June 04, 2008
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Truth & Rumors
How Donaghy 'affected' games
Ex-NBA referee Tim Donaghy told the feds that betting on games he worked may have "subconsciously affected" his performance, it was disclosed Tuesday. But investigators found no evidence that Donaghy, who admitted betting on more than 100 games he worked, ever made a call to affect the outcome of a game, court papers unsealed in Brooklyn Federal Court say. Donaghy passed inside information to two high school buddies who bet on the games, and was paid $2,000 for each win. The letter describes how the scheme worked for a Dec. 26, 2006, game Donaghy refereed between the Washington Wizards and the Memphis Grizzlies. He told accomplice Thomas Martino the Grizzlies would win, but just before the game started, an NBA scorer told referees the Grizzlies were "all banged up," the letter said. Donaghy quickly called Martino and told him to change the pick to the Wizards, who won the game, 116-101. (New York Daily News)
Is Joba experiment a mistake?
The cameras flashed and energy sizzled through a packed crowd last night at Yankee Stadium, the telltale signs of a huge event. Then why did it feel, to some degree, as if the Yankees were still in spring training? It was the first week of June, yet the Yanks remained in the audition phase, turning Joba Chamberlain into a starter and running through a cattle call to try to find a suitable replacement for him as a late-game reliever. In the big picture this probably is the right move with Chamberlain, to see if he indeed can blossom into a top-of-the-rotation stalwart. But it sure does feel as if 2008 is slowly being sacrificed to this experiment. The Yanks had hoped for at least four innings from Chamberlain, a spring-training length. But with his adrenaline still pumping like a reliever, Chamberlain was wild and gone after recording just seven outs. That forced the Yanks into the bullpen earlier than they were even anticipating. (New York Post)
Tigers may draft Tennessee recruit
Casey Kelly, a standout shortstop and pitcher from Sarasota (Fla.) High School, worked out for Tigers officials in Lakeland on Saturday. He spent his time fielding and hitting, which offered a strong hint that Detroit would prefer to sign him as a position player. Two rival scouting directors said the Tigers are very interested in taking Kelly with their first-round pick, but there is a potentially significant hurdle: Kelly has committed to play football and baseball at the University of Tennessee, and it could take a large signing bonus to keep him from heading to Knoxville.(Detroit Free Press)
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Home plate umpire Ed Hickox rules Toronto Blue Jays' Rod Barajas safe on David Eckstein's fourth-inning sacrifice fly as Yankees catcher Jose Molina looks on in their game at Yankee Stadium. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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