crystal Langhorne. A full roster can be found here.