Sports officiating

FIFA President Gianni Infantino holds the official ball of the upcoming Women's Soccer World Championship as he poses for photographers during a press conference at the end of an executive committee meeting in Rome, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
March 02, 2019 - 12:52 pm
ABERDEEN, Scotland (AP) — Striving to improve behavior at soccer matches, FIFA President Gianni Infantino sees women as role models for male players. There is less simulation and time wasting in the women's game, according to Infantino, and it's time for men to clean up their act to improve the...
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FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2018, file photo, referee Reggie Smith reviews a targeting penalty during the first half of an NCAA college football game between Oklahoma and Texas Tech, in Lubbock, Texas. The NCAA football rules committee has proposed giving replay officials more leeway to overturn targeting fouls. The rules committee met in Indianapolis this week and announced on Friday, March 1, 2019, its proposed changes. The proposals must be approved by the football oversight committee in April. They would go into effect next season. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson, File)
March 01, 2019 - 1:16 pm
The NCAA football rules committee has proposed giving replay officials more leeway to overturn targeting penalties and recommended that games reaching a fifth overtime be decided by alternating 2-point conversion tries. The rules committee met in Indianapolis this week and announced several...
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Women Downhill winners pose on the podium, with from left, second placed Joana Haehlen of Switzerland, winner Sofia Goggia of Italy and third placed Lara Gut-Behrami of Switzerland, celebrate during the winner's ceremony after the women's Downhill race of the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup season in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. The results were corrected after problems with timekeeping, promoting Gut-Behrami from fourth to third place. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)
February 26, 2019 - 10:47 am
GENEVA (AP) — Call it a case of bad timing, in Switzerland of all places. In a nation renowned for precision clocks and Alpine skiing, Swiss timekeepers of a World Cup race got things so wrong that the results of a women's downhill had to be altered three days after it was run — with two skiers...
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February 25, 2019 - 5:27 am
SYDNEY (AP) — The Australian Press Council has ruled there was no breach of its standards of practice in a cartoon of tennis star Serena Williams which attracted global condemnation after being published by Melbourne's Herald Sun newspaper last September. The depiction of Williams by cartoonist...
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February 23, 2019 - 1:53 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Houston Rockets star James Harden has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for criticizing the officiating. The NBA announced the penalty Saturday, two days after Harden said he didn't think official Scott Foster should be allowed to work any Rockets games. Harden fouled out in Houston's...
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February 23, 2019 - 12:10 pm
LONDON (AP) — After Tottenham lost vital ground in the Premier League title race, Mauricio Pochettino lost his temper as well. The Tottenham coach angrily squared up to referee Mike Dean after the 2-1 loss at Burnley on Saturday, venting his frustration over a decision that led to the hosts'...
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FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2019, file photo, Panathinaikos coach Rick Pitino reacts during a Euroleague basketball match between Panathinaikos and Olympiakos in Piraeus near Athens, Greece. Greece's government has condemned a walkout by the basketball club Olympiakos during a Greek Cup semifinal game against rival Panathinaikos following complaints over the refereeing. Olympiakos forfeited the game at Olympic Stadium in Athens on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, leaving at halftime and trailing 40-25. A spokesman for the team said he was "disgusted" with the quality of the refereeing. The action handed Panathinaikos and American coach Pitino a place in Sunday's cup final against PAOK in Crete. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
February 14, 2019 - 6:43 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Rick Pitino is back in a final. However, the Greek team he's coaching reached the final after their opponents walked out at halftime because of poor officiating. Greece's government has condemned a walkout by the basketball club Olympiakos during the Greek Cup semifinal game...
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February 05, 2019 - 4:32 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — When the fledgling Alliance of American Football held four exhibition games recently in San Antonio, something was missing. Kickoffs. "We were all looking around saying, 'Does anyone miss kickoffs?' The answer was, no, we did not miss them," said Mike Pereira, the NFL's former vice...
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FILE-In this Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019 file photo, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis (11) works for a catch against Los Angeles Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman (23) during the second half the NFL football NFC championship game, in New Orleans. The Rams won 26-23. New Orleans Saints fans have found some pretty creative ways to express their displeasure over the infamous “no call” during last weekend’s Saints-Rams championship game. But their newest tactic may make the loudest statement - a Super Bowl boycott. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
January 25, 2019 - 7:25 pm
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman will pay his fine from the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit on New Orleans receiver Tommylee Lewis in the NFC championship game. The Rams' slot cornerback wants to move past the drama surrounding that now-infamous hit...
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FILE-In this Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019 file photo, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis (11) works for a catch against Los Angeles Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman (23) during the second half the NFL football NFC championship game, in New Orleans. The Rams won 26-23. New Orleans Saints fans have found some pretty creative ways to express their displeasure over the infamous “no call” during last weekend’s Saints-Rams championship game. But their newest tactic may make the loudest statement - a Super Bowl boycott. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
January 25, 2019 - 9:00 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans bakery is turning out thousands of cookies with a picture of a referee with a circle and slash mark across it in red icing. The owner of a locksmith shop has hung posters and signs taking aim at NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and some residents have hung posters of...
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