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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.
September 4, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has chosen Kenny Bayless to referee the  pay-per-view super-fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Mexico's Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena boxing ring Sept. 14. The commission also selected Nevada judges Dave Moretti and C.J. Ross and Canada's Craig Metcalfe as those who could ultimately decide the outcome on points. Seven of Mayweather Jr.'s last nine fights have gone to the judges. Bayless, 53, has worked three of Mayweather's past fights, and is regarded as one of the world's best, most recently working the December knockout of Manny Pacquiao by Juan Manuel Marquez.
August 19, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Tennis referee Lois Goodman, once accused of fatally bludgeoning her 80-year-old husband with a coffee cup, is suing the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County coroner, alleging false arrest and malicious prosecution. The criminal charges against Goodman, 70, of Woodland Hills were dismissed last November after it was determined her DNA wasn't on the alleged weapon, and prosecutors decided there was insufficient evidence to proceed . In the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court, Goodman alleges she suffered "public humiliation after she was falsely arrested by LAPD detectives at the U.S. Open in New York as she was about to travel to the tour stadium in her tournament uniform.
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.
June 8, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Josesito Lopez wanted to believe his fighting heart could let him survive the heaviest punches of Marcos Maidana. That effort made for an entertaining 16-plus minutes of boxing Saturday night at StubHub Center in Carson, but the theory was flawed. The stauncher Maidana (34-3, 31 knockouts) made Riverside's Lopez (30-6) absorb too many hard right hands, and when three more struck Lopez in his corner in the sixth round, referee Lou Moret stepped in and awarded Maidana a technical-knockout victory at the 1:18 mark.
May 20, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
There is more than just a little bit of Ron Hextall living in the body of Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. That is, the once-hot-tempered goalie Ron Hextall, not the current calm corporate Ron Hextall, the Kings' assistant general manager, destined to run an NHL team someday. Quick waved his stick and verbally went after both referees after the Kings lost, 2-1, in overtime to the Sharks in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal series at San Jose on Saturday night. He received a game misconduct for his actions but escaped supplementary discipline from the NHL. The league said Sunday that Quick would not be fined or suspended.
April 3, 2013
Greg Willard Longtime NBA referee worked more than 1,600 games Greg Willard, 54, a longtime NBA referee who worked more than 1,600 games before he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer , died Monday at his home in Huntington Beach, according to NBA spokesman Tim Frank. Willard was diagnosed with the illness during last season's playoffs and worked only one more game, a Lakers exhibition at the Honda Center in October. Moments of silence to honor him were planned at all NBA games Tuesday and Wednesday.
March 6, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Writers from around Tribune Co. discuss the topic. Feel free to join the conversation with a comment of your own. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times They ought to call them technicality fouls the way the NBA is handing out technicals willy-nilly. When Mr. Nice Guy, a.k.a. Kevin Durant, ranks No. 2 in the league in technical fouls, it might be a pretty good indication that things have gotten out of hand. The next thing you know, Durant will get a technical for kissing his mother before games.
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.
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.
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