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Hamm ready to hang up her cleats

Updated: August 10, 2004, 6:30 PM ET
Associated Press

When Mia Hamm married Nomar Garciaparra last year, she decided not to put his name -- with all those letters -- on the back of her jersey.

"My speed isn't what it used to be,'' Hamm quipped. "I need to make sure I keep as much weight off my jersey as possible.''

Seriously, Hamm did have a perfect excuse to make the switch -- because two recently married U.S. teammates did the same. Kate Sobrero is now Kate Markgraf, and Christie Pearce has become Christie Rampone.

But it ...

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