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Ref University: NBA spending summer seeking new officials

Ref University: NBA spending summer seeking new officials

LAS VEGAS (AP) — It's a half-hour after their game ended and the night is just beginning for referees Ashley Gilpin, Natalie Sago and SirAllen Conner. They've showered, they've changed clothes, but dinner and the bright lights of Las Vegas will have to wait.
A long classroom session is up first.
They walk into a tiny loc ... (full story)


The bike to pint moment

This past weekend hammered home for me just how absolutely magical it is to indulge in a couple mugs of ice cold brew after that proverbial perfect summer day of cycling.
And though such an occasion is rare, its ingredients seem so simple: The ticking of mile after mile after mile as the concept of time subtly loses all relevanc ... (full story)


Free agency turning into bargain hunting for NBA clubs

Free agency turning into bargain hunting for NBA clubs

Even after roughly $1.5 billion in new contracts were hammered out during the first two weeks of free agency, there is still plenty of shopping for NBA teams to do over the coming weeks.
Most of it will be for bargains.
The biggest deals of NBA summer — like Chris Paul, Paul George and LeBron James getting contracts that ... (full story)


Ohio Supreme Court to decide Cincinnati Reds bobbleheads case

Many businesses, including sports teams, use promotional items to help attract customers.
But not all companies charge a separate price for the items used to induce the entire purchase.
Like many sports teams, the Cincinnati Reds often use promotional products like bobblehead dolls, player cards and other Reds-themed memorab ... (full story)


Former NFL player helps youth score touchdowns in life

Youngstown native Rollen Smith said he believes all young people deserve to have someone in their corner to provide assistance when they encounter difficulties navigating life’s challenges.
As one of six children, Smith said his parents stressed the importance of community and church service to all their children.
&ldquo ... (full story)