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Dennis Shea, US Ambassador to the WTO, arrives for the opening of the General Council, at the headquarters of the World Trade Organization, WTO, in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)
December 10, 2019 - 7:40 am
GENEVA (AP) — Global commerce will lose its ultimate umpire Tuesday, leaving countries unable to reach a final resolution of disputes at the World Trade Organization and instead facing what critics call “the law of the jungle.’’ The United States, under a president who favors a go-it-alone approach...
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New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, center, argues a call in the second half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
December 08, 2019 - 6:43 pm
The Latest on Week 14 in the NFL (all times EST): 7:40 p.m. The referees are having a tough time in the Chiefs-Patriots game. Jerome Bogar's crew has picked up three flags, and in the second half they got missed two calls that together cost the Patriots four points. First, Chiefs tight end Travis...
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Manchester United's manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks on before the English Premier League soccer match between Sheffield United and Manchester United at Bramall Lane Stadium in Sheffield, England, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
December 07, 2019 - 2:53 pm
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United players were targeted with racist abuse and had coins thrown at them by Manchester City fans during Saturday's Premier League derby at the Etihad Stadium. English football's anti-racism body, Kick It Out, said it had been “inundated with reports of...
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Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden gestures before the team's NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)
November 08, 2019 - 1:29 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When the yellow flag flew for defensive pass interference on Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes in a recent game, coach Mike Zimmer immediately contested the call. His newfound right to seek a replay, however, went unexercised. The email Zimmer received earlier in the day...
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Brescia's Mario Balotelli, right, reacts at the end of the Italian Serie A soccer match between Verona and Brescia at the Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. Verona supporters' racist chants upset the Italian bomber who also scored one goal. (Simone Venezia/ANSA via AP)
November 03, 2019 - 5:10 pm
VERONA, Italy (AP) — Brescia striker Mario Balotelli threatened to leave the field due to racist chants directed at him by Hellas Verona fans during a top-tier soccer game in Italy on Sunday. Visibly upset as he fought for the ball near the corner flag at the end of the stadium where the monkey...
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Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez has to be restrained after being ejected for arguing an interference call during the seventh inning of Game 6 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
October 29, 2019 - 10:15 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on Game 6 of the World Series (all times local): 10:07 p.m. Washington manager Dave Martinez has been ejected after a volatile argument in which he was physically restrained from getting at umpire crew chief Gary Cederstrom. The trouble started in the top of the seventh...
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Washington Nationals' Victor Robles reacts after striking out during the seventh inning of Game 5 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
October 29, 2019 - 3:19 am
HOUSTON (AP) — From the box seats to the far reaches of the bleachers, all 40,000 umpires in the stands at Nationals Park thought they could tell: Gerrit Cole's fastball to Victor Robles missed the strike zone. By at least an inch, clearly. That's not how Lance Barksdale saw it. He rung up Robles...
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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)
October 24, 2019 - 8:28 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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Tennessee Titans defenders Tennessee Titans defenders Jeffery Simmons (98) and Jurrell Casey (99) celebrate after stopping the Los Angeles Chargers on their final drive of the game in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. The Titans won 23-20. (AP Photo/James Kenney)
October 20, 2019 - 8:40 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans came up with an amazing goal-line stand stopping the Los Angeles Chargers. Not once, twice but thrice. Each time, they needed the replay official to overturn the call on the field turning what the Chargers thought were a pair of go-ahead touchdowns and a...
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Sampdoria's Ronaldo Vieira, left, and Roma's Jordan Veretout vie for the ball during a Serie A soccer match between Sampdoria and Roma at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium in Genoa, Italy, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. (Simone Arveda/ANSA via AP)
October 20, 2019 - 3:06 pm
ROME (AP) — Sampdoria midfielder Ronaldo Vieira was subjected to racist chants by Roma fans during a Serie A soccer match on Sunday — the latest incident involving offensive behavior inside Italian stadiums this season. Referee Fabio Maresca heard the chants near the end of the first half of the...
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