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NBA Referee Accused Of Betting On Games

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… “As we previously stated, we have been cooperating with the FBI in their investigation of allegations that a single NBA referee bet on NBA games that he officiated,” commissioner David Stern said in a statement Friday afternoon.

The investigation first was reported Friday by the New York Post.

“You have a lot of acquaintances and very few friends. The official, who did not identify the referee, is familiar with the investigation but was not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing investigation.

The FBI is investigating allegations that veteran NBA referee Tim Donaghy bet on basketball games over the past two seasons, including ones in which he officiated.

Defense attorney John Lauro confirmed Donaghy is under investigation but refused to comment on the allegations or the case.

“We would like to assure our fans that no amount of effort, time or personnel is being spared to assist in this investigation, to bring to justice an individual who has betrayed the most sacred trust in professional sports, and to take the necessary steps to protect against this ever happening again.”

The FBI probe, which began recently, also involves allegations that the referee had connections to organized crime associates. “Those are people that you work with and that you literally — you spend more time with those people than you do with your family.”

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Donaghy officiated 68 games in the 2005-06 season and 63 games in 2006-07. He has seven years of CBA officiating experience including the 1993 CBA All-Star Game and five years of high school officiating experience in Pennsylvania. He also worked 20 playoff games, including five last season.

The law enforcement official said the bets involved thousands of dollars and were made on games during the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 seasons.

According to a law enforcement official, authorities are examining whether the referee made calls to affect the point spread in games on which he or associates had wagered.

The law enforcement official, who spoke to the AP on Friday on condition of anonymity, said the referee was aware of the investigation and had made arrangements to surrender as early as next week to face charges. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

The referee had a gambling problem, according to the official, and was approached by low-level mob associates through an acquaintance.

“If these allegations are true, it just cuts to the heart of the integrity of the sport,” says basketball analyst Len Elmore.. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. I probably worked a handful of games with him overall, just a handful.”

In all, Donaghy has officiated 704 regular season games and 15 playoff games, CBS News reports. Before becoming a referee, Donaghy played varsity basketball at Villanova University.

Over the years it has been a mortal fear of all leagues that the guardians of their game would be somehow touched by scandal, reports CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian.

Benson said he didn’t work with Donaghy much.

Although asked by the government not to comment, Stern said the naming of Donaghy prompted a fuller statement.

“I’m shocked, terribly shocked,” said Gary Benson, an NBA official for 17 years who retired two years ago because of knee problems. Other arrests are expected, the official said.

© 2007 CBS Interactive Inc

Sports Trivia: Questions and Answers

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volleyball player to win three Olympic gold medals?

Karch Kiraly

What was the first sport in which women were invited to compete at the Olympics?

Tennis, at the 1900 games in Paris. Fry

The creator of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, was the first keeper for which English football club?

AFC Portsmouth

Which team is as well-known for their comic antics as for their on-court skills?

Harlem Globetrotters

What was banned from 1967 to 1976?

Slam dunk

Who is the only coach to win both a Super Bowl and a Rose Bowl?

Dick Vermeil

Weren’t these sports trivia questions and answers really amazing? If you have other such interesting sports facts, do share them in the comments section below, for everyone to enjoy.

What sport used the term ‘home run’ long before baseball?

Cricket

What is ‘El Clásico’?

A game between club giants Real Madrid and Barcelona

Which country dominates Olympics basketball like no one else?

USA has won the gold 14 times out of 18 editions

Who beat Ivan Lendl in a French Open final using underhand serves?

Michael Chang

How many World Cups have been won by Australian?

Four: 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007. To name a few, sports like soccer, cricket, football, tennis, basketball, and baseball, have hundreds of millions of fans all over the world. Tennis

Which NFL team is known as the ‘ain’ts’ when on a losing streak?

The New Orleans Saints

Who is the only tennis player to have won each of the four grand slam events at least four times?

Steffi Graf

How many world records did swimmer Mark Spitz set when he won seven gold medals at the 1972 Olympics?

Seven-one in each of the races in which he competed.

Which type of ball was basketball played with until 1929?

Soccer ball

Which sport is played on the biggest pitch in terms of area?

Polo

In horse racing, what is a Yankee?

11 individual bets

Which 2 counties did umpiring legend Dickie Bird play for?

Yorkshire and Leicestershire

Who is the only wild card entrant to have won Wimbledon?

Goran Ivani?evi?: 2001

Cricket

Who is the only player to have blasted 100 international centuries?

Sachin Tendulkar

Soccer

Before the NFL mandated the use of helmets in 1943, who was the last player not to use one?

Chicago Bears lineman Dick Plasman

In which sport are the terms ‘stale fish’ and ‘mulekick’ used?

Snowboarding

In which year was the first Wimbledon tournament held?

1877

After retiring as a player, with which team did baseball great Babe Ruth spend one year as a coach?

The Brooklyn Dodgers: 1938

Which sporting great was dubbed ‘the boy from Bowral’?

Sir Donald Bradman

Who was the first U.S. Charlotte Cooper of Great Britain was the first gold medalist.

What is the maximum time limit allowed to look for a lost ball in golf?

5 minutes

Which is the only country to have played in each and every World Cup?

Brazil

Who was the 1st non-European to win the Tour de France?

Greg Lemond from the US

Baseball

Which was the first televised game of the NFL?

Oct 22, 1939: The Brooklyn Dodgers Vs. and Ken Griffey Jr.

Michael Phelps

Retired American swimmer Michael Fred Phelps II is easily the most successful Olympian ever. A sports trivia, with amazing facts and figures in just what’s needed then.

