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September 22, 1988 | EARL GUSTKEY, Times Staff Writer
Chairs, water bottles and fists, ungloved ones, flew in Ring B at the Olympic boxing arena Thursday morning when outraged South Koreans attacked a referee. The mini-riot broke out seconds after Bulgaria's Alexander Hristov had been awarded a 4-1 decision over South Korea's Byun Jong-il. A South Korean coach and a team manager entered the ring first, the team manager grabbing the referee, Keith Walker of New Zealand, by the arm and shouting in his face.
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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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September 18, 2009 | Helene Elliott; David Wharton; Eric Sondheimer, Staff and Wire Reports
The lead negotiator and spokesman for the NBA's referees union said Thursday a lockout appears "imminent and unavoidable" following the latest breakdown in talks. Lamell McMorris said the officials made another $1 million in concessions in their proposal, but they believe it's evident the league is not interested in further discussions. The officials then headed home after spending the last 24 hours meeting in Chicago. "It's become evident that the league would not be interested in continuing conversation at this time," McMorris said.
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March 29, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
They were two teams too close for comfort. Each other's. The width of a slip of paper separated Arizona and Wisconsin in Saturday night's NCAA West Regional final. And in the end, when Wisconsin won an overtime thriller of thrillers, it was the kind of game they will remember in NCAA basketball tournament lore forever. The final score, before 17,814 in Anaheim's Honda Center, was 64-63, and few will remember that. Margin of victory is all that mattered. Those who were there, or were watching on TV, will remember it as the kind of game where every screen was contested, every shot, even every referee's call.
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January 9, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
The NBA has fined Mark Cuban $50,000 for making critical Twitter comments about league officiating. The Dallas Mavericks owner was unhappy after the Mavericks lost to the New Orleans Hornets on Saturday and tweeted: "Im sorry NBA fans. Ive tried for 13 years to fix the officiating in this league and I have failed miserably. Any Suggestions ? I need help. " The Mavericks were called for 20 fouls in the game, the Hornets 10. Cuban is no stranger to fines. The latest assessment pushes his total to about $1.8 million in fines since he bought the Mavs in 2000.
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September 11, 2009 | Lance Pugmire; Jim Peltz, Staff and Wire Reports
NBA referees are prepared to be locked out for the start of the season after negotiations with the league on a new contract broke down this week when Commissioner David Stern ended the latest bargaining session. No further talks are scheduled -- and when they do resume, it'll be without the commissioner. Referees spokesman Lamell McMorris accused Stern of acting childish and not negotiating in good faith, so Stern removed himself from the process. Stern said Thursday he told McMorris that, "In fact, if it was going to get personal -- which apparently he's decided to make it by calling news media and leveling a series of inaccurate allegations -- that I would absent myself from the negotiations, which I have.
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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.
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July 29, 1989 | EARL GUSTKEY, Times Staff Writer
Until he sent everyone home early in Atlantic City, N.J., two Fridays ago, referee Randy Neumann hadn't been heard from since becoming the answer to one of boxing's trivia questions. The question: Who is the only fighter ever to lose on cuts to Chuck (the Bayonne Bleeder) Wepner? It happened in 1974. Neumann and Wepner fought several times, but on this occasion it was for the New Jersey heavyweight championship.
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January 7, 1990 | Associated Press
Field judge Pat Mallette had to leave the Minnesota Vikings-San Francisco 49ers playoff game in the first quarter Saturday after colliding with a player on Joe Montana's 72-yard touchdown pass play to Jerry Rice. Mallette lay on the turf for about a minute and walked to the locker room with an injury to his left shoulder. He was replaced by alternate Don Dorkowski. Mallette was following Rice into the end zone and was hit around the 10-yard-line.
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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.
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March 8, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
LAS VEGASĀ  - 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 theĀ intense exchanges in a bout that lived up to its billing.
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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.
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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.
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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 | 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.
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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.
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October 1, 2001 | Associated Press
A referee who had a heart attack during the East Carolina-Syracuse football game remained hospitalized in serious condition. A nursing supervisor at University Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y., on Sunday would not elaborate on Gerry Bram's health. The 49-year-old back judge for Conference USA collapsed near midfield in the fourth quarter Saturday. Syracuse team physician Irving Raphael said Bram was unconscious and barely breathing on his own when rescue workers began shocking his heart.
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September 26, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Note to NFL: You know you are in trouble when even the Lingerie Football League is making fun of you. Mitch Mortaza, commissioner of the LFL (which is exactly what it sounds like: Women in lingerie playing football), took a shot at the NFL on Tuesday when he said one of the NFL's replacement referees had been fired by the Lingerie League a year ago because of incompetence. Mortaza was speaking specifically of Craig Ochoa, a replacement official hired by the NFL. Ochoa was an official during an NFL preseason game and is on call as an alternate during the regular season.
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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.
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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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