Youth sports

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 file photo, Ann McKee, director Boston University's center for research into the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, addresses an audience on the school's campus about the study of NFL football player Aaron Hernandez's brain, projected on a screen behind in Boston. According to a new public service announcement, signing a pre-teen child up for tackle football is like teaching him to smoke. The ad from the Concussion Legacy Foundation encourages parents to choose flag football for children younger than 14. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
October 10, 2019 - 8:51 am
BOSTON (AP) — Everybody seems to be having fun when the kids in a new public service announcement are just playing football, until one boy is thrown to the ground and the background music turns ominous. Then, the coach starts handing out cigarettes. "Tackle football is like smoking," a youthful...
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FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2019, file photo, United States forward Josh Sargent runs up the pitch during an international friendly soccer match against Mexico, in East Rutherford, N.J. Sargent hopes to play for the United States in his hometown during Tuesday's exhibition against Uruguay at Busch Stadium. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano, File)
September 09, 2019 - 5:02 pm
Josh Sargent's red hair could become as known in St. Louis as the Gateway Arch one day if he develops into an American soccer star. Fresh off a spectacular strike for his first goal of the Bundesliga season, the 19-year-old forward is slated to start in his hometown Tuesday night when the United...
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David Fox, from left, with his sons Dewey and Jimmy put their hands together as they wrap up practicing baseball at a nearby baseball field in northeast Washington, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. David Fox and his wife, Mary Ann, have a rule for their sons, 11-year-old Dewey and 8-year-old Jimmy: They have to play a team sport. The kids get to choose which one. Dewey tried soccer and Jimmy had a go at flag football, but every spring and fall, their first choice is baseball. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
August 23, 2019 - 2:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — David Fox and his wife, Mary Ann, have a rule for their sons, 11-year-old Dewey and 8-year-old Jimmy: They have to play a team sport. The kids get to choose which one. Dewey tried soccer and Jimmy had a go at flag football, but for them, nothing compares to baseball. "They always...
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Japan's Yuto Misaki (18) scores on a wild throw by South Korea's Gibeom Jung (35) during the fourth inning of a baseball game at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. Japan won 7-2. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
August 23, 2019 - 10:47 am
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Japan is just one win away from its eighth Little League World Series championship game appearance this decade. The Chofu City Little League team is continuing what has been a dominant run in South Williamsport for a country with a population of nearly 127 million...
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Wailuku, Hawaii's Nakea Kahalehau, left, scores under the tag by South Riding, Va.'s Noah Culpepper during the first inning of a baseball game at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa., Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. Hawaii won 12-9. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
August 23, 2019 - 10:24 am
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Hawaii has played eight games at the Little League World Series over the last two years without a loss. This year's team, the first ever from the island of Maui, will need to pick up two more wins to capture back-to-back titles. First up is Louisiana. The teams will...
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Japan's Yuto Misaki (18) scores on a wild throw by South Korea's Gibeom Jung (35) during the fourth inning of a baseball game at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. Japan won 7-2. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
August 22, 2019 - 10:54 am
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Can anybody beat Japan? It's been a common question at the Little League World Series over the last decade. Since 2010, no team has been more dominant or won more championships — five — than Japan. That makes this year's Japanese club, from Chofu City Little League...
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Bowling Green, Kentucky's Jackson Idlett (1) celebrates hitting a double as Australia's Harrison Ford watches during the second inning of a baseball game at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar)
August 21, 2019 - 11:55 am
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — The bleachers at Volunteer Stadium were nearly full when Kentucky took on Australia, but to outfielder Jackson Idlett, the whole thing felt low key. The pressure was off for the Monday morning game, and the butterflies had settled. Both teams were out of the running...
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FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, the Mid-Atlantic Region Champion Little League team from Elizabeth, N.J. participates in the opening ceremony of the 2019 Little League World Series baseball tournament in South Williamsport, Pa. With each game it plays at the Little League World Series, the Elmora Youth League team from Elizabeth, New Jersey, shares the memory of Thomas Hanratty, a state trooper who was killed during a traffic stop in 1992. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
August 19, 2019 - 1:11 pm
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Ray Amato takes in the scene from the very top of Lamade Stadium as the signature chant of the New Jersey Little League team echoes through the stands: "Let's go Troopers! Let's go Troopers!" Amato smiles, but not because New Jersey has the rowdiest fans around —...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, the Great Lakes Region Champion Little League team from Bowling Green, Ky., carries the jersey of a friend and teammate they lost at age 10 -- Mason Goodnight, whose dad, Jef, is an assistant coach, as they participate in the opening ceremony of the 2019 Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
August 16, 2019 - 6:49 pm
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Just before he threw the first pitch in the biggest game of his life, Grayson Newman bent down on the Lamade Stadium pitching mound and swiped his finger through the dirt twice to scratch a number 11 behind the rubber. Newman repeats his ritual after every strikeout...
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The West Region Champion Little League team from Wailuku, Hawaii, rides in the Little League Grand Slam Parade in downtown Williamsport, Pa., Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. The Little League World Series baseball tournament, featuring 16 teams from around the world, starts Thursday in South Williamsport, Pa. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
August 15, 2019 - 10:32 am
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Hawaii sits behind all but 10 U.S. states in population, but when it comes to the Little League World Series, it's become America's hottest team. Since 2005, the islands have claimed three LLWS titles, the most by any state. Internationally, only Japan has claimed...
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