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05/29/2012 - 7:54am
Donaghy: NBA told refs to crack down

Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy joined Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday morning to discuss the officiating in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. The Celtics were hit with five technical fouls during Monday night's loss to the Heat -- three individual T's (Ray Allen, Doc Rivers and Rajon Rondo), a delay-of-game team technical (for Kevin Garnett's tap of the ball after a basket) and an illegal defense tech -- and Donaghy said there's "no doubt about it" that someone from the league talked to the officials before the game and told them to clamp down.

"They want to send that message out to control the players so that they're not out of control and acting in a way where it doesn't look good for TV," Donaghy said. "When you talk about Danny Crawford, he's a referee who doesn't like to give out a lot of technical fouls, so when that took place, right away I knew that that came down from the league office. To give Ray Allen a...

05/29/2012 - 7:45am
Schilling breaks silence, criticizes RI officials

Embattled businessman Curt Schilling, breaking his silence by giving an interview to the Providence Journal, attempted to pass some of the blame for his video game company's struggles to Rhode Island officials and claimed that he stands to lose $50 million if 38 Studios fails.

The former Red Sox pitcher pointed to broken promises by the state of Rhode Island and "devastating" public remarks from Governor Lincoln Chafee for the current status of 38 Studios. Schilling denied that he sought a government bailout and said that state economic development officials promised him they would approve film tax credits for which 38 Studios was legally entitled but reneged on the deal. Schilling said the officials also had OK'd a deal to allow 38 Studios to defer its $1.12 million loan payment due to the state on May 1 so that the company could meet its...

05/29/2012 - 6:48am
Mashup: A's will keep Manny in Triple-A

Manny Ramirez is eligible to return from his 50-game suspension Wednesday, his 40th birthday, but the Athletics announced Monday night that the former Red Sox slugger will instead continue to play for Triple-A Sacramento.

Assistant general manager David Forst said the A's "will continue to monitor Manny's progress on a day-to-day basis in hopes of bringing him to Oakland just as soon as he is ready to contribute at the major league level."

Ramirez is 8-for-32 with no extra-base hits and seven strikeouts in nine games at Triple-A. He had two singles Monday and sounded encouraged. "The more pitches I see, the better I get," he said.

Ramirez, who hasn't appeared in a major league game since last April with the Rays, preached patience and said he wants to make the most of this opportunity to return to the game.

"When you're doing something for so long, almost 19 years, and you don't have it, you're going to miss...

05/28/2012 - 11:47pm
Allen: 'It's like a battle within myself'

MIAMI -- Ray Allen is fighting himself and the bone spurs in his ankle. After missing six of his seven shots and four of his seven free throws, he seemed to be searching for answers.

"I believe you guys know what I’m dealing with," Allen said. "There’s nothing really to talk about. It’s like a battle within myself that I have to try and win. You always talk, if it was the playoffs would you play? It’s the playoffs."

A career 89 percent free throw shooter, Allen is shooting just 60 percent from the free throw line this postseason.

"I’m just trying to find my balance the best way I know how," he said. "I feel good over it, I just don’t have a great rhythm right now."

Allen was the first player out of the locker room at halftime and spent several minutes on the court by himself shooting free throws.

Asked if his free throw problems were related to his...

05/28/2012 - 10:48pm
Doc on tech: 'Worst I've ever had'

Doc Rivers made his displeasure with his technical foul very clear following a Game 1 loss to the Heat at American Airlines Arena in South Florida. Rivers was whistled for a technical foul by referee Ed Malloy with 3:13 left in the second quarter when he uttered the words, "Come on, Ed."

"I know mine wasn't [deserved]," Rivers said. "I don't know how long I've been in the league, but that has to rank as the worst I've ever had. I would have liked to have earned it."

Malloy called that technical on Rivers and then called one on Rajon Rondo midway through the third after Rondo and Shane Battier became entangled after a Brandon Bass basket. Rondo appeared to push Battier away, trying to get loose. Earlier in the game, referee Danny Crawford called a tech on Ray Allen after Allen was demonstrative after a call on him. Crawford then whistled Garnett for a delay of game technical for tapping the ball out of bounds after...

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