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Originally published Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at 12:00 AM

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NBA | Records detail Tim Donaghy phone calls

Former league referee Tim Donaghy made 134 phone calls to a fellow official at the same time Donaghy was providing information to gamblers...

NEW YORK — Former league referee Tim Donaghy made 134 phone calls to a fellow official at the same time Donaghy was providing information to gamblers during the 2006-07 season, Fox News reported Monday.

Citing court documents and phone records it obtained, Fox reported Donaghy placed the calls to referee Scott Foster between October 2006 and April 2007, the period during which Donaghy has confessed to betting on games or giving game information to gamblers.

It is not known what information was exchanged during the calls between Foster and Donaghy, who is awaiting sentencing later this month in federal court. Donaghy pleaded guilty last year to felony charges of taking cash payoffs from gamblers in the 2006-07 season and faces up to 33 months in prison.

NBA commissioner David Stern has called Donaghy a "rogue, isolated criminal" acting on his own, without the cooperation of any other referees or league officials.

Reached for comment by Fox, Foster was asked if he was being investigated by the NBA, the government or anyone else.

"Not that I know of," he said.

He declined to comment on his relationship with Donaghy and the nature of the calls.

Fox reported most of the calls were before and after games Donaghy officiated and on which he admits wagering.

In a statement, the NBA said, "The government had complete access to Tim Donaghy's phone records and thoroughly investigated this matter, including conducting an interview of referee Scott Foster. The government has said that they have found no evidence of criminal conduct aside from that of Mr. Donaghy."

Notes

• Chicago point guard Derrick Rose, a college standout at Memphis who was the first player drafted last month, pleaded guilty to driving more than 40 mph over the speed limit on an Illinois highway in April. Rose, 19, must pay a $1,000 fine and attend traffic school.

Rose was pulled over after the Illinois State Police clocked him driving 106 mph in a 65 mph zone on Interstate 88 in Kane County.

• Forward Donte Greene scored 40 points to lead Houston to a 100-97 victory over Phoenix in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

In another summer-league game, guard Jerryd Bayless scored 28 points to help Portland beat the Washington Wizards 78-73. Ex-Arizona standout Bayless was the 11th player taken in last month's draft.

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