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Chicago team defies the odds with run in LLWS

Chicago team defies the odds with run in LLWS

LITTLE LEAGUE'S BIGGEST STAGE: South Korea's Tae Min Moon (14) leads his teammates in a victory lap around Howard J. Lamade stadium after winning 8-4 over Chicago in the Little League World Series championship. Photo: Associated Press

RUSTY MILLER, AP Sports Writer

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — The kids from Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West defied the odds with their run in the Little League World Series.

Even at the end, the youngsters that had brightened a city and caught the imagination of the baseball world didn’t quit.

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Down seven runs to powerful South Korea in the final inning of the championship game on Sunday, the Great Lakes Region champion scored three runs and electrified their fans before falling short, 8-4.

Despite the loss, their story — an all-black, inner-city team named after the selfless pioneer who broke the color barrier in the big leagues — might just resonate beyond their noisy trip through the tournament.

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FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2014, file photo, Amanda Knox prepares to leave the set following a television interview in New York. Knox is engaged to Colin Sutherland, a musician who recently moved to Seattle from New York, a person close to the Knox family confirmed for The Associated Press. Knox’s murder conviction in the 2007 stabbing of her roommate has been reinstated by an Italian court, but the former college exchange student maintains her innocence and vows she won’t willingly go back to Italy. Both Knox and Sutherland are 27. No wedding date had been set.

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