Sports officiating

FILE-In this Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019 file photo, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis (11) works for a catch against Los Angeles Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman (23) during the second half the NFL football NFC championship game, in New Orleans. The Rams won 26-23. New Orleans Saints fans have found some pretty creative ways to express their displeasure over the infamous “no call” during last weekend’s Saints-Rams championship game. But their newest tactic may make the loudest statement - a Super Bowl boycott. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
January 25, 2019 - 9:25 pm
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman will pay his fine from the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit on New Orleans receiver Tommylee Lewis in the NFC championship game. The Rams' slot cornerback wants to move past the drama surrounding that now-infamous hit...
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FILE-In this Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019 file photo, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis (11) works for a catch against Los Angeles Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman (23) during the second half the NFL football NFC championship game, in New Orleans. The Rams won 26-23. New Orleans Saints fans have found some pretty creative ways to express their displeasure over the infamous “no call” during last weekend’s Saints-Rams championship game. But their newest tactic may make the loudest statement - a Super Bowl boycott. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
January 25, 2019 - 11:00 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans bakery is turning out thousands of cookies with a picture of a referee with a circle and slash mark across it in red icing. The owner of a locksmith shop has hung posters and signs taking aim at NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and some residents have hung posters of...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, June 1, 2011 file photo, referee Ibrahim Chaibou, second left, is surrounded by Argentina soccer players after he awarded a penalty against them during an international friendly soccer match with Nigeria Super eagles at the National stadium in Abuja, Nigeria. An international soccer referee who has long been implicated in fixing matches has been banned for life for taking bribes, it was reported on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. FIFA says its ethics committee judges found Ibrahim Chaibou guilty of taking bribes and also fined him 200,000 Swiss francs ($201,000). (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, file)
January 24, 2019 - 1:14 pm
GENEVA (AP) — One of soccer's most infamous match-fixing cases was settled Thursday when a referee notorious for corrupt calls was banned for life. The corrupt games in Ibrahim Chaibou's career were key to revealing how easily international friendlies could be manipulated for betting scams, forced...
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France's Lucas Pouille celebrates after defeating Canada's Milos Raonic in their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
January 23, 2019 - 6:04 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Lucas Pouille had lost every Australian Open match he played until he hired Amelie Mauresmo as coach. A couple of months later, he's into a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time. The 24-year-old Frenchman will next play Novak Djokovic, who is aiming for a men's record...
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Japan's Kei Nishikori answers questions during a press conference after he retired injured from his quarterfinal against Serbia's Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
January 23, 2019 - 5:39 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest at the Australian Open on Wednesday (all times local): 10:20 p.m. It wasn't the fact he was almost exhausted and playing six-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic that caused Kei Nishikori to retire from his quarterfinal match. "After third game or...
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New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis (11) works for a coach against Los Angeles Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman (23) during the second half the NFL football NFC championship game Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in New Orleans. The Rams won 26-23. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
January 22, 2019 - 3:14 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL will consider expanding replay reviews to include certain penalties, including pass interference. Two people with direct knowledge of the NFL's plans tell The Associated Press that the league's competition committee once again will look into including more plays for video...
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Los Angeles Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman (23) celebrates in the locker room after overtime of the NFL football NFC championship game, against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in New Orleans. The Rams won 26-23. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
January 21, 2019 - 2:31 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An egregious mistake by the refs overshadowed the Los Angeles Rams' moment of triumph. Too bad. This is one amazing L.A. Story. For all the debate stirred by a blatant penalty that wasn't called in the closing minutes of the NFC championship game, the Rams thoroughly earned their...
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Japan's Naomi Osaka rests on her racket during her third round match against Taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
January 19, 2019 - 3:49 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Naomi Osaka had the umpire warning her for spiking her racket in the first set, and checking on her welfare when she tumbled near the baseline in the next. The U.S. Open champion had a topsy-turvy third-round at the Australian Open on Saturday, getting within two games...
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Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Australia's Alex de Minaur during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
January 18, 2019 - 5:14 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Friday at the Australian Open (all times local): 10:10 p.m. Chair umpire Carlos Ramos gave Rafael Nadal a gentle reminder late in the Spanish left-hander's win over Alex de Minaur at Melbourne Park that he's still the man in charge. Ramos, who was also in...
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January 17, 2019 - 12:41 pm
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — An investigative journalist in Ghana who helped expose a high-ranking official at world soccer body FIFA as corrupt was shot dead by gunmen on a motorbike as he drove home alone at night, police said Thursday. His employers said he was assassinated. Ahmed Hussein-Suale was...
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