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Things to watch: Monday, Day 9

8/23/2004

Forget Michael Phelps and the world's fastest man. On Monday, the U.S. women -- namely soccer's Mia Hamm and softball's Lisa Fernandez -- rule.

Hamm, 32, is the face of America's soccer team, the most famous women's player on the planet. Fernandez, 33, is the U.S. softball team's security blanket, the one that everyone depends on in a moment of crisis.

And on Monday, Fernandez hopes to lead U.S. softball past Australia and to its third straight gold medal. Hamm has her sights on extending her international career at least one more game (she has said the Athens Games will be her final international competition). The U.S. women' soccer team clashes with Germany -- the defending World Cup champion which defeated the Americans 3-0 on U.S. soil 11 months ago -- in the semifinals.

(Event times below might vary from TV times. Many events will be taped and broadcast later.)

Information from The Associated Press was included in this report.