Sports officiating

FILE - In this March 26, 2014 file photo, Atlanta Falcons President, CEO and NFL competition committee member Rich McKay speaks about rule changes during a news conference at the NFL football annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. The NFL has passed a new rule for this season that says any player who initiates contact with his helmet is subject to ejection, Tuesday, May 22, 2018. All calls will be subject to an in-game video review conducted in New York. The new rule can apply to both offensive and defensive players. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
May 22, 2018 - 6:31 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — The NFL has passed a new rule for this season that says any player who initiates contact with his helmets is subject to ejection after an in-game video review that will be decided in New York. Al Riveron, the league's head of officiating, said a foul can be called regardless of where...
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Colorado Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez swings for a two run single against the San Francisco Giants in the 12th inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 17, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
May 18, 2018 - 2:55 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Carlos Gonzalez has played in San Francisco so many times over the past decade that dealing with seagulls swirling over the outfield grass is customary in the late innings. "It's part of the show, right?" he said, smiling. "I've been playing in this division for 10 years, so I...
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May 16, 2018 - 8:53 am
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A Saudi Arabian referee due to be overseeing games at the World Cup in Russia has been banned from soccer for life in his country. The Saudi Arabian Football Federation says Fahad Al Mirdasi asked for money to help a team win. Al Mirdasi was dropped from refereeing...
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In this Monday, May 14, 2018 photo, people make bets in the sports book at the South Point hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting, the race is on to see who will referee the multi-billion-dollar business expected to emerge from the decision. (AP Photo/John Locher)
May 15, 2018 - 6:08 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting, the race is on to see who will referee the multibillion-dollar business of gambling on pro and college games. The NFL, NBA and others want Congress to set uniform, nationwide rules...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016 file photo, Fiji's Alvin Singh is yellow carded by referee Fahad Al Mirdasi of Saudi Arabia during a group C match of the men's Olympic football tournament between Germany and Fiji at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. A World Cup-bound referee, who is one of Asian football’s most experienced officials, has been placed under investigation in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Football Federation removed Fahad Al Mirdasi from overseeing the King’s Cup final on Saturday, May 12, 2018 after referred him to administrative investigators. (AP Photo/Eugenio Savio, file)
May 13, 2018 - 8:20 am
A referee selected by FIFA to go to the World Cup has been placed under investigation in Saudi Arabia and prevented from taking charge off a cup final. Fahad Al Mirdasi was due to referee the King's Cup final on Saturday before being referred to administrative investigators, the Saudi Football...
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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg warms up during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
May 12, 2018 - 8:54 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — With their star-studded lineup and pitching staff, the Washington Nationals can win in a variety of ways. Saturday belonged to Stephen Strasburg. The ace right-hander struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings, and the Nationals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 for their third straight...
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May 12, 2018 - 4:58 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek Football Federation has appointed a Spanish referee for Saturday's Greek Cup final between champions AEK Athens and PAOK, following a season repeatedly marred by violence. David Borbalan was named for the game at Athens' Olympic Stadium along with two Spanish...
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Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Matt Harvey throws during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, May 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
May 12, 2018 - 3:47 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Harvey toed the rubber against Chase Utley and fell behind 3-0 facing his first batter in his Reds debut. His next pitch was a 91-mph strike and then he got Utley to fly out to left for his first out in his first start since April 19. From there, Harvey tossed four innings...
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Cincinnati Reds' Jesse Winker, below, is forced out at second as Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley aborts his throw to first on a ball hit by Jose Peraza during the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
May 12, 2018 - 3:22 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Not so fast, Cincinnati Reds. Two days after they caught the Mets batting out of order, the Reds were tripped up in a double-switch that Dodgers manager Dave Roberts successfully argued on Friday night. In the seventh inning, Jesse Winker moved from left to right field and Adam...
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Nashville Predators' Filip Forsberg (9) and Ryan Johansen (92) celebrate Forsberg's goal against Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) during second period NHL hockey playoff action in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Monday, May 7, 2018. (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 08, 2018 - 2:38 am
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Filip Forsberg, Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators showed they aren't ready for their season to end yet. Forsberg had two goals and an assist, Rinne stopped 34 shots for his second shutout of the playoffs, and the Predators beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-0 on Monday to...
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