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June 19, 2012 | By William Bender and Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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August 18, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
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.
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August 12, 2001 | By Gloria A. Hoffner INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The first time Tim Donaghy played basketball at Don Guanella School it was as a member of the Cardinal O'Hara High School team. This summer, Donaghy, now an NBA referee, is back on the court as organizer of the fourth annual Summer Basketball Clinic for residents of Don Guanella, a Philadelphia Archdiocese school for boys and men with mental and physical disabilities. Teaching hoop skills - along with three fellow NBA referees, their wives and Hip-Hop, the 76ers mascot - completes a promise Donaghy made in high school.
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November 14, 1996 | By Dominic Sama, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Joseph J. Gushue, 64, who went from officiating playground games to becoming a full-time referee in the National Basketball Association for more than 20 years, died of heart failure Tuesday at his home in the Northeast. Mr. Gushue had been battling colon cancer for nearly a year, his family said, but it was his heart that failed due to radiation and chemotherapy treatments. He continued to follow sports while undergoing treatment and even attended the Sixers' season opener two weeks ago. And last month, he and eight buddies from North Catholic High School traveled to South Bend, Ind., for the Notre Dame-Air Force football game.
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January 14, 1999 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
NBA referee Steve Javie, accused of income tax evasion in the downgrading of airline tickets, testified in federal court yesterday that he was unaware the money he pocketed from the exchange of tickets was taxable income. Javie, 43, of Blue Bell, is the only one of 10 NBA referees indicted on similar charges to plead not guilty. Javie's defense has centered on the use of frequent-flyer miles to exchange his coach-class tickets to first-class seats. It was his belief, Javie testified, that there were no more tax consequences to the practice - which is permitted by the referees' contract with the NBA - than for upgrading using his own frequent-flyer miles.
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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.
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July 29, 2007 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The recent revelation of Tim Donaghy's gambling troubles and now the inclusion of reputed Phoenixville bookmaker James "Baa Baa" Battista in the mix have roiled the Cardinal O'Hara High School community. Donaghy, 40, who resigned July 9 after 13 seasons as an NBA referee, is being investigated by the FBI for betting on games, some of which he worked, and sharing information about the league with sports bookies. Battista, 42, attended Cardinal O'Hara with Donaghy in the mid-1980s and was contacted by federal prosecutors a few months ago regarding the case, his lawyer said Friday.
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August 6, 2010 | By WILLIAM BENDER, benderw@phillynews.com
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.
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October 3, 1998 | By Christopher K. Hepp, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Like many of the NBA games he officiated, it was SRO yesterday when Joe Crawford showed up at U.S. District Court. There were scores of friends he had stood by over the years, girls he had coached, nuns he had befriended, an immigration judge from Texas who had known him since childhood, a young widow who had been moved by his generosity. They all asked one thing - that Judge Herbert J. Hutton consider the value of the man he was about to sentence for tax evasion. Hutton, it appears, did. He sentenced Crawford, 46, to six months of home confinement, the lightest punishment available under the federal sentencing guidelines for his crime.
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June 19, 2012 | By William Bender and Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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October 21, 2011 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 18, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
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.
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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.
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July 12, 2011 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 1, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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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.
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September 21, 2010 | By PHIL JASNER, jasnerp@phillynews.com
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.
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August 6, 2010 | By WILLIAM BENDER, benderw@phillynews.com
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.
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December 10, 2009 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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