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AAU Contest Ends In Massive Brawl Between Players And Referees

This is madness. An AAU game being held in Emerson, Georgia descended into violent chaos in the final minute when players from Chicago’s R.A.W. Athletics got into a massive brawl with at least one of the referees:

World Cup Referee Swears He Didn't Ask Ronaldo For His Shirt World Cup Referee Swears He Didn't Ask Ronaldo For His Shirt

Portugal beat Morocco 1-0 yesterday in what was a highly frustrating game for the Moroccans. After falling behind early, Morocco dominated most of the game but just couldn’t find the back of the net despite having numerous good chances. That frustration stuck with Morocco midfielder Nordin Amrabat after the game, when…

Report: Sorry, You're Not Getting Rid Of Jeff Triplette That Easily Report: Sorry, You're Not Getting Rid Of Jeff Triplette That Easily

Cries of joy rang out all around the NFL during Wild Card Weekend when referee Jeff Triplette, the league’s worst official, decided to retire, with his fitting finale featuring him bungling about a half-dozen plays in the Titans-Chiefs playoff game. But while we can continue to celebrate that Triplette won’t have any…

World Cup Referee Caught Accepting $600 From An Undercover Journalist World Cup Referee Caught Accepting $600 From An Undercover Journalist

Footage from a documentary on corruption in African soccer, shared exclusively with the BBC, shows World Cup assistant referee Adel Range Marwa accepting a $600 gift from an undercover journalist posing as a Ghanaian soccer official. Marwa, the only referee from Kenya set to participate in the World Cup, has resigned…

NBA L2M Report: The Refs Made A Big Dumb Mess Of The End Of Game 1 NBA L2M Report: The Refs Made A Big Dumb Mess Of The End Of Game 1

It would be hard to overstate just how badly the Cavs were screwed by the universe at the end of Game 1 Thursday night. A rare reversed judgment call, an unexpected missed free throw, an uncalled lane violation, an apparent uncalled loose-ball foul, and an all-time blunder by one of their own, all inside the final…

Tristan Thompson Avoids Suspension For Game 1 Tussle Tristan Thompson Avoids Suspension For Game 1 Tussle

The NBA announced Friday that Tristan Thompson has been fined $25,000 for cramming a basketball in the face of Draymond Green during the dismal final moments of Game 1. Thompson was issued a Flagrant 2 and ejected by referee Tony Brothers—who, along with his fellow Game 1 referees, will never again in his life receive…

Fair And Balanced Referee Knocks Over Defender, Then Goes And Trips Attacker

Apparently they don’t teach referees in Turkey how to avoid standing right in the middle of the action so as not to bowl over a guy with the ball, though it looks like they do teach them how to remedy a situation like that by sneakily taking the legs out from under a player on the other team, so it all evens out:

Ethiopian Soccer Coach Fired For Socking A Ref In The Face Ethiopian Soccer Coach Fired For Socking A Ref In The Face

Video replay in soccer sucks, but goal line technology is great. The biggest advocate for the introduction of this tech in Ethiopian soccer is probably the referee of this weekend’s Defence Force vs. Welwalo Adigrat match, since it probably would’ve saved him from getting fed this fist sandwich:

“Bullshit” Blown Call At The End Of Game 5 Has The Bucks Frustrated “Bullshit” Blown Call At The End Of Game 5 Has The Bucks Frustrated

The Boston Celtics fended off a tough Bucks squad last night at home to take a commanding 3-2 lead, thanks to a big night from Al Horford, solid defense from their bench, and a critical missed call late in the fourth quarter. With 1:14 left, Al Horford hoisted a three-pointer that clearly left his hand after the shot…

Sumo Ref Tells Women To Leave Ring After They Rush To Aid Man With Brain Hemorrhage  Sumo Ref Tells Women To Leave Ring After They Rush To Aid Man With Brain Hemorrhage 

Ryozo Tatami, the mayor of a small town in Kyoto prefecture, was delivering a speech Wednesday before an exhibition sumo match when he suffered a brain hemorrhage and collapsed, according to the New York Times. Even though women comprise a large part of the sumo fanbase, they’re forbidden from entering the ring…

Report: NCAA Tournament Turns Its Back On Ted Valentine For Turning His Back On Joel Berry

Referee Ted Valentine will not be officiating the NCAA men’s tournament, which he says is retribution for turning his back on UNC’s Joel Berry during a January game in which the point guard wanted to argue a no-call.

Iowa Correctional Officer Recruits Inmates As Outside-The-Box Solution To Youth Sports Ref Shortage Iowa Correctional Officer Recruits Inmates As Outside-The-Box Solution To Youth Sports Ref Shortage

So, there’s a nationwide shortage of youth sports referees, related to crappy pay and ridiculous workloads and abusive parents. Here’s a novel idea for how to combat this problem, by way of sunny Iowa: train prison inmates in the subtle arts of basketball refereeing.

Ryan O'Reilly Gets Sweet Unintentional Assist From Referee

The official box score from tonight’s Maple Leafs-Sabres game says that this Ryan O’Reilly goal was unassisted, but the tape shows otherwise. 

Bob Huggins, On Hilariously Lopsided Free Throw Disparity Against Kansas: "You Have No Chance To Win" Bob Huggins, On Hilariously Lopsided Free Throw Disparity Against Kansas: "You Have No Chance To Win"

West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins was ejected from Saturday’s 77-69 loss at 13th-ranked Kansas, for arguing with officials over foul calls. Huggins felt like the refs were giving his 20th-ranked team a raw deal. He might’ve had a point!

Report: Part Of Solution To NBA Player-Referee Acrimony Is Cutting Out The League Office Report: Part Of Solution To NBA Player-Referee Acrimony Is Cutting Out The League Office

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported Saturday night on a meeting held between representatives of the NBA players’ union and members of the referees’ union, to discuss the ongoing and escalating hostility between the two groups this season.

Referee Ejects Arizona Cheerleader Referee Ejects Arizona Cheerleader

An Arizona cheerleader hit the showers early after being ejected for shouting something at a referee midway through the second half of the Wildcats’ game in Tempe against rivals Arizona State.

This NHL Referee Aspires To Be A Milder Version Of Wes McCauley This NHL Referee Aspires To Be A Milder Version Of Wes McCauley

Here’s NHL ref Tom Kowal with the call of Tuesday’s Blues-Predators game: “Bench minor penalty for Nashville for too many guys on the ice. They had six gentlemen, and the goaler.” Hockey nicknames are out of control.

Louisiana Tech Player Ejected For Being Too Rad Louisiana Tech Player Ejected For Being Too Rad

Unless you live in Ruston, La., chances are the name Jacobi Boykins won’t ring a bell. That’s a shame, because the senior Louisiana Tech guard is and has been a great watch during his four years with the Bulldogs, albeit one sequestered to Conference USA games. He’s the best three-point shooter on a team that loves to…

Video Replay Thwarted When Flag-Waving Fan Blocks Camera

Video replay in soccer, as in all sports, sucks. This is true mostly for philosophical reasons, but also for logistical ones, too. Like when this Boavista fan inadvertently boned their own team by waving a huge flag that blocked the camera angle that probably would’ve invalidated the opponent’s goal:

Upon Further Review, The NFL Dodged A Bullet Upon Further Review, The NFL Dodged A Bullet

Thank god for Brandon Graham. It was his effectively game-sealing strip-sack of Tom Brady—an actual, incontrovertible football play, a display of the kind of strength and athleticism and determination that bring us to the sport in the first place, a moment for which there was no reason to doubt your lying eyes or…

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