Latest Sports officiating News

Sheriff: Man punched youth league umpire over disputed call

Nov. 19, 2019 4:50 PM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — In a story Nov. 18 about a youth baseball umpire being punched, The Associated Press, citing a sheriff’s office news release, incorrectly identified the victim as a “Little League umpire.” The victim works for a local youth baseball league, not the...

Browns QB Mayfield wins appeal after fine for ripping refs

Nov. 18, 2019 5:28 PM EST

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Baker Mayfield doesn’t have to put up money for his mouth. The Browns quarterback won his appeal and won’t have to pay a $12,500 fine he received from the NFL last month for criticizing officials. Following Cleveland’s 32-28 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 13,...

Boston's Smart fined for public criticism of officiating

Nov. 8, 2019 6:35 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Boston guard Marcus Smart has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for public criticism of the officiating. The NBA fined Smart on Friday, a day after his comments following the Celtics' 108-87 victory at Charlotte. "Really, just, I wish they would call the game the right way," Smart said Thursday...

New pass interference reviews lead to lots of confusion

Nov. 8, 2019 11:03 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When the yellow flag flew for defensive pass interference on Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes in a recent game, coach Mike Zimmer immediately contested the call. His newfound right to seek a replay, however, went unexercised. The email Zimmer received earlier in the day from...

Balotelli threatens to leave soccer field amid racist chants

Nov. 3, 2019 6:11 PM EST

VERONA, Italy (AP) — Brescia striker Mario Balotelli threatened to leave the field due to racist chants directed at him by Hellas Verona fans during a top-tier soccer game in Italy on Sunday. Visibly upset as he fought for the ball near the corner flag at the end of the stadium where the monkey chants were...

NCAA coordinator of football officials retiring after season

Oct. 31, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

NCAA coordinator of football officials Rogers Redding will retire after this season after holding the position since 2011. Redding began his college officiating career in the Southwest Conference in 1988 and later served as coordinator of officials for the Southeastern Conference. He first moved into a national...

The Latest: Nats beat Astros 6-2 to win first World Series

Oct. 30, 2019 11:52 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on Game 7 of the World Series (all times local): 10:50 p.m. Howie Kendrick and Anthony Rendon homered in the seventh inning as the Washington Nationals overcame a two-run deficit and rocked the Houston Astros 6-2 Wednesday night in Game 7 to claim the first World Series title in...

MLB's Torre says "right call" on dispute interference

Oct. 30, 2019 2:15 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Major League Baseball executive Joe Torre says the "right call" was made and that a protest was denied after Nationals leadoff hitter Trea Turner was called out for interference during Washington's 7-2 Game 6 victory in the World Series on Tuesday night. Nationals manager Dave Martinez was...

The Latest: Nats beat Astros 7-2, force Game 7

Oct. 29, 2019 11:58 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on Game 6 of the World Series (all times local): 10:47 p.m. Stephen Strasburg gutted through without his best fastball to throw five-hit ball for 8 1/3 innings Tuesday night, and now it's on to Game 7 in the first World Series ever in which the visiting team won each of the first...

With each pitch at Series, call gets louder for robot umps

Oct. 29, 2019 4:32 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — From the box seats to the far reaches of the bleachers, all 40,000 umpires in the stands at Nationals Park were sure they could tell: Gerrit Cole's fastball to Victor Robles missed the strike zone. By at least an inch, clearly. That's not how Lance Barksdale saw it. He rung up Robles on...