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  1. How Softball Could Make Its Return At The 2020 Olympics

    Graham Hays

    The IOC's recent reforms have opened the door for softball and baseball to potentially rejoin the Olympic program in the 2020 Tokyo Games. USA Softball, currently operating on a very limited budget, is cautiously optimistic.

    Story | Conversation | December 09, 2014
  2. 4 Things You Might Have Missed This Weekend From The World Of Sof...

    Graham Hays

    From Cat Osterman's continued winning ways to Japan's defeat of the U.S. in international play, the softball world was in full swing.

    Story | Conversation | August 25, 2014
  3. Japanese Pitcher Yukiko Ueno Perfect Storm Of Power And Precision...

    Graham Hays

    To recapture the ISF World Championship this weekend, the United States faces what has become an epic challenge: figure out a way to defeat Japanese ace Yukiko Ueno.

    Story | Conversation | August 19, 2014
  4. Monica Abbott, Cat Osterman Rivalry Sparks National Pro Fastpitch...

    Graham Hays

    The USSSA Pride's Cat Osterman and the Chicago Bandits' Monica Abbott lead the two favorites into this week's NPF playoffs, but we may never see a pitching rivalry like theirs again.

    Story | Conversation | August 19, 2014
  5. Team USA The Center Of Attention At Softball World Championships

    Graham Hays

    The United States' legacy of softball supremacy is on the line at the ISF World Championship. Once again, the key to success lies in center field, with Haylie McCleney following in the footsteps of previous American stars Laura Berg and Caitlin Lowe.

    Story | Conversation | August 13, 2014
  6. espnW -- National Pro Fastpitch veterans put 'real' life on hold ...

    Graham Hays

    Each summer, despite grueling travel and low pay, the NPF springs back to life with an ever-changing roster of players. But for veterans like Amber Patton, their desire to see softball become a viable option after college, keeps them coming back.

    Story | Conversation | June 10, 2014
  7. espnW -- Team USA softball legend Jessica Mendoza announces retir...

    Graham Hays

    One of softball's most popular players and perhaps its greatest hitter, Jessica Mendoza has decided to retire at 33 with two small children at home and a broadcast career burgeoning. Graham Hays chronicles a career unlike any other.

    Story | Conversation | May 01, 2014
  8. NCAA softball -- Five burning questions for 2014 season

    Graham Hays

    Some things we know for certain -- Lauren Chamberlain will dominate, for instance. But in a softball season without a clear favorite team, it's only fitting that we begin by throwing out some questions.

    Story | Conversation | February 02, 2014
  9. Happy Birthday Tanya Harding

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    Happy birthday, Tanya Harding! The four-time Olympic softball player with the memorable name turns 42 today. The pitcher led the Australian team to four consecutive Olympics and won three bronze medals (1996, 2000, 2008) and one silver in 2004. Hardi...

    Blog | January 23, 2014
  10. Sochi or bust

    Alana Nichols

    When I was growing up, being a jock was my thing. I played three sports -- softball, basketball and volleyball -- until I had to drop basketball my sophomore year of high school because it was too tough time-wise. When I started snowboarding in eight...

    Blog | November 07, 2013
  11. espnW -- Another Olympic strikeout for baseball and softball

    Donna de Varona

    Softball and baseball's failed bids for reinstatement in the Olympic Games should serve as a wake-up call, and the sports can learn valuable lessons from wrestling's successful pitch back to the international spotlight.

    Story | Conversation | September 09, 2013
  12. espnW -- What's next for softball after failed Olympic bid?

    Graham Hays

    Striking out for the third time in a bid to bring softball back to the Olympics might mean it's time to move on, but it doesn't mean the sport is dead in the U.S. -- far from it. The challenge lies in keeping stars in the spotlight after college.

    Story | Conversation | September 09, 2013
  13. espnW -- Young U.S. team loses to Japan in World Cup of Softball

    Graham Hays

    Saturday's 7-4 loss to Japan in the World Cup of Softball was a learning experience for a young American squad that features 12 rookies.

    Story | Conversation | July 14, 2013
  14. espnW -- USA Softball botches Keilani Ricketts' deal

    Graham Hays

    USA Softball has enough problems on its plate without creating more, but that's exactly what it did when trying to force its biggest star, Keilani Ricketts, into a long-term deal.

    Story | Conversation | July 11, 2013
  15. Jennie Finch: "Final Countdown" -espnW

    Jennie Finch

    Jennie Finch got in one last successful dress-rehearsal sprint tri before she and her family leave for this weekend's Aquaphor New York City Triathlon.

    Story | Conversation | July 10, 2013
  16. espnW -- Team USA's Nicole Hudson fueled by hometown pride

    Graham Hays

    The determination Nicole Hudson used to make Team USA was bred in Joplin, Mo., where residents showed amazing resolve after a devastating tornado in 2011.

    Story | Conversation | July 08, 2013