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Candrea retires as U.S. softball coach following Olympics

Updated: August 27, 2008, 5:22 PM ET
Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Mike Candrea, the Arizona softball coach whose bid to lead the United States to a second gold medal ended with a loss to Japan in the Beijing title game, stepped down Wednesday as coach of the national team.

Candrea had guided the Americans since 2002 and went 17-1 in Olympic play. The only defeat was a 3-1 loss to Japan in the gold medal game last week.

"It has been the highest honor to coach for the United States," Candrea said. "I wouldn't trade it for a minute. ...

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