Latest Sports officiating News

Former teen basketball star finds new life after prison

Mar. 13, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The complex and serpentine timeline of Carissa McGee defies categorization. Certainly it is defined, at least in part, by basketball. But also by teenage depression and anger — anger that erupted in a shocking burst of violence about 14 years ago, which led to her spending...

In this Nov. 3, 2019, file photo, officials discuss a call during the first half of an NFL football game between the Cleveland Browns and the Denver Broncos in Denver. Two teams have suggested changes to game officiating, including a

NFL teams propose 7 rules changes, including extra officials

Mar. 10, 2020 8:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two NFL teams have suggested changes to game officiating, including a "sky judge" utilized by colleges, among seven rules proposals that will be presented to team owners later this month. Also proposed is revamping overtime to minimize the coin toss impact and returning OT to its original...

Hockey referee punched by coach during game involving youth

Mar. 9, 2020 10:58 AM EDT

KINGSTON, Mass. (AP) — A youth hockey coach from New Hampshire has been suspended after he was caught on video punching a referee during a game in Massachusetts over the weekend. The referee, Aldo Binda, told WBZ-TV that the coach for the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs was using abusive language and...

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban argues a call as they played the Utah Jazz during the second half an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. Utah defeated Dallas 123-119. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

NBA fines Cuban $500,000, sends teams memo on proper conduct

Mar. 6, 2020 6:22 PM EST

The NBA fined Dallas owner Mark Cuban $500,000 on Friday for “public criticism and detrimental conduct” regarding officiating. Separately, the league sent a memo to teams reminding them of rules that govern conduct of owners, coaches and other team personnel during games. The memo, obtained by The...

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 1973, file photo, home plate umpire John Flaherty checks Cleveland Indians pitcher Gaylord Perry's cap for an illegal substance, at the request of Milwaukee Brewers manager Del Crandall, during the first baseball game of a doubleheader in Milwaukee. Major league pitchers have been tinkering with the ball for years in search of an advantage, occasionally breaking major league rules in the process. But they might have to work a little harder on their deception this summer. (AP Photo/File)

MLB reminding teams about sticky substance rules

Mar. 5, 2020 4:57 PM EST

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Gaylord Perry threw a spitball. Joe Niekro had an emery board and a piece of sandpaper. Whitey Ford used his wedding ring. Pitchers have been tinkering with the ball for years in search of an advantage, skirting and — occasionally — breaking major league rules in the...

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) complains about a jump-ball call to referee Mitchell Ervin (27) during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

Celts' Smart fined $35,000 for repeated misconduct to refs

Mar. 5, 2020 1:46 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA fined Boston guard Marcus Smart $35,000 on Thursday for his treatment of referees — a punishment the league said reflected his history of misconduct on the court. The league cited Smart for confronting and verbally abusing the game officials at the end of the Celtics' 129-120...

AP Top 25 Podcast: The state of college football officiating

Mar. 4, 2020 1:53 PM EST

A tweak to targeting. Suggestions for replay review. An end to officials being hired and assigned by conferences. On this week's AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, former longtime NFL Terry McAulay joins AP's Ralph Russo to talk about the state of college football officiating and his ideas to. The NCAA...

ADDS THE INFORMATION IS FROM ANONYMOUS SOURCE - FILE - In this June 2, 2018, file photo, Major League baseball umpire Kerwin Danley (44) is shown during the first inning of a baseball game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Miami Marlins in Phoenix. Major League Baseball has appointed its first African American umpire crew chief, promoting Kerwin Danley to the position this week, The Associated Press has learned. A person familiar with the move spoke to the AP on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 on condition of anonymity because the announcement had not yet been made. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

MLB appoints 1st black umpire crew chief

Feb. 27, 2020 10:52 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Kerwin Danley became the first African American umpire crew chief in Major League Baseball when a series of promotions, additions and retirements were announced Thursday. “I think it’s a significant moment in the history of baseball,” Danley told The Associated Press...

John Klinnert, 72, of Fergus Falls officiates a boys' basketball game between Pelican Rapids Vikings and Barnesville Trojans in Pelican Rapids, Minn., on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. Klinnert officiated his first basketball game in 1977. (Matt Mikus/Minnesota Public Radio via AP)

3,000 games and counting, this ref still loves the game

Feb. 17, 2020 1:02 AM EST

PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — John Klinnert doesn’t exactly remember why he decided to become a referee more than 40 years ago. "I suppose I figured I could do better than some of the refs that I had," he said with a chuckle. He officiated his first basketball game in 1977, and last year stepped onto...

Montreal Canadiens' Jordan Weal (43) celebrates with Nick Suzuki after scoring against the Dallas Stars during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Montreal. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

Seguin's overtime goal gives Stars 4-3 win over Canadiens

Feb. 15, 2020 11:48 PM EST

MONTREAL (AP) — Tyler Seguin scored twice, including the overtime winner, to give the Dallas Stars a comeback 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night. Mattias Janmark and Blake Comeau scored in regulation for the Stars (34-19-5), who trailed 3-0 before rallying. Joe Pavelski had two...