Sports officiating

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2018, file photo, a serve clock is viewed during the U.S. Open tennis tournament match between Venus Williams and Svetlana Kuznetsova, of Russia, in New York. Like the serve clocks that made their Grand Slam debut in August at the U.S. Open after being tested at the 2017 Next Gen ATP Finals, another tennis innovation, video review for certain judgment calls by chair umpires, will be tried at the tournament for top 21-and-under men at Milan in November. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
October 26, 2018 - 3:06 am
Video review for certain judgment calls, such as whether a ball bounces twice, will be available for the first time in men's professional tennis at the Next Gen ATP Finals for top 21-and-under players. The tour announced Friday that players at the Nov. 6-10 event in Milan can request that chair...
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Fans interfere with Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts trying to catch a ball hit by Houston Astros' Jose Altuve during the first inning in Game 4 of a baseball American League Championship Series on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Houston. Altuve was called out. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
October 17, 2018 - 9:29 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve was denied a potential two-run homer for the Houston Astros in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series when umpires ruled at least one fan interfered with Mookie Betts' attempt at a leaping catch above the right-field wall Wednesday night. Crew chief Joe West, working the...
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The Boston Red Sox celebrate after beating the New York Yankees 4-3 in Game 4 of baseball's American League Division Series, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
October 10, 2018 - 1:14 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Eduardo Nunez charged Gleyber Torres' four-hopper toward third base and whipped the ball across the diamond . Steve Pearce stretched, falling on his chest for a sprawling catch. The umpire signaled: "Out!" The Boston Red Sox gathered around exhausted closer Craig Kimbrel, hugging...
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First base umpire Angel Hernandez (5) watches from his position during the second inning of Game 3 of baseball's American League Division Series between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
October 09, 2018 - 10:06 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Angel Hernandez hit .250 in Game 3 of the AL Division Series. That's a mediocre batting average for a player and awful replay average for an umpire. Hernandez was overruled on three of four video reviews of his decisions at first base during Boston's 16-1 rout of the New York...
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FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2018, file photo, Green Bay Packers’ Clay Matthews tackles Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins during the second half of an NFL football game, in Green Bay, Wis. Matthews was penalized for roughing the passer on the play. The NFL is getting roughed up over its amplified enforcement of roughing the passer penalties that has produced head-scratching, game-changing calls and a season-ending injury to a defender trying to comply with the league’s mandate not to land on the quarterback. What constitutes a clean hit anymore is anyone's guess. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer, File)
September 27, 2018 - 3:36 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL is sticking with its officiating emphasis on quarterback hits, including those in which the tackler uses all or most of his body weight when falling on the quarterback. NFL football operations chief Troy Vincent said Thursday that the powerful competition committee has...
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Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after receiving a red card during the Champions League, group H soccer match between Valencia and Juventus, at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
September 27, 2018 - 6:03 am
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Video review will start being used to help referees next season in the Champions League, after the technology makes its UEFA debut at the Super Cup. The UEFA executive committee also decided Thursday to approve the video assistant referee system for the 2020 European...
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Melbourne-based newspaper Herald Sun displays a controversial cartoon of Serena Williams that has been widely condemned as a racist depiction of the tennis great, in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. The newspaper defended its cartoonist Mark Knight's depiction of Williams and is asserting the condemnation, which has come from all parts of the world, is driven by political correctness. (AP Photo)
September 12, 2018 - 12:24 pm
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A cartoon of Serena Williams that has been widely condemned as a racist depiction of the tennis great has been partially reprinted on the front page of the Melbourne-based newspaper that initially published it. The Herald Sun newspaper printed an edited portion of the...
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Chair umpire Carlos Ramos, left, talks with referee Brian Earley as Serena Williams talks with Donna Kelso during the women's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament against Naomi Osaka, of Japan, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
September 12, 2018 - 4:09 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The chair umpire who penalized Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final has spoken publicly for the first time since the match, saying he is "fine." Ramos, who is from Portugal, spoke briefly to Portuguese newspaper Tribuna Expresso this week. "I'm fine, given the...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, file photo, Serena Williams, right, talks with referee Brian Earley during the women's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament against Naomi Osaka, of Japan, in New York. Some black women say Serena Williams’ experience at the U.S. Open final resonates with them. They say they are often forced to watch their tone and words in the workplace in ways that men and other women are not. Otherwise, they say, they risk being branded an "Angry Black Woman." (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)
September 10, 2018 - 10:26 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — When Serena Williams told the umpire at the U.S. Open final that he owed her an apology, that he had stolen something from her, and then she got penalized for her words, Breea Willingham could relate to her frustration and anger. Willingham isn't a tennis star, but she is a black...
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US Open women's singles champion Naomi Osaka poses for photographers with her trophy at Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
September 10, 2018 - 2:22 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Naomi Osaka began the U.S. Open having never made it past the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament and seeded 20th. She also arrived with big goals. "It would be really sad if I kept playing for years and my biggest goal was to get to the quarters of a Slam," she announced after...
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