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Nov 30, 2012 Spurs Coach Puts His Team First, Much to Commissioner’s Chagrin

QUOTE: In fining the Spurs $250,000 Friday, Stern insisted that Popovich had disrespected the game and its fans by resting his best players while fielding a short-handed squad....Playing a fourth game in five nights, he did what he has done before: sent home his three veteran stars — Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker — and added Danny Green, a starting guard, for good measure.

New York Times
Nov 13, 2012 Unequal or Unfair: Which Is Worse? Inequality is a symptom; unfairness is the disease.

QUOTE: Fairness—or lack of it—is central to human relationships at every level, from a marriage between two people to disputes involving war and peace among the nations of the world. I believe fairness is what we need to focus on, not inequality—though I readily acknowledge that high inequality in wealth and income is corrosive to society.

Psychology Today
Nov 06, 2012 Study Looks at Bias in Celebration Penalty Calls

QUOTE: a study published in July in The Journal of Experimental Social Psychology by two researchers in psychology at Northwestern University tested the question of bias in unsportsmanlike conduct penalties called after touchdowns....“The same pattern of blacks being punished more than whites seems to hold true both in the N.F.L. and in this experiment,” Livingston said. “I would conclude that the results are generalizable to N.F.L. referees.”

New York Times
Sep 12, 2012 Rooked: The supremely old-school game of chess is dealing with a very avant-garde brand of unsportsmanlike conduct

QUOTE: even though the kid's only confessed misdeed came among small-time players in an otherwise unremarkable tournament, the electronic score-sheet caper could have implications far beyond the hotel ballroom where it occurred. Most important for everybody but Smiley: Along with being the youngest techno-cheat, he is also the first player of any age caught exploiting an approved software application as part of a cheating scheme.

Jul 11, 2011 Routine Ruse in Men’s Soccer Tumbles Into Women’s World Cup

QUOTE: The act of diving, as the fake falls are called, is crafty or cynical, artful gamesmanship or outright cheating, depending on one’s view. Although the use of the ruse was clearly evident on Sunday during the United States’ riveting World Cup quarterfinal victory over Brazil, the relative lack of this tactic in women’s soccer was captured in a study conducted at Wake Forest University.

New York Times
Jul 02, 2011 Stolen Code Is Linked to Program for Chess

QUOTE: Players who use computers to cheat are a growing concern in the chess world. Now the developer of Rybka, the winner of the last four World Computer Chess Championships, has been accused of plagiarizing code to create the program.

New York Times
May 11, 2011 Texas Passes Bill to Make Some Fish Tales a Crime

QUOTE: A bill that would make it a misdemeanor — and in some cases a felony — to misrepresent the size, weight or provenance of a fish in a fishing tournament...

New York Times
Dec 24, 2010 Fairness being raised over divisional alignment

QUOTE: Since the NFL switched to its current eight-division format in 2002, which made the possibility of an 8-8 division winner more likely, three times have teams won their division with only a 9-7 mark. One of those teams, last season’s Buccaneers, went to the playoffs while the Browns sat home with a 10-6 record. This season, there’s a chance that seven teams could finish with better records than two division winners, but not make the postseason.

Yahoo News
Dec 18, 2010 Wrestler Sees Legal Move; Prosecutor Sees Assault

QUOTE: used a maneuver informally known as a “butt drag” — which involves grabbing the haunch of an opponent to gain leverage — to roughly and intimately assault a smaller, younger wrestler on his team in retaliation for a supposed affront....accusations of both lax supervision by coaches and overzealousness by prosecutors. It has also cast an unwelcome pall on high school wrestling, and again raised questions about bullying in schools, particularly in the often macho arena of sports.

New York Times
Aug 20, 2009 A question of sex: Nature explains the science behind the latest gender row in sport.

QUOTE: Here, Nature looks at the science behind the latest gender row [Caster Semenya] to hit sport.

Dec 26, 2008 Ins and Outs (He Was In, No?) of Contested Calls

QUOTE: As the N.F.L. enters the final weekend of the season, Turner is not the only one who may not be ready to forgive and forget. Three controversial calls by officials from this season loom large in the chase for the league’s 12 playoff berths.

