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  • Jackie Robinson West parents are suing ESPN and Stephen A. Smith

    02/12/2016 5:37:04 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 14 replies
    sports.yahoo.com ^ | 2-11-2016 | Chris Cwik
    Parents from Jackie Robinson West have filed a lawsuit against ESPN and on-air personality Stephen A. Smith, according to The Big Lead. Smith is being sued for defamation, after making comments suggesting Jackie Robinson West's former coach Darold Butler fabricated documents and knew certain members on the team were ineligible as the team made its run to the Little League World Series. ... Shortly after their season ended, allegations arose that the club had cheated. One of the coaches from a team that Jackie Robinson West defeated accused the club of bringing in ringers from outside the proper districts. The...
  • Red Land vs. Japan: Keys to victory in LLWS championship [Today @ 3PM]

    08/30/2015 8:33:59 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 21 replies
    pennlive ^ | 8-30-15 | Geoff Morrow
    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT -- This is it. The last two unbeaten Little League teams in the entire world. While Red Land powered through districts, sectionals, states, regionals and the first four games of the Little League World Series en route to its first U.S. championship, Kitasuna from Tokyo was finessing its way through to the world championship. And now they meet at 3 p.m. today at Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, the LLWS 2015 title up for grabs. The game will be televised live on ABC. Red Land hopes to become the first U.S. team to win the overall title since...
  • Little League World Series Live Thread [Sunday]

    08/23/2015 11:57:56 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 11 replies
    espn ^ | 8-22-15 | n/a
    Today's schedule: Game 13: Uganda vs. Venezuela, 11 a.m. (ESPN) Announcers: Dave Flemming, David Belisle, Marysol Castro Game 14: Texas vs. California, 3 p.m. (ABC) Announcers: Karl Ravech, Nomar Garciaparra, Kyle Peterson, Jaymee Sire Game 15: Mexico vs. Japan, 5 p.m. (ESPN) Announcers: Flemming, Aaron Boone, Belisle, Castro Game 16: South Carolina vs. Pennsylvania, 7 p.m. (ESPN2) Announcers: Ravech, Garciaparra, Peterson, Sire
  • Don't sugarcoat it: Jackie Robinson West is not the champion

    02/13/2015 9:20:10 PM PST · by doug from upland · 21 replies
    chicago trib ^ | 2-13-15 | Huppke
    If you care at all about the players on the Jackie Robinson West Little League team, don’t call them champions. They aren’t. Wednesday’s announcement by Little League International that the team has been stripped of its U.S. title and all its wins from the 2014 Little League World Series tournament is all the proof you need. These are not champions. To say otherwise is a disservice to these kids, and they’ve already been handed a disservice big enough to last a lifetime. So don’t say, “It’s OK, kids, you’re still champions in our eyes.” Don’t say, “We don’t care, you...
  • Disgraced Jackie Robinson West Little League Team Hires Lawyer

    02/12/2015 7:41:49 PM PST · by doug from upland · 45 replies
    Disgraced Jackie Robinson West Little League Team Hires Lawyer A day after getting stripped of their national crown, officials from Chicago's Jackie Robinson West Little League team appeared Thursday with a newly hired lawyer who pledged to review Little League International's investigation to make sure it was done fairly. "I want to make sure that whatever rules and regulations applied to Jackie Robinson West were applied to every other team," the lawyer, Victor Henderson, said at a news conference. Henderson said he's also told the players, and team officials, that they should not give up their claim to the title...
  • Don't sugarcoat it: Jackie Robinson West is not the champion

    02/12/2015 9:41:54 AM PST · by B4Ranch · 56 replies
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/ ^ | 02-11-2015 | Rex Huppke
    If you care at all about the players on the Jackie Robinson West Little League team, don’t call them champions. They aren’t. Wednesday’s announcement by Little League International that the team has been stripped of its U.S. title and all its wins from the 2014 Little League World Series tournament is all the proof you need. These are not champions. To say otherwise is a disservice to these kids, and they’ve already been handed a disservice big enough to last a lifetime. So don’t say, “It’s OK, kids, you’re still champions in our eyes.” Don’t say, “We don’t care, you...
  • Jesse Jackson threatens lawsuit in Little League World Series scandal

