- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 15, 2002

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) A team from New York captures the imagination of its community, then conquers the opposition on its way to the Little League World Series. But allegations swirl about ineligible players.
Here we go again.
With the Little League World Series set to open tomorrow, Little League is investigating allegations the Harlem team that won the Mid-Atlantic Regional did it with players from outside the league's boundaries.
Newsday reported yesterday that as many as three players, including star pitcher Alibay Barkley, live outside the Harlem Little League district, according to neighbors.
Last summer's Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa., was dogged by scandal when Bronx, N.Y., pitcher Danny Almonte was discovered to be too old to play. Almonte's team was forced to forfeit its third-place finish after officials determined he was 14 instead of 12.
Last week, Little League received two anonymous messages claiming three of Harlem's players lived outside the team boundaries and that several players were too old. To be eligible for this year's tournament, players could not turn 13 before Aug.1.
Those charges were investigated and disproved, Little League officials said.
But Newsday reported that three Harlem players appear to live outside the district Barkley and shortstop-pitcher Jeremy "Jeter" Lopez in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx, and third baseman-pitcher Andrew Diaz in Washington Heights.
Little League is investigating and expects to make a decision on the allegations in the next day or two.

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