New York Times
Nov 19, 2008 Fouled While Grunting

QUOTE: the shrieks, cries and shouts of N.B.A. players as they try to put the ball in the basket. In part, the emoting is designed to deceive, with players trying to persuade referees they were fouled in the act of shooting, even if they were not.

New York Times
Nov 09, 2008 For Amateur Swimmers, the Cost Of Success Doesn't Suit Everyone

QUOTE: The futuristic swimsuits worn last summer by nearly every competitor at the Beijing Olympics, most notably Michael Phelps, are generating an aquatic version of class warfare as college and high school swim seasons get underway...Many collegiate coaches and parents of promising young swimmers don't have the budgets for the suits. But they fear their kids will be hindered without them.

Washington Post
Sep 15, 2008 NFL will look into changing rule

QUOTE: "Nothing can be done. I understand that after that whistle blows, you can't speculate, `Well, did everybody get the best shot at recovering the ball if some of them heard the whistle and some of them didn't?'"

Sports Illustrated (SI)
Jul 18, 2008 Tour de France Team Out After Test

QUOTE: The Tour de France lost one of its top teams Thursday when Italian rider Riccardo Ricco tested positive for a new-generation variant of the blood-boosting drug EPO and his Saunier Duval-Scott team withdrew from the race. Ricco, the winner of two stages in the Tour’s first nine days and in ninth place in the race so far, tested positive after the fourth stage of the race last week, according to the French Anti-Doping Agency.

New York Times
Jun 11, 2008 More fuel for the fire: The NBA's perception problem keeps growing (The Hot Button)

QUOTE: That's what Tim Donaghy, the rogue referee who is fast becoming commissioner David Stern's worst nightmare, has brought about with his stunning accusations of biased officiating, fixed playoff games and other improprieties. He has put it all in play -- all the suspicions, all the skepticism, all the whispers that something about the NBA just doesn't feel completely on the up-and-up.

CNN (Cable News Network)
May 24, 2008 Web Site Puts Focus on the Fix in Sports Bets

QUOTE: Last Monday, a report commissioned by the major tennis governing bodies recommended that 45 matches played in the last five years be investigated because betting patterns gave a “strong indication” that gamblers were profiting from inside information. And those matches, the report said, may be only the tip of the iceberg.

New York Times
May 08, 2008 Ex-Patriots Assistant Sends the N.F.L. Eight Tapes

QUOTE: agreement reached last month between lawyers for the N.F.L. and Walsh. The agreement indemnifies Walsh from all future legal fees. Walsh’s tapes show that the Patriots recorded the signals of offensive and defensive coaches in regular-season games...

New York Times
Apr 30, 2008 Some Athletes’ Genes Help Outwit Doping Test

QUOTE: Researchers have long known that some men, Asians in particular, seemed to be able to take the drugs without getting caught, although no one had identified the cause of the phenomenon. Without gene testing, there is no way to know whether any athletes have exploited this doping loophole, but Dr. Catlin says he suspects some athletes discovered their invulnerability by accident and took advantage of it.

New York Times
Mar 09, 2008 Smartening Up: Brain Enhancement Is Wrong, Right?

QUOTE: era of doping may be looming in academia, and it has ignited a debate about policy and ethics that in some ways echoes the national controversy over performance enhancement accusations against elite athletes like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens.

New York Times
Feb 25, 2008 Pirates of the Third Screen: Why treating customer marketers like thieves could turn them into an angry mob

QUOTE: Last month's online scrap between Scrabble trademark owners Hasbro and Mattel, and the makers of Scrabulous, an unauthorized online version of Scrabble, has some implications for the future of mobile marketing. As far as Hasbro and Mattel were concerned, Scrabulous was a simple case of piracy. But what they saw as a threat should have been a triple-word score. Someone else had created a digital version of Scrabble, and amassed 2.3 million people who played it every day. It was an amazing user-generated ad campaign. All Hasbro and Mattel had to do was swoop in with their checkbooks and make it legit. Instead, they fired their self-proclaimed agency, an army of passionate Scrabble fans.

Feb 22, 2008 Nations dropped from Monopoly site after Jerusalem fuss

QUOTE: Monopoly, the world's best-selling board game, is going global....Given the white-hot controversy over Israel -- the world's most fought-over piece of real estate -- should the board game refer to "Jerusalem, Israel" even though Palestinians say Jerusalem will be the capital of any future Palestinian state?

