Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Sports Briefs: NFL Changes Playoff Officiating Procedure

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Sports Briefs: NFL Changes Playoff Officiating Procedure

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NFL CHANGES PLAYOFF OFFICIATING PROCEDURE: The NFL will have game referees in the playoffs consult with its director of officiating about the application of rules in situations not currently covered in instant replay reviews.

Those situations will include the appropriate assessment of penalty yardage; proper administration of the game clock; correct downs; and any other administrative matter not currently reviewable. The changes were recommended by the NFL's powerful competition committee.

The NFL has had a rough season with its officiating, including notifying teams several times that calls had been missed or incorrectly made. Officials, who are part-timers, have also been doubted by team personnel, players and the media about their mastery of the encyclopedic rule book.

TWINS WILL ADD NETTING ABOVE DUGOUTS: The Minnesota Twins will add protective netting above the dugouts at Target Field for 2016, following Major League Baseball's recent safety recommendations for some of the most expensive and most exposed seats at the ballpark.

The Twins already complied with MLB's standard of netting between the dugouts for field-level seats within 70 feet of home plate. They announced Wednesday that they will literally go above and beyond that: The lower-level seats in Minnesota are closer to home plate than in any other MLB venue, so the organization decided to hang protective netting that will run the length of both dugouts and extend about 7 feet high.

WHITE SOX TRADE FOR FRAZIER: The White Sox were looking to add some pop while solidifying third base, and they are counting on Todd Frazier to provide it. The All-Star third baseman was acquired from the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday as part of a three-team, seven- player trade that also included the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Los Angeles received second baseman Micah Johnson, right-hander Frankie Montas and outfielder Trayce Thompson from the White Sox, and Cincinnati got infielders Brandon Dixon and Jose Peraza and outfielder Scott Schebler from the Dodgers. …

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