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  • Mayor loves his team: He’s booted after protesting a call

    GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Greeley Mayor Tom Norton is there for his hometown University of Northern Colorado men’s basketball team. Unless he gets ejected after protesting a referees’ call. The Greeley Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2j1qMFE) Norton was ejected from Saturday’s game against Weber State University when officials said he got up from his courtside seat and […]
  • Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) celebrates after winning an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. The Packers won 34-31. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

    AP Analysis: A-Rod’s biggest call in weekend full of them

    Aaron Rodgers doesn’t just make the big throws, he designs them. The Green Bay Packers quarterback went schoolyard and drew up that amazing pass play in the huddle that set up Mason Crosby’s game-winning field goal in Dallas. Rodgers’ 36-yard strike to toe-dragging tight end Jared Cook on third-and-20 from his 32 was the biggest […]
  • Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, center, talks with his players guards J.J. Redick (4) and Raymond Felton (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

    Doc Rivers to Clippers: Stop racking up technical fouls

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Doc Rivers has a message for the Los Angeles Clippers: stop whining to the referees. The team is third in the NBA with 32 technical fouls this season behind league-leading Phoenix and the New York Knicks. The Clippers have a reputation for complaining to the refs and regularly rank among the […]
  • Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook, left, pleads with referee Sean Corbin, right, after being called for a technical foul in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Westbrook gets a ‘T’ for hitting official in head with ball

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Russell Westbrook said he has “no idea” why he was assessed a technical foul for hitting a game official in the head with a ball during the first quarter of Oklahoma City’s 123-112 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night. After a timeout, Westbrook was near the Thunder bench and […]
  • FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2016, file photo, taken with a fisheye lens, South Korea lines the third baseline and Endwell, N.Y. lines the first baseline during team introductions before the Little League World Series Championship baseball game at Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, Pa. Little League International announced mandatory criminal background checks for its volunteer coaches, new eligibility requirements for players and a host of new rules on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, intended to increase the pace of play.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

    Little League requiring criminal background checks

    Little League International announced mandatory criminal background checks for its volunteer coaches, new eligibility requirements for players and a host of new rules on Wednesday intended to increase the pace of play. Under the rules changes that take effect this year, local leagues will have the option to force batters to keep one foot in […]
  • Los Angles Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) is escorted off the court after being ejected during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/George Bridges)

    Austin and Doc Rivers ejected in loss to Rockets

    HOUSTON (AP) — Austin Rivers and father/coach Doc Rivers were ejected in the second quarter of the Los Angeles Clippers’ loss to the Houston Rockets on Friday night. The younger Rivers was tossed after missing a layup and slightly pushing referee J.T. Orr with 6:38 left in the second quarter. After the ejection, he yelled […]
  • FILE - This is a Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016   file photo of  English referee Mark Clattenburg during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Southampton at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England. In the hours and days after blowing the final whistle, Mark Clattenburg endures hidden anguish as the decisions made during 90 minutes of refereeing whirl through his mind.(AP Photo/Rui Vieira, File)

    AP Interview: Ref Clattenburg opens up on coping with errors

    In the hours and even days after blowing the final whistle, Mark Clattenburg endures hidden anguish as the decisions made during 90 minutes of refereeing whirl through his mind. “If I make a mistake, it beats me up,” Clattenburg told The Associated Press during a rare interview. “It’s about being able to cope with you […]
  • FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2016, file photo, field Judge Mike Weatherford, left, throws his cap toward Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) after Kelce, who was ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct, threw a towel in his direction during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Kansas City, Mo. This was the year of the penalty in the NFL. Not so much because more flags were thrown in 2016 than last season, but because the questioning of the competence of the officials began, literally, on opening day and continued, in some form, virtually every week, without a stop. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga, File)

    Missed calls aplenty, and the NFL is looking for fixes

    This has been the year of the penalty in the NFL. Not so much because more flags have been thrown in 2016 — through Week 15 teams were averaging 8.09 flags a game this season compared to 8.10 in 2015 — or because a larger-than-normal number of games have been decided by questionable calls. More […]