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This Week in Sports - July 23-27, 2007

NBA Referee Tim Doaghy is accused of betting on games he officiated.
NBA Ref Tim Donaghy

A flagrant foul is called on an NBA referee, while Barry comes within two home runs of the all-time home run chase! Find out what else happened!

Sports News - NBA Ref Scandal

This week, one of the biggest sports scandals broke when NBA referee Tim Donaghy was accused of betting on games he was officiating. As of right now, it is not known which games he bet on or how many times - but it has caused quite a stir in the sports world. The FBI has been investigating Donaghy for the last year and believe he has ties to the mob. Donaghy is expected to surrender to authorities next week.

Sports News - Barry Within Two of Record

After smacking two homers in Chicago last week, Barry Bonds has not been able to get closer to Hank Aaron's all-time home run record of 755. He played 13 innings in a game on Tuesday against the Braves without results, so he took Wednesday night's game off to rest. Barry will have a chance to chip away at the record as his San Francisco Giants host the Florida Marlins this weekend.

Sports News - Vick Pleads Not Guilty

Superstar quarterback Michael Vick pled not guilty on dogfighting conspiracy charges in Virginia. Also this week, Vick was asked by the NFL not to report to training camp, and his shoe sponsor Nike has put off the release of his shoe campaign. When he showed up to court on Thursday, he was greeted by loud boos by a crowd of over 100.

Notes Around the Sports World

  • On Thursday morning, Wake Forest head basketball coach, Skip Prosser, died of an apparent stroke. Prosser coached players like Chris Paul and Josh Howard. He was 56 years old.
  • In a game between the Oakland A's and L.A. Angels game on Wednesday, a fan threw a water bottle at A's catcher Mike Piazza. Though he was not hurt, Piazza plans to press charges.
  • David Beckham made his debut for the L.A. Galaxy last Saturday night. He played 13 scoreless-minutes for the Galaxy in an exhibition game against Chelsea. The debut was the highest TV ratings in MLS history with 1.1 million viewers.
  • New York Jets' star Curtis Martin officially retired from the NFL on Thursday. The 34-year old, has not played since the 2005 season and has been trying to recover from a knee injury for the past season. He was the NFL's fourth all-time leading rusher.
  • The Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA are about as cold as the winters in Minneapolis. The team has now dropped 10 games in a row and have the league's worst record at 5-20.
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