Here is an easy sports trivia, which will be thoroughly enjoyed by kids too.

What three movements are required for an athlete to successfully complete a triple jump?

Hop, step, and jump

In cross-country bike racing, what do the initials BMX represent?

Bicycle moto x (cross)

What is the highest possible break in snooker?

155

Which boxer was an underdog with odds of 42:1 when he stunned Mike Tyson?

Buster Douglas: 1990

Who was the first athlete to fail an Olympic drug test?

Pentathlete Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall in 1968

Who is the youngest winner of a Ladies Singles title in the Open Era?

Martina Hingis: Winner in 1997 at 16 years of age

Which was the only team to win two World Series in the 1980s?

The Los Angeles Dodgers

Which was the first African country to qualify for a World Cup?

Egypt: 1934

Which sport did George Washington play with his troops?

Cricket

Various Sports

Which is the coldest game in NFL history?

1967 NFL Championship game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers: -13 degrees

Which cricketer was even offered the throne of Albania?

C.B. He has won a whopping 22 medals at the 3 Olympics he has taken part in. Out of those, 18 are gold, more than double the next best Olympian.Arguably, every person on this planet loves some sport or the other. Philadelphia Eagles (broadcast by NBC to 500 TV sets)

Basketball

Which country won the first World Cup held in 1930?

Uruguay

What is an NBA player deemed to be if he has received the Maurice Podoloff Trophy?

The most valuable player (MVP)

How many home runs did baseball great Ty Cobb hit in the three world series in which he played?

None

American Football

Why did the year 1994 see no baseball World Series?

Player’s strike

In 1990, two baseball greats created history by becoming the first father-son duo to hit back-to-back homers in an MLB game.

Ken Griffey Sr. As a true fan you’d always be wanting to gather more and more information about your favorite sport, and more likely the team you root for

The 10 Greatest Race Horses of All Time

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Perhaps not as consistent as others on this list, but his durability and willingness to take on all comers more than compensates.

Native Dancer – 21 wins from 22 starts. A threat to break the track record every time he stepped on the racetrack, his astonishing 1:57.4 in the 1980 Strub still stands as the record for 10 furlongs at Santa Anita

Kelso – 39 wins from 63 starts. Beat Spectacular Bid in their only meeting, but was beaten handily by Seattle Slew in their two races.

Honorable Mentions: Sunday Silence, Easy Goer, Buckpasser, Ghostzapper, Count Fleet, War Admiral, Seabiscuit, Damascus, Cigar, Personal Ensign, Ruffian, Risen Star, John Henry, Swaps. There’s fast, faster, and Dr. I’ve tried to include the very best of the best without regard to gender or racing surface.

Seattle Slew – 14 wins from 17 starts. Champion two and three-year old. Other Horse Racing Articles By This Author:

Secretariat – 16 wins from 21 starts. His Kentucky Derby win, which came despite being rushed to the lead by Jean Cruguet after an awkward start, may be the greatest ever. Pity poor Sham, an outstanding racehorse in his own right, who was a game second in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness before being annihilated with all the rest in Secretariat’s incomparable Belmont Stakes win, during which he set a world record for 12 furlongs that still stands to this day.

Man o’ War – 20 wins from 21 starts. Undefeated as a 2-year-old, Triple Crown winner at 3. Twice named champion sprinter, and once Horse of the Year, he was among the best from 7 furlongs to 1 1/4 miles.

Miesque – 14 wins from 18 starts. Brilliant, precocious, altogether the greatest horse of the 1990s (only Cigar can rival him). 15 of her 16 starts came in Group 1 or Grade 1 races, but her crowning achievement is surely her back to back victories in the Breeders Cup Mile, both in utterly dominant style.

Holy Bull – 13 wins from 16 starts. Only denied a Triple Crown by a poorly judged ride in the Belmont Stakes by Ron Franklin. The only gelding on the list, “Mighty” Kelso, as he was inevitably described, was named Horse of the Year an incredible five times from 1960-1964, a feat that will surely never be matched. Great fillies like Personal Ensign and Ruffian did not make the list simply because I don’t think that on their best day they could beat any of the horses on this list on their best days (see also my article about Rachel Alexandra, about whom I would say the same.) Without further ado, the 10 Greatest Race Horses of All Time:

. He might rank higher on this list if not for an unaccountably disastrous performance as the 2-1 favorite in the 1994 Kentucky Derby. His lone loss, ironically to a horse named Upset, came during his 2-year-old season in the 1919 but hardly mars an otherwise dominating career.

Needless to say, this list represents one man’s subjective opinions as to the greatest of all time, and the horses represented here are only those who have raced on American soil. The greatest of the great, his triple crown campaign, during which he set official track records at Churchill Downs and Belmont Park, and an unofficial track record at Pimlico, will never be exceeded or even matched. Only a narrow loss to Dark Star after a rough trip in the 1953 Kentucky Derby blemishes an otherwise perfect career

Dr. His heart and intelligence combined with speed and stamina to make him one of the all time great champions. The only filly, the only foreign-bred, and the only turf horse on this list, which says something about her greatness. Crushed Affirmed in their two meetings a Belmont Park in the fall of 1978.

Spectacular Bid – 26 wins from 30 starts. His Triple Crown battles with Alydar will never by forgotten. Man o’ War was the first great race horse to really capture the public’s imagination and raise horse racing in the public consciousness. Fager – 18 wins from 22 starts. Those who argue that many non-American horses deserve inclusion will get no argument from me. Fager.

Affirmed – 22 wins from 29 starts