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Toronto Raptor guard Kyle Lowry (7) discusses a call with referee Rodney Mott (71) during the first half of an NBA basketball game against New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

In the NBA this season, teams will see same refs more often

Jan. 5, 2021 2:19 AM EST

There are nine people who have been on the court to start four different games at Staples Center so far this season. Only eight of them are players. The other is referee Scott Foster. There might be no better way to explain how and why the NBA has changed the travel rules for officials this year than...

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) drives around Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson (00) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson was fined $25,000 by NBA

Jan. 1, 2021 7:11 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Friday for making contact with a game official Thursday night in the Jazz's 106-95 home loss to the Phoenix Suns. The incident occurred early in the second quarter. Clarkson is averaging 16.5 points and 22.6 minutes this...

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving shoots over Charlotte Hornets forward Gordon Hayward, right, and guard Terry Rozier during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Hayward, Hornets hand Nets first loss of season, 106-104

Dec. 27, 2020 10:33 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Gordon Hayward gave Hornets fans a little taste of why owner Michael Jordan felt strongly about luring him to Charlotte with a four-year, $120 million contract last month. Hayward, acquired in a sign-and-trade with Boston, had 28 points, seven assists and six rebounds, and Charlotte...

COVID-19 halts basketball and the voices announcing games

Dec. 27, 2020 9:52 AM EST

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — For 41 years, Richard Blakely’s daily routine in the winter has mostly been the same. Get up in the morning, do a sports update, then gas up the car and head to a gym somewhere in the area to call a basketball game. Blakely’s called thousands of games the last 38 years...

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2020, file photo, referee Simone Jelks gestures during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Miami Heat and the Portland Trail Blazers in Miami. Jelks was one of three referees promoted to full-time status by the NBA on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020 making her the fifth woman on the current lineup of officials. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Simone Jelks promoted, is 7th woman to be full-time NBA ref

Dec. 23, 2020 11:49 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Simone Jelks was one of three referees promoted to full-time status by the NBA on Wednesday, making her the fifth woman on the current lineup of officials. Jelks joins the group of female NBA referees that also includes Lauren Holtkamp-Sterling, Ashley Moyer-Gleich, Natalie Sago and Jenna...

Stanford running back Casey Filkins (23) and defensive end Thomas Booker (34) celebrate after their win against UCLA during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif. Stanford won 48-47 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Road warriors: Stanford caps trip with win over UCLA in 2 OT

Dec. 20, 2020 12:43 AM EST

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Nothing was going to surprise Stanford coach David Shaw at the end of 19 straight days on the road, including his team squandering a large halftime lead to UCLA, falling behind by two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and then rallying to win it in double overtime. The Cardinal...

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2020, file photo, Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra smiles as referee Eric Lewis (42) wraps his arms around Spoelstra during the second half of Game 2 of the basketball team's NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. NBA referees this season will have to adhere to new health and safety protocols, just like teams will in response to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Like teams, NBA refs have new health and safety protocols

Dec. 9, 2020 6:18 PM EST

NBA referees will have to adhere to many of the same new health and safety protocols as coaches and players are this season, all part of the league’s plan to try to keep everyone safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Referees will be tested daily, just like players and coaches, and will have to comply with...

Basaksehir players kneel in support of the Black Lives Matter campaign before the start of the Champions League group H soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020. The match is resuming on Wednesday with a new refereeing team after players from Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir left the field on Tuesday evening and didn't return when the fourth official — Sebastian Coltescu of Romania — was accused of using a racial term to identify Basaksehir assistant coach Pierre Webo before sending him off for his conduct on the sidelines. (Xavier Laine/Pool via AP)

Extraordinary walk off highlights racism in European soccer

Dec. 9, 2020 5:13 PM EST

Players have taken a knee, unfurled slogans and demanded tougher action only to find European soccer remains infested with racism. But on Tuesday, at the end of a year of striking gestures against racial injustice and discrimination worldwide, elite players of the Champions League took the extraordinary step of...

Meridian referee still loves to officiate after decades

Dec. 5, 2020 12:01 AM EST

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Gary “Chic” Johnson estimates he was around 13 years old when he first got into officiating. At that age, Johnson obviously couldn’t be an MHSAA referee, but his middle school physical education coach, Q.V. Sykes, asked Johnson one evening if he would officiating...

Edinburg's Emmanuel Duron is escorted out of the stadium by police after charging a referee during a high school football zone play-in game against Pharr-San Juan-Alamo on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, in Edinburg, Texas. (Joel Martinez/The Monitor via AP)

Texas prep player faces assault charge, team out of playoffs

Dec. 4, 2020 4:39 PM EST

EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — A Texas high school football player who ran onto the field and blindsided a referee who had ejected him from a game was charged with assault Friday and his team has been taken out of the playoffs. Senior defensive lineman Emmanuel Duron of Edinburg High School appeared in municipal...