    02/12/2015 9:17:29 AM PST · by C19fan · 67 replies
    Yahoo ^ | February 11, 2015 | Mike Oz
    Rev. Jesse Jackson, the polarizing civil rights activist, is calling for Little League International to return the U.S. championship to the 12-year-olds from Jackie Robinson West, mere hours after Little League stripped the team of its title. And if that doesn't happen, Jackson said Wednesday afternoon, he may take legal action. Jackie Robinson West — consumed in a vortex of allegations involving ineligible players and illegally redrawing its league boundaries — became a feel-good story in Chicago and across the country on its run to the Little League World Series. An all-black team that was supported by MLB players, Jackie...
  • U.S. Little League champs stripped of title thanks to coach they beat, 43-2

    02/12/2015 9:08:59 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 57 replies
    SB Nation ^ | 02/11/2015 | Marc Normandin
    Little League officials announced Wednesday morning that Jackie Robinson West, the 2014 U.S. Little League World Series champions, have vacated their wins and been stripped of their title thanks to the use of ineligible players. In essence, they attempted to build a Little League all-star team by bringing aboard players from Chicago districts outside of their own, and a neighboring league caught on and reported as much to Little League officials.According to Evergreen Park officials -- the neighboring league which caught on to the illegal roster -- Jackie Robinson West spent their 2014 "manipulating, bending and blatantly breaking the rules for...
  • JRW Supporters Suggest Decision To Take Title Racially Motivated

    02/12/2015 6:45:55 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 40 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | Feb 11, 2015
    JRW Supporters Suggest Decision To Take Title Racially Motivated February 11, 2015 2:58 PM (CBS) – There are accusations that racism was behind the decision by Little League International to strip the Jackie Robinson West team of the national title over cheating by the adults who run the team. “We know that we’re champions, our parents know that we’re champions and the team’s parents know we’re champions and Chicago knows we’re champions,” said JRW catcher Brandon Green. Green said the players did nothing wrong as he stood with his mother, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Fr. Michael Pfleger at the headquarters...
  • Coach Who Challenged Jackie Robinson West Maps Gets Death Threats

    02/11/2015 2:41:36 PM PST · by PROCON · 48 replies
    dnainfo.com ^ | Feb. 11, 205 | Mark Konkol
    CHICAGO — Evergreen Park Athletic Association Vice President Chris Janes, who first called for an investigation into Jackie Robinson West's boundary changes, says he has received several threatening phone calls, including death threats, since the team was stripped of its U.S. title Wednesday."We got about 50 messages," he told DNAinfo Chicago. "I only listened to a few. Some were gibberish ... saying things like 'You're an a------.' A couple said, 'You deserve to die.'" "I'm not really concerned. People have been leaving s----- emails and voicemails." Janes said he has support from the local police.
  • Little League strips U.S. title

    02/11/2015 6:37:25 AM PST · by shove_it · 18 replies
    ESPN ^ | 11 Feb 2015
    Little League Baseball has stripped the U.S. championship from the Chicago-based Jackie Robinson West team and has suspended the coach for violating a rule prohibiting the use of players who live outside the geographic area that the team represents, it was announced Wednesday. The Jackie Robinson West team, the first all-African-American team to win the championship, must vacate wins from the 2014 Little League Baseball International Tournament -- including its Great Lakes Regional and United States championships. The Jackie Robinson West Little League team was ruled to have used players from outside its local area by recruiting players from neighboring...
  • Chicago’s Little League championship team stripped of title

    02/11/2015 6:38:24 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 64 replies
    AP ^ | Feb. 11, 2015
    CHICAGO (AP) — Little League International has stripped Chicago's Jackie Robinson West of its national title after finding the team falsified its boundary map. The league made the announcement Wednesday morning, saying the Chicago team violated regulations by placing players on the team who didn't qualify because they lived outside the team's boundaries. Little League International also suspended Jackie Robinson West manager Darold Butler from league activity.
  • Little League champs face new allegations of cheating

    12/24/2014 9:36:45 AM PST · by PROCON · 14 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | Dec. 23, 2014 | Mike Oz
    Jackie Robinson West, the Chicago-based Little League World Series U.S. champs, are facing more allegations of gaming the system in order to field a team with the best local players. Last week, a clash between Jackie Robinson West and a neighboring rival went public, as Chris Janes of Evergreen Park Little League, accused Jackie Robinson West of using ringers from outside its boundaries. Little League International, however, scoffed at Janes' claims, saying it had looked into the players' residency and it considered the issue closed. Now there's a new story out from DNA Chicago, in which reporter Mark Konkol spends...
  • Chicago Team Could Be First All African-American Squad to Win Little League World Series

