Youth Sports

FILE - This Sept. 1, 2008 file photo shows former Iowa Barnstormers coach Greg Stephen in Des Moines, Iowa. Stephen, a prominent youth basketball coach in Iowa, pleaded guilty Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, to sexually exploiting minors and possessing and transporting child pornography. (Michael Zamora/The Des Moines Register via AP, File)
October 19, 2018 - 12:28 pm
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A prominent Iowa youth basketball coach faces potentially decades in prison after admitting to a yearslong pattern of sexually exploiting and abusing at least 400 boys, including former players, their friends and other young athletes. Greg Stephen, 42, posed as girls on...
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FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2004, file photo, United States women's soccer coach April Heinrichs talks with players during a team training session in Athens, Greece. Former national team coach and player Heinrichs will step down director of the women’s youth national teams for U.S. Soccer at the end of this year. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, File)
October 08, 2018 - 7:02 pm
Former national team coach and player April Heinrichs will step down as director of the women's youth national teams for U.S. Soccer at the end of this year. Heinrichs was a forward on the national team that won the first Women's World Cup in 1991. She served as head coach of the team from 2000-...
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In this Sept. 8, 2018 photo, Candelaria Cabrera plays with a soccer ball in Chabaz, Argentina. "Cande," as she is known by friends and family, is the only girl playing in a children's soccer league in the southern part of Argentina's Santa Fe province, birthplace of stars including Lionel Messi, Gabriel Batistuta and Jorge Valdano. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
September 11, 2018 - 1:41 pm
CHABÁS, Argentina (AP) — At age 7, Candelaria Cabrera goes after the soccer ball with determination. She drives toward her rivals without caring much about getting hurt and deftly manages the bumps on the dirt field. She wears a loose white jersey from Huracan de Chabas, her hometown, located 230...
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South Korea catcher Gi Jeong Kim, walks to the mound as Honolulu, Hawaii's Mana Lau Kong (19) is greeted by teammates after hitting the first pitch of the baseball game from South Korea's Yeong Hyeon Kim, lower left, for a solo home run in the first inning of the Little League World Series Championship in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar).
August 26, 2018 - 3:50 pm
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — It only took one pitch for Mana Lau Kong to deliver Hawaii its first Little League World Series title in a decade. Against a South Korea team that hadn't surrendered a home run in the tournament, Kong drove the first pitch his team saw over the center field fence. As...
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Honolulu, Hawaii's Aukai Kea delivers in the first inning of the United States Championship baseball game against Peachtree City, Georgia at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
August 25, 2018 - 4:02 pm
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — After striking out his 15th batter to end the game, Hawaii's Aukai Kea pumped his fists and let out a shout for all to hear. Within seconds, Kea's teammates sprinted to the pitcher's mound to congratulate their team's ace, hugging and pounding on him. Hawaii shut out...
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Canada catcher Andre Juco tags out Puerto Rico's Carlos De Jesus (17) at home during the fourth inning of Little League World Series baseball tournament game in South Williamsport, Pa., Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar)
August 23, 2018 - 12:28 pm
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Ryan Gibson remembers buying clothes from the local Salvation Army to put together his first umpire uniform when he was about 14 years old. Jeff Pruitt recalls going to thrift stores to buy gray pants and a blue, button-down shirt. Now, they're both part of the 16-...
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FILE - In this July 1, 2018 file photo New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier celebrates with teammates after scoring during the second inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Miami. Some talented, young baseball players have competed at the Little League World Series over the last 71 years. Fifty-four have gone on to realize another dream _ making the majors. Frazier will be one of the three Little League veterans on hand when the Mets play the Phillies in central Pennsylvania on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Gaston De Cardenas)
August 18, 2018 - 7:36 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors Sunday: BIG-N-LITTLE Todd Frazier, Michael Conforto and Scott Kingery will be back in familiar territory when the Mets and Phillies play under the lights in the Little League Classic at Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The game will be held at Bowman Field,...
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Members of Wild Boars soccer team pray during a ceremony marking the completion of their serving as novice Buddhist monks, following their dramatic rescue from a cave in Mae Sai district, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018. The members of the boys' soccer team rescued from almost three weeks trapped in a cave in northern Thailand completed their time as novice Buddhist monks, undertaken to give thanks for their survival and to show their gratitude to all those who helped them. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
August 04, 2018 - 12:20 am
MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) — With their heads bowed and wearing orange robes, the members of the boys' soccer team rescued from almost three weeks trapped in a cave in northern Thailand on Saturday completed their time as novice Buddhist monks. About 300 people gathered for the ceremony on a rainy...
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July 25, 2018 - 11:25 am
SEATTLE (AP) — A suburban Seattle mother has been charged with felony assault following an attack last year on a sixth-grade girl at a basketball game between two Catholic schools. Authorities say 38-year-old Monique Altheimer of Kent got onto the basketball court during a December game in Seattle...
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