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Stars And Stripes

Sequels are tough to cast in college sports, where credits roll after four years no matter how happy or sad the ending. But if you liked the twists and turns of the 2011 softball season, get ready for an encore. From an ace in the circle for the defending champions to all of last season's finalists for USA Softball Player of the Year, the landscape is littered with familiar faces. It's a year of change for the sport -- Missouri and Texas A&M will bid farewell to the Big 12 and there will be no softball at the 2012 Olympic Games -- but the college season ahead boasts stars we know are equal to the spotlight. -- Graham Hays

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