Sports officiating

FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, file photo, Serena Williams, right, talks with referee Brian Earley during the women's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament against Naomi Osaka, of Japan, in New York. Some black women say Serena Williams’ experience at the U.S. Open final resonates with them. They say they are often forced to watch their tone and words in the workplace in ways that men and other women are not. Otherwise, they say, they risk being branded an "Angry Black Woman." (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)
September 11, 2018 - 7:04 am
NEW YORK (AP) — When Serena Williams told the umpire at the U.S. Open final that he owed her an apology, that he had stolen something from her, and then she got penalized for her words, Breea Willingham could relate to her frustration and anger. Willingham isn't a tennis star, but she is a black...
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US Open women's singles champion Naomi Osaka poses for photographers with her trophy at Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
September 10, 2018 - 12:22 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Naomi Osaka began the U.S. Open having never made it past the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament and seeded 20th. She also arrived with big goals. "It would be really sad if I kept playing for years and my biggest goal was to get to the quarters of a Slam," she announced after...
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Serena Williams argues with the chair umpire during a match against Naomi Osaka, of Japan, during the women's finals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP)
September 09, 2018 - 9:24 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams was fined a total of $17,000 for three code violations during her loss to Naomi Osaka in the U.S. Open final. On Sunday, a day after the match, the tournament referee's office docked Williams $10,000 for "verbal abuse" of chair umpire Carlos Ramos, $4,000 for being...
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Chair umpire Carlos Ramos, second from left, is lead off the court by referee Brian Earley after Naomi Osaka, of Japan, defeated Serena Williams in the women's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
September 09, 2018 - 3:38 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local): 11:15 p.m. Billie Jean King says there's a double standard in tennis when it comes to rules applied to women compared to men. Serena Williams was penalized a game for calling the chair umpire a thief during an extended...
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Serena Williams talks with referee Brian Earley during the women's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament against Naomi Osaka, of Japan, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
September 08, 2018 - 8:14 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams thought she was treated more harshly by the chair umpire in the U.S. Open final than a man would have been. Williams was cited by official Carlos Ramos for three code violations during her 6-2, 6-4 loss to Naomi Osaka on Saturday: for getting coaching signals; for...
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Serena Williams looks at her box during the women's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament against Naomi Osaka, of Japan, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
September 08, 2018 - 7:12 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams' dispute with the chair umpire during the 2018 U.S. Open final is the latest issue she's had with match officials at the Grand Slam tournament. Williams thought back to others while arguing in her 6-2, 6-4 loss to Naomi Osaka on Saturday, saying on court at one point...
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Serena Williams takes a break during a changeover against Naomi Osaka, of Japan, during the women's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
September 08, 2018 - 2:56 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams was penalized a game for calling the chair umpire a thief during an extended argument as the U.S. Open women's final descended into chaos, with fans booing and play delayed before Naomi Osaka wrapped up a 6-2, 6-4 victory for her first Grand Slam title. The biggest...
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Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Austin Davis, left, talks with umpire Marty Foster, right, during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, in Philadelphia. Umpire Joe West confiscated a card from Davis in the eighth inning of Philadelphia's 7-1 loss. Davis and Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said he was using the card merely for information on the Cubs hitters. But West said it was illegal under Rule 6.02(c)(7), which states that the pitcher shall not have on his person, or in his possession, any foreign substance. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
September 02, 2018 - 1:22 pm
Major League Baseball has told teams that it's OK for pitchers to use the kind of scouting cards that umpire Joe West confiscated from Philadelphia reliever Austin Davis on the mound this weekend. Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said Sunday that he'd been informed the cards were legal. They are,...
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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone, right, confronts umpire Nic Lentz (59) before being tossed from a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers during the fifth inning Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
September 02, 2018 - 11:32 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees manager Aaron Boone has been suspended one game by Major League Baseball for nicking the plate umpire with his cap during an animated argument over the weekend. Boone served the penalty Sunday when New York hosted Detroit. He also was fined an undisclosed amount. Bench coach...
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Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Austin Davis, left, talks with umpire Marty Foster, right, during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, in Philadelphia. Umpire Joe West confiscated a card from Davis in the eighth inning of Philadelphia's 7-1 loss. Davis and Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said he was using the card merely for information on the Cubs hitters. But West said it was illegal under Rule 6.02(c)(7), which states that the pitcher shall not have on his person, or in his possession, any foreign substance. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
September 02, 2018 - 8:12 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pitchers can't have a cheat sheet — at least for now. Veteran umpire Joe West confiscated a card from Phillies reliever Austin Davis in the eighth inning of Philadelphia's 7-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night. Davis and Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said he was using...
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