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Finch and Abbott combine for no-hitter, U.S. Softball wins 11-0

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I think I've figured out why the rest of the world wanted to eliminate softball as an Olympic sport ... they were sick of getting dominated by the Americans. Jennie Finch and Monica Abbott just finished off a combined no-hitter as the U.S. cruised past Venezuela 11-0, in what was each team's first game of the tournament.

After watching this game, I can understand to a point why some members of the IOC weren't high on bringing softball back for the 2012 Olympics. The Americans are just on a different level compared to almost all the other teams in the world. The U.S. is so talented and has so much depth that most contests end after just five innings because of a "run rule," (if a team gets up by seven runs or more after the fifth inning, the game is called) as was the case today.

As the NBC announcers mentioned on the telecast, the Americans not only have earned the gold medal in every Olympics since the Atlanta Games in '96, (first time softball was recognized as Olympic sport), they have won every major international competition since 1986. I don't have much doubt that will continue in Beijing.

My biggest question is how many of the Americans' games will actually need all seven innings ...

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