Sports officiating

FILE - At left, in a March 20, 2019, file photo, Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving is shown during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Philadelphia. At right, in a May 8, 2019, file photo, Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant is shown during the first half of Game 5 of the team's second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets in Oakland, Calif. Just three seasons ago, the Brooklyn Nets were the worst team in the NBA. On Sunday, June 30, they were the story of the league. They agreed to deals with superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving as part of a sensational start to free agency, giving the longtime No. 2 team in New York top billing in the Big Apple. (AP Photo/File)
July 09, 2019 - 7:07 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The NBA knows its rules about when teams can negotiate with free agents are not being followed. So expect changes on that front for 2020. The NBA's board of governors discussed ways Tuesday to fix that process — either by changing rules, adding rules or potentially eliminating some...
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Argentina's Lionel Messi reacts after receiving a red card during Copa America third-place soccer match against Chile at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, July 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
July 06, 2019 - 8:21 pm
SÃO PAULO (AP) — For a match that didn't mean much, there was a lot going on as Argentina defeated Chile 2-1 to finish third in the Copa América on Saturday. It ended with Lionel Messi being sent off and boycotting the medal ceremony to protest the refereeing. "We shouldn't take part in this...
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Argentina's Lionel Messi, center left, and Chile's Gary Medel, center right, scuffle as referee Mario Diaz, from Paraguay shows the red card to both of them during the Copa America third-place soccer match at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, July 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
July 06, 2019 - 8:16 pm
SÃO PAULO (AP) — After another frustrating Copa América ending, Lionel Messi boycotted the medal ceremony to protest the refereeing and "corruption," claiming Argentina had not been treated fairly. Following defeats in the last two finals, Messi had a sudden end to this year's tournament by being...
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United States' Cori "Coco" Gauff reacts after winning a point against Slovenia's Polona Hercog in a Women's singles match during day five of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Friday, July 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
July 05, 2019 - 12:29 pm
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — The Latest at Wimbledon (all times local): 8:20 p.m. A sprinkler problem caused a bit of splash on one of the outside courts at Wimbledon. During a late changeover in a mixed doubles match on Court 15, the sprinkler behind the chair umpire sent water gushing behind the...
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Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after beating Australia's Nick Kyrgios in a Men's singles match during day four of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Thursday, July 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
July 04, 2019 - 2:18 pm
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Rafael Nadal was up near the Centre Court net when Nick Kyrgios smacked a booming forehand directly at the guy's midsection — right at him, on purpose — and earned a lengthy staredown in return. Kyrgios didn't apologize, at the time or at his news conference — for that or...
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Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu works against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 28, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
June 29, 2019 - 11:32 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors today: STARRY NIGHT Pitchers and reserves for the All-Star Game on July 9 in Cleveland will be announced beginning at 5:30 p.m. EDT. Houston ace Justin Verlander and Dodgers lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu are probably among the locks to make it, but as always there...
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Referee Melissa Borjas, center, consults with VAR after awarding a penalty to the Dutch team during the Women's World Cup round of 16 soccer match between the Netherlands and Japan at the Roazhon Park, in Rennes, France, Tuesday, June 25, 2019. Lieke Martens scored from the spot and the Netherlands won the match 2-1. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
June 26, 2019 - 2:40 pm
PARIS (AP) — Video review has created confusion and brought questions at the Women's World Cup. The Video Assistant Referee, or VAR, was integrated into the men's World Cup in Russia last year, leading to calls for it to also be used for the women's tournament in France. But it certainly hasn't...
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England's Steph Houghton, third from left, celebrates with teammates after scoring her side's first goal during the Women's World Cup round of 16 soccer match between England and Cameroon at the Stade du Hainaut stadium in Valenciennes, France, Sunday, June 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)
June 23, 2019 - 1:15 pm
VALENCIENNES, France (AP) — As the Cameroon players protested and play was delayed, England's staff and players watched in disbelief. "I didn't know what was going on," England coach Phil Neville said. "Are they going to walk off?" Twice, the English couldn't be sure if Sunday's Women's World Cup...
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Texas Rangers' Asdrubal Cabrera hits an RBI single off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Tanner Roark during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 15, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
June 21, 2019 - 4:11 pm
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas Rangers third baseman Asdrúbal Cabrera never left the dugout and says he wasn't trying to hit an umpire with the equipment he threw onto the field after being ejected from a game. Cabrera is appealing a four-game suspension and undisclosed fine from Major League...
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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer warms up in the bullpen before the team's baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Friday, June 14, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
June 19, 2019 - 12:09 am
A look at what's happening around the majors today: OUCH! Nationals ace Max Scherzer has a broken nose after fouling a ball off his face during batting practice Tuesday, and it's unclear when he'll return to the mound. Scherzer was attempting a bunt when he redirected a pitch off his face. The...
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