Sports officiating

Second base umpire Jeff Nelson (45) grabs a fan that ran onto the field as security guards assist and Oakland Athletics' Stephen Piscotty, right, watches in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Saturday, April 20, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
April 20, 2019 - 8:55 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — When a fan ran on the field during the Blue Jays-Athletics game, he got tossed by umpire Jeff Nelson. Quite literally, actually. Nelson put a swift end to the fan's elusive romp at the Coliseum on Saturday, grabbing the man with both hands near second base and, aided by a...
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Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) falls to the floor after being fouled by Detroit Pistons' Thon Maker (7) during the first half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)
April 14, 2019 - 10:36 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo ran and dunked all over the Pistons until they just shoved him to the ground. The team with the NBA's best record wanted to show it can make a long playoff run, and the Detroit Pistons were helpless to slow them down. "I don't know if they were ready for us,"...
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FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks during the 29th AFC Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, April 6, 2019. The Asian Football Confederation holds its presidential election on Saturday. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
April 13, 2019 - 3:55 pm
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has called for a crackdown on racism at soccer games after several high-profile incidents, and encouraged referees to abandon matches in the worst cases. "We will not hesitate to do everything in our power to eradicate racism, and any other form of discrimination,...
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Houston Astros bench coach Joe Espada, left, walks out to intervene in a heated discussion between starting pitcher Gerrit Cole and home plate umpire Ron Kulpa during the seventh inning of the team's baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, April 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
April 03, 2019 - 11:25 pm
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Gerrit Cole had been frustrated most of the game, like the rest of the Astros, and Houston's starter went immediately to the home plate umpire after recording his final out. Cole put his glove over his mouth and was clearly agitated during an extended conversation with ump...
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Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, left, celebrates with Liverpool's Mohamed Salah at the end of the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
March 31, 2019 - 5:09 pm
LONDON (AP) — As Liverpool has pushed Manchester City at the top of the Premier League, Tottenham has slipped far from title contention. Toby Alderweireld's 90th minute own-goal helped Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-1 on Sunday and regain a two-point lead over second-placed City. Snatching three points...
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Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta, centre left, reacts after scoring his side's first goal of the game against Cardiff City, during their English Premier League soccer match at the Cardiff City Stadium, in Cardiff, Wales, Sunday March 31, 2019. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)
March 31, 2019 - 11:40 am
CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Cardiff manager Neil Warnock stood in the center circle, hands on hips, silently staring toward the referee and his assistants after an officiating mistake helped Chelsea to come back and win 2-1 in the Premier League on Sunday. Cardiff was heading toward a key victory in its...
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New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick speaks to the media during the NFC/AFC coaches breakfast during the annual NFL football owners meetings, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
March 26, 2019 - 8:13 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Pass interference, whether flagged or not, can be challenged by coaches and reviewed by officials next season. NFL team owners voted Tuesday on a one-year trial basis to include those often-controversial penalties in the officiating replay review system. Coaches still will have two...
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FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2019 file photo, Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan speaks to the media about hosting the NBA All-Star basketball game during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C. The Supreme Court said Monday it won’t step in to referee a copyright dispute between Nike and a photographer who took a well-known image of basketball great Michael Jordan. That means lower court rulings for the athletic apparel maker will stand. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
March 25, 2019 - 9:52 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday it won't step in to referee a copyright dispute between Nike and a photographer who took a well-known image of basketball great Michael Jordan. That means lower court rulings for the athletic apparel maker will stand. Photographer Jacobus Rentmeester...
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Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch motions to the bullpen as he walks out to the mound to make pitching change during the third inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Washington Nationals Sunday, March 3, 2019, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
March 15, 2019 - 9:31 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch called umpire Angel Hernandez "unprofessional" and "arrogant" after being ejected in the first inning of Friday night's split-squad game against St. Louis. Hinch was tossed following one pitch in the bottom of the first inning. "The fact...
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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. NFL teams have proposed major changes to replay and overtime after a season of consistent criticism of officiating and which plays can be challenged or automatically reviewed. The competition committee will present teams' proposals and some of its own to the 32 owners at the league meetings March 24-27. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
March 09, 2019 - 12:28 pm
NFL teams proposed major changes to replay and overtime on Saturday after a season of consistent criticism of officiating and which plays can be challenged or automatically reviewed. Among the proposals teams have made to the league's competition committee are an increase in the number of plays...
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