Sports officiating

Sloane Stephens returns a shot to Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
August 31, 2018 - 11:24 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local): 2:10 p.m. Defending U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens grabbed the last three games after a brief break while the Arthur Ashe Stadium roof was shut because of a light rain and beat two-time runner-up Victoria Azarenka...
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Nick Kyrgios, of Australia, wipes his face during a match against Pierre-Hugues Herbert, of France, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
August 31, 2018 - 7:39 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The chair umpire who climbed out of his seat to talk with Nick Kyrgios during a second-round match will continue to officiate during the U.S. Open. A "comprehensive review conducted by a number of tournament officials" determined that chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani's mid-match chat...
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Nick Kyrgios, of Australia, reacts against Pierre-Hugues Herbert, of France, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
August 30, 2018 - 7:57 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Nick Kyrgios was losing big at the U.S. Open on Thursday, and barely even trying. Didn't move while so-so serves flew by for aces. Casually put groundstrokes into the net. Double-faulted without caring. The crowd began booing. The chair umpire, Mohamed Lahyani, decided to intervene...
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Frances Tiafoe serves to Adrian Mannarino, of France, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
August 30, 2018 - 6:36 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local): 9:15 p.m. In a U.S. Open matchup between two young, up-and-coming men in the top 50, 19-year-old Alex de Minaur beat 20-year-old Frances Tiafoe 6-4, 6-0, 5-7, 6-2 to reach the third round at a second Grand Slam...
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FILE - In this Tuesday July 3, 2018 file photo, Alize Cornet of France returns the ball to Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia during the women's singles match on the second day at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London. The U.S. Open on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018 clarified its rules about players changing their shirts during a match a day after a women's player was penalized for doing so. The tournament said it regretted the code violation issued to Alize Cornet of France, a ruling that was criticized by players and fans who thought it was unfair to women because male players frequently do it.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
August 29, 2018 - 4:07 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Tennis Association acknowledged Wednesday that a chair umpire incorrectly warned French player Alize Cornet for changing her shirt on court at the U.S. Open — the latest example in recent days of ways in which men and women are treated differently in tennis. Off court...
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Canada catcher Andre Juco tags out Puerto Rico's Carlos De Jesus (17) at home during the fourth inning of Little League World Series baseball tournament game in South Williamsport, Pa., Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar)
August 23, 2018 - 12:28 pm
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Ryan Gibson remembers buying clothes from the local Salvation Army to put together his first umpire uniform when he was about 14 years old. Jeff Pruitt recalls going to thrift stores to buy gray pants and a blue, button-down shirt. Now, they're both part of the 16-...
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Atlanta Braves' Ronald Acuna Jr. (13) reacts after being hit by a pitch from Miami Marlins' Jose Urena during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Atlanta. Both dugouts emptied and Urena was ejected. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
August 15, 2018 - 8:45 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Ronald Acuna's chance to extend his three-game streak of leadoff homers was put on hold when the Marlins' Jose Urena hit him with his first pitch on Wednesday night, triggering a melee that led to benches and bullpens for Atlanta and Miami emptying twice. Urena and Braves manager...
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FILE - In this June 21, 2017, file photo, David Poile, general manager of the Nashville Predators, poses with the NHL General Manager of the Year Award after winning the honor at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas. Poile headlines the 2018 class of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
August 09, 2018 - 2:00 pm
David Poile will be honored this winter for a lifetime in hockey. He believes he still has plenty left to do. The Nashville Predators general manager is the headliner for the 2018 class of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. Former University of Michigan coach Red Berenson, three-time Olympic medalist...
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Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller leads fans in singing birthday wishes to a fan as Miller works the rope line after drills at the team's headquarters during an NFL football training camp Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
August 04, 2018 - 2:41 pm
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Von Miller said he's unaffected by the new NFL rule prohibiting defenders from landing on top of quarterbacks, requiring them instead to shift his weight to the side to avoid a flag. "None of the rule changes affect my game. I don't really tackle quarterbacks with all my...
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FILE - In this July 5, 2018, file photo, Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve argues a foul call with an official, leading to a double technical foul and Reeve's ejection during the second half of the team's WNBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Sparks in Minneapolis. Technical fouls are up this year in the WNBA with more already called this season than last. There were 92 technical fouls given to players before the All-Star break. That's 11 more then all of last season. There were also 30 handed out to coaches already this season. There’s still nearly 20 percent of the season left to play. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP, File)
August 02, 2018 - 12:11 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Technical fouls are up this year in the WNBA with more already called this season than last. There were 92 technical fouls given to players before the All-Star break, 11 more than all of last season. Coaches have picked up another 30 technical fouls already with nearly 20 percent of...
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