Latest Sports officiating News

Ja Morant fined $35K after jawing at referee during game

Dec. 03, 2022 14:55 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis guard Ja Morant has been fined $35,000 for getting angry at a referee and not leaving the court “in a timely manner” after he was ejected from Wednesday's game against Minnesota. The NBA announced the fine Saturday. Morant was given...

Stéphanie Frappart makes history as 1st female World Cup ref

Dec. 01, 2022 14:22 PM EST

AL KHOR, Qatar (AP) — French referee Stéphanie Frappart became the first woman to take charge of a men’s World Cup game on Thursday as she blew her whistle to start Germany’s game against Costa Rica. Frappart also had two women as assistants — Neuza Back of Brazil and Karen...

World Cup fans see more active play from stoppages directive

Nov. 30, 2022 19:24 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Adding more time at the end of World Cup games to compensate for stoppages has raised the average active playing time to 59 minutes, FIFA’s head of refereeing said Wednesday. Pierluigi Collina said FIFA was “quite happy (with) the result” of games routinely...

Frappart to make World Cup history as first woman referee

Nov. 30, 2022 04:10 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — French referee Stéphanie Frappart will become the first woman to take charge of a men’s World Cup game when she handles Germany vs. Costa Rica on Thursday in Qatar. FIFA also picked two women as assistants to Frappart — Neuza Back of Brazil and Mexico’s...

Tatum scores 30; Celtics pull away from Kings, 122-104

Nov. 25, 2022 23:21 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Jayson Tatum scored 30 points and the NBA-best Boston Celtics pulled away from the Sacramento Kings for a 122-104 victory on Friday night. Jaylen Brown added 25 points and Derrick White had 16 for Boston (15-4), which won for the 11th time in 12 games. Al Horford...

Ghana coach slams ref after Ronaldo's record World Cup goal

Nov. 24, 2022 18:08 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Ghana coach Otto Addo criticized the American referee who awarded the penalty that resulted in Cristiano Ronaldo's record goal at the World Cup on Thursday, calling it “a special gift.” Ronaldo won and converted the second-half penalty, making him the first...

NBA referee Bill Kennedy calls Colorado shooting 'heinous'

Nov. 22, 2022 21:17 PM EST

NBA referee Bill Kennedy, who came out as gay in 2015, spoke out in an emotional video Tuesday in response to the weekend shooting that killed five and left 17 others with gunshot wounds at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The 41-second video was released on the NBA’s...

Frappart becomes 1st woman ref for men's World Cup match

Nov. 22, 2022 13:18 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Stephanie Frappart of France made soccer history Tuesday as the the first woman to officiate a men’s World Cup match when she took the field as the fourth official in the game between Mexico and Poland. Frappart, Japan’s Yamashita Yoshimi and Rwanda’s...

FIFA orders World Cup referees to add time at end of games

Nov. 22, 2022 08:19 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The 90-minute soccer match is turning into 100-plus at the World Cup — and that is what FIFA wants to give fans more entertainment. The nearly 14 minutes added at the end of Argentina's shocking 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday meant the five longest periods...

Italian referee Orsato picked to officiate World Cup opener

Nov. 18, 2022 13:13 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Italian referee Daniele Orsato was chosen Friday to handle the opening game of the World Cup. FIFA picked Orsato for Sunday's match between host Qatar and Ecuador, describing him as “one of Europe’s most experienced referees.” He turns 47 on Wednesday. ...