National Sports

NFL Overreactions: Refs to use stationery to make calls

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer Bust out the protractors and rulers, refs. All your old-school stationery supplies are fair game for measurements in the NFL. Referee Gene Steratore's decision to use a folded index card for a first-down measurement that went in favor of Dallas against ...

Column: Best shots, and personal favorite, of major champs

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer Jordan Spieth won the British Open with a flourish at the end. Justin Thomas hit 7-iron that had to be perfect for him to seal his first major at the PGA Championship. Both wonder if they would have been in position to win on Sunday if not for key shots ...

Targeting calls set record, AP finds Pac-12, SEC had most

By ERIC OLSON, AP College Football Writer Targeting penalties in the top tier of college football reached an all-time high this season and the Pac-12 and Southeastern conferences had the most players flagged, according to an analysis of NCAA data and research by The Associated Press. It has ...

A breakdown of 2017 targeting penalties

By The Associated Press FOOTBALL BOWL SUBDIVISION TARGETING CALLS - 2017 __ By Conference (total number of players) Pac-12: 30 SEC: 27 American: 21 Big Ten: 20 Sun Belt: 20 Mid-American: 19 Mountain West: 13 Big 12: 12 Conference USA: 12 Atlantic Coast: 6 Independent: 1 __ By ...

Problems with goal-line technology system in French league

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has been informed of goal-line technology glitches during French league games, by the same system used at the 2014 World Cup. Soccer's governing body said on Tuesday it has yet to confirm whether GoalControl will be used in Russia at a second straight World Cup. FIFA's ...

ICYMI in NFL Week 15: 2 rules league could stand to change

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Pro Football Writer Well, no one STILL seems to agree on what, exactly, should constitute a catch in the NFL — and that contributed to the Pittsburgh Steelers' loss to the New England Patriots in a key game for home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs. It's also hard ...

It’s time for a whole bunch of things to happen in NFL

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer It's time. After 15 weeks of the NFL season, it's time to acknowledge a whole bunch of items that have become apparent. Some did so over the course of the schedule, and some became crystallized Sunday. Such as: — Teams get antsy and/or dumb when ...

Risky decision backfires as Steelers lose to Patriots 27-24

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin didn't want to risk overtime. Neither did Ben Roethlisberger. So with the clock ticking down and a chance to end years of torment by the New England Patriots just 7 yards away, Tomlin gave Roethlisberger permission to ad ...

AP Exclusive: Climate change hits Winter Olympic preparation

By EDDIE PELLS and JOHN LEICESTER, AP Sports Writers SAAS-FEE, Switzerland (AP) — The athletes' half-hour commute in the Swiss Alps — up two gondolas, then through a tunnel in the world's highest underground train to a glacier at 11,000 feet — served up daily grim reminders that global ...

Golden Knights beat Panthers, move atop Pacific Division

By The Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Erik Haula scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Florida Panthers 5-2 Sunday. Nate Schmidt, Colin Miller, Jonathan Marchessault and James Neal also scored for Vegas, while goalie Malcolm Subban ...