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Wisconsin-Arizona State ending a total mess (Video)

Wisconsin lost to Arizona State on Saturday night 32-30 after a controversial ending went against them.

The Badgers converted a 3rd and 3 on a 6-yard pass and their receiver stepped out of bounds with 18 seconds left. Wisconsin had the ball at the ASU 13 with no timeouts left. Quarterback Joel Stave was instructed to center the ball from the right hash to the middle of the field to set the Badgers up for a potential winning field goal. However, Stave was unable to properly execute the play. He looked like he was going to kneel down, but he bumped into one of his lineman and then placed the football on the ground. Perhaps Wisconsin intended to spike the ball to stop the clock and set up for the field goal, but time ran out before they could snap the ball for the next play.

There were a few questionable decisions by the referees on the play. For one, Stave may have kneeled down and they may have missed that.

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Referees call controversial jump ball at end of Louisville-Wichita State game

Louisville Wichita State tie upFinal Four referees took away what could have been an even more exciting finish to the Louisville-Wichita State game by calling a controversial jump ball (technically a held ball) with 6.3 seconds left.

Luke Hancock was fouled in the open court with Louisville up 70-68 with 8.8 seconds left. He made the first of two free throws and missed his second off the iron. The Shockers’ Ron Baker fought for the rebound, but Hancock got his hands on the ball for a brief moment. The referees called a held ball and, because of the college rules, possession was determined by the arrow. Since Wichita State got possession on the double-foul a few minutes earlier, this time it went to the Cardinals.

Louisville inbounded the ball up 71-68 with 6.3 seconds left. Russ Smith was fouled, made one of his free throws, and Louisville won the game 72-68.

Was it the right call? Here’s the NCAA’s definition of a held ball (via the NCAA rule book PDF link)

Section 37. Held Ball

Art. 1. A held ball occurs when an opponent places his or her hand(s):
a. So firmly on the ball that control cannot be obtained without undue
roughness; or
b. On the ball to prevent an airborne player from throwing the ball or
attempting a try and both players return to the playing court with
both hands on the ball or (men) the airborne player returns to the
playing court never losing control of the ball.

The referees made the call way too early in my opinion. It should not have been called and the Shockers should have been given a chance to tie the game.

Full video of the play is below:

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Ed Rush reportedly bribed Pac-12 referees to target Sean Miller

Sean MillerEd Rush, the Pac-12′s coordinator of officials, offered incentives to the conference’s referees if they targeted Arizona head coach Sean Miller during the Pac-12 conference tournament, CBS Sports reports.

According to CBS Sports’ Jeff Goodman, Rush, a former NBA referee, met with Pac-12 officials on Thursday — the day of the conference tournament in Las Vegas — and told the officials in attendance that he would give them $5,000 or a trip to Cancun if they ejected Miller from a game or called a technical foul on the coach.

Goodman reports that Rush repeated his offer on Friday, the day of Arizona’s tournament semifinal game against UCLA. Referee Michael Irving called a controversial technical foul on Miller with 4:37 left in the Bruins-Wildcats game for arguing a double dribble call. Arizona lost the game 66-64 and ended up a No. 6 seed in the NCAA tournament.

Miller went on a memorable rant after the game to complain about the technical foul call.

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Richmond called for three technical fouls in final 5.9 seconds, loses game (Video)

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Chris MooneyBlaming a loss on the referees can sometimes be petty, but the Richmond Spiders may actually have a legitimate gripe.

Richmond was up 63-60 on Charlotte in the first round of the Atlantic 10 conference tournament Thursday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and they were called for three technical fouls in the final 5.9 seconds of the game, which gave Charlotte 11 free throw attempts and a 68-63 victory.

With his team up by three, only 5.9 seconds remaining, and the 49ers in the single bonus, Richmond coach Chris Mooney instructed his team to foul Charlotte’s Pierria Henry after an inbounds pass. Henry made the first free throw of a one-and-one to give himself a chance for a second attempt. But after his first attempt, Richmond’s Derrick Williams was called for a technical foul for pushing Charlotte’s Willie Clayton. The technical foul called on Richmond gave Henry two more free throws for a total of four, and it gave Charlotte the ball after the free throws. He made all four free throws to put his team up 64-63 with 4.7 seconds left.

Things continued to get crazy for Richmond. Charlotte passed the ball to Henry on the inbound and Richmond decided to foul once again. The referees determined that Henry was in the act of shooting when he was fouled, so they gave him three more free throws. The officials’ decision caused Mooney to lose his mind. He was called for two technical fouls and ejected from the game. That gave Henry seven free throws — three for the foul while he was attempting a 3-pointer, and two for each technical foul on Mooney. Henry made four of seven attempts, putting Charlotte up 68-63, which was the final score.

Henry made 8-of-11 free throws in the finals 2.1 seconds of the game to finish with a season-high 28 points.

“I am shocked. I don’t think we played great, but we did do some things real well. It’s a pretty devastating way to lose the game,” Mooney said afterward. ”I was upset. Probably too upset. I can’t take it back right now. I certainly wish I could.”

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Giants lose to Steelers despite help from referees on questionable calls

The NFL replacement referees have not been around for over a month, but you wouldn’t have been able to tell that watching Sunday’s Pittsburgh Steelers-New York Giants game.

The Steelers overcame at least two bad calls from the officials to beat the Giants 24-20.

In the second quarter, the Giants were down 7-0 and had a third-and-goal from the two. Eli Manning scrambled after not being able to find anything in the end zone, and then he fired for Victor Cruz. The ball was nearly intercepted by Steelers CB Ike Taylor, who stepped in front of Cruz. Safety Ryan Clark came across and crushed Cruz, laying him out with a shoulder-first hit. Clark was penalized for a personal foul after the officials say he hit Cruz in the head. Replays showed that he led with his shoulder.

FOX NFL rules analyst Mike Pereira disagreed with the call. “That is not a blow to the head and not a foul. Pass had not even hit the ground yet,” he wrote on Twitter.

Instead of having a fourth-and-goal from the two, the Giants were first-and-goal from the one and scored on the next play. That was a four-point difference.

The Giants benefited from another questionable call a few plays later.

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Referee’s mic left on in Dolphins-Colts game produces G-damnit moment

Referee Tony Corrente’s microphone was left on during the Miami Dolphins-Indianapolis Colts game on Sunday, leading to an embarrassing moment while he and his crew members were discussing a call.

With 5:22 left in the game, the Colts were flagged for having 12 men on the field. The referees were discussing where to spot the ball, and one official yelled, “What the f— are you guys doing?” while Corrente’s mic was live. The crowd heard it, but those on TV did not.

On TV, a big “god damnit” was let out over the airwaves. Thankfully we had Kevin Harlan to apologize for us hearing the ref swear. Forbid our virgin ears from listening to something like that!

Video via @cjzero

Illegal touching penalty costs Buccaneers against Saints

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost in their comeback bid against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday when the referees penalized them for illegal touching on the final play of the game.

The Bucs were down 35-28 and had a fourth-and-goal play from the nine with five seconds left. Quarterback Josh Freeman took a snap from shotgun, didn’t see anything, and rolled to his left to avoid pressure. He fired into the end zone for receiver Mike Williams, who caught what appeared to be a touchdown that would likely have led to a tie game

However, the back judge threw a penalty flag for illegal touching on Williams. Williams was pushed out of bounds, which made it illegal for him to touch the ball first — hence the illegal touching penalty. Analyst John Lynch incorrectly argued that Williams was eligible because he had reestablished himself inbounds.

Here is the official rule on eligible receivers, with the applicable rules boxed in red:

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