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February 24, 2005
STU BYKOFSKY'S comparison of those seeking a smoking ban to Nazis ("Nutter, Street & Nicotine Nazis blowing smoke again," Feb. 17) is inappropriate and offensive. Regardless of Mr. Bykofsky's view of whether restrictions should be imposed on smokers in public accommodations, his linkage is insensitive and painful. Such a comparison trivializes the bestiality and horror of the actions of the Nazi regime and its leaders, and dishonors the memory of 6 million Jews and others who perished during the Nazi campaign of genocide, which has no parallel in history.
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February 11, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
The referee who took bribes to fix games was suspended by the German Soccer Federation yesterday in the country's worst corruption scandal in the sport in more than 30 years. The federation said Robert Hoyzer's suspension was for "unsportsmanlike conduct. " He has admitted rigging four games in return for $85,000 from a gambling syndicate led by three Croatian brothers, who have been arrested. He tried to manipulate two other games without success, and in one game his help wasn't needed.
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January 31, 1987 | By PHIL JASNER, Daily News Sports Writer
Charles Barkley is about to tread on sacred ground in the NBA. The 76ers' forward last night said he intends to file a complaint with the league office saying that referee Mike Mathis has been "unfair" to him and that Mathis has "held a grudge. " Mathis, a veteran official who worked the Sixers' victory over Cleveland at the Spectrum Wednesday night, has handled five games involving the Sixers this season. He ejected Barkley from a game in Atlanta last season, then ejected him again Wednesday night "for unsportsmanlike conduct.
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February 12, 2008 | By CHRIS BANKS For the Daily News
There was a referees' meeting at the Fox Chase Soccer Club last night. Meetings usually last about an hour. Talking about schedules, pay, mistakes and ways to correct them. But this meeting was different. Walt Fleming, nearly 89 years old but remarkably spry, was being honored for his dedication to soccer in Philadelphia and surrounding areas. And he was surprised. "They usually have meetings on Mondays, but I wasn't going. I'm retired. My grandson told me that he was buying equipment," Fleming said, laughing but still in shock.
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June 1, 1992 | by Paul Maryniak, Daily News Staff Writer
Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge I. Raymond Kremer is no stranger to the debate over judicial campaign fund-raising. As the longtime chairman of the state trial judges ethics committee, he's helped referee the debate. That committee filled the void created when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court directed the state Judicial and Inquiry Review Board in 1984 to stop giving judges advice on the murky code covering their own political fund-raising. The code sets rules for conduct during an election, but says nothing about post-election activity.
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May 15, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
Bob McElwee, a 26-year NFL official from Haddonfield, N.J., won the first annual Art McNally award for commitment to sportsmanship, professionalism and leadership. The winner was selected by commissioner Paul Tagliabue and the NFL officiating department. The award was presented to McElwee at the annual meeting of NFL referees, head coaches and coordinators in Houston. Art McNally, a Philadelphia native, is a former NFL official and the league's longtime supervisor of officials who now serves as assistant supervisor.
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March 12, 1994 | by Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
Articulate and acrid, the unhappy Chasseur family - father Lloyd (Kevin Spacey), mother Caroline (Judy Davis) and delinquent son Jesse (Robert J. Steinmiller Jr.) - are in desperate need of a referee. The marriage counselor in their postcard-perfect Connecticut town is unequipped for passing rulings on a union this far gone. "I'm not here to judge or to take sides," understanding Dr. Wong tells the bickering couple. "Then what good are you!" Caroline spits back. No, the Chasseurs' only hope is "The Ref" (Denis Leary)
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January 8, 1997 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
Larry Nicholson was the top player on one of the city's better basketball teams and was being eyed by several Division I colleges. Now he's in trouble. One minute yesterday, Nicholson, a 6-4 senior forward at Murrell Dobbins Tech, was competing against Girard Academic Music Program in the first quarter of a Public League game at Guerin Recreation Center, 16th and Jackson streets, in South Philadelphia. The next, he was sucker-punching a referee in the face and was being led away in handcuffs.
NEWS
November 22, 1997
Remember when "the fans went wild," meant they leaped to their feet in excitement? Nowadays at Veterans Stadium, football fans going wild means everything from pot smoking at the 700 level to beating up supporters of the opposing team in the restrooms. It has become so bad, letter writers to these pages and callers to sports radio stations say the Vet is unsafe for children during Eagles games. Tomorrow, during the Eagles-Steelers matchup, comes a long overdue crackdown.
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August 9, 2012 | Associated Press
MANCHESTER, England - Abby Wambach was counting. Out loud. Within earshot of the referee. That's how medals are won, with moments such as those. A wily veteran using a subtle tactic to get the ref to make a call no one ever makes, one that turns the match around. When the game for the gold is all there's left to play, it's usually fitting to immediately sweep away the underbrush that preceded it. Not this time. The United States' semifinal win over Canada in the Olympic women's soccer tournament was so dramatic - and produced such fiery accusations of bias against the referee from the Canadians - that it's taking some extra time to digest it all. "It's definitely draining," U.S. midfielder Megan Rapinoe said Tuesday before boarding the bus to London, where the Americans will play Japan in the Olympic final on Thursday.
