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.
For eight of its nine games, the USA junior national softball team dominated the ISF Junior World Championship, but came up short when it counted, losing to Japan 4-0. All is not lost, though.
Former Cal star Valerie Arioto has found her rhythm with Team USA this summer. The power hitter has keyed the U.S. lineup with an .800 average at the world championship.