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Mendoza leads players in 'united' statement to IOC

Updated: August 21, 2008, 9:01 PM ET
By Alyssa Roenigk | ESPN The Magazine

BEIJING -- When U.S. softball player Jessica Mendoza woke up Thursday morning, she had more on her mind than that evening's gold-medal game against Japan. She was thinking about the future of her sport.

"No one on the team wanted to talk about it and I was getting frustrated," Mendoza said from her Beijing hotel room Thursday night. "I wanted to talk about it. I wanted to do something with the other teams to make a statement."

Mendoza had been thinking about a ...

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