CNN (Cable News Network)
Nov 23, 2007 Spanish Civil War, This Time Fought in Pixels

QUOTE: The game went on sale in Spain on Thursday in the midst of a bitter debate about how to deal with the country’s past, prompted by a new law that would authorize reparations to civil war victims and ban monuments to Franco.Even before it hit the stores, the game drew criticism from both sides of the political spectrum as a divisive trivialization of a war whose wounds, for many Spaniards, have yet to heal.

New York Times
Nov 01, 2007 Rule Jostles Runners Who Race to Their Own Tune

QUOTE: But for competitors who use music as a motivational tool while training and competing, the ban was frustrating, as if the race directors were forcing them to run barefoot.

New York Times
Oct 08, 2007 Chess Group Officials Accused of Using Internet to Hurt Rivals

QUOTE: According to the lawsuit, Ms. Polgar and Mr. Truong broke a federal law that prohibits using electronic means to harass or annoy another person. Mr. Sloan is asking for new board elections and punitive damages, among other requests.

New York Times
Aug 17, 2007 Referees Could Face Discipline From N.B.A.

QUOTE: The federal investigation into National Basketball Association gambling is generating information about other referees that could lead to disciplinary action short of criminal charges...

New York Times
Jul 25, 2007 Tour in Tatters: Team Ousts the Race Leader

QUOTE: Chaos and disgrace enveloped the Tour de France early Thursday after the event’s overall leader, Michael Rasmussen, was removed from the race by his Rabobank team for lying about where he was training.

New York Times
Jul 24, 2007 NASCAR moves to curb cheating: Suspensions and fines hit a record high, even as some defend a culture of 'experimentation.'

QUOTE: Some call it cheating. Others call it innovation. Either way, the secret back-shop arms race to gain precious speed and grip may be curtailed, at least if new NASCAR boss Brian France has his way.

Christian Science Monitor
Jul 20, 2007 Donaghy under investigation for betting on NBA games

QUOTE: The FBI is investigating allegations that veteran NBA referee Tim Donaghy bet on basketball games over the past two seasons, including ones in which he officiated.

Jul 11, 2007 Double Amputee to Face Top Able-Bodied Sprinters

QUOTE: a member of the I.A.A.F.’s governing council, said there was much misunderstanding in the new case. “I see this as an extension of our general principles that competition should be between athletes and not manufacturers...We’re looking for fairness...”

New York Times
Jul 07, 2007 Infamous Non-Drug-Related Scandals

ABSTRACT: A "top 25" list of the biggest US and international sports scandals, professional and amateur, compiled by Sports Illustrated.

Sports Illustrated (SI)
Jun 01, 2007 Rodriguez Keeps Straddling Baseball’s Foul Line

QUOTE: It was clever or childish, cunning gamesmanship or borderline cheating, or maybe something in between. But when Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees shouted something to a Toronto Blue Jays infielder Wednesday night, helping cause a pop-up to drop and leading to three runs, the debate began. .... Players, coaches and baseball observers interviewed yesterday routinely struggled to articulate what was permissible and what was not, and why.

New York Times
Apr 17, 2007 In Prep Tennis, What You See Isn't Always What You Get

QUOTE: Youth tennis players not only have to wrap their rackets around off-yellow blurs traveling upward of 100 mph, they also must officiate their own matches. They can make more split-second line calls during a single, grunt-filled rally than a baseball umpire might make all week -- and they often have to do it while out of position and out of breath.

Washington Post
Sep 14, 2006 Commentary: Fairness takes a hit in drug testing

QUOTE: In the wake of BALCO and congressional hearings and outrageous home run chases, fairness is no longer part of the atmosphere in which sports are played...It’s the height of unfairness, too, that the public, and some in the media, continue to condemn athletes such as Jones simply because of circumstance.

Dallas Morning News
Aug 28, 2006 In Game World, Cheaters Proudly Prosper

QUOTE: Here's the ugly, sometimes dirty, often-overlooked truth in games: Everyone cheats. In many instances, cheating is built into the game. It's a multimillion-dollar industry, legally sanctioned...Is cheating ever okay?

