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Tim Donaghy NBA Referee Pleads Guilty August 15, 2007

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Tim Donaghy left the basketball court as a disgraced former N.B.A. referee in July and left a federal court room yesterday as an admitted criminal, a conspirator and a gambling addict.

Donaghy’s downfall and the resulting scandal that has threatened the National Basketball Association’s integrity, came into focus when Donaghy, 40, surrendered to federal authorities and pleaded guilty to two felonies during a hearing at the United States District Court in Brooklyn.
For four years, Donaghy bet on N.B.A. games, including some that he officiated. For at least five months — starting in December 2006 — he advised professional gamblers about which teams to pick, through telephone calls and coded language. And he violated one of the primary tenets for referees by providing the gamblers with information about referee assignments, relationships between referees and players and the health of players.
Those details were disclosed when the charges were unsealed in the 10th-floor court room of Judge Carol B. Amon.
Read more: New York Times

NEW YORK, Aug. 15 — Tim Donaghy, the former NBA referee at the center of a betting scandal that has rocked professional basketball, pleaded guilty Wednesday to two federal conspiracy charges, acknowledging that he used inside information to predict the winners of NBA games and passed on his picks to a professional gambler in return for cash.
Read more: Washington Post

NEW YORK (CNN) — Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy was released on $250,000 bail after pleading guilty Wednesday to two felonies related to wagering on games he officiated and supplying inside information on games to others.

“Today’s guilty plea and charges serve as a warning that easy money often comes at a high price,” said U.S. Attorney Roslynn Mauskopf.

Two of Donaghy’s alleged co-conspirators — James Battista, also known as “Baba” and “Sheep,” and Thomas Martino — were also arraigned Wednesday for involvement in the gambling ring.

Neither of them entered a plea, and both also have been released on an unsecured $250,000 bond.
Read more: CNN


U.S. Olympic Basketball Team Wins Gold in Berlin – August 14, 1936

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Americans Win First Olympic Basketball Competition.

Basketball made its debut as an Olympic sport at the 1936 Games in Berlin. On August 14, 1936, the U.S. won the Gold Medal, defeating Canada 19-8. The championship game was played outdoors in similar fashion to all the other basketball games of the Berlin Olympics. The “Master Olympic Planners” hadn’t gotten the memo that basketball was an indoor sport. They set the games on a clay tennis court, which made for less than ideal conditions. On the day of the gold medal round, it not only rained, it poured.

The U.S. began with a forfeit victory over Spain, whose team had been called home because of the start of the Spanish civil war. The Universal players trounced Estonia 52-28 in the second round, and the McPherson platoon followed with a 56-23 victory over the Philippines. A 25-10 U.S. triumph over Mexico in the semifinals set up a gold medal encounter between Naismith’s native Canada and his adopted U.S. Unfortunately, it turned out to be what Balter later described as “a priceless bit of Chaplinesque comedy.”
Read more: Sports Illustrated

The AP noted that “the game might have been better played had it been played under water polo rules”.

Basketball’s inventor, Dr. James Naismith attended the 1936 Olympics. The Boston Globe reported that “he made the trip on funds provided by American basketball fans.” However, Naismith was not exactly treated like a guest of honor by the American Olympic Committee, headed by Avery Brundage. Apparently, Naismith arrived in Berlin without even a pass to see a game. The International Basketball Federation showed the old professor a little more respect. He was given the honor of tossing up the ball for the tip off of the very first Olympic basketball game, between Estonia and France (won by Estonia 34-29). Also at the end of the competition it was Naismith who handed out the medals to winning teams.

First Basketball Game Ever December 21, 1891

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Biggest College Basketball Comeback 6 pts. 2.8 seconds January 7 1999

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Down by 5 with 2.8 seconds remaining, USC Pulls Off Miracle Basketball Comeback

6 points in Final Ticks Shocks Oregon; January 7 1999

We pick up the action as the announcer on Fox says, “Well, it would be one of the great miracles in basketball if SC could come back in 2.8 seconds.” The second announcer agrees, “Yes it would.” he says. Then the first guy ratchets it up and says, “It would be eligible for the play of the century.” Again the second guy agrees.

USC calls a 20-second timeout, trailing Oregon, 84-79. The announcers are giving the scores for all the other schools in the PAC-10. Not a word about this game, it’s a done deal.

Trojans inbound from underneath their own basket. Adam Spanich catches the ball from behind the three point line. He fires up a quick jump shot, swish! Now USC trails by a deuce.

With .8 seconds left, Oregon’s A.D. Smith lobs a pass from the baseline. Spanich intercepts it and heaves a shot from half court. SCORRRRRR! It’s his second 3 pointer in less than three seconds, USC wins.

After the game Spanich says “”I saw him throw it up, intercepted it, aimed and just shot it, Honestly, I thought it was going to be right on, but short.”

USC coach Henry Bibby says “All I can say is that he had a big shot. I have probably coached over 800 games, and that was probably the best shot I have ever seen. The game is never over until the very last second.”


First Basketball Game Ever December 21, 1891

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A High School Kid’s (Not Always Intentionally) Funny Recreation of the Invention of Basketball

The History of Basketball in 4 Minutes

From In 1891, the first game of basketball was played at what is now Springfield College. The game was invented by a Canadian, Dr. James Naismith, a versatile athlete, theologian, and physical education instructor, who envisioned “the time when Christian people would recognize the true value of athletics.” He designed basketball to occupy a class of disagreeable male students at the Springfield YMCA, who were bored with the calisthenics and children’s games in their gym class.

James Naismith was born in 1861 in rural Ontario. Orphaned at eight, he lived with an uncle, helping with farm work and spending what free time he had with a group of local boys. They wrestled, swung from tree limbs, and played “duck on the rock,” a game in which one boy placed a stone on top of a big rock and guarded his “duck” while the others tried to knock it off by throwing stones. This game would later play an important part in the origin of basketball.

U.S. Wins First Olympic Basketball Competition, 1936 in Berlin