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Jessica Mendoza joining pro league

Updated: January 12, 2011, 5:42 PM ET
Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- Two-time Olympic medalist Jessica Mendoza and several teammates will not play for the U.S. national softball team this year, opting to play professionally in hopes of growing the sport.

Mendoza said Wednesday she and others informed USA Softball this month that they would not attend the U.S. team's June camp so they can play in the National Pro Fastpitch league. Mendoza says it's difficult to play professionally and for the U.S. team.

Fellow Olympians Natasha Watley, ...

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