Sports officiating

February 25, 2019 - 5:27 am
SYDNEY (AP) — The Australian Press Council has ruled there was no breach of its standards of practice in a cartoon of tennis star Serena Williams which attracted global condemnation after being published by Melbourne's Herald Sun newspaper last September. The depiction of Williams by cartoonist...
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February 23, 2019 - 1:53 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Houston Rockets star James Harden has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for criticizing the officiating. The NBA announced the penalty Saturday, two days after Harden said he didn't think official Scott Foster should be allowed to work any Rockets games. Harden fouled out in Houston's...
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U.S. Team's Kyle Kuzma, of the Los Angeles Lakers heads to the hoop for a dunk against the World Team during the NBA All-Star Rising Stars basketball game, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
February 15, 2019 - 7:59 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on NBA All-Star Weekend (all times local): 10:55 p.m. Kyle Kuzma of the Los Angeles Lakers scored 35 points, Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics added 30 and the U.S. beat the World team 161-144 in the Rising Stars game for first- and second-year players at All-Star...
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FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2019, file photo, Panathinaikos coach Rick Pitino reacts during a Euroleague basketball match between Panathinaikos and Olympiakos in Piraeus near Athens, Greece. Greece's government has condemned a walkout by the basketball club Olympiakos during a Greek Cup semifinal game against rival Panathinaikos following complaints over the refereeing. Olympiakos forfeited the game at Olympic Stadium in Athens on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, leaving at halftime and trailing 40-25. A spokesman for the team said he was "disgusted" with the quality of the refereeing. The action handed Panathinaikos and American coach Pitino a place in Sunday's cup final against PAOK in Crete. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
February 14, 2019 - 6:43 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Rick Pitino is back in a final. However, the Greek team he's coaching reached the final after their opponents walked out at halftime because of poor officiating. Greece's government has condemned a walkout by the basketball club Olympiakos during the Greek Cup semifinal game...
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February 14, 2019 - 5:35 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's government has condemned a walkout by the basketball club Olympiakos during a Greek Cup semifinal game against rival Panathinaikos following complaints over the refereeing. Olympiakos forfeited the game at Olympic Stadium in Athens on Wednesday, leaving at halftime...
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February 05, 2019 - 4:32 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — When the fledgling Alliance of American Football held four exhibition games recently in San Antonio, something was missing. Kickoffs. "We were all looking around saying, 'Does anyone miss kickoffs?' The answer was, no, we did not miss them," said Mike Pereira, the NFL's former vice...
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell answers a question during a news conference for the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
January 30, 2019 - 12:50 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Faced with a blitz of officiating questions and queries about the effectiveness of the Rooney Rule, Colin Kaepernick's football unemployment, and the cancellation of a news conference for a Super Bowl halftime show that has drawn hefty criticism, Roger Goodell scrambled. The NFL...
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FILE-In this Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019 file photo, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis (11) works for a catch against Los Angeles Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman (23) during the second half the NFL football NFC championship game, in New Orleans. The Rams won 26-23. New Orleans Saints fans have found some pretty creative ways to express their displeasure over the infamous “no call” during last weekend’s Saints-Rams championship game. But their newest tactic may make the loudest statement - a Super Bowl boycott. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
January 25, 2019 - 7:25 pm
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman will pay his fine from the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit on New Orleans receiver Tommylee Lewis in the NFC championship game. The Rams' slot cornerback wants to move past the drama surrounding that now-infamous hit...
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FILE-In this Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019 file photo, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis (11) works for a catch against Los Angeles Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman (23) during the second half the NFL football NFC championship game, in New Orleans. The Rams won 26-23. New Orleans Saints fans have found some pretty creative ways to express their displeasure over the infamous “no call” during last weekend’s Saints-Rams championship game. But their newest tactic may make the loudest statement - a Super Bowl boycott. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
January 25, 2019 - 9:00 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans bakery is turning out thousands of cookies with a picture of a referee with a circle and slash mark across it in red icing. The owner of a locksmith shop has hung posters and signs taking aim at NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and some residents have hung posters of...
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France's Lucas Pouille celebrates after defeating Canada's Milos Raonic in their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
January 23, 2019 - 4:04 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Lucas Pouille had lost every Australian Open match he played until he hired Amelie Mauresmo as coach. A couple of months later, he's into a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time. The 24-year-old Frenchman will next play Novak Djokovic, who is aiming for a men's record...
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