Sports officiating

Clemson safety Nolan Turner (24) celebrates after his interception against Ohio State during the final minute of the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
January 02, 2020 - 4:23 pm
Debate about the targeting rule and officiating conspiracy theories came in the aftermath of the College Football Playoff semifinal. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast presented by Regions Bank, Andy Staples joins AP's Ralph Russo to discuss what can and cannot be done to make...
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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. From the moment two officials watched a Los Angeles Rams defender slam into a New Orleans receiver well before the ball arrived and failed to throw a flag for pass interference that was obvious to tens of millions of fans watching at home, officiating and replay became a constant theme in 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
January 01, 2020 - 1:09 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — From the moment two officials failed to throw a flag for obvious pass interference on a play that helped decide the NFC championship — stunning the players, coaches and millions of fans — officiating and replay became a constant theme in 2019. No matter the sport, fans and...
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Seattle Seahawks tight end Jacob Hollister (48) is stopped just short of the goal line by San Francisco 49ers middle linebacker Fred Warner (54) and linebacker Dre Greenlaw, left, during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Seattle. The 49ers won 26-21. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
December 31, 2019 - 4:25 am
Fittingly, the final game of the 2019 NFL regular season came down to instant replay and a matter of inches on a goal-line stand by San Francisco that included a costly delay-of-game penalty on Seattle that marred Marshawn Lynch's return, and featured no whistle on what the Seahawks argued was...
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File-This Oct. 5, 2019, file photo shows Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella objecting to a call during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh. A furious post-game rant by Tortorella over clock management in Sunday's night's overtime loss was “unprofessional along with unacceptable,” and NHL official said Monday, Dec.30, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
December 30, 2019 - 2:20 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An angry post-game rant by Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella over clock management late in Sunday's night's overtime loss was “unprofessional along with unacceptable,” an NHL official said Monday. Colin Campbell, the NHL's director of hockey operations, also defended...
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FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2019, file photo, members of the Vatican Athletics sports team run for the media in front of St. Peter's basilica, at the Vatican. The Vatican launched the official track team, complete with Swiss Guards, priests and nuns. The team is part of the Holy See’s effort to use sports as an instrument for dialogue, peace and solidarity. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)
December 30, 2019 - 12:17 pm
Sometimes the general managers and player personnel directors on Mount Olympus look down on some lucky soul and declare: This is your moment. Consider Dale Cohen, a 62-year-old shift worker at a plastics company and a golfer from Findlay, Ohio. He made two holes-in-one in the same round. The...
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December 28, 2019 - 7:10 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Saturday for intentionally making contact with a game official. Upset after a turnover he thought should have been a foul call on Cody Zeller late in the third quarter of the Thunder’s 104-102 overtime...
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File-This Dec. 12, 2019, file photo shows Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson running during the first half of an NFL football game in Baltimore. No matter how many spectacular plays Jackson and Russell Wilson made, officiating overshadowed the NFL this season. (AP Photo/Gail Burton, File)
December 27, 2019 - 2:56 pm
No matter how many spectacular plays Lamar Jackson and Russell Wilson made, officiating overshadowed the NFL this season. Regardless of the record stream of receptions by Michael Thomas, the sacks by Chandler Jones and long field goals by nearly every kicker, the headlines regularly were about...
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December 26, 2019 - 12:51 pm
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — American Airlines workers at Newark's airport who claim in a lawsuit they've been shorted on overtime pay can't sue as a class, a federal appeals court ruled this week. The three-judge panel's decision published Tuesday reversed a New Jersey judge's ruling that would have...
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FILE - This Nov. 30, 2018, file photo shows Chief Justice of the United States, John G. Roberts, as he sits with fellow Supreme Court justices for a group portrait at the Supreme Court Building in Washington. Roberts will move from the camera-free, relative anonymity of the Supreme Court to the glare of television lights in the Senate to preside over President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
December 24, 2019 - 12:16 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — America's last prolonged look at Chief Justice John Roberts came 14 years ago, when he told senators during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing that judges should be like baseball umpires, impartially calling balls and strikes. “Nobody ever went to a ballgame to see the umpire...
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From left, Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori celebrate their side's 2-0 win at the end of the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Ian Walton)
December 23, 2019 - 7:49 pm
LONDON (AP) — When FIFA asked every competition to enforce a three-step procedure in response to racism at matches, the English Premier League did not follow the advice. That disregard of the protocols set out by FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura in a July letter to every national association...
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