Sports officiating

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 09, 2019 - 5:55 pm
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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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) celebrates a 61-yard touchdown play with Marshal Yanda during the second half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/John Munson)
December 08, 2019 - 8:11 pm
The Latest on Week 14 in the NFL (all times EST): 8:12 p.m. Matt Ryan joined the 50,000 passing yards club Sunday, and Lamar Jackson topped 1,000 yards rushing for the season during a wild Week 14 in the NFL on Sunday. Ryan became the 10th quarterback to throw for 50,000 yards in his career. He got...
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Manchester United's Fred reacts after objects were thrown at him during the English Premier League soccer match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England Saturday Dec. 7, 2019. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP)
December 07, 2019 - 4:52 pm
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United players were targeted with racist abuse and had objects 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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Referee Lauren Holtkamp-Sterling right, talks with Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, in Chicago. This is Holtkamp-Sterling's first game since giving birth to a daughter. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
December 06, 2019 - 9:42 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Referee Lauren Holtkamp-Sterling made NBA history Friday night when she became the first mother to officiate a league game. Holtkamp-Sterling worked the Bulls-Warriors game in Chicago. The game was the first for Holtkamp-Sterling since she gave birth to daughter Stoan this year. She...
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In this undated photo released by the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Alberto Escartin Ramos is shown. Authorities in Florida say the man is facing a felony charge for punching an umpire over a disputed call after a Little League game. (Polk County Sheriff's Office via AP)
November 18, 2019 - 1:42 pm
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida say a man punched a Little League umpire and broke his tooth over a disputed call after a game. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says in a news release Monday that 22-year-old Alberto Escartin Ramos was arrested on a charge of felony battery of a sports...
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Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart (36) defends against Toronto Raptors' Pascal Siakam during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
November 08, 2019 - 6:34 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Boston guard Marcus Smart has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for public criticism of the officiating. The NBA fined Smart on Friday, a day after his comments following the Celtics' 108-87 victory at Charlotte. "Really, just, I wish they would call the game the right way," Smart said...
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FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2019, file photo, Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes (29) breaks up a pass intended for Washington Redskins wide receiver Terry McLaurin (17) during the first half of an NFL football game in Minneapolis. Halfway through the pioneer season of putting pass interference up for replay review, there is little evidence that the new wrinkle has indeed made the action on the field more consistently officiated, with coaches, players and fans either bemused, confused or disturbed. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn, File)
November 08, 2019 - 11:02 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 - 6:10 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 30, 2019 - 2:14 am
HOUSTON (AP) — Major League Baseball executive Joe Torre says the "right call" was made and that a protest was denied after Nationals leadoff hitter Trea Turner was called out for interference during Washington's 7-2 Game 6 victory in the World Series on Tuesday night. Nationals manager Dave...
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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 - 4:19 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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