Washington Post
Aug 21, 2006 Cheating Is an Awful Thing for Other People to Do

QUOTE: Both athletes were stars...sprinter Marion Jones...[cyclist] Floyd Landis...Both now face drug charges that could end their careers...Commentators are bemoaning what cheating is doing to sports. In this, it is fair to say, most people are hypocrites.

Washington Post
Aug 15, 2006 Youth team pays high price in win-at-all-costs game

QUOTE: How do you feel about what happened to Romney Oaks in Bountiful, Utah, earlier this summer? Would you have intentionally walked the slugger so that you could get the easy out and win the game? Or would you have sacrificed baseball strategy in favor of fairness to a 9-year-old cancer survivor?

Aug 04, 2006 Science plays catch-up to sports-doping advances: Two American athletes face charges of drug-use this week. Can testing methods keep up with sophisticated cheats?

QUOTE: the small core of researchers and testing labs that face a scientific arms race in their efforts to keep drug tests abreast of new compounds that could give athletes an unfair competitive edge.

Christian Science Monitor
Jul 13, 2006 Google's Click-Fraud Crackdown

QUOTE: Click fraud has become a classic security arms race....How do you tell if there's an actual person sitting in front of a computer screen? How do you tell that the person is paying attention, hasn't automated his responses, and isn't being assisted by friends?

Dec 16, 2005 Get Your Hands Off My Medal! How to take gold from an athlete.

QUOTE: When the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that Montgomery had cheated, the IAAF sent him a request for the medals. If he complies, the IAAF will put them in storage and press a new set for the runners-up. But no one will go after Montgomery if he ignores the request.

Oct 03, 2005 Half the Size, Twice the Man

QUOTE: ...a starter on punt coverage and a kid, yes, born without legs.... And now they were telling him he couldn't play without shoes?

Sports Illustrated (SI)
Jul 28, 2005 ABC Defends 'Dancing' Show's Judging

QUOTE: ABC and the show's judges strenuously denied that the result had been rigged in any way... But all those involved agreed that the scoring system was fraught with problems...

New York Times
Jun 26, 2005 At PartyGaming, Everything's Wild

QUOTE: PartyGaming, based in Gibraltar, has no assets in the United States, and its officers or directors could risk being served with a civil suit - or an arrest warrant - if they came to the United States on business. The reason? The Justice Department and numerous state attorneys general maintain that providing the opportunity for online gambling is against the law in the United States - and PartyGaming does it anyway.

New York Times
May 16, 2005 Microsoft Battles Halo 2 Holes

QUOTE: The Halo 2 game space does have scarcity, and the leader board is one of the only commodities around.... What (cheaters) are doing is the same thing as printing money in this world.

Apr 27, 2005 NFL Strengthens Steroid Policy

QUOTE: The NFL and its players' union have agreed, for the second time in recent weeks, to toughen the league's steroid policy. The new measures triple the number of times a player can be tested for steroids during the offseason, add substances to the league's banned list and allow the league to retest players' urine samples...

Washington Post
Apr 13, 2005 Sweet Catomine's Owner Accused of Misleading Santa Anita Bettors

QUOTE: [Marty--Ed.] Wygod charged with conduct detrimental to horse racing, was accused of misleading the betting public about Sweet Catomine's condition. More than $2.6 million was wagered on the race...

New York Times
Nov 03, 2004 Online Feuds a Big Headache

QUOTE: Any persistent massively multiplayer online game will have an endless supply of similar conflicts.... A group of game players and designers, along with law professors and other academics, discussed how to create an effective and efficient online dispute resolution system.

Sep 04, 2004 Rock, Paper, Scissors: High Drama in the Tournament Ring

QUOTE: The rules were deceptively simple - rules that people all over the world grasp as young children....Rock Paper Scissors has gained a cult following in much of the English-speaking world over the last few years.

New York Times
Aug 24, 2004 Hamm Ruling Stands, but Ire at Judges Rises

QUOTE: The president of the International Gymnastics Federation said Monday that the results of the Olympic gymnastics all-around final would not change, leaving Paul Hamm of the United States with the sole gold medal.

New York Times
Jul 12, 2004 A Sport Fouls Out: For One Dedicated Hoopster, Selfish Play Has Stolen Away the Joy

QUOTE: Basketball is a barrel that can easily be spoiled by one bad apple. There are lots of ways for a single player to ruin everybody else's good time.

Washington Post

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