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U.S. completes softball domination

3:36 pm | August 23, 2004 | Team USA concluded its domination at the Athens Olympics by defeating Australia 5-1 on Monday, giving coach Mike Candrea a gold medal just five weeks after his wife, Sue, died of a brain aneurysm.

Kretschman stands for softball gold

3:10 pm | August 23, 2004 | Kelly Kretschman won't admit to a tear, but she will say she got emotional when the national anthem started while she was on the podium after Team USA beat Australia, 5-1, to win the gold medal in softball at the 2004 Athens Games.

Rittman part of gold-medal softball team

2:18 pm | August 23, 2004 | New Mexico State graduate John Rittman is a world champion coach. His U.S. softball team - he's an assistant coach - beat Australia 5-1 on Monday to win its third gold medal in as many Olympics.

U.S. goes for softball gold

1:58 pm | August 22, 2004 | Lisa Fernandez pitched a three-hitter over Australia in Olympic play Sunday, winning 5-0, and putting Team USA in Monday's gold medal round against the Aussies.

U.S. women ready for softball medal round

11:24 am | August 21, 2004 | The U.S. women's softball team has ``a clean slate'' when it comes to achieving a three-peat in its quest for gold, because the No. 1 seed's 7-0 record means nothing when it faces No. 2 seed Australia Sunday in the medal round.

U.S. softball perfect as pool play ends

10:05 am | August 20, 2004 | The unbeaten United States softball team concluded an impressive roll through Olympic pool play Friday with a 3-0 victory over Chinese Taipei - its seventh consecutive shutout.

U.S. softball team scores sixth shutout

10:12 am | August 19, 2004 | Leah O'Brien-Amico, marred in a 2 for 15 slump at the 2004 Olympics, hit a two-run single in the fourth inning to help Team USA to a 7-0 victory over the host Greeks Thursday, the team's sixth consecutive shutout.

U.S. extends softball win, shutout streak

2:56 pm | August 18, 2004 | Another game meant another shutout rout for the United States softball team - this time a 7-0 five-inning, mercy-rule victory over Canada Wednesday, giving the U.S. five straight wins - all by shutout.

U.S. softball team blanks another foe

11:41 am | August 17, 2004 | The unbeaten Team USA softball continued to blank the competition Tuesday, scoring a 4-0 win over China to improve its record to 4-0, all shutouts.

Softball team survives challenge from Japan

11:50 am | August 16, 2004 | Japan is a strong medal contender, and five of the last seven games between the two teams have gone to extra innings.

Odamura eager for Canada softball win

9:20 am | August 16, 2004 | Next up for Canada's softball team is Japan on Tuesday and then Team USA on Wednesday.

Greeks revel in first softball victory

4:53 pm | August 15, 2004 | The Greek softball team changed roles Sunday from Olympic hosts to celebrants as it upset Canada 2-0 at Helliniko Stadium to win its first-ever international softball game.

U.S. softball team shows no mercy

2:13 pm | August 15, 2004 | U.S. softball pitcher Lisa Fernandez went five innings in a surprisingly lopsided 10-0 win over the Australians Sunday, making it two games in a row where Team USA disposed of its opponent by the seven-run no mercy rule.

USA softball shows no mercy in opener

10:07 am | August 14, 2004 | Team USA jumped on the Italians from the start, scoring once in the first inning and three more in the second.

Softball team counts on pitching depth

2:42 pm | August 13, 2004 | Team USA, riding a 167-game win streak, is well aware that the competition has improved and become more aggressive.

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