Sports officiating

FILE - In this July 12, 2020, file photo, Miami Marlins' Jonathan Villar, left, Jesus Aguilar, center, and Jon Berti wait to bat during a baseball scrimmage at Marlins Park in Miami. Marlins CEO Derek Jeter blamed the team's coronavirus outbreak on a collective false sense of security that made players lax about social distancing and wearing masks. Infected were 21 members of the team's traveling party, including at least 18 players. None is seriously ill, Jeter said Monday, and he expects all to return this season. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
August 04, 2020 - 2:03 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Miami Marlins are supposed to end an eight-day hiatus with a game at Camden Yards on Monday night against the Orioles, but those plans have been temporarily put on hold. Major League Baseball released a...
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July 26, 2020 - 3:19 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A masked Torey Lovullo of the Arizona Diamondbacks became the first manager to be ejected in the COVID-19 era when he was tossed Sunday while arguing with unmasked plate umpire Mark Ripperger in the fifth inning at San Diego. Kevin Cron was hit on the left elbow by a pitch from...
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FILE - In this Thursday, June 20, 2019 file photo, Umpires use headsets during a video review of a call during the seventh inning of a baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins in St. Louis. Taking a chance to review instant replay, Major League Baseball doubled the isolated cameras available for video reviews to 24 this year. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson, File)
July 22, 2020 - 7:01 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Umpire Angel Hernández, who has sued Major League Baseball over a lack of top assignments, will serve as an interim crew chief this season after a dozen umps decided to sit out amid the coronavirus pandemic. Eight crew chiefs and four other umpires have opted out. The virus-delayed...
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A ballboy catches a ball being taken out of play during the third inning of an exhibition baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and the Houston Astros at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Tuesday, July 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
July 22, 2020 - 5:01 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — It looks as if Christian Yelich is going to get some help. Same for Aaron Judge and the rest of baseball's corner outfielders. Major League Baseball has adjusted its policy for bat-and-ball kids this summer, clearing the way for ball boys and girls to return to the foul lines during...
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In this photo provided by MLB, Major League Baseball's new replay operations center and ballpark video rooms are viewed in New York in Jan. 2020. Major League Baseball has doubled the isolated camera angles available for video review from 12 to 24 and arranged for high-frame rate cameras to stream directly to the new replay operations center and ballpark video rooms. The shift to a new replay operations center twice the size of the old one is part of the move of Major League Baseball and MLB Advanced Media to a combined office space in Manhattan, across the street from Radio City Music Hall. (MLB via AP)
July 20, 2020 - 4:56 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Taking a chance to review instant replay, Major League Baseball doubled the isolated cameras available for video reviews to 24 this year. MLB also arranged for high-frame rate cameras to stream directly to the new replay operations center and ballpark video rooms, and for MLB-...
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Seattle Mariners' Zach DeLoach, left, watches as a pitch goes past and to catcher Tom Murphy as an umpire prepares to make a call during baseball practice Sunday, July 12, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
July 14, 2020 - 4:05 pm
About 10 Major League Baseball umpires have opted out this season, choosing not to work games in the shortened schedule because of concerns over the coronavirus. Two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press about the decisions on Tuesday. The people spoke on condition of...
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New York Yankees hitting coach Marcus Thames, left, and Aaron Judge, right, watch Clint Frazier bat in the cage during a summer training camp workout, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
July 12, 2020 - 2:19 pm
Play ball — and mask up, too. Protective face coverings won't be out of sight when Major League Baseball resumes in less than two weeks. Some players and coaches are planning to wear them on the field. MLB's safety protocols require masks in clubhouses to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and coaches...
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Boston Red Sox play an intra-squad baseball game at a Fenway Park empty of fans on Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
July 09, 2020 - 5:59 pm
Baseball players got a sense of what the game will be like without fans in the stands upon returning for workouts last week. They're getting a more realistic glimpse this week as teams begin holding scrimmages. Yes, it's very strange. “It was surreal. ... just sitting behind the dish at a major...
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June 19, 2020 - 2:12 pm
LONDON (AP) — A tennis chair umpire who has officiated at the U.S. Open and Paralympics was suspended for 2 1/2 years for failing to report that he was approached about altering match scores and for not cooperating with the investigation. The Tennis Integrity Unit said Friday that Armando Belardi...
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FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2020, file photo, Belgium's Kim Clijsters returns the ball to Spain's Gabrine Muguruza during a match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Any World TeamTennis player or coach who tests positive for COVID-19 when arriving for the three-week 2020 season will be dropped from the league without pay. The health plan released Tuesday, June 16, 2020, by the WTT for its matches starting July 12 at The Greenbrier in West Virginia also calls for two daily temperature checks for spectators, no ball kids, a chair umpire aided by electronic line-calling instead of line judges, and no high-fives or handshakes between opponents. The rosters announced for the WTT's nine teams include Grand Slam title winners Kim Clijsters, Sloane Stephens, Sofia Kenin and the Bryan brothers. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)
June 16, 2020 - 11:31 am
A World TeamTennis player or coach who tests positive for COVID-19 when arriving for the three-week 2020 season will be dropped from the league without pay. Someone testing positive once competition has started would be held out for the rest of the season but still be compensated on a prorated...
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