FBI probes NBA referee Tim Donaghy

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The NBA acknowledged Friday that the FBI is investigating referee Tim Donaghy for betting on games, including ones in which he officiated.

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Donaghy will reportedly surrender to the FBI to face charges that he conspired to make calls that would affect the point spread of games. The referee had a gambling problem and was approached by low-level mob associates through an acquaintance, said the law enforcement source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The NBA referees’ union didn’t return calls for a statement, and Donaghy reportedly has resigned. Donaghy officiated 68 games in the 2005-06 season and 63 games in 2006-07, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He also worked 20 playoff games, including five last season – Pistons-Magic on April 23; Warriors-Mavericks on April 27; Suns-Lakers on April 29; Nets-Raptors on May 4; and Spurs-Suns on May 12.

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