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October 16, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A Huntington Beach soccer referee was convicted of having sex with a teenager in a parking lot and engaging in lewd acts with another teenager and a 10-year-old boy, authorities said Wednesday. Jorge Diosado Serafin, 33, was a referee with the Oakview Soccer league at the time of the crimes, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Prosecutors said Serafin had sex with the 15-year-old male on three occasions last year and that he knew the victim through Facebook.
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April 5, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Referee Dick Bavetta is such great fun whether he's holding a ball as part of a skit with a team mascot, racing Charles Barkley or casually yukking it up with a superstar that you wish he could work another 2,633 consecutive games. The 74-year-old has not missed a game since making his NBA debut on Dec. 2, 1975, giving the league nearly 39 seasons of uninterrupted service. It's an amazing streak that is a tribute to Bavetta's health, determination and logistical wherewithal, the veteran referee having somehow conquered badly rerouted flights and closed airports to make every scheduled appearance.
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January 10, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
Referee Billy Kennedy crashed through the fourth wall on Wednesday evening. During a live broadcast of the Lakers vs. San Antonio game on ESPN, the team's coaches gathered around Kennedy to find out why there was a delay in restarting play after a break. It looked as though they were discussing something fairly serious -- but that notion was quickly debunked. "TV went to a 20[-second timeout], thought that it was going to be a 20," Kennedy told the coaches. "All right, so what I'm doing right now is I'm stalling.
SPORTS
March 25, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
ORLANDO - The NFL will have an extra set of eyes this season to help determine calls on controversial plays. League owners voted Tuesday to allow referees to consult with an officiating command center at NFL headquarters in New York during replay reviews. Dean Blandino, the league's head of officiating, will be available to communicate with referees in real time during reviews, although the on-field official will have final say over the calls. “It's still referee review,” said Blandino, at the league's annual meetings.
SPORTS
November 11, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Officials in all sports are supposed to ensure fairness and, to a lesser degree, sportsmanship in the games they oversee. But one Saudi Arabian soccer referee apparently didn't get the memo. Early in the second half of Thursday's match between Al Nahdha and Al Ittihad, Taisir Al Antaif, the goalkeeper for Al Nahdha, paused before a goal kick when he noticed the shoelace on his left boot had come undone. Because he was wearing his large white goalie gloves, Al Antaif was unable to rectify the situation himself so he began gesturing to teammates to come help him out. Instead Brazilian striker Jobson of visiting Al Ittihad rushed over.
SPORTS
January 10, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Midway through the fourth quarter of the Lakers' visit to San Antonio to play the Spurs on Wednesday night, the game inexplicably halted with 5:09 left on the clock. Apparently, there was some confusion regarding available timeouts and television advertising, as described by referee Bill Kennedy in a clip that was obviously not intended to air on the ESPN broadcast. Kennedy explains to coaches Mike D'Antoni and Gregg Popovich he's "stalling. I'm stalling for commercial time.
SPORTS
March 21, 1991 | JIM MURRAY
It has long been the notion here that you can never stop a prizefight too soon, only too late. There are some fights that should have been stopped before they were started. They stopped Benny (Kid) Paret's fight with Emile Griffith one lifetime too late, for example. The list is long of pugilists who went ignorantly to their executions, who would be alive today if the referee were less full of fight. A crowd is bloodthirsty. It abhors a cease-fire.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2010 | By My-Thuan Tran
A 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of felony battery after tackling a referee following a soccer match in Temecula, authorities said Monday. Charles Haynes was ejected during a match Sunday evening between adult soccer teams at Patricia H. Birdsall Sports Park, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. The incident occurred after the two teams had begun to fight and the referee, Gaston Manrique, 50, ended the game with 20 minutes left in regulation time.
SPORTS
August 7, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
LONDON - The Americans used words such as "dramatic," "gutty" and "inspiring" to describe their 4-3 overtime win against Canada in the women's soccer semifinals Monday. The Canadians? Well, they used different words - not all of which can be repeated here. Much of the Canadians' anger was directed at Norwegian referee Christiana Pedersen, who made a pair of rare - and decisive - calls late in the second half. First she ruled that Canadian keeper Erin McLeod had held the ball longer than six seconds after making a save.
SPORTS
September 16, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Talk about a red card. Maybe this is more of a red flag. But former Premier League official Mark Halsey says soccer has gotten so big in England he believes the pressure on game officials could soon lead a referee to commit suicide. "It will not be long before a referee has a nervous breakdown," he says. "I also believe that if we do not do something to help referees with mental health and stress issues, then we could see a suicide. " Halsey, who retired last season, has written an autobiography about his experiences.
