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|One step ahead|
Why is the softball team the true Dream Team? Because coach Mike Candrea pushes them to perfection.
|The great divide|
Forget about the Mendoza Line -- opponents batted less than .100 against the U.S. in women's softball.
|First perfect softball game in books|
Yukiko Ueno pitched the first perfect game in Olympic softball history, leading Japan to a 2-0 win over China on Friday and a spot in the tournament semifinals.
|U.S. softball tops Taiwan, reaches semifinals|
Cat Osterman struck out 10 in six innings, Crystl Bustos homered and the Americans completed a perfect run through the preliminary round with a 3-0 win over Taiwan on Friday, setting up a United States-Australia showdown in the semifinals.
|Fernandez, U.S. softball squad rout Aussies|
Lisa Fernandez and the U.S. softball team showed no mercy -- again.
|U.S. softball posts sixth shutout to top Greece|
Lisa Fernandez pitched a one-hitter as Team USA made it six shutouts in six games with a shortened 7-0 victory Thursday over Greece.
|U.S. softball posts fourth straight shutout|
Lori Harrigan allowed only a first-inning bunt single and Crystl Bustos homered Tuesday as the Americans posted their fourth straight shutout of these games, 4-0 over China.
|Finch drops one-hitter on Canada in 7-0 U.S. win|
Jennie Finch pitched a one-hitter with eight strikeouts and Lisa Fernandez went 3-for-4 with a homer as the Americans posted their fifth straight shutout, beating Canada 7-0.
|U.S. softball tops Japan 3-0 in extra inning|
After a 0-0 tie forced an extra inning, U.S. softball squeezed out three runs to improve to 3-0 at the Games.
|U.S. softball needs five innings to shut out Italy|
Jennie Finch didn't allow a hit in three innings as the United States topped Italy 7-0 in in its tournament opener.
|Work in progress|
Barely a month after his wife's death, U.S. softball coach Mike Candrea is back on the job.
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|Make no mistake: Finch can pitch|
Jennie Finch has drawn attention to U.S. softball as the team heads to Greece as the ones to beat.
|Athens Insider: No kidding |
Brian Church, our Athens Insider, offers a little slice of what life's like in the host city. And he swears all of it is true.
|Ratto: Greece is for ...|
With the Games barely weeks away, the Greek Olympic Committee must market this puppy as never before.
|Team USA softball sweeps Fastpitch stars|
Stacey Nuveman hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to help the U.S. Olympic softball team rally from a three-run deficit to beat a team of All-Stars from the National Pro Fastpitch league 5-3 Tuesday.
|U.S. softball team crushes UCLA in exhibition|
Lisa Fernandez, starting for the U.S. Olympic softball team in the final game of its "Aiming for Athens" collegiate tour, allowed one hit and struck out six in 4 2/3 innings in an 11-0 victory over UCLA on Sunday.
|New Zealand three-peats in world softball|
New Zealand became the first country to win three straight world softball championships, beating Canada 9-5 Sunday behind Mark Sorenson's three-run homer.
|Jennie Finch among players selected to USA softball team|
Star softball pitcher Lisa Fernandez was one of four two-time Olympians picked Friday for the U.S. team that will try to win its third straight gold medal in Athens this summer.
|Veterans to lead U.S. Olympic softball team|
Lisa Fernandez, the pitching ace who sealed U.S. softball victories in the previous two Olympics, is among four two-time gold medal winners on the roster for the 2004 Athens Games.