Mike Candrea

The win, and his team, no doubt lifted Mike Candrea's spirits.

Somewhere, Sue Candrea is smiling. Although U.S. softball gave up its first run of the Games, the Americans capped a dominating Olympic performance Monday with a 5-1 win over Australia for their third straight gold. The women, who outscored the field 51-1, dedicated the win to Candrea, their coach's late wife who died a month ago.
  • Hopeful future | Caple: Fantastic four | Real Dream Team?

  • More from ESPN.com
    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.

    End text -------------------------
    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.