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USA Softball botches Ricketts' deal

Updated: July 11, 2013, 2:01 PM ET
By Graham Hays | espnW.com

USA Softball's most famous loss came against Japan in the gold-medal game of the 2008 Olympics. The national program's most damaging defeat came years earlier without a pitch ever being thrown, when the International Olympic Committee voted to boot the sport from its quadrennial program following the competition in Beijing.

Before it played a game this summer, the national team lost its best hope of easing the sting of both setbacks.

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