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Top 17 Most Controversial Sports Calls

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12. USA vs. USSR Fight for Gold

1972 Olympic Gold Medal Basketball Game: USA vs. USSR: The final three seconds of the 1972 Olympic Gold Medal basketball game have proven to be the most controversial in Olympic history. The United States maintains that they were victorious after the Soviets put the ball in play despite the fact that their coach was arguing with officials for a timeout. After two false starts and countless arguments, the Secretary General of the International Amateur Basketball Federation overruled the officials and gave the Soviets the timeout plus three seconds.
Aleksandr Bevlov scored on what amounted to a hail-mary full-court play and the USSR took gold. The United States, slighted by the sloppy decisions of the referees, refused to accept their silver medals and maintain that they are the true victors. (Photo: AP)

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