Sports officiating

France's Kristina Mladenovic plays a shot against Germany's Laura Siegemund in the first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
September 29, 2020 - 1:02 pm
PARIS (AP) — Kristina Mladenovic blamed her French Open meltdown on her U.S. Open lockdown — and she wasn’t too pleased about a no-call on a double bounce that helped her opponent avoid ceding the first set Wednesday, either. France’s Mladenovic lost 7-5, 6-3 in the first round at Roland Garros to...
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France's Kristina Mladenovic plays a shot against Germany's Laura Siegemund in the first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
September 29, 2020 - 10:23 am
PARIS (AP) — Kristina Mladenovic's first match since her nightmarish end to the U.S. Open produced another collapse and a controversial umpire's call at the French Open on Tuesday. The French player lost to Laura Siegemund of Germany 7-5, 6-3 after serving for the first set at 5-1. Mladenovic was...
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Tottenham coach Jose Mourinho gestures during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham and Newcastle at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (Andrew Boyers/Pool via AP)
September 27, 2020 - 12:47 pm
Jose Mourinho had seen enough. The fulltime whistle had yet to be blown but the Tottenham manager stormed down the tunnel — his head down and hands in his pockets — after seeing his team fall foul of a handball ruling that has quickly become the biggest talking point of the Premier League season...
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Serbia's Novak Đjoković returns the ball to Norway's Casper Ruud during their semifinal at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. (Alfredo Falcone/LaPresse via AP)
September 20, 2020 - 12:34 pm
ROME (AP) — Novak Djokovic knows it isn’t model behavior when he loses his cool on the tennis court. Yet he just can’t help himself. Exactly two weeks after he was defaulted from the U.S. Open, and a day after he was warned by the chair umpire for breaking his racket in a fit of rage, Djokovic...
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Spain's Rafael Nadal gestures as he competes with Argentina's Diego Schwartzman during their quarterfinals at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (Alfredo Falcone/LaPresse via AP)
September 19, 2020 - 5:51 pm
ROME (AP) — Rafael Nadal’s first tournament in seven months ended with a 6-2, 7-5 loss to Diego Schwartzman in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open on Saturday. Nadal, a nine-time champion in Rome, had never lost to the 15th-ranked Schwartzman in nine previous meetings. But Schwartzman dictated...
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St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt and Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell talk to the umpires before the first game of a baseball doubleheader against the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
September 16, 2020 - 5:48 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A Major League Baseball umpire tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting a late shift in crew assignments in Florida this week, several people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The affected umpire, who wasn’t identified, was not on the field...
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Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts during his match against Italy's Salvatore Caruso, at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. (Alfredo Falcone/LaPresse via AP)
September 16, 2020 - 2:22 pm
ROME (AP) — Novak Djokovic behaved better Wednesday in his first match since being defaulted from the U.S. Open. The top-ranked Serb was mostly courteous with the chair umpire and had no interaction with the line judges during a 6-3, 6-2 win over local wild-card entry Salvatore Caruso in his...
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Dominic Thiem, of Austria, returns a shot to Alexander Zverev, of Germany, during the men's singles final of the US Open tennis championships, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
September 13, 2020 - 5:32 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local): ___ 6:30 p.m. Dominic Thiem has forced a fourth set against Alexander Zverev in the U.S. Open men’s final. The No. 2 seed took the third set 6-4, keeping alive his hopes of winning his first Grand Slam title. Thiem...
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Alexander Zverev, of Germany, reacts after defeating Pablo Carreno Busta, of Spain, during a men's semifinal match of the US Open tennis championships, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
September 11, 2020 - 10:32 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — For two full sets, Alexander Zverev was confused and listless, his body language as poor as his winner-to-error ratio against Pablo Carreño Busta in the U.S. Open semifinals Friday. Zverev double-faulted and smacked his left high. He put a backhand into the net to cede the opening...
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Alexander Zverev, of Germany, reacts during a match against Borna Coric, of Croatia, 147during the quarterfinals of the US Open tennis championships, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
September 09, 2020 - 12:29 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The disqualification of Novak Djokovic from the U.S. Open, and the absences of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, presented quite an opportunity to Alexander Zverev and the other men left in the tournament — all in their 20s, all seeking a first Grand Slam title. Who would falter? Who...
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