March 8, 2014 |
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.
January 15, 2014 |
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.
January 13, 2014 |
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.
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.
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November 15, 2013 |
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.
November 11, 2013 |
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.