Devin Harris ejected from Nets win over Clippers for flagrant foul on forward Blake Griffin

16 11 2010

LOS ANGELES – The Nets spent the better part of last week discussing their toughness, or lack thereof.

The lessons followed an embarrassing loss to Miami, when LeBron James and Co. performed circus-act dunks with a free path to the hoop, prompting coach Avery Johnson to institute a no-layup rule.

Devin Harris took it to heart in Monday night’s 110-96 victory over the Clippers. He also took it a little too far.

The Nets’ point guard stopped an easy bucket by throwing his arms around the neck of Clippers rookie sensation Blake Griffin, who was on a clean breakaway in transition. Griffin fell backward and Harris was handed a Flagrant-2 foul, resulting in an automatic ejection.

He could also face a suspension, depending on a league review. It was not a good way to start a four-game West Coast road trip for the team’s leading scorer and floor general.

“That was a tough call,” Nets coach Avery Johnson said. “Devin wasn’t trying to hurt the guy and he definitely wasn’t trying to commit a flagrant foul.”

The Nets (4-6) responded positively against the hapless Clippers (1-10), who were without two injured starters – Chris Kaman and Baron Davis.

Brook Lopez and Travis Outlaw led the Nets with 24 and 23 points, respectively. The Nets also got an encouraging effort from Kris Humprhies (12 rebounds, 13 points), who solidified his starting power-forward role as the gritty rebounder to complement Lopez’s finesse. Humphries helped hold Griffin to 11 points in 29 minutes.

The Clippers pulled within three in the fourth quarter, but Lopez, Outlaw and Humphries had the response.

The Nets went on a 14-4 run for a 38-27 lead to start the second quarter. On the Nets’ next possession, L.A. center DeAndre Jordan picked up a steal and fed an outlet pass to Griffin, who had an unobstructed path to two points.

Harris, who was trailing the play, reeled in the 2009 first overall pick with an over-the-shoulder tackle, waking up the crowd of 14,516 at the Staples Center. Harris tried to catch Griffin as he fell – a demonstration that there was no malicious intent – but the horse-collaring was enough evidence.

The referees reviewed the replay and confirmed the Flagrant-2 foul. Harris’ ejection shook up the rotation, giving minutes to undrafted rookie Ben Uzoh, but one regular was nailed to the bench: Troy Murphy, who was demoted from starter to third-string power forward.

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Astros’ Lee ejected after arguing in sixth

17 05 2010

Houston Chronicle

Talk to the hand

In explaining his ejection in the sixth inning of Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the Giants, Astros outfielder Carlos Lee said he was bothered at the strike call by home plate umpire Bill Welke, but what got him upset was Welke’s actions right after.

“The thing that got me over the edge was that he started going to me like (motioning his hand in a dismissive manner) ‘Get out of here,’ ” Lee said. “I was walking away and he made like (repeating the motion) ‘Get out of here.’ I’m like … I said something I shouldn’t have said, probably.”

Lee was convinced Welke’s call for the strikeout was incorrect.

“I’m seeing the pitch and the ball good, and we get calls like that,” said Lee, who said he watched the replay at least four times in the clubhouse.

“I don’t argue that much, but I was sure that was not a strike.”

It marked Lee’s first ejection as a member of the Astros.

He became the third Astro to be ejected over the past seven games. Michael Bourn (May 8) and manager Brad Mills (May 9) were the others.
Waiting for a break

All things considered, Roy Oswalt is pleased with the way he has been pitching.

“I feel pretty good,” Oswalt said. “My mechanics weren’t as good as they were the last start.

“But good enough to lose.”

Oswalt allowed two runs on six hits with no walks and seven strikeouts against the Giants. He got a no-decision in his previous start, a 4-3 Astros win over the Padres on May 9.

Manager Brad Mills understands Oswalt being frustrated.

“I’m sure there’s major frustration,” Mills said. “To have the guy pitch like that and continue to struggle; he’s not getting rewarded right now.”

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proof of MLB umpire corruption

4 05 2010

NHL’s director of officiating has reviewed Game 2

4 05 2010


If the Detroit Red Wings complained about the officiating in Sunday’s 4-3 loss to the Sharks, they likely did so through former NHL referee Mick McGeough, who is serving as the series manager.

The NHL has a manager at every playoff game, and he reports to Terry Gregson, the senior vice president and director of officiating for the NHL while also communicating with the on-ice officials and each team’s general manager and coach.

Red Wings players bit their tongues when talking to the media after Sunday’s loss, and Wings coach Mike Babcock said: “I know they’re frustrated, but they’ve got to stay out of the box.”

The Wings were penalized 10 times in the game, including three straight in the third period.

Gregson, through a league spokesman, responded to an interview request from the Free Press today by saying he already had spoken to McGeough about the game.

“Yes, Mick and I have talked and reviewed the game,” Gregson said through a spokesman.

Gregson said that the series manager “speaks directly with the officials after the game and then reviews it the next day as well. He makes himself available to the team for discussion.”

