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Little League Softball Team Accused of Taking a Dive

Washington allegedly bunted its way to an 8-0 loss to avoid rematch with Iowa

(Newser) - Everyone knows there's no crying in baseball. Now, it turns out there's no diving in softball. A softball team from Washington state was forced to play a penalty game after being accused of intentionally losing an earlier contest to secure an easier path to victory in the Little... More »

Chicago Team Stripped of Little League Title

Jackie Robinson West used players from outside its geographical limits: league

(Newser) - A Chicago Little League team crowned US champions must give up their title after officials found that they'd broken the rules. The league found that the Jackie Robinson West team included players who weren't from within established geographical boundaries, the Chicago Tribune reports. The team "used a... More »

Freak Line Drive in Little League Kills Dad

Coach was hit in the head after pitching the ball to a 12-year-old

(Newser) - A Long Island community is mourning the loss of a Little League coach after a freak accident during batting warm-ups over the weekend. Richard Becher, 50, was pitching at the Baseball Heaven facility in Suffolk County when a 12-year-old connected and sent a line drive straight to Becher's head.... More »

Girl's 70mph Arm Leads Team to Little League World Series

13-year-old pitches shutout

(Newser) - Thanks to Mo’Ne Davis, "you throw like a girl" is now a compliment. The 13-year-old pitched a shutout against a Delaware team yesterday, leading her Philadelphia squad—the Taney Dragons—to the Little League World Series, reports the AP . Mo’Ne struck out six with help from her... More »

Coach Sues Little Leaguer for $600K

But now says he'd drop the suit for an apology

(Newser) - A former California Little League coach is backpedaling after suing one of his players for more than half a million dollars. Alan Beck's suit claims that the 14-year-old "carelessly threw his helmet" while rounding the bases after a walk-off hit in March, KCRA reports. Beck says the helmet... More »

Little League Coach Charged With Assaulting Teen Ump

Witnesses say 43-year-old hit 17-year-old over a call

(Newser) - Next up in the sportsmanship fail category: A Little League coach in New Jersey has been charged with assault after police say he smacked a teenage ump in the head, reports the Asbury Park Press . The 43-year-old got an extra-special assault charge because the alleged incident happened in front of... More »

Teen Wins $14.5M Settlement From Louisville Slugger

He was injured by ball hit off aluminum bat

(Newser) - A New Jersey boy's 2006 baseball injury resulted in a $14.5 million settlement this week. Steven Domalewski was pitching when a batter using an aluminum bat hit a line drive that struck him in the chest, stopped his heart, and caused serious brain damage, reports AP . The family... More »

Pitch Kills Ariz. Little Leaguer

'The epitome of what every little boy ought to be'

(Newser) - Thirteen-year-old Little Leaguer Hayden Walton stepped up to the plate, tried to bunt, and died in a freak accident that's rocked his northern Arizona community, reports the AP. "He took an inside pitch right in the chest," says a Winslow Little League official. "After that he... More »

Big League Injuries Plague Little Leaguers

(Newser) - Alden Manning pitched his heart out last season, hurling fastballs until his arm was so sore he needed Tommy John surgery. Problem is, Alden was only 14—and he's not alone. More teenage pitchers are suffering from serious arm injuries as the best of them are asked to pitch more... More »

Perfect Game Makes Little League Girl Star

12-year-old will throw out first pitch before Mets game tomorrow

(Newser) - Life has been a bit insane for Mackenzie Brown since Tuesday, when the 12-year-old became the first girl in her Bayonne, NJ, Little League’s history to throw a perfect game. Brown’s performance cracked ESPN, she’s appeared on a Fox national morning show, and tomorrow she’ll throw... More »

Hawaii Wins Little League Title

(Newser) - Hawaii's mini-mashers got a little help from Mexico's miscues to win a fourth straight Little League World Series title for the United States. Tanner Tokunaga smacked two homers and Iolana Akau added a solo blast as the boys from Waipahu, Hawaii, defeated Matamoros, Mexico, 12-3, to take the biggest prize... More »

As Rome Burns, Bush Plays T-Ball

Fannie Mae, Afghanistan benched as president hosts yet another sporting event

(Newser) - With Washington roiled yesterday by economic woes and bad news from Afghanistan, George W. Bush spent an hour watching 6- and 7-year-olds play T-ball, Dana Milbank notes in the Washington Post—the 95th sports-related event he's hosted as president, to 45 cabinet meetings. "For a president facing little good... More »

Sports Stars Endorse Little League Facebook

Youth sports social site has big-time friends

(Newser) - Want to see Peyton Manning’s Pop Warner games? Derek Jeter playing Little League? They’ll be on WePlay.com, alongside some game film from a lot of other not-yet-famous players. WePlay, which is launching today, is a youth sports social-networking site—a kind of little league Facebook. Athletes, coaches,... More »

Georgia Rules Little League

Series victory gives USA third straight title

(Newser) - After a tough week for Georgia sports fans, a team of preteens from Warner Robins gave them something big to cheer about today, capturing the Little League World Series title with an extra-innings triumph over Japan in Williamsport, Pa. Dalton Carriker smacked a walkoff homer in the bottom of the... More »

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