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Perfect game paves path to semis

Updated: August 20, 2004, 3:28 PM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- Yukiko Ueno pitched the first perfect game in Olympic softball history, leading Japan to a 2-0 win over China on Friday and a spot in the tournament semifinals.

The 22-year-old Ueno overpowered the Chinese in a game the defending silver medalists had to win. A loss would have dropped Japan (4-3) into a tie with Canada, which would have won the tiebreaker and the No. 4 spot in the semis because it beat Japan in Tuesday's preliminary round.

Ueno, though, took ...

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