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Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West stripped of national title

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CHICAGO — Little League International stripped Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West of the national title it won last year after discovering the team had not provided an accurate boundary map for its team members, according to WGN TV.

According to an announcement from the league Wednesday, the team had placed players on the team that lived outside the team’s boundaries. The team’s manager, Darold Butler, had also been suspended from league activity according to the announcement.

A statement from Little League International said:

“This is a heartbreaking decision. What these players accomplished on the field and the memories and lessons they have learned during the Little League World Series tournament is something the kids can be proud of, but it is unfortunate that the actions of adults have led to this outcome.”

The investigation was promoted when a Suburban coach claimed the Jackie Robinson West team violated a league policy by placing children on the team from areas outside of their boundaries.

The league reported in December that they initially didn’t find any violations.

Mountain Ridge Little League in Las Vegas will now be given the 2014 U.S. Little Leagues World Series Championship.

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