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Cruz: Jags DBs were 'gunning' for Beckham Jr.

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 13:35
Cruz: Jags DBs were 'gunning' for Beckham Jr.
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The recipe for building a winning daily fantasy lineup

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 13:34
The recipe for building a winning daily fantasy lineup
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IndyCar's Wilson will save 6 by donating organs

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 12:51
IndyCar's Wilson will save 6 by donating organs
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Fighting spirit brings Wren back to the cage

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 12:06
Fighting spirit brings Wren back to the cage
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Mathis taken off PUP list, back on field for Colts

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 12:05
Mathis taken off PUP list, back on field for Colts
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Sarkisian mixed alcohol, meds; to seek help

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 11:52
Sarkisian mixed alcohol, meds; to seek help
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Court rules against sports betting in N.J.

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 10:57
Court rules against sports betting in N.J.
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Sources: Free agent Vick to meet with Steelers

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 10:38
Sources: Free agent Vick to meet with Steelers
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Coaches behaving badly…

NASC - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 10:17

In the regionals of the Little League Softball World Series the big story this past week was a rematch between Central Iowa and Washington for the right to advance in the playoffs. But here’s the back story: Central Iowa, which finished 3-1 in pool play, could have advanced to the semifinals if South Snohomish, Washington, either scored three runs vs. the U.S. Southeast representative from North Carolina or won the game to finish 4-0 in pool play. However, Washington rested its top four players and, according to Central Iowa Little League president Chris Chadd, ordered its players to bunt and reportedly had players swinging at pitches in the dirt. The goal? To prevent Central Iowa from advancing.

The result: North Carolina no-hit the Washington team in an 8-0 victory, and the Central Iowa All-Stars finished in a three-way tie — and out of the tournament. The Central Iowa coach protested to the tournament director, who denied the protest. Iowa then took the protest to Little League International, which didn’t disqualify Washington but did order a one-game playoff between Iowa and Washington to see who’d advance. In what some would say was an act of Karma, Central Iowa won and advanced (but lost in the semi-finals). For his part, Washington coach Fred Miller said he was only trying to rest his starters and his team was unfairly punished.

Now, let’s face it: It’s not unheard of for pro teams to “rest their starters” to get a better draft position, but this is Little League, where the Little League pledge says, in part, “I will play fair, and strive to win, but win or lose, I will always do my best.” Coach Miller says his players were harassed with notes left on their hotel room doors after the game. Coach, it wasn’t the players’ fault—they were just doing what every team member is told to do—follow the coach’s orders.

We’ve talked a lot about the good and bad in youth sports, and the lessons to be learned. Here’s one lesson for all those involved, as former Jets Coach Herm Edwards famously said: “You play the game to win.” Let’s hope so.

photo courtesy Little League Softball


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Gatlin: Mom held her own against worlds heckler

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 10:01
Gatlin: Mom held her own against worlds heckler
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Report: Hawks' Kane meets with investigators

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 09:11
Report: Hawks' Kane meets with investigators
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Kirilenko elected president of Russian basketball

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 08:07
Kirilenko elected president of Russian basketball
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20 facts about Doc Gooden's 20 wins at age 20

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 00:42
20 facts about Doc Gooden's 20 wins at age 20
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Reports: Nats plan to activate Span on Tuesday

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 00:02
Reports: Nats plan to activate Span on Tuesday
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IndyCar driver Wilson dies after Sunday's crash

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 21:05
IndyCar driver Wilson dies after Sunday's crash
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Jury finds FSU RB Cook not guilty of battery

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 19:51
Jury finds FSU RB Cook not guilty of battery
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ESPN analyst Carter apologizes for 'bad advice'

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 19:36
ESPN analyst Carter apologizes for 'bad advice'
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Run your mouth: Geno talk means laps for Jets

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 19:15
Run your mouth: Geno talk means laps for Jets
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Release of Madden 16 brings memories, complaints from NFL players

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 18:50
Release of Madden 16 brings memories, complaints from NFL players
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Wright notes 'butterflies' in return to Mets' lineup

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 18:34
Wright notes 'butterflies' in return to Mets' lineup
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