Latest Sports officiating News

Beyond the grunt: Umpires mic up, and baseball changes a bit

Oct. 04, 2022 15:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After a century and a half of Major League Baseball — after generations of grunts and growls, of muffled shouts and dramatic arm gestures and a cultivated sense of remoteness — something quietly extraordinary happened to the national pastime this year: The umpires began...

Analysis: NFL isn't passing the eye test on head injuries

Oct. 04, 2022 13:31 PM EDT

What happened in Tampa was the last thing the NFL, its players and its fanbase needed three days after Tua Tagovailoa's horrifying head injury called into question the league's commitment to curbing concussions. Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate sat out the second half of Sunday...

Behind the stripes: What 3 NHL officials enjoy off the ice

Oct. 02, 2022 10:39 AM EDT

It has been almost three decades since the NHL took the names off the back of officials' jerseys and replaced them with numbers. Since then, with the notable exception of Wes McCauley and his popular, flamboyant calls, most referees and linesmen generally fly under the radar and...

Famed US extreme skier gets traditional Nepalese funeral

Oct. 02, 2022 03:40 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A famed extreme skier from the United States who was killed after falling from one of the world's tallest mountains was on Sunday given a traditional funeral at a Sherpa cremation ground as Buddhist monks officiated over a ceremony attended by family, friends and...

Wallner, Ober highlight Twins' 4-0 victory over White Sox

Sep. 27, 2022 23:16 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Matt Wallner hit a two-run homer, Bailey Ober had a career-high 10 strikeouts and the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 4-0 on Wednesday night. Ober (2-3) threw a career-high 7 1/3 innings, allowing just two hits. “I was in control of...

Kane Fitzgerald taking over NBA's replay center operations

Sep. 19, 2022 11:57 AM EDT

The NBA Replay Center has a new leader. Kane Fitzgerald, who spent 13 years working as an NBA referee, has been announced as the league’s new vice president of referee operations and replay center principal. He’s replacing another former referee in Jason Phillips, who left the...

Trout's HR streak ends at 7 games; Guardians win 5th in row

Sep. 13, 2022 22:36 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Angels star Mike Trout's streak of consecutive games hitting a home run ended at seven, one shy of the major league record, and the AL Central-leading Cleveland Guardians beat Los Angeles 3-1 on Tuesday night. Trout went 0 for 3 with three routine flyballs and a...

Trout HR 7th game in a row; Guardians beat Angels, pad lead

Sep. 12, 2022 22:35 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Angels star Mike Trout homered in his seventh consecutive game, one shy of the major league record, but the AL Central-leading Cleveland Guardians beat Los Angeles 5-4 on Monday night. Trout’s 35th homer of the season came in the fifth inning. The three-time AL...

MLB adopts pitch clock, shift limits, bigger bases for 2023

Sep. 09, 2022 18:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is introducing some of its most radical rules next season, adopting a pitch clock and limiting defensive shifts after concluding modern analytics created a slower, less entertaining sport. The decisions were made Friday by the sport’s 11-man...

MLB set to announce pitch clocks, shift limits for 2023

Sep. 08, 2022 23:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is set to announce a pitch clock and limits on defensive shifts next season in an effort to shorten games and increase offense. The sport’s 11-man competition committee is set to adopt the rules changes Friday, mandating a clock that will...