    08/23/2014 5:01:06 PM PDT · by ReaganÜberAlles · 85 replies
    Wait, I thought it was bad to have a team or class or group of only one race?!
  • Little League Final Four Set in 2014 LLWS

    08/22/2014 12:33:16 AM PDT · by dignitasnews · 5 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | August 22, 2014 | Dignitas News Service Team
    By virtue of their victories in Williamsport today, Tokyo Kitasuna Little League (LL) from Japan and Jackie Robinson West LL of Chicago, Illinois earned the right to move on to Saturdays final four match ups in the 2014 LLWS. Japan shook off a lead-off home run from their opponents to secure their spot with a 12-1 victory over Mexico's Guadalupe Linda Vista LL in the days early game. In the evening US semi-final, Chicago capitalized on mistake filled first inning and withstood a gritty rally by Philadelphia's Taney Youth Baseball Association LL to hold on for a 6-5 win. Today's...
  • Travel teams are eroding community baseball: Washington Post opinion

    06/01/2014 10:50:23 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5-29-14 | David Mendell
    By David Mendell The shortstop ranged nimbly to his right, scooped up a sharp grounder and unleashed a strong throw to first base. Seeing the athletic play by my son, a burly fellow leaned against the chain-link fence. "You've got a nice little ballplayer there," the man, Mike Adams, told me. "You should think about getting him into a full-time travel program. The sooner, the better." I was a neophyte in the byzantine world of youth baseball, and Adams' husky voice carried the resonance of a father who had logged many hours behind caged dugouts. Yet I had to chuckle....
  • ‘Laughing sooo hard’: Obama again attempts to throw baseball as mockery heats up in bullpen

    05/20/2014 9:08:34 AM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    twitchy ^ | 5/20/14 | staff
    Yahoo News ✔ @YahooNews President Obama makes surprise visit to Little League teams warming up at DC park: http://yhoo.it/1vuTqRG pic.twitter.com/zhdBJUcg6H Andrews Dad @Andrew_Dad Follow @YahooNews Hey you people comparing Obamas throwing ability to that of a girl, stop making fun of girls 4:21 PM - 19 May 2014 According to Mark Knoller, Jay Carney’s daughter was playing in a baseball game and President Obama stopped by on his way to a fundraiser (of course). Mark Knoller ✔ @markknoller Follow Pres Obama drops by Little League game in DC on way to Dem fundraiser in Maryland. Daughter of @PressSec plays on...
  • There is No Stealing in Baseball!

    04/13/2014 6:03:19 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 4-13-14 | Michael Daly
    From manicures to motorcycles, four Little League crooks in three states used team funds for more than baseballs, bats and celebratory ice cream cones. Thanks to community kindness, it’s still game-on this spring. With the start of a new baseball season comes a disheartening stat that makes you worry not just for the national pastime, but for the nation itself: In less than a year, four little league presidents have been charged with looting their organization's treasury. The thefts left three of the leagues in such sorry financial shape that it seemed the kids might not be able to play...
  • Where are they and why aren't they there ?

    08/24/2013 1:49:50 PM PDT · by A'elian' nation · 36 replies
    I have been watching and thoroughly enjoying the Little League Championship games. If I could re-live any of my years, it would be the years my son was playing Little League. Baseball is such a great game to learn sportsmanship, values, and life lessons. That is why it is so sad to see so very few Black children playing in these Little League games. In the 2013 U.S. championship game about to start, California has two Black players and Connecticut doesn't have any. Where are the Black kids in Little League, and why aren't they there? They aren't there because...
  • [homosexual] Man faces charges after contacting little leaguers on Facebook

    07/31/2012 6:46:02 AM PDT · by kevcol · 33 replies
    KARE11 ^ | July 27, 2012 | news
    CRYSTAL, Minn. - A 44-year-old Minneapolis man faces multiple charges after he tried to contact members of the Crystal Little League via Facebook, according to the Crystal Police Department. "I was on my son's facebook and noticed a message from this person," said Marcie, a mother of a little leauge ballplayer in Crystal. "He had sent my son a message asking to go to a movie at the Mall of America." It was Marcie that helped tip off police. On Monday, Marcie, along with the league's safety officer reached out to police after noticeing the same man had contacted...