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Olympic softball gold medal game: USA vs. Japan

Japan won its second straight Olympic softball gold medal, beating the United States 2-0 on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in an emotional repeat of their 2008 victory in Beijing that again left the Americans in tears.

United States pitcher Cat Osterman is replaced with
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United States pitcher Cat Osterman is replaced with Ally Carda in the third inning of a softball game against Japan at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

United States' Cat Osterman reacts after a ground
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United States' Cat Osterman reacts after a ground out that ends the first inning of a softball game against Japan at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Japan's Saki Yamazaki celebrates her sacrifice bunt with
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Japan's Saki Yamazaki celebrates her sacrifice bunt with teammates during a softball game against the United States at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Members of team United States meet ahead of
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Members of team United States meet ahead of a softball game against Japan at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Japan's Yu Yamamoto catches a fly out during
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Japan's Yu Yamamoto catches a fly out during a softball game against the United States at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Members of team United States react after a
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Members of team United States react after a softball game against Japan at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. Japan won 2-0. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Japan's Nodoka Harada reacts after being hit while
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Japan's Nodoka Harada reacts after being hit while batting during a softball game against the United States at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Members of team Japan celebrate after winning the
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Members of team Japan celebrate after winning the gold medal in softball against the United States at the Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. Japan won 2-0.

Japan's Yukiko Ueno pitches during the first inning
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Japan's Yukiko Ueno pitches during the first inning of a softball game against the United States at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

United States' Michelle Moultrie catches a fly out
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United States' Michelle Moultrie catches a fly out during a softball game against Japan at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Fans of team United States cheer during a
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Fans of team United States cheer during a softball game against Japan at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Japan's Yu Yamamoto (5) celebrate after scoring on
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Japan's Yu Yamamoto (5) celebrate after scoring on a single in the fifth inning of a softball game against the United States at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Japan's Nodoka Harada catches a fly out during
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Japan's Nodoka Harada catches a fly out during a softball game against the United States at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Japan's Yukiko Ueno celebrate after a softball game
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Japan's Yukiko Ueno celebrate after a softball game against the United States at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. Japan won 2-0. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

United States' Ally Carda throws out Japan's Haruka
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United States' Ally Carda throws out Japan's Haruka Agatsuma at first base during a softball game at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Members of team Japan celebrate after a softball
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Members of team Japan celebrate after a softball game against the United States at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. Japan won 2-0. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Japan's Yukiko Ueno, left, fields a ground out
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Japan's Yukiko Ueno, left, fields a ground out during a softball game against the United States at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Japan's Yukiko Ueno , right, and teammates celebrate
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Japan's Yukiko Ueno , right, and teammates celebrate after a softball game against the United States at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. Japan won 2-0. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Japan's Yu Yamamoto (5) celebrate with teammates after
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Japan's Yu Yamamoto (5) celebrate with teammates after scoring on a single in the fifth inning of a softball game against the United States at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Members of team United States react after a
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Members of team United States react after a softball game against Japan at the Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. Japan won 2-0. 

Japan's Mana Atsumi, right, is forced out by
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Japan's Mana Atsumi, right, is forced out by United States' Delaney Spaulding during a softball game at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Japan's Yukiko Ueno (17) and Yu Yamamoto (5)
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Japan's Yukiko Ueno (17) and Yu Yamamoto (5) celebrates after a softball game against the United States at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. Japan won 2-0. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

United States' Janie Reed runs to first after
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United States' Janie Reed runs to first after hitting a triple during a softball game against Japan at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Members of team United States stand for their
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Members of team United States stand for their national anthem prior to a softball game against Japan at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

United States' Monica Abbott pitches during a softball
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United States' Monica Abbott pitches during a softball game against Japan at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Japan's Yukiko Ueno pitches during a softball game
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Japan's Yukiko Ueno pitches during a softball game against the United States at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

United States' Kelsey Stewart throws out Japan's Nodoka
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United States' Kelsey Stewart throws out Japan's Nodoka Harada during a softball game at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Japan's Yukiko Ueno, center celebrates with teammates after
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Japan's Yukiko Ueno, center celebrates with teammates after a softball game against the United States at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. Japan won 2-0.

United States' Cat Osterman pitches during the first
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United States' Cat Osterman pitches during the first inning of a softball game against Japan at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Japan's Yu Yamamoto hits a single in the
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Japan's Yu Yamamoto hits a single in the fifth inning of a softball game against the United States at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

United States' Ali Aguilar cannot reach a single
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United States' Ali Aguilar cannot reach a single hit by Japan's Yamato Fujita during a softball game at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

United States' Cat Osterman reacts after a ground
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United States' Cat Osterman reacts after a ground out that ends the first inning of a softball game against Japan at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

United States' Janie Reed catches a fly out
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United States' Janie Reed catches a fly out during the second inning of a softball game against Japan at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Japan's Yamato Fujita celebrate scoring during the fourth
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Japan's Yamato Fujita celebrate scoring during the fourth inning of a softball game against the United States at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

United States' Ally Carda pitches during the third
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United States' Ally Carda pitches during the third inning of a softball game against Japan at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Japan's Saki Yamazaki reacts after hitting a double
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Japan's Saki Yamazaki reacts after hitting a double in the second inning of a softball game against the United States at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Japan's Nodoka Harada (8) and Yu Yamamoto celebrate
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Japan's Nodoka Harada (8) and Yu Yamamoto celebrate in the sixth inning of a a softball game against the United States at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. Japan won 2-0. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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