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FIFA president: Racism in Italian stadiums 'very serious'

Sep. 22, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

PARMA, Italy (AP) — FIFA president Gianni Infantino labeled the situation of racism inside Italian soccer stadiums "very serious" following the latest incident of offensive chants. A 2-2 draw between Atalanta and Fiorentina on Sunday was suspended briefly during the first half due to racist chants. The...

Joe West ejects Yankees' Boone amid clash with rookie ump

Sep. 21, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees manager Aaron Boone clashed Saturday with another rookie umpire, and this time, veteran crew chief Joe West stepped in. Boone was ejected by West, umpiring at third base, for arguing balls and strikes during a 7-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. New York slugger Giancarlo Stanton...

Stanton homers, Paxton wins 10th straight as Yanks top Jays

Sep. 21, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The oft-injured Yankees started Saturday with a rare positive medical report. Then they got something even scarcer this year — a signature, soaring home run from Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton connected for the first time since missing nearly three months to injury, James Paxton won his...

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts ejected vs Rockies

Sep. 21, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts has been ejected from the Dodgers' game against the Colorado Rockies. He was tossed for arguing balls and strikes in the fourth inning Friday night by home plate umpire Greg Gibson. Roberts ran out from the dugout and had an animated exchange with Gibson...

Immaculate: Franco Harris' TD catch voted greatest NFL play

Sep. 20, 2019 10:16 PM EDT

Immaculate indeed. Pittsburgh running back Franco Harris' scoop of a deflected pass and subsequent run for the winning touchdown in a 1972 playoff victory against Oakland — forever known as the "Immaculate Reception" — has been voted the greatest play in NFL history. A nationwide panel of 68 media...

After social media complaints, Brady makes nice with refs

Sep. 20, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A day after complaining on social media that there were too many penalties in the game he was watching on TV, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady tried to make nice with the NFL referees. "I'm very pro-ref," Brady said in the New England locker room on Friday. Brady was tweeting a...

Cruz hits 2 of 4 homers by Twins in 8-5 win over Royals

Sep. 20, 2019 12:59 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With the Minnesota Twins facing an early deficit, Nelson Cruz fixed that with one big swing. The 39-year-old designated hitter has sure had his hand in a lot of this team's remarkable success. Cruz hit two of Minnesota's four home runs and matched his season high with five RBIs, igniting...

Diamondbacks bounce back with 5-4 win over Marlins

Sep. 19, 2019 12:31 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A bullpen blowup put the Arizona Diamondbacks in a tough spot Tuesday night. A next-day bounce back keeps their slim NL wild-card hopes alive. Mike Leake worked effectively through traffic into the seventh inning, Domingo Leyba had two RBIs and the Diamondbacks rebounded from an ugly loss to...

Ref who told wrestler to cut dreadlocks barred for 2 seasons

Sep. 18, 2019 11:27 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A referee who told a New Jersey high school wrestler to cut his dreadlocks or forfeit a match last year was suspended by the state for two seasons Wednesday, and officials also announced mandatory bias training for all referees and coaches involved in high school athletics. Referee...

Payton, Fangio get their digs in on officials

Sep. 17, 2019 2:56 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Sean Payton found a way to get his dig in on the officials, and so did Vic Fangio . Walt Anderson's crew denied New Orleans an 87-yard fumble return for a touchdown early in the Saints' 27-9 loss to the Rams on Sunday. Defensive end Trey Hendrickson knocked the ball from Jared Goff's hand and...