SPORTS
March 8, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
LAS VEGAS  - Saul "Canelo" Alvarez wanted to display his boxing heart after suffering his first defeat. The best way to do that was to show his fists. In an impressive display of power punching and an unflinching willingness to exchange with a knockout fighter, Alvarez on Saturday night dominated Mexican countryman Alfredo Angulo and won their light-middleweight fight by 10th-round technical knockout. The fight's stoppage at the 47-second mark of the 10th by referee Tony Weeks was the subject of much jeering by the capacity crowd of 14,610 at MGM Grand Garden Arena, who wanted more from the intense exchanges in a bout that lived up to its billing.
SPORTS
January 15, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
For the first time since 2002, a U.S. official will work the World Cup this summer. Mark Geiger, a 39-year-old high school math teacher from Beachwood, N.J., was one of 25 referees selected by FIFA to officiate the tournament. Geiger, who worked the 2012 Olympics, has refereed Major League Soccer matches since 2004 and handled the final of the 2011 U-20 World Cup. He was named MLS Referee of the Year in 2011. Geiger will be joined by his regular assistants, American Sean Hurd and Canadian Joe Fletcher.
SPORTS
January 13, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Soccer referees in North America, Central America and the Caribbean have been instructed to follow the lead of European officials and stop matches if they hear racist chants or insults. CONCACAF, the regional governing body for the confederation that includes Mexico and the U.S., said Monday that its executive committee adopted the policy in an attempt to stamp out racism in the sport. "The procedure outlines a clear and precise approach of zero tolerance for racist or discriminatory incidents that may arise during matches," Jeffrey Webb, CONCACAF's president, told the Associated Press.
SPORTS
November 23, 2013
Now he gets it Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni , on what it's like to be around swingman Nick Young : "He has a great personality, he's fun and he's always laughing, he's always up. Plus he's playing defense, which even makes his jokes a little funnier. " A vintage whine Dallas veteran guard Vince Carter , on his exchanges with Houston's Dwight Howard about complaining to referees during the Mavericks' comeback victory over the Rockets: "He always talks about how I'm a crybaby.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
A Huntington Beach youth soccer referee who molested three boys -- one of whom he lured on Facebook -- was sentenced Friday to five years in state prison. Jorge Diosdado Serafin, 31, of Anaheim was sentenced after pleading guilty Oct. 15 to molesting the minors at his apartment and in the apartment complex parking lot. At the time of the crimes, Serafin was a referee for Huntington Beach's Oakview Soccer League, the Orange County district attorney's office said in a statement.
SPORTS
November 11, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Officials in all sports are supposed to ensure fairness and, to a lesser degree, sportsmanship in the games they oversee. But one Saudi Arabian soccer referee apparently didn't get the memo. Early in the second half of Thursday's match between Al Nahdha and Al Ittihad, Taisir Al Antaif, the goalkeeper for Al Nahdha, paused before a goal kick when he noticed the shoelace on his left boot had come undone. Because he was wearing his large white goalie gloves, Al Antaif was unable to rectify the situation himself so he began gesturing to teammates to come help him out. Instead Brazilian striker Jobson of visiting Al Ittihad rushed over.
SPORTS
December 13, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
In a game Wednesday between the Brooklyn Nets and the Toronto Raptors, NBA referee Courtney Kirkland ran at Kris Humphries as the Nets forward is about to shoot a free throw in the fourth quarter. Humphries took two dribbles, lined up, and was about to release when Kirkland  jumped toward him with his hands in the air, forcing Humphries to stop his momentum just as he's about to shoot. Maybe Kirkland is a huge Kim Kardashian fan, and when he saw  Humphries standing by his lonesome at the free throw line, he couldn't contain himself.
SPORTS
July 25, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
ARLINGTON, Texas -- A dominant win in a tournament semifinal is generally enough to make any coach grin. But U.S. national team Coach Juergen Klinsmann grew so incensed in the closing minutes of his team's 3-1 Gold Cup victory over Honduras on Wednesday that Costa Rican referee Walter Quesada sent him off with three minutes to play. Whether Klinsmann will be back on the sidelines for Sunday's final with Panama will be determined by a CONCACAF disciplinary committee, which will review Quesada's post-match report and issue a ruling by Friday.
SPORTS
October 20, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
The New England Patriots have released an interview with referee Jerome Boger in regard to the controversial unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty and field goal do-over at the end of the Jets' 30-27-overtime victory at MetLife Stadium. New York's Nick Folk was wide left on a 56-yard attempt with 7 minutes 17 seconds left in overtime, but a penalty called on Patriots defensive tackle Chris Jones -- for pushing a teammate into the Jets' formation -- gave New York a first down and Folk eventually won the game with a 42-yard field goal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A Huntington Beach soccer referee was convicted of having sex with a teenager in a parking lot and engaging in lewd acts with another teenager and a 10-year-old boy, authorities said Wednesday. Jorge Diosado Serafin, 33, was a referee with the Oakview Soccer league at the time of the crimes, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Prosecutors said Serafin had sex with the 15-year-old male on three occasions last year and that he knew the victim through Facebook.
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