Latest Sports officiating News

Tarp or tossed? Ump says he didn't 'eject' O's grounds crew

Sep. 16, 2021 02:45 AM EDT

Even for baseball fans who've seen everything, this was a bizarre sight: The entire Baltimore Orioles' grounds crew, perched behind the tarp and poised to spring into action as a storm approached, suddenly got told by an umpire to scram. That's how it looked Wednesday...

AP Analysis: Manning Bros. talk as big a game as they played

Sep. 14, 2021 02:49 AM EDT

“They're all going to be like this,” Peyton Manning exclaimed after the thrilling climax to the NFL's wildest of opening weekends. “Yeah," replied baby brother Eli, “this was fun, bro.” And not just for America's first family of football,...

The Latest: Mahomes rallies Chiefs to win over Browns

Sep. 12, 2021 19:38 PM EDT

The Latest on Week 1 in the NFL (all times EDT): ___ 7:40 p.m. The Kansas City Chiefs started slowly on Sunday but did more of what they've done quite a bit over the past few years — win. Patrick Mahomes...

MLB upholds suspension of Arizona pitcher Caleb Smith

Sep. 11, 2021 19:22 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Caleb Smith has lost his appeal and will serve a 10-day suspension for the use of a foreign substance in a game. Smith is the second major league pitcher to serve a suspension under umpires’ increased emphasis on enforcing...

Pirates remember emotional post-9/11 game against Mets

Sep. 11, 2021 03:02 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jason Kendall remembers straining to hear the audio through a cell phone that, as the former Pirates catcher put it, “wasn’t exactly an iPhone 12.” Technology lacked on Sept. 13, 2001, two days after four coordinated terrorist attacks changed our world forever. ...

Soto's go-ahead homer sends Nationals past Braves, 4-2

Sep. 09, 2021 00:17 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Juan Soto and Freddie Freeman showed goodwill after each star was hit by a pitch in the first two games of the Washington-Atlanta series. And then Soto had the final word with a big swing. The slugger crushed a go-ahead homer in the...

COVID-19 cases rise in Massachusetts; Maine football upended

Sep. 04, 2021 16:58 PM EDT

The number of new cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts increased by more than 1,700 on Friday while the number of newly confirmed coronavirus deaths rose by 10. The new numbers pushed the state’s confirmed COVID-19 death toll to 17,909 since the start of the pandemic,...

Berhalter slams CONCACAF for no video review in qualifiers

Sep. 03, 2021 03:44 AM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — In a soccer world increasingly embracing technology to make sure referees' on-field decisions are correct, CONCACAF appears content to live with blown calls in its most important games. While the Union of European Football Associations...

Castellanos hits grand slam, plates six as Reds earn split

Sep. 01, 2021 22:41 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Nick Castellanos drove in six runs with a grand slam and a two-run shot in the first two innings, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 12-2 Wednesday night to split a doubleheader. Cincinnati rocked starter J.A. Happ (8-7) and regained...

US OPEN 2021: Fans back; some stars out; line judges leave

Aug. 29, 2021 15:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Daniil Medvedev can offer a unique perspective on U.S. Open spectators: During his run to the final two years ago, he transformed from a “hated villain” who taunted the paying customers to a “fan favorite” backed by raucous support from some of those same folks. ...