Sports officiating

Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) delivers against the New York Yankees during the first inning of Game 3 of baseball's American League Championship Series, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
October 15, 2019 - 10:26 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Gerrit Cole is making his pitch to own this October. A gritty Cole held the New York Yankees scoreless without his sharpest stuff, Jose Altuve sparked Houston at the plate and the Astros locked down a 4-1 victory Tuesday to take a 2-1 lead in the AL Championship Series. Altuve and...
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Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby celebrates kicking the game-winning field goal by jumping in the stands following an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, in Green Bay, Wis. Green Bay won 23-22. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
October 15, 2019 - 5:53 pm
Another frustrating weekend of flag-filled football culminated with the Packers' 23-22 last-second win over the Lions on Monday night thanks to two hands-to-the-face calls on Detroit defensive end Trey Flowers. The first one came with about 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter and Detroit...
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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers drops back to pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
October 15, 2019 - 1:19 am
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — It took Mason Crosby 13 seasons to perform his first Lambeau Leap. The 35-year-old kicker nailed a 23-yard field goal as time expired and jumped into the crowd with a boost from long snapper Hunter Bradley after he finished off a rally for the Green Bay Packers, who benefited...
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Referees keep Oklahoma players from interacting with Texas players as they leave the field after pregame warmups before an NCAA college football game at the Cotton Bowl, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, in Dallas. Oklahoma won 34-27. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)
October 12, 2019 - 6:56 pm
DALLAS (AP) — The clusters of players for No. 6 Oklahoma and 11th-ranked Texas were getting closer at midfield 30 minutes before the annual Red River rivalry, and officials were already trying to separate them when a few got too close and started jawing at each other. Referee Mike Defee flung his...
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New York Yankees' Brett Gardner, left, talks with home plate umpire Manny Gonzalez after striking out against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of Game 1 of an American League Division Series baseball game, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
October 08, 2019 - 3:11 am
A hot topic all year has been the idea of computerizing the strike zone, the rise of the robot umpires. It's drawn even more attention here in October — we've already seen a perfect example of a missed call when Marcell Ozuna was rung up in the ninth inning of Game 3 between the Cardinals and...
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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry gestures after making a 3-point basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
October 05, 2019 - 11:44 pm
Officially, it's an NBA first: Coaches successfully argued referees' calls Saturday. Sacramento's Luke Walton became the first coach to win a challenge — a new option for coaches to use in the NBA this season — when he asked for a review of an out-of-bounds call during the third quarter of the...
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Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland, left, checks San Jose Sharks left wing Evander Kane during the first period of an NHL preseason hockey game Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
October 01, 2019 - 2:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane has been suspended for the first three games of the season for abuse of an official. The punishment handed out Tuesday comes after a run-in Kane had with Vegas' Deryk Engelland in a preseason game on Sunday. Kane responded with a slash after...
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Houston Rockets' James Harden is photographed during NBA basketball media day Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
October 01, 2019 - 2:48 am
NEW YORK (AP) — James Harden slides sideways or steps backward, and the screaming starts. Whether seated on the opposing bench or on a stool in a sports bar, somebody is insisting that Harden must have traveled between the time he finished dribbling and launched his shot from a different spot...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham, center, and Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey (44) grab each other during the second half of an NFL football game in Baltimore. Browns coach Freddie Kitchens wants more consistent NFL officiating after wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was choked during Sunday’s game. Beckham got into a skirmish with Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey, who pinned the three-time Pro Bowler and had his hands around his neck before being pulled away. Both players were assessed personal fouls, but neither was ejected. Kitchens said he planned to reach out to the league about that situation in particular and officiating evenness in general. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
September 30, 2019 - 7:34 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns coach Freddie Kitchens has Odell Beckham's back. He's more worried about the NFL protecting the star's neck. Kitchens said Monday that he wishes the league's officials were more consistent calling penalties in the aftermath of Beckham being choked by Ravens cornerback Marlon...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, file photo, penalty flags lie on the field after a play during the first half of an NFL football preseason game between the Miami Dolphins and the Jacksonville Jaguars, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The guys in stripes are getting plenty of NFL face time, and there's plenty of blame to go around as the league deals with a troubling barrage of penalties. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
September 27, 2019 - 10:52 pm
In the early weeks of the NFL season, the biggest stars are the guys in the stripes. They're certainly getting the most face time. The league is awash in yellow — yellow flags, that is — with penalties being called at an alarming rate. There seems plenty of blame to go around, from confusing edicts...
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