Gregson appeared on a radio show with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman last week and tackled the topic of whether referees are instructed to call games differently in the playoffs versus the regular season.

“Personally, there is nothing ever said or written to say, ‘Gentlemen, back off,'” Gregson said last week. “The message from me to them is, ‘Gentlemen, stay the course.’ It’s important that we maintain the integrity, because the game is everything, so keep calling the penalties and keep being courageous.”

The Wings were the the second-least penalized team in the NHL during the regular season, averaging 8.8 penalty minutes a game. They’re averaging 13.9 per game in the playoffs and have 36 penalty minutes in the two losses to the Sharks.

Cutler, Harris fined by NFL for abuse of official

14 11 2009

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Struggling Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has been fined $20,000 by the NFL for abusive conduct toward a game official during Chicago’s blowout loss to Arizona in Week 9.

Cutler was fined as a result of verbal abuse toward the back judge, which drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the Bears’ 41-21 loss to the Cardinals. The Bears (4-5) have lost four of their past five games.

Acquired in an offseason trade from Denver, Cutler leads the league in interceptions (17) after throwing five in Thursday’s 10-6 loss in San Francisco. His 76.0 quarterback rating is among the lowest in the league.

Meanwhile, Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris was fined $7,500 for unnecessarily striking an opponent. He was ejected just 65 seconds into the game for slugging Cardinals offensive tackle Deuce Lutui.

Harris later apologized.

REF YOU SUCK anti-referee rally Oct 30th

28 10 2009

Anti-Ref Rally – Ref Bash 2009 – Referee Protest!

Happening: Oct. 30 6pm before the Ducks/Canucks game
Where: Honda Center – Anaheim, CA
Why: Because the refs suck!

OK, want to be part of something huge AND get a free shirt out of it? Listen up- First 20 people to respond and confirm their name/number will get a brand new Ref You Suck t-shirt.

The plan-
We are going to protest the NHL referees on Friday, Oct. 30th at 6pm in front of the Honda Center right before the game against the Canucks. We will be recording it and it will be going up on You Tube. This will only take 30 minutes of your time and then (if you have tickets) we will go to the game!

We will be on the sidewalk, carrying picket signs in front of thousands entering the Honda Center. Make your own signs, or we will have some available, too. This will be talked about for a long time! We’ll even get the crowd chanting Ref You Suck!

I have talked to so many pissed off Ducks fans about Mondays game. This is the only thing I could come up with to fight back. A press release will be sent out to local media. There is a ton of negative press against refs and umps right now.

This will be a blast. Only respond if you are serious about participating! To my knowledge, this has never been attempted!!!
Here is what you have to do:

1. Send your name/phone number to
2. You must show up to the meeting location near Honda Center to get your shirt.
3. We will walk in a line holding our signs to the traffic light in front of the arena and then back across the bridge.
4. No obscene language permitted, keep the slogans clean.
5. This will be hilarious but will also make a point to the horrible officiating that we witnessed on Monday against the Maple leafs. Players will hear about this, refs will hear about this. Be part of Ducks history people!

Please respond asap!


Missed calls cause UMP switch for World Series

23 10 2009

Veteran umps to work World Series

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Associated Press

NEW YORK — Stung by a rash of blown calls in the playoffs, Major League Baseball is breaking tradition and sticking with only experienced umpires for the World Series.

Longtime crew chiefs Joe West, Dana DeMuth and Gerry Davis, along with Brian Gorman, Jeff Nelson and Mike Everitt will handle the games, three people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press this week.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement has not been made.

In 24 of the last 25 World Series, the six-man crew has included at least one umpire working the event for the first time — baseball likes to reward newer umpires, plus replenish the supply of umps with Series experience.

In each of the last two years, there were three new umps working the World Series.

CB Bucknor was in line to work the World Series for the first time this year. But he missed two calls in Game 1 of the division series between the Red Sox and Angels, damaging his chance to get picked, one of the three people said.

Umpiring mistakes caused anxious moments for MLB in the first two rounds: Phil Cuzzi’s foul call on a drive by Joe Mauer that was fair by a foot, Jerry Meals’ error on a ball that bounced off Chase Utley‘s leg, Dale Scott’s miss on a pickoff and Tim McClelland’s call on a tag play, among others.

These problems ramped up calls by fans for expanded use of instant replay. Loading up with veteran umpires, however, is no guarantee of getting it right. McClelland missed an obvious double play Tuesday night in the AL championship series between the Yankees and Angels.

West, DeMuth and Davis each have worked three World Series and have been major league umpires for more than 25 years. Gorman, Nelson and Everitt all have called one World Series, and have been on the big league staff for at least 11 years.

At least a pair of first-time World Series umpires have been on each of the last five crews. Starting in 1983, the only crew that did not include a World Series rookie was 1997.

World Series umpires are chosen from the pool of 24 umpires who work in the first round, with those two dozen picked on merit. ALCS and NLCS umpires aren’t in play, because umps don’t work in consecutive rounds of the postseason.