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NBA promotes 5 refs, including 2 women, to full-time status

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a person holding a basketball: Referee Natalie Sago looks on in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies and Utah Jazz Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) © Provided by Hearst Newspapers Referee Natalie Sago looks on in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies and Utah Jazz Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Ashley Moyer-Gleich

and Natalie Sago

Nikola Mirotic holding a basketball: FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2018, file photo, referee Ashley Moyer-Gleich, right, hands the ball to New Orleans Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic (3) during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game Madison Square Garden in New York. Ashley Moyer-Gleich and Natalie Sago are among five officials who were promoted Thursday by the NBA to full-time status, making them the fourth and fifth women in league history to have that designation. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File) © Provided by Hearst Newspapers FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2018, file photo, referee Ashley Moyer-Gleich, right, hands the ball to New Orleans Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic (3) during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game Madison Square Garden in New York. Ashley Moyer-Gleich and Natalie Sago are among five officials who were promoted Thursday by the NBA to full-time status, making them the fourth and fifth women in league history to have that designation. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File) a man wearing a uniform: FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield walks off the field after the Browns defeated the Atlanta Falcons 28-16 in an NFL football game, in Cleveland. Mayfield threw a season-high three touchdown passes as the Browns ended a four-game losing streak with their best all-around performance in years. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File) © Provided by Hearst Newspapers FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield walks off the field after the Browns defeated the Atlanta Falcons 28-16 in an NFL football game, in Cleveland. Mayfield threw a season-high three touchdown passes as the Browns ended a four-game losing streak with their best all-around performance in years. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)

The two referees are among five officials who were promoted by the NBA to full-time status, making them the fourth and fifth such women in league history. Moyer-Gleich and Sago follow former league refs Violet Palmer and Dee Kantner and current official Lauren Holtkamp. “It’s been unreal, really,” Sago said. “I’ve had great role models, Lauren being one, and other NBA referees at these camps who kept saying, ‘You’ve got something.’ And all of a sudden, bam, I got the phone call, and it’s such an honor.” Said Moyer-Gleich: “I know that I’m good enough. I know I belong there.” The league also promoted Mousa Dagher, Matt Myers and Phenizee Ransom to the full-time level.

Baker Mayfield

The Cleveland Browns’ rookie quarterback has partnered with Barstool Sports to raise money for Special Olympics. Mayfield helped create a line of clothing merchandise, including T-shirts, hoodies and a flag bearing his image, with all proceeds going to Special Olympics Ohio. Mayfield was moved to do more charitable work after being involved in college at Oklahoma with “Special Spectators,” a program that allows seriously ill children to have a VIP-day at sporting events. “It was a special bond, and when you do stuff like that, it makes a huge difference when you can build an actual relationship instead of just saying, ‘Hey, I like this cause I want to throw money at it,’” Mayfield said.

— Associated Press

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