Sports officiating

FILE - This Nov. 30, 2018, file photo shows Chief Justice of the United States, John G. Roberts, as he sits with fellow Supreme Court justices for a group portrait at the Supreme Court Building in Washington. Roberts will move from the camera-free, relative anonymity of the Supreme Court to the glare of television lights in the Senate to preside over President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
December 23, 2019 - 6:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — America's last prolonged look at Chief Justice John Roberts came 14 years ago, when he told senators during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing that judges should be like baseball umpires, impartially calling balls and strikes. “Nobody ever went to a ballgame to see the umpire...
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FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2019, file photo, umpire Rob Drake stands on the field during a baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals in Washington. Commissioner Rob Manfred says Major League Baseball will look into a politicized tweet by Drake that referenced a rifle and criticism of President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
Associated Press
October 24, 2019 - 9:28 am
HOUSTON (AP) — Commissioner Rob Manfred says Major League Baseball will look into a politicized tweet by umpire Rob Drake that referenced a rifle and critics of President Donald Trump. Drake posted this message to Twitter on Tuesday: "I will be buying an AR-15 tomorrow, because if you impeach MY...
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Referees keep Oklahoma players from interacting with Texas players as they leave the field after pregame warmups before an NCAA college football game at the Cotton Bowl, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, in Dallas. Oklahoma won 34-27. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)
October 12, 2019 - 6:56 pm
DALLAS (AP) — The clusters of players for No. 6 Oklahoma and 11th-ranked Texas were getting closer at midfield 30 minutes before the annual Red River rivalry, and officials were already trying to separate them when a few got too close and started jawing at each other. Referee Mike Defee flung his...
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Indiana Pacers player Myles Turner plays against Sacramento Kings at the NBA India Games 2019, in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
October 05, 2019 - 1:39 pm
Officially, it's an NBA first: Coaches successfully argued referees' calls Saturday. Sacramento's Luke Walton became the first coach to win a challenge — a new option for coaches to use in the NBA this season — when he asked for a review of an out-of-bounds call during the third quarter of the...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham, center, and Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey (44) grab each other during the second half of an NFL football game in Baltimore. Browns coach Freddie Kitchens wants more consistent NFL officiating after wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was choked during Sunday’s game. Beckham got into a skirmish with Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey, who pinned the three-time Pro Bowler and had his hands around his neck before being pulled away. Both players were assessed personal fouls, but neither was ejected. Kitchens said he planned to reach out to the league about that situation in particular and officiating evenness in general. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
September 30, 2019 - 6:41 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns coach Freddie Kitchens has Odell Beckham's back. He's more worried the NFL protecting the star's neck. Kitchens said Monday that he wishes the league's officials were more consistent calling penalties in the aftermath of Beckham being choked by Ravens cornerback Marlon...
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FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Rams' Nickell Robey-Coleman breaks up a pass intended for New Orleans Saints' Tommylee Lewis during the second half of the NFL football NFC championship game in New Orleans. Louisiana's Supreme Court has dismissed a Saints fan's lawsuit against the NFL and game officials over the failure to call a crucial penalty against the Los Angeles Rams in a January playoff game. Attorney Antonio LeMon had sued, alleging fraud and seeking damages over what's come to be known as the "Nola No-Call." (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
September 09, 2019 - 11:49 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It appears the "Nola no-call" lawsuit is no more. An attorney and New Orleans Saints fan says he will go no further with his court fight against the NFL over game officials' failure to call an obvious penalty at a crucial point in a January playoff game. The no-call helped the...
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Linesman Kirsten Welsh watches at center ice as Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins players take the ice to prepare to play in the Sabres prospects hockey tournament, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, in Buffalo, N.Y. Welsh is one four female officials selected to be the first women to work as on-ice officials at several prospect tournaments taking place across the country this weekend. The other three other women selected were Katie Guay, Kelly Cooke and Kendall Hanley. (AP Photo/John Wawrow)
September 07, 2019 - 3:45 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Once the butterflies and adrenalin rush of officiating her first NHL prospects game subsided, Kirsten Welsh woke up Saturday eager to get back on the ice again. Whatever miscues Welsh made and hesitancy showed during her debut at the Buffalo Sabres prospects tournament a day...
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Nick Kyrgios, of Australia, reacts after losing a point to Andrey Rublev, of Russia, during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
August 31, 2019 - 11:12 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local): 11 p.m. Nick Kyrgios' stormy U.S. Open has ended with a relatively mild insult to a line judge as a "whistleblower" and a beating at the hands of Andrey Rublev 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5), 6-3. Rublev moved into the fourth round...
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Daniil Medvedev, of Russia, looks up into the stadium after defeating Feliciano Lopez, of Spain, during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament early Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
August 31, 2019 - 12:27 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S Open tennis tournament (all times local): 12:15 a.m. Daniil Medvedev stood on the court and told the fans he won because of them. Judging by the boos, they would have preferred if he'd lost. The No. 5 seed advanced to the fourth round at the U.S. Open, beating...
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Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring a disallowed goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
August 17, 2019 - 4:16 pm
Four months later, Manchester City was denied another crucial late goal against Tottenham by an intervention from the video assistant referee. Gabriel Jesus thought he scored the winner in the second minute of injury time in a wild English Premier League match at Etihad Stadium on Saturday when he...
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