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December 5, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
OFFICIATING REMAINED a hot topic yesterday at NovaCare, in the wake of Arizona coach Bruce Arians saying Monday that he was sending "about 15" plays for the league to review from Sunday's loss to the Eagles. Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis talked of getting a feel for how each crew is calling a game. "It's very obvious right now with all the games that have been played . . . the offensive players and the defensive players are allowed to have a little bit more contact," Davis said.
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August 2, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
LONG, LONG ago, before the Riley Cooper video was posted, the Eagles practiced yesterday and Chip Kelly addressed the issue of whether the NFL wants to slow down his offense. The subject was raised in a curious Wall Street Journal story this week, which seemed to be advocating that officials take umbrage at Kelly's hurry-up style. Current and former officiating figures were quoted as saying the NFL sets the ball differently than the college game, and that Kelly would just have to wait for the umpire to do his thing, that Kelly wasn't going to come into the pro league and push them around.
NEWS
July 12, 2013
WHAT IS Philly's longest-running show (not counting the "City Council Follies," which has run forever and seems destined for immortality)? If your answer was "ComedySportz," feel free to give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back. The odd-duck mashup that brings an athletic format to improvisational comedy celebrates its 20th anniversary July 27 with two shows at World Cafe Live. More than just a commemorative gig, the event also will serve as an alumni homecoming. "The thing we're really excited about for the 20th anniversary is, we were able to invite back a number of performers who haven't performed with us for a while," said ComedySportz Executive Director Don Montrey.
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May 7, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
MURRAY, Utah - Ricardo Portillo's daughters had begged him to stop refereeing in a soccer league because of the growing risk of violence from angry players. Now they're planning his funeral after he succumbed to injuries late Saturday that had put him in a coma for a week after a 17-year-old goalie punched him in the head. Authorities say the teen punched Portillo, 46, after the youth was called for a foul and issued a yellow card. "The suspect was close to Portillo and punched him once in the face as a result of the call," police spokesman Justin Hoyal said in a statement.
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January 18, 2013 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
When Chip Kelly sat down Jan. 5 with Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman, and Don Smolenski in the Four Seasons hotel in Scottsdale, Ariz., to begin what would become a nine-hour interview, the Oregon coach told them that some things they might have heard about him weren't true. "These reports about me being power hungry. That's just not me," Kelly said, according to Lurie. If that was welcome news to Lurie, imagine how it played with Roseman, who wanted to run his player-personnel department in collaboration with a new coach, but not have to engage in a daily power tussle over how the roster is built.
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December 5, 2012
The Washington Wizards can't beat many teams, but they beat the best: LeBron James and the Miami Heat. Perhaps inspired by the courtside presence in D.C. of Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, the Wizards doubled their victory total this season with a 105-101 win over the Heat on Tuesday night, despite James' triple-double of 26 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists. James missed a potentially tying three-pointer with 3.9 seconds to go. Elsewhere: Kevin Durant scored 32 points, Russell Westbrook had 25, and the Thunder held off the Nets, 117-111, in Brooklyn.
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November 23, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
THE NBA SAID Thursday that officials Ed Malloy, John Goble and Violet Palmer missed a foul by Charlotte's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist against Toronto's Andrea Bargnani on a jump shot in the final seconds of the Bobcats' 98-97 victory Wednesday night. The NBA said Bargnani should have been given two free throws and the clock stopped with about 2.4 seconds to go. Replays showed Kidd-Gilchrist's right hand made contact with Bargnani's left wrist as the Toronto player shot, with the ball coming up well short.
NEWS
October 2, 2012
LAST WEEK, fed-up Americans erupted in several days of national rage that shook the pillars of power and resulted in real reform. Take that . . . NFL. The tipping point: a botched call during "Monday Night Football" that exposed the lunacy of using rinky-dink refs to officiate pro ball. Blowback led the usually obstinate NFL to blink, cave and hire back its striking officials - now universally recognized as irreplaceable regulators of the game. The NFL's capitulation followed a public apology to fans by Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, wherein he noted that a "billion-dollar" enterprise like the NFL is much too important to trust to a bunch of part-timers.
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October 1, 2012 | By E. J. Dionne, For The Inquirer
When even Scott Walker and Paul Ryan kind of side with labor against management, who knows what else is possible? Maybe they'll endorse tax increases and say nice things about teachers unions. For friends of labor, the revolt against the National Football League's replacement refs, leading to the triumph of the real refs, is the most remarkable event since the workers at Henry Ford's car company organized into the United Auto Workers union. And, really, could there be a better object lesson in the arrogance of the very rich - and also in the value of the labor performed by line workers whose contributions usually go unnoticed and unappreciated?
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September 29, 2012
NFL officials on the verge of approving a new contract say they are excited to get back to work. Officials arrived Friday at a Dallas-area hotel to discuss and vote on an eight-year agreement reached with the league late Wednesday. They were meeting Friday night with a vote on the contract expected Saturday morning. Some planned to fly directly after the vote to their assigned cities for Sunday's games. Dirty Birds? The regular officials may have missed a few things in their first game back.
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