Latest Sports officiating News

Tatum scores 30; Celtics pull away from Kings, 122-104

Nov. 25, 2022 23:21 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Jayson Tatum scored 30 points and the NBA-best Boston Celtics pulled away from the Sacramento Kings for a 122-104 victory on Friday night. Jaylen Brown added 25 points and Derrick White had 16 for Boston (15-4), which won for the 11th time in 12 games. Al Horford...

Ghana coach slams ref after Ronaldo's record World Cup goal

Nov. 24, 2022 18:08 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Ghana coach Otto Addo criticized the American referee who awarded the penalty that resulted in Cristiano Ronaldo's record goal at the World Cup on Thursday, calling it “a special gift.” Ronaldo won and converted the second-half penalty, making him the first...

NBA referee Bill Kennedy calls Colorado shooting 'heinous'

Nov. 22, 2022 21:17 PM EST

NBA referee Bill Kennedy, who came out as gay in 2015, spoke out in an emotional video Tuesday in response to the weekend shooting that killed five and left 17 others with gunshot wounds at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The 41-second video was released on the NBA’s...

Frappart becomes 1st woman ref for men's World Cup match

Nov. 22, 2022 13:18 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Stephanie Frappart of France made soccer history Tuesday as the the first woman to officiate a men’s World Cup match when she took the field as the fourth official in the game between Mexico and Poland. Frappart, Japan’s Yamashita Yoshimi and Rwanda’s...

FIFA orders World Cup referees to add time at end of games

Nov. 22, 2022 08:19 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The 90-minute soccer match is turning into 100-plus at the World Cup — and that is what FIFA wants to give fans more entertainment. The nearly 14 minutes added at the end of Argentina's shocking 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday meant the five longest periods...

Italian referee Orsato picked to officiate World Cup opener

Nov. 18, 2022 13:13 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Italian referee Daniele Orsato was chosen Friday to handle the opening game of the World Cup. FIFA picked Orsato for Sunday's match between host Qatar and Ecuador, describing him as “one of Europe’s most experienced referees.” He turns 47 on Wednesday. ...

Maradona 'Hand of God' World Cup ball sold for $2.4M

Nov. 16, 2022 10:49 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The ball punched in by Diego Maradona for his “Hand of God” goal at the 1986 World Cup has been sold at auction for nearly $2.4 million by the referee who missed soccer’s most famous handball. Ali Bin Nasser, the Tunisian former match official who refereed the...

NFL: Bills' catch vs Vikings should have been overturned

Nov. 13, 2022 21:09 PM EST

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Vikings beat the Bills in overtime. If not for an officiating mistake, they might have won in regulation. The NFL’s senior vice president of officiating acknowledged there was a breakdown in the instant replay process after a pivotal play late in...

Vikings get critical Allen turnovers, stun Bills 33-30 in OT

Nov. 13, 2022 19:24 PM EST

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Count out the Vikings all you want. Patrick Peterson, Justin Jefferson and company keep finding ways to rally for victories in the most remarkable and improbable of ways. Sunday’s 33-30 overtime win over the previously AFC-leading Buffalo Bills might...

VAR still controversial 4 years after its World Cup debut

Nov. 11, 2022 05:52 AM EST

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The introduction of VAR at the last World Cup proved one thing for sure: It's nigh impossible to remove controversy from soccer even at the highest level. The technology — short for Video Assistant Referee — has transformed the game, but not everyone...