Sports officiating

Australia's Nick Kyrgios appeals to the umpire on court one during his tennis match against Spain's Roberto Carballes Baena day four of the Fever-Tree Championship at the Queen's Club, London. Kyrgios swore at officials and accused them of "rigging" his first-round match at the Queen’s Club grass-court tournament in the latest outburst by one of tennis’ most unruly players. The outspoken Australian launched an expletive-ridden rant at umpire Fergus Murphy after missing a set point against Roberto Carballes Baena. (Steven Paston/PA via AP)
June 20, 2019 - 2:10 pm
LONDON (AP) — Nick Kyrgios swore at officials and accused them of "rigging" his first-round match at the Queen's Club grass-court tournament in his latest outburst. The outspoken Australian, who went on to win the match, launched an expletive-ridden rant at umpire Fergus Murphy after missing a set...
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In this Feb. 3, 2017, photo, the scoreboard shows "Pride Night," before the start of an NHL hockey game between the Florida Panthers and the Anaheim Ducks in Sunrise, Fla. Researchers say a survey of players in the Australian Ice Hockey League shows homophobic language is often used but that an even higher percentage of competitors would make a gay player feel welcome. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
June 19, 2019 - 8:07 pm
Researchers say a survey of players in the Australian Ice Hockey League shows homophobic language is often used but that an even higher percentage of competitors would make a gay player feel welcome. It's an apparent contradiction the researchers call a "disconnect between perception and reality"...
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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer warms up in the bullpen before the team's baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Friday, June 14, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
June 19, 2019 - 12:09 am
A look at what's happening around the majors today: OUCH! Nationals ace Max Scherzer has a broken nose after fouling a ball off his face during batting practice Tuesday, and it's unclear when he'll return to the mound. Scherzer was attempting a bunt when he redirected a pitch off his face. The...
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San Diego Padres shortstop Manny Machado, right, yells at home plate umpire Bill Welke, who had called Machado out on strikes during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Saturday, June 15, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
June 18, 2019 - 6:30 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Major League Baseball said it was inappropriate for the umpire's union to comment on the one-game suspension levied against San Diego Padres star Manny Machado for his conduct following his ejection for arguing a called third strike Saturday at Colorado. The MLB Umpires Association...
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San Diego Padres' Manny Machado, right, throws down his helmet as he yells at home plate umpire Bill Welke, who had called Machado out on strikes during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Saturday, June 15, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
June 17, 2019 - 7:13 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Padres star Manny Machado denied he made contact with plate umpire Bill Welke after being ejected for arguing a called third strike Saturday night and said he'll appeal his one-game suspension and fine. "I've just never seen anyone get suspended for arguing balls and...
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In this April 20, 2019 photo, Tom Quick talks with a colleague during Georgia's spring NCAA college football game in Athens, Ga. They’re jobs have never been more difficult. Those who do it face relentless, often uninformed criticism, and attacks on their credibility. (Gary McGriff via AP)
June 12, 2019 - 8:48 am
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — It has never been more difficult to be an official in college football. Those who do it face relentless, often uninformed criticism and attacks on their credibility. Complaints from fans armed with DVR, fueled by sports-talk instigators and amplified by social media, have become...
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Boston Bruins' Noel Acciari lies on the ice after being checked by St. Louis Blues' Tyler Bozak during the third period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
June 08, 2019 - 2:54 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Patrick Maroon doesn't want to go there. Not even about how the St. Louis Blues handle the roller coaster of inconsistent officiating. "I'm not talking about it," the usually talkative Maroon said. "If you want to talk about Game 6, I'll talk about Game 6." Except the St. Louis...
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France's Eugenie Le Sommer celebrates after scoring her side's opening goal during the Women's World Cup Group A soccer match between France and South Korea, at the Parc des Princes in Paris, Friday, June 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
June 08, 2019 - 12:06 am
PARIS (AP) — Lyon's rampant form in the Champions League immediately carried over into France's first game of the Women's World Cup. Friday's 4-0 home win against South Korea saw the blue shirts of France run riot, just like many of them had done last month when Lyon crushed Barcelona 4-1 to win...
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Boston Bruins players and head coach Bruce Cassidy, right rear, watch the final minutes in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final against the St. Louis Blues, Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
June 06, 2019 - 9:55 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Down and nearly out, the Boston Bruins are angry, too. An emotional return by their injured captain and a frenzied start weren't enough for the Bruins, who lost another bruising game to St. Louis and now trail the Blues 3-2 in the Stanley Cup Final. Boston coach Bruce Cassidy was...
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June 05, 2019 - 11:55 am
Canadian referee Carol Anne Chenard has withdrawn from the Women's World Cup after being diagnosed with breast cancer. The 42-year-old from Summerside, Prince Edward Island, refereed the final of the 2016 Olympic women's soccer tournament. She worked three matches at the 2011 Women's World Cup,...
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