Sports officiating

FILE - This June 18, 2018, file photo shows Brooklyn Nets General Manager Sean Marks during a news conference introducing the team's draft picks in New York. NBA League Operations president Byron Spruell said Marks will serve a one-game suspension and be fined $25,000 for entering the referees' locker room after Game 4 of the Nets-76ers playoff series Saturday. (AP Photo/File, Mary Altaffer)
April 21, 2019 - 7:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Nets general manager Sean Marks was suspended one game without pay and fined $25,000 by the NBA on Sunday for entering the referees' locker room after Brooklyn's loss to Philadelphia in Game 4 of their playoff series. The Nets lost 112-108 on Saturday in a game in which Brooklyn's...
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CORRECTS TO SECOND HALF NOT FIRST HALF - Brooklyn Nets forward Jared Dudley, left, and Philadelphia 76ers guard Jimmy Butler (23) get into a shoving match during the second half of Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Saturday, April 20, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
April 20, 2019 - 8:13 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Jared Dudley didn't like the way Joel Embiid has been delivering fouls. Jimmy Butler didn't like the way Dudley tried to show it. They both ended up getting ejected Saturday after their reactions led to a scuffle. Butler and Dudley were thrown out in the third quarter of the...
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Second base umpire Jeff Nelson (45) grabs a fan that ran onto the field as security guards assist and Oakland Athletics' Stephen Piscotty, right, watches in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Saturday, April 20, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
April 20, 2019 - 6:55 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — When a fan ran on the field during the Blue Jays-Athletics game, he got tossed by umpire Jeff Nelson. Quite literally, actually. Nelson put a swift end to the fan's elusive romp at the Coliseum on Saturday, grabbing the man with both hands near second base and, aided by a...
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Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan, rear second from left, and assistant Sergei Gonchar, left, stand behind their bench as Evgeni Malkin (71) waits to take the ice, during the third period in Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the New York Islanders in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, April 16, 2019. The Islanders won 3-1, sweeping the series. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
April 18, 2019 - 7:32 pm
Scotty Bowman had already coached six teams to the Stanley Cup championship when his high-powered Detroit Red Wings that won 12 of their first 14 playoff games couldn't get the puck away from the New Jersey Devils and got swept in the 1995 final. "They just shut us right down," Bowman said. "We...
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FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks during the 29th AFC Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, April 6, 2019. The Asian Football Confederation holds its presidential election on Saturday. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
April 13, 2019 - 2:56 pm
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has called for a crackdown on racism at soccer games after several high-profile incidents, and encouraged referees to abandon matches in the worst cases. "We will not hesitate to do everything in our power to eradicate racism, and any other form of discrimination,...
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Cardiff City's Victor Camarasa confronts referee Mike Dean after he awards a penalty before overturning the decision during the English Premier League soccer match between Burnley and Cardiff Ciry at Turf Moor, Burnley, England, Saturday, April 13, 2019. (Anthony Devlin/PA via AP)
April 13, 2019 - 12:42 pm
LONDON (AP) — Paul Pogba's calm nerves and David De Gea's quick reflexes kept Manchester United in the hunt for a top-four finish in the Premier League on Saturday. Pogba scored two penalties to give United a 2-1 victory over West Ham at Old Trafford, the second coming shortly after De Gea had...
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FILE - In this April 6, 2019, file photo, Virginia's Kyle Guy (5) takes a shot as Auburn's Samir Doughty (10) was called for a foul during the second half in the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, in Minneapolis. Guy sank all three free throws and Virginia defeated Auburn 63-62. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
April 08, 2019 - 4:43 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The toilet paper was already flying at Toomer's Corner, the spot where the biggest celebrations go down when Auburn's sports teams win big. Then, the whistle blew. A foul. Three free throws. A comeback win transformed into a devastating loss. And within seconds, the pain and...
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Virginia's Kyle Guy (5) takes a shot as Auburn's Samir Doughty (10) was called foul during the second half in the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
April 06, 2019 - 7:30 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Virginia looked done. Everything changed with one slight bump, one whistle and three clutch free throws — along with a pretty big no-call moments earlier. Kyle Guy hit three free throws with 0.6 seconds left to help the Cavaliers beat Auburn 63-62 in a wild, controversial finish...
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Barcelona players hug teammate Luis Suarez after he scores his side's first goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday April 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
April 06, 2019 - 3:48 pm
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — With Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in unstoppable form, Barcelona didn't need much help to stay on course for another Spanish league title. But it got an unexpected boost on Saturday when Diego Costa was sent off for insulting the referee with more than an hour to play in...
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In this photo taken March 8, 2019, a referee prepares to start a play using a Precision Time device during the first half of an Atlantic Coast Conference women's tournament basketball game in Greensboro, N.C. The Precision Time system created more than two decades ago by former referee Mike Costabile currently is used at nearly every level of the sport, including the NBA and college basketball's NCAA Tournament. Costabile estimates the ability to stop the clock automatically on a referee's whistle can save roughly 90 seconds formerly lost to reaction time when timekeepers manually stopped the clock. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
April 03, 2019 - 1:54 pm
The technology used for game clocks has become part of a basketball referee's on-court DNA, something few could see coming considering the system was initially scoffed at by some officials. The Precision Time system created more than two decades ago by former referee Mike Costabile currently is...
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