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Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009

NBA to look at Donaghy's book claims

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA will review accusations by former referee Tim Donaghy that were posted online — even though the publisher is blowing the whistle on the book they were to appear in.

Random House said on Thursday it won't go forward with the tell-all Donaghy wrote in prison.

"After a close legal review of the final manuscript of 'Blowing the Whistle' by Tim Donaghy, and our independent evaluation of some of the author's sources and statements, Triumph Books and Random House have decided not to go forward with the book's publication," spokesman Stuart Applebaum said in a statement. "Our decision is wholly our own and was made without consultation with any outside parties or individuals."

Still, the NBA said the allegations that appeared on the Web site deadspin.com will be forwarded to Lawrence B. Pedowitz, who conducted the review of the officiating program following the Donaghy gambling scandal that rocked the league in 2007.

"As with all allegations concerning the integrity of our officiating program, these latest assertions by Mr. Donaghy will be turned over to Mr. Pedowitz for a complete review," senior vice president of communications Elizabeth Ventura said.

The league also said it has been reassured that the Pedowitz investigation, which was completed last autumn, found Donaghy to be the only official involved in criminal conduct.

Donaghy admitted taking cash payoffs from gamblers for picks on games, including ones he officiated. He was sentenced to 15 months for conspiracy to engage in wire fraud and transmitting betting information through interstate commerce.

He worked on the book in prison. The excerpts include accusations of wagering between officials working games, favoritism toward star players, and desires by the league to extend playoff series.

Donaghy, who already made similar allegations during court proceedings, also criticizes a number of referees, including Dick Bavetta, Tommy Nunez and Steve Javie, for misconduct.

Bulls gallop by Spurs

CHICAGO (AP) Derrick Rose scored 13 points and had seven assists to lead the balanced Chicago Bulls to an impressive 92-85 victory over San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night.

Rose, who missed most of the preseason with an injured ankle, waved and blew a kiss toward the crowd before the opening tip. He then showed some of the explosiveness that carried him to the Rookie of the Year award last season.

Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 28 points and 16 rebounds.

Nuggets 97, Portland 94

In Portland, Carmelo Anthony scored 19 of his 41 points in the fourth quarter as Denver downed the Trail Blazers.

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