FIFA made its World Cup referees available to the media Monday, conducting a workout in front of the press and allowing interviews. However, the two referees who made the most controversial calls of the tournament were not there, and no one was allowed to discuss those calls. The media had varied reactions to the session, with some praising FIFA for attempting to be more transparent and others saying tournament organizers still haven't addressed the problem of the blown calls that have marred the event.

Singer Lady Gaga is not banned from the Yankees clubhouse, general manager Brian Cashman told the media Sunday. The scantily clad Yankees fan visited the locker room after Friday's loss to the Mets, drawing criticism and causing team management to clarify its rules regarding celebrity visits. Meanwhile, Gaga's memorable visit to the Mets' Citi Field on June 10, when she got mad at photographers snapping her picture and later flipped off the fans, is being recognized by the Mets.

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland edged Frenchman Gregory Havret by one stroke on Sunday to become the first European to win the U.S. Open in 40 years. McDowell shot a 3-over 74 on a difficult Sunday at Pebble Beach to finish at even-par 284 for the tournament and win by one. Ernie Els finished third at 2 over, while Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were tied for fourth, three shots back.
 

According to a Yahoo! Sports report, World Cup referee Koman Coulibaly, whose unexplained call took away the United States' go-ahead goal in the final minutes of Friday's game vs. Slovenia, will face an expedited review and could be excluded from the rest of the World Cup.

 

The story credits a FIFA source as saying Coulibaly's performance will be reviewed Saturday following a game in which replays showed he had some crucial missed calls and failed to control rough play.

 

Following the United States' 2-2 comeback tie with Slovenia at the World Cup, American players were steaming about a call in the final minutes that negated their go-ahead goal. Two minutes after Michael Bradley tied the score in the 82nd minute, Landon Donovan took a free kick and sent it toward the goal. Teammate Mauric Edu broke through his defender and kicked the ball into the goal, but referee Koman Coulibaly had already blown his whistle for an unidentified reason.

 

Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley scored second-half goals to lift the United States to a 2-2 tie with Slovenia in World Cup play Friday in South Africa. The Americans, who trailed 2-0 at halftime, appeared to score a go-ahead goal in the final minutes on a play off a free kick, but the referee whistled the play dead, apparently for offsides (no explanation was given). Replays showed no American was offsides and, in fact, a foul could have been called on Slovenia for holding.

 

According to a report in The New York Times, representatives for Manny Ramirez talked to Major League Baseball officials last year about the possibility of getting an exemption so that the slugger could take drugs that would boost his testosterone levels. The idea was broached around the time Ramirez was suspended for 50 games for violating the league’s drug policy and then resurrected two months after he returned, but he never received the exemption.

PGA Tour golfer and NBC golf analyst Brad Faxon joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to talk about this weekend's U.S.Open at Pebble Beach. Faxon is optimistic about Tiger Woods' chances in the tournament. "I think he's got a real shot to contend because this course has the smallest greens in any tournament we play all year long," Faxon said. "They're so firm that a lot of guys who can't stop the ball on these greens are really going to have a hard time.

With Game 7 of the NBA finals on tap Thursday night, we decided to take a look back at memorable Game 7s in Boston sports history, both good and bad. Check out our list of the top 10 Game 7s at the LEEInks blog.

Alex Rodriguez returned to the Yankees lineup Wednesday night after resting his hip/groin for four days, but when he didn't run hard on his ninth-inning double, more red flags were raised. Read more about that, plus check out a compilation video looking at Kobe Bryant's consistently arrogant behavior at press conferences. It can be found at Thursday's Morning Mashup.