Little League World Series features first girl in 5 years

She’ll become just the 19th girl in history to play in the 72-year history of the Little League World Series, and the first since 2014,

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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. ‘ Maddy Freking’s left foot points back toward home plate as she assumes her stance inside a mesh batting cage on the grounds of Little League headquarters. The bat head swivels slightly as she stands tall, with that angled left foot helping her stay square to the pitch when it comes.

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Another one ‘ the long, blonde ponytail poking out from her helmet as she rips liners into the netting ‘ may pique fans’ interest over the next week or so.

Freking is the starting second baseman on a team from Coon Rapids-Andover that will represent the Midwest Region in the Little League World Series, which starts Thursday.

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UEFA Super Cup, Little League World Series, La Liga Begins and More to Watch

The long summer days with games few and far between are starting to fill up once again, as the European soccer schedule begins a new season this week. Also coming on the calendar is the annual display of youthful exuberance and fun that is the Little League World Series. Plus, we have the second of three FedEx Cup events, the Big Three in men’s tennis all playing in the final lead-up event to the’U.S. Open and a big series for the scorching New York Mets.

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The’UEFA Super Cup’between Champions League winners’Liverpool’and Europa League winners’Chelsea’kicks off Wednesday.’The two English Premier League rivals square off in’Istanbul, the same city that will host the 2020 UCL final. The match begins at’3 p.m. ET, and you can watch on TNT or’stream on B/R Live, with pre-match coverage starting at 2 p.m. with B/R Football Matchday.

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Olympics: Tokyo organizers, IOC say next Summer Games “firmly on track”

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Little League and adidas unveil 2019 World Series uniforms

Portland, Ore. / Williamsport, Pa.’Little League Baseball and Softball and adidas unveiled the uniforms for the 2019 Little League World Series (LLWS) tournaments, which will make their on-field debut’at the start of the Senior League Baseball World Series in Easley, S.C., on July 27. ‘

To tell the story behind the LLWS experience, adidas teamed up with Little League to design uniforms that would showcase the unique regions from across the globe, while highlighting the story of unity, tradition, and the history behind the Little League patch.

‘When these boys and girls from around the world get together and share a common goal, there is a unique bonding experience that happens and we wanted to put a spotlight on that unity through the design of these uniforms,’ said Todd Rolak, Sr. Design Director, U.S. Sports. ‘The Little League World Series tournaments are a tremendous journey for young athletes, and we find the ability to have an impact on these moments and these memories incredibly rewarding at adidas.’

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