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FILE - In this July 10, 2019, file photo, home plate umpire Brian deBrauwere, left, huddles with officials while wearing an earpiece connected to a ball and strikes calling system before the Atlantic League All-Star minor league baseball game in York, Pa. DeBrauwere wore the earpiece connected to an iPhone in his ball bag which relayed ball and strike calls upon receiving it from a TrackMan computer system that uses Doppler radar. The independent Atlantic League became the first American professional baseball league to let the computer call balls and strikes during the all star game. Umpires agreed to cooperate with Major League Baseball in the development and testing of an automated ball-strike system as part of a five-year labor contract announced Saturday, Dec. 21, two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The Major League Baseball Umpires Association also agreed to cooperate and assist if Commissioner Rob Manfred decides to utilize the system

MLB to test but not use computer umps at spring training

Jan. 22, 2020 5:37 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball will test computer plate umpires during spring training but will not use the system for decisions in any exhibition games. MLB experimented with the automated balls and strikes system during the second half of last season in the independent Atlantic League, and the...

South Africa's Kevin Anderson makes a backhand return to Ilya Ivashka of Belarus during their first round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: Kevin Anderson works late at Australian Open

Jan. 21, 2020 9:49 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on the Australian Open (all times local): 1:35 a.m. Day 2 of the Australian Open has wrapped up — after continuing into Day 3. Tuesday's last two matches both went to tiebreakers in the fifth set and both finished a bit past 1:30 a.m. Wednesday in Melbourne....

In this Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, photo, Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball player LeBron James watches a high school basketball game between his son's team, Sierra Canyon, and Paul VI at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

James heads to Springfield to see son before playing Celtics

Jan. 21, 2020 9:18 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Lakers star LeBron James took in his son's high school game in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Monday afternoon before returning to Boston to face the Celtics. “It's truly a blessing, and I didn't mind going down to Springfield to check the game out,” James said after the...

Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after defeating Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff in their first round singles match the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: Djokovic's win wraps up opening day in Melbourne

Jan. 20, 2020 7:47 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on the Australian Open (all times local): 11:40 p.m. Novak Djokovic began his bid for an eighth Australian Open title with a 7-6 (5), 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 win over Jan-Lennard Struff in the last of the matches to finish on a rain-interrupted first day of the tournament. The...

Spectators wait as rain stops plays during a first round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

Air quality 'seems totally fine' on Day 1 at Australian Open

Jan. 20, 2020 3:50 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — For all of the concerns about air quality at the Australian Open, it turned out the biggest issue related to playing conditions on Day 1 was heavy rain — which, hopefully, will also help tamp down the destructive wildfires burning in parts of the country. The three main...

Cyprus police arrest soccer player amid match-fixing probe

Jan. 19, 2020 1:36 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus police have arrested a 30-year-old soccer player in connection with a probe into alleged match-fixing in the country's second-tier league and cup games. Police said Sunday the arrest was linked to two matches for which there was “heavy betting activity.” The...

English 2nd-tier soccer game stopped for homophobic chants

Jan. 18, 2020 3:09 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A game in English soccer's second tier between Millwall and Reading was briefly stopped due to apparent homophobic chants on Saturday. The assistant referee pointed out the anti-gay chants from sections of Millwall's supporters during the London club's 2-0 home win over Reading. With the...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jan. 17, 2020 9:03 PM EST

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT Lamont must be open about State Pier deal going forward The Day Jan. 16 Upon finally reviewing the memorandum of understanding that outlines the tentative terms of a public-private deal to overhaul State Pier, transforming it into a hub to support offshore wind...

Cyprus FA suspends all matches after ref walkout over attack

Jan. 17, 2020 1:53 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Cypriot soccer federation decided Friday to suspend all matches after a referee walkout because of a bombing attack against a colleague's car. The federation said all matches are on hold indefinitely. Police said the predawn detonation of an explosive device placed on the hood of...

Vinovich chosen as Super Bowl ref because of highest rating

Jan. 16, 2020 6:16 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Two people familiar with the assignment tell The Associated Press that Bill Vinovich was chosen to work this year's Super Bowl because he had the highest rating among referees. The selection of Vinovich has met with some disfavor from players and fans, noting that he was the referee in last...