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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.
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.
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.
October 30, 2012
Conference call, the sequel. Or the ongoing saga of the coin toss. … On Saturday, UCLA won the toss and believed it had deferred to the second half. Referees interpreted that as UCLA choosing to kick off, and Arizona State got the ball to start the game and to start the second half. On Monday, the Pac-12 said that a conference official met with Athletic Director Dan Guerrero at halftime and explained that the referees had acted properly. The official brought the same message to Mora postgame, according to a conference official.
October 22, 2012 | By Dan Turner
About the best thing that can be said about Monday's presidential debate in Boca Raton, Fla., is that it's the last one. In theory, debates should represent a terrific opportunity for voters to assess the competing arguments and policies of presidential candidates. It's a nice theory, but that's not what we were presented with Tuesday night, nor in the first debate. What I heard, over and over again, was a lot of barking: One candidate barks out statistics or obscure references to his opponent's record or statements, followed by return barking to the effect that it's all a pack of lies.
October 13, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado engaged in a fight-of-the-year slugfest at Home Depot Center on Saturday night, with Oxnard's Rios notching a seventh-round technical knockout that proves he retains wallop while moving up in weight. Nonito Donaire couldn't match the nonstop brawling of that bout, but he did take another step toward standing as the world's top super-bantamweight with a ninth-round technical knockout of Japan's Toshiaki Nishioka. Former lightweight champion Rios, in his junior-welterweight debut, unleashed a pair of hard overhand rights in the seventh, then pounded two lefts onto Alvarado's mug to force referee Pat Russell to stop the fight at the 1:57 mark.
October 4, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Dwight Howard's comedy tour continues. This time it didn't involve voice imitations or recycled iPhone jokes -- the joshing involved the NBA's new rule penalizing players with fines of up to $30,000 and possible suspensions for excessive flopping. Howard hardly sounded interested in adding fine money to the NBA Cares charity fund, but he changed his tune when he realized the new rule gave him an opportunity to rectify a charging call Lakers Coach Mike Brown called on him as he went up against Steve Nash during Wednesday's practice.
October 3, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
The NBA announced new anti-flopping rules for the 2012-13 season Wednesday which will fine repeat offenders. "Flops have no place in our game -- they either fool referees into calling undeserved fouls or fool fans into thinking the referees missed a foul call," said Stu Jackson, executive vice president of basketball operations. "Accordingly, both the board of governors and the competition committee felt strongly that any player who the league determines, following video review, to have committed a flop should -- after a warning -- be given an automatic penalty.
October 3, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
Call it the Vlade Divac Rule. Or the Derek Fisher Fine. The NBA announced it would fine players who flop too often, levying penalties of up to $30,000 and possible suspensions. "Flops have no place in our game - they either fool referees into calling undeserved fouls or fool fans into thinking the referees missed a foul call," NBA executive Stu Jackson said in a statement Tuesday. Already an old bunch, the Lakers don't try to take many charges on the court. They claim to hate floppers.
September 30, 2012 | By Rebecca Givan
It turns out that the professional referees in the NFL - the ones we used to love to hate but, after watching their replacements, now hate to love - are highly skilled officials, with years of experience and training. They couldn't be swapped for refs from high school conferences and the Lingerie League, not without messing up the game. Professionalism matters, and workers have specific skills that make them good at their jobs. It was the performance of the "amateur" refs that ultimately pushed the NFL owners (otherwise known as the billionaire's club)
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