June 19, 2012 |
REMEMBER Tim Donaghy? Delco native. Ex-referee in the NBA. Recovering gambling addict. Felon. Yeah, that guy. A Florida jury wants to make him a millionaire. After 5 rough years that included banishment from the NBA, gambling and wire-fraud convictions for betting on basketball games, and even 2 weeks spent in solitary confinement "like Charles Manson" while serving a 15-month prison term, Donaghy can finally put one in the win column. According to Donaghy and his lawyer, a St. Petersburg jury on Friday awarded Donaghy $1.3 million in his civil suit against Shawna Vercher and her now-defunct company VTi Group, which published Donaghy's tell-all book about the NBA and its referees.
October 21, 2011 |
Gerard T. "Jerry" Bannan, 76, of West Chester, an electrician and former NBA referee, died of a brain disease Thursday, Oct. 13, at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester. As a union electrician for 50 years, Mr. Bannan worked for several local companies, including Pangeourne Electric, whose clients included West Chester University, and Kehoe Electric in West Chester, whose clients included the Franklin Mint. He was with the Chester County facilities department for two years before retiring in 1998.
August 18, 2011 |
A FORMER NBA referee shot and killed himself in a suburban New Orleans hotel room on the same day his wife was found strangled at their Houston-area home last week, authorities said yesterday. A law-enforcement official in Montgomery County, Texas, said Troy Raymond, 46, was a "person of interest" in the death of his wife, Leslie Anderson Raymond, whose body was discovered last Thursday at their home. Troy Raymond's body was discovered at a hotel in Jefferson Parish.
August 18, 2011
Authorities say a former NBA referee shot and killed himself in a suburban New Orleans hotel room on the same day his wife was found strangled at their Houston area home. A law-enforcement official in Montgomery County, Texas, said Troy Raymond was a person of interest in the death of his wife, Leslie Anderson Raymond, whose body was discovered last Thursday at their home in Spring. Troy Raymond's body was discovered Thursday at a hotel in Jefferson Parish. The coroner's office said he shot himself in the head.
July 12, 2011 |
It happened last year to the U.S. men in the World Cup and again Sunday in the Women's World Cup. What are the odds of the U.S. team scoring on last-play goals to advance in the last two World Cups, men and women? Abby Wambach joined Landon Donovan in the pantheon of last-ditch heroic goal scorers. Wambach's 122d-minute header pushed Sunday's quarterfinal against Brazil into a penalty-kick shootout, won by the U.S. team, advancing the Americans into Wednesday's semifinal against France.
April 1, 2011 |
Wizards rookie John Wall has been suspended one game without pay and two Miami Heat players were fined for their actions in Wednesday's game at Washington. NBA Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Stu Jackson announced the penalties yesterday in a statement. In addition to Wall's suspension, Heat forward Juwan Howard was handed a $35,000 fine and teammate Zydrunas Ilgauskas was fined $25,000 following a scuffle in the second quarter of the Heat's 123-107 win over the Wizards.
April 1, 2011
Celtics end slide, send Spurs to 5th straight loss Rajon Rondo had 22 points and 14 assists, Paul Pierce scored 21, and the visiting Boston Celtics stopped slipping further from first in the Eastern Conference, beating the slumping San Antonio Spurs, 107-97, on Thursday night. Kevin Garnett added 20 points, and the Celtics, winning for just the second time in five games, moved within two games of Chicago for the No. 1 playoff seed in the East. The Spurs remained stuck in an untimely tailspin, losing their fifth straight.
September 21, 2010 |
Steve Javie, the pride of La Salle High and Temple, is going to the NBA referees' training camp tomorrow hoping against hope that he can work a 25th season. He can't be certain whether he will be able to work, in his words, "one game or 51," or whether he'll be able to work at all. But his goal when he entered the league in 1986 was to make it through 25 seasons, and something inside him tells him he at least must try. He was close to retiring, because he has no cartilage in his right knee.
August 6, 2010 |
Tim Donaghy, you may have heard, used his position as an NBA referee to make some money, but that landed him in prison on federal gambling charges. So he tried to earn some legitimate cash, using his notoriety to market his tell-all book, "Personal Foul: A First-Person Account of the Scandal that Rocked the NBA. " Now that plan appears to have backfired, too. Donaghy is alleging in court documents that his ex-publisher used him to pay off debt or line her own pockets - and he's got her brother backing him up. Donaghy, 43, filed a lawsuit this week in a Pinellas County, Fla., court, charging that VTi-Media chief executive Shawna Vercher had misappropriated $300,000 in book revenue, leaving him without his cut of the profits to pay restitution for his crimes and support his family.
December 10, 2009 |
Tim Donaghy has become the latest public figure to write a book before reading one. The difference is that most of those other "authors" had ghost writers. Donaghy said he had help from no one - except his mother. In his new book, Personal Foul: A First-Person Account of the Scandal that Rocked the NBA, the disgraced NBA referee writes that because he was never a very good student, he was proud of himself for graduating from Villanova. "Not bad," he wrote, "for someone who had never read a book.