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  • 10 Aug
    NEW YORK -- Major League Soccers referees and other on-field officials were locked out Friday, a day before the season openers. [b]Leander Dendoncker Jersey[/b] . The Professional Referee Organization, which manages game officials for the U.S. Soccer Federation and MLS, notified the Professional Soccer Referee Association of the lockout and said replacement officials will be used. PRO said the union, which was formed last year, rejected a no strike-no lockout agreement that management had proposed. The sides have bargained since July without reaching a deal on a labour contract. "Our proposal represents a significant increase above current compensation for referees and places them above the average for officials around the world," said PRO general manager Peter Walton, an English Premier League referee from 2003-12. PRO said in the 1 1/2 years since its formation, it had increased full-time officials from two to nine and added 11 part-time officials. The PSRA has filed unfair labour practice charges accusing the PRO of bad-faith bargaining and making threats against its members. "We have requested a plethora of information, including financials, that PRO and MLS have refused to provide, instead demanding we take their pleas of poverty at face value," said Lukas Middlebrook, a lawyer for the union. Replacements this weekend include former Ireland referee Alan Kelly (Kansas City-Seattle); former Greece referee Ioannis Stavridis (Philadelphia-Portland); current Puerto Rico referees Javier Santos (Salt Lake-Los Angeles) and William Anderson (Chicago-Chivas USA); former MLS referees Abbey Okulaja (New York-Vancouver) and Ramon Hernandez (New England-Houston); former MLS fourth official Jorge Luna (Montreal-Dallas); and current North American Soccer League referee Andres Pfefferkorn (Columbus-D.C.). Kelly is a veteran of five World Cup qualifiers and three Champions League matches. [b]Simon Mignolet Jersey[/b] . Rajne Soderberg, the director of the Stockholm Diamond League event, said in an email Friday that the ban still holds. Euromeetings, the organization representing Europes top track events, "will continue to recommend that members do not invite athletes who we believe cause disrepute to our meetings and our sport. [b]Vincent Kompany Jersey[/b] . The 26-year-old Sobotka injured his left leg playing for the St. Louis Blues in a 3-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday. The Blues said he would not recover from the injury in time for the Olympic tournament.CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Joe Harris had plenty of company in his misery after a brutal offensive performance for Virginia. Averaging 12 1-2 points per game as the Cavaliers scoring leader, he managed just two in a 48-38 loss to No. 8 Wisconsin on Wednesday night. Harris missed nine of 10 shots. The rest of the starting five? They missed 15 of 21. "We obviously had a horrendous offensive night." Harris said. The Cavaliers 23.4 per cent (11 of 47) shooting percentage was the fourth-lowest in school history, and the 38 points was the second-fewest for a Virginia team in the shot clock era, since 1986. Wisconsin limited Virginia to its lowest point total since a 77-36 loss to Connecticut on Nov. 29, 1993. It figured to make Thursdays film session eye-opening. "Were going to learn how poorly we played offensively and how out of sync and out of character we got," Harris said. "Were all going to be shocked." The Cavaliers (7-2) had won six in a row, helped by unselfish play and ball movement that led to good shots. "I dont know what the heck was going on tonight. The mindset wasnt there," Harris said. The Badgers, led by Josh Gassers 11 points, won despite shooting just 29 per cent, making 15 of 52 shots, and gave coach Bo Ryan his 300th victory with the Badgers. The Badgers (9-0) extended their best start since opening 11-0 in 1993-94. They limited Virginia to just three baskets in a stretch of nearly 22 minutes spanning the halves. Wisconsin avvenged a 60-54 loss to the Cavaliers in Madison, Wis. Vincent Kompany Belgium Jersey. ., in last years ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Harris scored 22 points in that win. "I think Wisconsin did to us, in a way, what we did to them last year," Virginia coach Tony Bennett said. "Last year we outlasted them a little bit. When it mattered, they were sounder, more poised and made plays." London Perrantes led Virginia with eight points. The Cavaliers tried to make a run by speeding up the slow pace midway through the second half, but came up well short. Malcolm Brogdon was 1 for 7 and Anthony Gill went 1 for 3. Harris was called for a charge after a steal with Virginia trailing 43-36, and after Gasser made a free throw for Wisconsin, the Cavaliers missed three shots from within 3 feet on their next trip. Wisconsin used a 10-5 run over the last 7 minutes of the first half to lead 25-20 at the break. The Badgers also scored the first five points of the second half as Virginias string of missed shots stretched to 13. After Dario Atkins hit a free throw for the Cavaliers 4:23 into the second half, a putback by Frank Kaminsky and a drive by Traevon Jackson pushed Wisconsins lead to 34-21, and Virginia took a timeout. The Cavaliers scored seven straight points, energizing the crowd as they closed to 37-30 on Akil Mitchells free throw with 8:08 to play, but Ben Brust scored on a drive and Gassers 3-pointer made it 42-30. The Cavaliers got to 44-38 with 1:40 left, but never scored again. ' ' '