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NFL hires first fulltime female official

...sport's pinnacle.Thomas will be a line judge for the 2015 season, the league...in any capacity. She also was a line judge.Thomas played softball and basketball...by Conference USA, working as a line judge and head linesman.She said she...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/nfl/2015-04-08/nfl-hires-first-fulltime-fema
Buffalo's Sammy Watkins had off-season surgery

...Friday that Thomas would be among eight new officials for the 2015 season.Thomas has officiated NFL preseason games as a line judge while in the league's training program.REDSKINS: Acquired two-time Pro Bowl safety Dashon Goldson from Tampa Bay...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/nfl/2015-04-03/buffalos-sammy-watkins-had-se
Female official makes NFL history

...DETROIT - Shannon Eastin made NFL history.Eastin was the line judge in Sunday's St. Louis Rams-Detroit Lions game...official to work an NFL preseason game last month as the line judge when Green Bay played at San Diego. The Pro Football...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/nfl/2012-09-09/female-official-makes-nfl-his
Williamses win doubles title; Serena wants to hug judge

...even time to make amends with the line judge she unloaded on during that ugly...night but bore no ill will toward the line judge, who did not work the tournament...what, exactly, she said to the line judge. "I was in the heat of the moment...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2009/09/15/oth_548230.shtml
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Rants & Raves

...They aren't bullies; it was just a little misunderstanding. All she did was threaten to jam a tennis ball down a line judge's throat. RANT TO THE homeowners who let their pets run wild and free over the neighborhood. And leave the animal...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-11-05/rants-raves
NFL hires former ACC referee to man the same position

...Hochuli, and field judge Brad Freeman, the son of back judge Steve Freeman, a former player with Buffalo.Two women, line judge Sarah Thomas and head linesperson Maia Chaka, will work minicamps and preseason games this year.They are in the officiating...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/nfl/2014-06-26/nfl-hires-former-acc-referee-
Fight Hunger Bowl will be first FBS game with 2 female officials

...and Washington on Dec. 27 in San Francisco will be called by a crew from Conference USA that includes Sarah Thomas as line judge and Maia Chaka as head linesman.NCAA national coordinator of officials Rogers Redding says it is the first time two...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/college/2013-12-18/fight-hunger-bowl-will-be
Controversial ruling can't slow Victoria Azarenka's march at US Open

...the 26th-seeded Cornet hit a backhand into the net. The chair umpire had to get her attention to inform her that the line judge had called Azarenka's previous shot out ? replays showed it landed inside the baseline. The umpire overruled the...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2013-08-31/controversial-ruling
NFL plans to discuss expanded playoffs in May meeting in Atlanta

...weeks of the preseason to make them more challenging.? Two female officials will work minicamps and preseason games: line judge Sarah Thomas and head linesman Maia Chaka.Both work in Conference USA. COURTS: The Los Angeles County district attorney's...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/nfl/2014-04-24/nfl-plans-discuss-expanded-pl
BCS leaves behind plenty of championship memories to savor

...championship in a row and an overtime victory against Ohio State in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl ? and then the flag flew. Line judge Terry Porter called pass interference on Hurricanes defensive back Glenn Sharpe on a fourth-down throw from Craig Krenzel...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/college/2014-01-06/bcs-leaves-behind-plenty-