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06/18/2010 - 12:57pm
Donovan: Referee 'stole' goal from U.S.

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.

 

"I still don't know why the goal was disallowed," U.S. coach Bob Bradley said after the match in a televised interview.

 

Said Donovan: "I'm a little gutted, to be honest. I don't know how they stole that last goal from us. I'm not sure what the call was. [The referee] wouldn't tell us what the call was."

 

Replays indicated there was no offsides, and three Slovenian defenders got away with holding...

06/18/2010 - 12:10pm
C's-Lakers Game 7 draws huge TV rating

Game 7 of the Celtics-Lakers NBA finals Thursday night on ABC drew an 18.2 overnight rating, making it the highest-rated NBA game since a 1998 finals contest between the Bulls and Jazz.

 

It was ABC's highest NBA overnight rating ever, surpassing Lakers-Pistons Game 5 in 2005, which recorded a 15.5.

 

Game 7 was the highest-rated show of the night for all of television, as was the case for the previous six games. The game peaked with a 23.7 rating in the closing final minutes, from 11:45 p.m. to midnight.

 

In Los Angeles, Game 7 delivered a 39.7 metered market rating to become ABC's highest-rated NBA game ever in the market. Boston's 33.9 rating made it ABC's second-highest-rated game locally, trailing only the Celtics' championship-clinching Game 6 victory in 2008.


06/18/2010 - 11:56am
U.S. rallies for tie with Slovenia

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.

 

Bradley netted the equalizer in the 82nd minute to salvage the United States' hopes of advancing. With two ties, the Americans still have a decent chance of reaching the knockout round.

 

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06/18/2010 - 7:40am
Mashup: Manny allegedly sought drug pass

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. Read more about that and other stories, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup.


06/18/2010 - 2:30am
Ray after loss: 'There were a lot of tears'

LOS ANGELES -- Several Celtics players had tears in their eyes and were overcome with emotion in the moments immediately following their Game 7 loss to the Lakers, 83-79, at Staples Center Thursday night. 

 

"This is probably one of the hardest feelings I've felt in my lifetime." Ray Allen said. "There were a lot tears, just a lot of tears." 

 

Kevin Garnett and Tony Allen were among the Celtics to show tears and raw emotion following the loss, which denied the Celtics their 18th title. Adding to the emotion was the immediate uncertainty of Ray Allen and Rasheed Wallace and coach Doc Rivers to return for next season. 

 

For more, including video, visit the Green Street blog


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