Latest Sports officiating News

Returning soldier dons umpire gear to surprise son at game

May. 22, 2019 8:25 AM EDT

CRYSTAL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A U.S. soldier who had just returned home from overseas surprised his 8-year-old son from behind home plate as the boy stepped up to bat at a youth baseball game in Michigan. Army Staff Sgt. Joseph Abbott wore an umpire's mask and chest protector along with his military...

Soccer referee dies after collapsing at match in Bolivia

May. 19, 2019 9:19 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — A 31-year-old referee soccer collapsed during a Bolivian league match high up in the Andes and died after being taken to the hospital. The match between the Always Ready and Oriente Petrolero clubs was played at Municipal Stadium in El Alto, which sits about 3,900 meters (12,795...

Gamel's 10th-inning homer lifts Brewers over Braves, 3-2

May. 19, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The longest start of Brandon Woodruff's career felt like a win to him, even though he wasn't involved in the decision. Woodruff allowed only two runs in eight innings and Ben Gamel homered leading off the 10th to lift the Milwaukee Brewers over the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Sunday. All five runs...

Maddon protests loss vs. Nats over Doolittle's delivery

May. 19, 2019 10:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he was seeking fairness when he questioned the legality of Washington Nationals closer Sean Doolittle's delivery in the ninth inning Saturday night and ultimately protested the game. That wasn't Doolittle's interpretation. "He's not trying to do anything other...

Qatari referee will work CONCACAF Gold Cup

May. 17, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — One of the 16 referees for this year's CONCACAF Gold Cup will be from Qatar, host of the 2022 World Cup. The Confederation of North and Central American and Caribbean Association Football said Friday this is part of an agreement in which CONCACAF officials worked at this year's Asian Cup in...

Players debate necessary punishment after Kyrgios outburst

May. 16, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Nick Kyrgios' latest outburst of unruly behavior has other players split on whether the temperamental Australian should be handed a long-term ban. Kyrgios walked off the court and threw a chair onto the red clay during a fit of rage during his second-round match at the Italian Open on Thursday,...

NBA commissioner Silver wants more female refs _ and coaches

May. 9, 2019 6:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants half of all new referees joining the league to be women — and he would like to see teams hire female coaches, too. In an appearance Thursday for The Economic Club of Washington, D.C., Silver said two of the past five refs added from the...

Analysis: No call in sports is above being picked apart

May. 9, 2019 2:12 AM EDT

The replays stream onto our sets in high-definition on a practically endless loop, with no detail too small, or too big, to ignore: fingernails nicking basketballs, horses veering out of line, baseball gloves grazing runners as they slide into second. About the only irrefutable evidence to come from any of it is...

Atlanta clothier pleads guilty in basketball corruption case

May. 7, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An Atlanta clothier and former NBA referee pleaded guilty in a college basketball scandal Tuesday, admitting to teaming up with ex-Auburn basketball assistant coach Chuck Person in a bribery scheme. Rashan Michel, 44, of Atlanta, pleaded guilty to bribery conspiracy, acknowledging a role in...

Analysis: Horse racing under microscope again with Derby DQ

May. 6, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a slow-to-evolve, tradition-laden sport, the Kentucky Derby might have set the standard for race officiating with the disqualification of first-place finisher Maximum Security. The pressure was tremendous on the stewards at Churchill Downs to apply the same rules in the sport's...