Latest Sports officiating News

Amazon Peladao: a soccer tournament unlike any other

Feb. 17, 2019 4:16 PM EST

MANAUS, Brazil (AP) — It's 4:10 a.m. in the largest city in Brazil's Amazon region, and striker Suzy Carvalho is busy preparing for the biggest game of her amateur career. Dressed in jeans, a T-shirt and sneakers, the 34-year-old mother of two steps out of her boyfriend's rented bedroom and into the night,...

The Latest: Famous Los scores 22, named celebrity game MVP

Feb. 15, 2019 11:00 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on NBA All-Star Weekend (all times local): 9:05 p.m. Famous Los scored 22 points to win MVP honors, and the Home team held on to beat the Away team 82-80 in the All-Star Celebrity Game on Friday night. Jay Williams scored 18 points for Home. Quavo scored 27 for Away and...

Kerr fined $25,000 for tirade against referee

Feb. 14, 2019 7:05 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Golden State coach Steve Kerr has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for verbally abusing and confronting a referee. The penalty announced Thursday by Kiki VanDeWeghe, the NBA's executive vice president of basketball operations, was for Kerr's actions in a 127-107 loss at Portland on Wednesday...

Pitino's Greek team reaches final after walkout on refs

Feb. 14, 2019 9:43 AM EST

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 on...

Greece's government condemns basketball team's walkout

Feb. 14, 2019 8:36 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — 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, leaving at halftime and...

Embiid fined $25,000 for criticizing referees

Feb. 13, 2019 11:28 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Joel Embiid was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Wednesday for public criticism of referees that included profanity. The penalty was announced by Kiki VanDeWeghe, the NBA's executive vice president of basketball operations. Embiid's comments came at the end of his postgame interview following...

Winston outduels Happ in Michigan State win

Feb. 12, 2019 10:30 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Michigan State coach Tom Izzo called it grit. Perhaps no Spartan embodied that more Tuesday night than his point guard. Cassius Winston scored 23 points to help No. 11 Michigan State beat 20th-ranked Wisconsin 67-59. In doing so, the Michigan State (20-5, 11-3 Big Ten) star outdueled...

Wisconsin judge tosses wrestler's suspension, worrying refs

Feb. 12, 2019 6:24 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin judge overturned a high school wrestler's suspension for unsportsmanlike conduct after the student's parents took legal action, worrying referees and the state's athletic association that officiating decisions could be undermined by courts. At issue is a Feb. 2 wrestling...

NBA says key call was missed late in Heat-Warriors game

Feb. 11, 2019 7:23 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Golden State's Kevin Durant should have been called for a discontinued dribble on the Warriors' final possession of what became their 120-118 win over the Miami Heat, the NBA said Monday in a report detailing all calls made in the last 2 minutes of the game. Golden State made a pair of free...

Governor releases NFL head's response about missed penalty

Feb. 11, 2019 6:06 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has told Louisiana's governor there was an error in the officiating that helped the Los Angeles Rams go to the Super Bowl instead of the New Orleans Saints, but there's nothing he can do about it. Goodell wrote to Gov. John Bel Edwards saying a penalty...