Controversial refereeing reared its ugly head in the United States' World Cup action again Wednesday. In the 19th minute, the Americans appeared to take a 1-0 lead over Algeria on a rebound goal by Clint Dempsey. However, the goal was waved off due to offsides, keeping the game scoreless. Replays indicated Dempsey was even with the final Algerian defender and the goal should have been allowed.

Forbes magazine recently conducted a poll of the most disliked active sports figures, and Eagles quarterback Michael Vick took top honors with a 69 percent dislike rate. He was followed by Raiders owner Al Davis (66 percent), Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (57) and golfer Tiger Woods (53). Check out the LEEInks blog for the complete list. Also, a statue of Mickey Mouse wearing a Red Sox uniform was vandalized in Southern California one day after the Lakers defeated the Celtics in the NBA finals.

Last week, offensive lineman Logan Mankins expressed his frustration with the Patriots by requesting a trade. As is often the case, money is the root of the player’s discontent. Other times, a lack of playing time leads to a request for change of scenery. And there are other reasons as well. We've compiled a list of 10 Boston athletes who requested, demanded or pushed to be traded by their behavior. Check it out at the LEEInks blog.

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.