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Japan again tops Team USA for title

Updated: July 15, 2013, 12:38 AM ET
By Graham Hays | espnW.com

The United States had home-field advantage in the World Cup of Softball. Japan looked like the team familiar with the stakes in the championship game.

For the second night in a row, Japan was too good for the United States. Behind big hits from Yuki Hayashi and Yuka Ichiguchi, big plays from Mana Atsumi and big innings of relief from Kana Nakano, the Japanese jumped out to an early lead and beat the Americans 6-3 to win the eighth edition of the tournament.

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