Sports officiating

Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) falls to the floor after being fouled by Detroit Pistons' Thon Maker (7) during the first half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)
April 14, 2019 - 8:36 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo ran and dunked all over the Pistons until they just shoved him to the ground. The team with the NBA's best record wanted to show it can make a long playoff run, and the Detroit Pistons were helpless to slow them down. "I don't know if they were ready for us,"...
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FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks during the 29th AFC Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, April 6, 2019. The Asian Football Confederation holds its presidential election on Saturday. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
April 13, 2019 - 2:56 pm
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has called for a crackdown on racism at soccer games after several high-profile incidents, and encouraged referees to abandon matches in the worst cases. "We will not hesitate to do everything in our power to eradicate racism, and any other form of discrimination,...
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Houston Astros bench coach Joe Espada, left, walks out to intervene in a heated discussion between starting pitcher Gerrit Cole and home plate umpire Ron Kulpa during the seventh inning of the team's baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, April 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
April 03, 2019 - 9:25 pm
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Gerrit Cole had been frustrated most of the game, like the rest of the Astros, and Houston's starter went immediately to the home plate umpire after recording his final out. Cole put his glove over his mouth and was clearly agitated during an extended conversation with ump...
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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after dunking against the Denver Nuggets during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
April 02, 2019 - 11:12 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant emphatically showed who is still No. 1 in the West, delivering a pair of jarring dunks late in the first half and finishing with 21 points and six assists before being ejected to lead the Golden State Warriors past the Denver Nuggets 116-99 on Tuesday night in a...
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Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, left, celebrates with Liverpool's Mohamed Salah at the end of the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
March 31, 2019 - 4:57 pm
LONDON (AP) — As Liverpool has pushed Manchester City at the top of the Premier League, Tottenham has slipped far from title contention. Toby Alderweireld's 90th-minute own-goal helped Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-1 on Sunday and regain a two-point lead over second-placed City. Snatching three points...
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Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta, centre left, reacts after scoring his side's first goal of the game against Cardiff City, during their English Premier League soccer match at the Cardiff City Stadium, in Cardiff, Wales, Sunday March 31, 2019. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)
March 31, 2019 - 9:40 am
CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Cardiff manager Neil Warnock stood in the center circle, hands on hips, silently staring toward the referee and his assistants after an officiating mistake helped Chelsea to come back and win 2-1 in the Premier League on Sunday. Cardiff was heading toward a key victory in its...
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New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick speaks to the media during the NFC/AFC coaches breakfast during the annual NFL football owners meetings, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
March 26, 2019 - 6:13 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Pass interference, whether flagged or not, can be challenged by coaches and reviewed by officials next season. NFL team owners voted Tuesday on a one-year trial basis to include those often-controversial penalties in the officiating replay review system. Coaches still will have two...
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March 25, 2019 - 7:41 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday it won't step in to referee a copyright dispute between Nike and a photographer who took a well-known image of basketball great Michael Jordan. That means lower court rulings for the athletic apparel maker will stand. Photographer Jacobus Rentmeester...
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FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Rams' Nickell Robey-Coleman (23) 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. The blatant non-call late in the NFC championship game caused passionate consternation among Saints fans and led to calls for change in the NFL’s replay system. But there is not a lot of support for such a change because of the time it would add to games. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
March 19, 2019 - 12:12 am
DENVER (AP) — In no sport but the NFL do players, fans, coaches and general managers annually debate the rules of the game, advocating ways to make pro football better, safer, fairer. Officiating is especially a hot topic around the league after a blown call late in the NFC championship game pretty...
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Fans burn a banner in front of stands during a Greek Super League soccer match inside the Athens' Olympic stadium, in Athens, Sunday, March 17, 2019. The derby between Greek league archrivals Panathinaikos and Olympiakos has been abandoned after a small number of Panathinaikos fans clashed with police outside Athens' Olympic stadium. (InTime Sports via AP)
March 17, 2019 - 5:01 pm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek league rivals Panathinaikos and Olympiakos had their soccer game abandoned on Sunday after fans from host Panathinaikos clashed with police outside Athens' Olympic Stadium, and attempted to attack the Olympiakos bench inside the stadium. With tear gas heavily used as...
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