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D.C. United defender Frédéric Brillant (13) argues with referee Tori Penso during the first half of the team's MLS soccer match against Nashville SC on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. Penso is the first woman to officiate a Major League Soccer match in 20 years. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Rios scores first MLS goal, Nashville beats DC United 1-0

Sep. 23, 2020 11:06 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Daniel Rios scored his first MLS goal on a diving header and Nashville SC beat D.C. United 1-0 on Wednesday night in the league's first game with a female center referee in more than 20 years. Tori Penso directed the match as center referee. The last woman to it was Sandy Hunt on...

Yankees' Lyons kept from game after lineup card mix-up

Sep. 23, 2020 12:49 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Tyler Lyons walked to the mound to relieve Yankees ace Gerrit Cole, then walked right back to New York’s dugout without throwing a pitch against Toronto. Turned out the 32-year-old left-hander wasn’t on the umpires’ lineup card, plate umpire Carlos Torres and...

Philadelphia Phillies manager Joe Girardi, left, argues with home plate umpire Junior Valentine, right, after he was ejected during the third inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Girardi, Quinn ejected from Phils' game vs Nationals

Sep. 21, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

Philadelphia Phillies manager Joe Girardi and center fielder Roman Quinn were ejected from Monday night’s game against the Washington Nationals in the third inning for arguing a call by plate umpire Junior Valentine. Girardi came out of the dugout to argue after Quinn took a called third strike on an 84...

Dallas Stars' Denis Gurianov (34), Vegas Golden Knights' Reilly Smith (19) and Golden Knights' Zach Whitecloud (2) battle for the puck during third-period NHL Western Conference final playoff game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

No more swallowing the whistle: Penalties affecting playoffs

Sep. 21, 2020 1:36 AM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Zach Whitecloud covered his face with his gloved right hand in anguish inside the penalty box. By the time he collected himself and walked out, the Dallas Stars were celebrating an overtime victory to send them to the Stanley Cup Final. Whitecloud had flipped the puck over the...

Serbia's Novak Đjoković returns the ball to Norway's Casper Ruud during their semifinal at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. (Alfredo Falcone/LaPresse via AP)

'I deserved it': Djokovic gets obscenity warning in SF win

Sep. 20, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Novak Djokovic knows it isn’t model behavior when he loses his cool on the tennis court. Yet he just can’t help himself. Exactly two weeks after he was defaulted from the U.S. Open, and a day after he was warned by the chair umpire for breaking his racket in a fit of rage,...

Spain's Rafael Nadal gestures as he competes with Argentina's Diego Schwartzman during their quarterfinals at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (Alfredo Falcone/LaPresse via AP)

Nadal beaten by Schwartzman in 1st tournament in 7 months

Sep. 19, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Rafael Nadal’s first tournament in seven months ended with a 6-2, 7-5 loss to Diego Schwartzman in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open on Saturday. Nadal, a nine-time champion in Rome, had never lost to the 15th-ranked Schwartzman in nine previous meetings. But Schwartzman dictated the...

St. Louis Cardinals' Dylan Carlson celebrates as he heads to the dugout after hitting a three-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Chris Stratton during the sixth inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader in Pittsburgh, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Cardinals sweep Pirates to gain ground in playoff push

Sep. 18, 2020 11:33 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Dylan Carlson's first taste of the big leagues didn't go as planned. The St. Louis Cardinals' top prospect hit just .169 in 23 games before being sent to the team's alternate camp earlier this month in hopes of finding a reset. Consider it done. The 21-year-old outfielder drilled a...

A drone lies on the grass after it landed in center field, before taking off again and flying out of the stadium, during the fifth inning of a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Chicago. Play was briefly suspended. (AP Photo/Mark Black)

Drone lands in outfield at Wrigley Field, causing delay

Sep. 17, 2020 7:13 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Umpires hastily cleared the field during a game between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night when a small drone flew into Wrigley Field over the bleachers and landed on the grass in deep left center. As Willson Contreras came to bat with two outs in the bottom of the...

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt and Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell talk to the umpires before the first game of a baseball doubleheader against the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

AP sources: MLB umpire tests positive for virus, crews shift

Sep. 16, 2020 11:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Major League Baseball umpire tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting a late shift in crew assignments in Florida this week, several people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The affected umpire, who wasn’t identified, was not on the field...

Milwaukee Brewers' Jacob Nottingham celebrates his two-run home run with third base coach Ed Sedar during the sixth inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Braun 350th career HR, later plunked; Brews, Cards split DH

Sep. 16, 2020 10:58 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brent Suter and three relievers combined on a two-hitter, Ryan Braun hit his 350th career homer and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-0 Wednesday night to split a doubleheader. The Cardinals took the opener 4-2 behind Adam Wainwright’s four-hitter. St. Louis...