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Candrea returns to other lifelong love: softball

Updated: August 11, 2004, 2:15 PM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- As tears welled up in Mike Candrea's eyes, he slowly removed his glasses. His voice choked up, and the words about his wife came haltingly.

"It's tough,'' the coach of the U.S. women's softball team said, wiping his eye. "You know, Aug. 7 was our anniversary.''

Their day of celebration had become yet another day of mourning. Less than a month ago, Mike Candrea buried his wife, Sue, who died from a sudden brain aneurysm. And now, as he readied his gold-medal favorites ...

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