Sports officiating

Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden gestures before the team's NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)
November 07, 2019 - 11:29 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When the yellow flag flew for defensive pass interference on Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes in a recent game, coach Mike Zimmer immediately contested the call. His newfound right to seek a replay, however, went unexercised. The email Zimmer received earlier in the day...
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Brescia's Mario Balotelli, right, reacts at the end of the Italian Serie A soccer match between Verona and Brescia at the Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. Verona supporters' racist chants upset the Italian bomber who also scored one goal. (Simone Venezia/ANSA via AP)
November 03, 2019 - 3:10 pm
VERONA, Italy (AP) — Brescia striker Mario Balotelli threatened to leave the field due to racist chants directed at him by Hellas Verona fans during a top-tier soccer game in Italy on Sunday. Visibly upset as he fought for the ball near the corner flag at the end of the stadium where the monkey...
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Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez has to be restrained after being ejected for arguing an interference call during the seventh inning of Game 6 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
October 29, 2019 - 8:15 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on Game 6 of the World Series (all times local): 10:07 p.m. Washington manager Dave Martinez has been ejected after a volatile argument in which he was physically restrained from getting at umpire crew chief Gary Cederstrom. The trouble started in the top of the seventh...
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Washington Nationals' Victor Robles reacts after striking out during the seventh inning of Game 5 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
October 29, 2019 - 1:19 am
HOUSTON (AP) — From the box seats to the far reaches of the bleachers, all 40,000 umpires in the stands at Nationals Park thought they could tell: Gerrit Cole's fastball to Victor Robles missed the strike zone. By at least an inch, clearly. That's not how Lance Barksdale saw it. He rung up Robles...
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FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2019, file photo, umpire Rob Drake stands on the field during a baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals in Washington. Commissioner Rob Manfred says Major League Baseball will look into a politicized tweet by Drake that referenced a rifle and criticism of President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
October 24, 2019 - 8:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Big league umpire Rob Drake has apologized for sending a politicized tweet this week that referenced an assault weapon and criticism of President Donald Trump. Drake unlocked his Twitter account on Thursday and posted several messages to say he was sorry. A day earlier, before...
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FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2019, file photo, umpire Rob Drake stands on the field during a baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals in Washington. Commissioner Rob Manfred says Major League Baseball will look into a politicized tweet by Drake that referenced a rifle and criticism of President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
October 24, 2019 - 6:28 am
HOUSTON (AP) — Commissioner Rob Manfred says Major League Baseball will look into a politicized tweet by umpire Rob Drake that referenced a rifle and critics of President Donald Trump. Drake posted this message to Twitter on Tuesday: "I will be buying an AR-15 tomorrow, because if you impeach MY...
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Tennessee Titans defenders Tennessee Titans defenders Jeffery Simmons (98) and Jurrell Casey (99) celebrate after stopping the Los Angeles Chargers on their final drive of the game in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. The Titans won 23-20. (AP Photo/James Kenney)
October 20, 2019 - 6:40 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans came up with an amazing goal-line stand stopping the Los Angeles Chargers. Not once, twice but thrice. Each time, they needed the replay official to overturn the call on the field turning what the Chargers thought were a pair of go-ahead touchdowns and a...
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Sampdoria's Ronaldo Vieira, left, and Roma's Jordan Veretout vie for the ball during a Serie A soccer match between Sampdoria and Roma at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium in Genoa, Italy, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. (Simone Arveda/ANSA via AP)
October 20, 2019 - 1:06 pm
ROME (AP) — Sampdoria midfielder Ronaldo Vieira was subjected to racist chants by Roma fans during a Serie A soccer match on Sunday — the latest incident involving offensive behavior inside Italian stadiums this season. Referee Fabio Maresca heard the chants near the end of the first half of the...
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Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) delivers against the New York Yankees during the first inning of Game 3 of baseball's American League Championship Series, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
October 15, 2019 - 5:18 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A gritty Gerrit Cole held the New York Yankees scoreless without his sharpest stuff, Jose Altuve sparked Houston at the plate and the Astros locked down a 4-1 victory Tuesday to take a 2-1 lead in the AL Championship Series. Altuve and Josh Reddick homered early off Luis Severino,...
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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers drops back to pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
October 14, 2019 - 8:42 pm
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Mason Crosby nailed a 23-yard field goal as time expired, and the Green Bay Packers benefited from some questionable officiating to edge the Detroit Lions 23-22 on Monday night. Aaron Rodgers completed 24 of 39 passes for 283 yards and two touchdowns, including a beautiful 35...
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