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U.S. beaten by Japan in softball

Updated: July 14, 2013, 12:23 AM ET
Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Misato Kawona hit a leadoff homer during a three-run first inning and added a run-scoring single in a three-run fourth, helping Japan beat the United States 7-4 on Saturday night in the eighth World Cup of Softball.

Misa Okubo went 3-for-4 for Japan (3-1), which clinched a berth in the gold-medal game with its second straight win over the U.S. (2-1) in international play. Japan beat the U.S. in the gold-medal game in last year's world championships.

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