June 09, 1996

Days until opening ceremonies: 40.

Softball sweep: Michele Smith and Lisa Fernandez each threw perfect games Friday, leading the U.S. Olympic softball team to a pair of exhibition victories in Hazleton, Pa. Smith struck out 13 of 15 batters in a 9-0 victory over the Drifton Under-18 all-star team in the first game, which was called after five innings because of an eight-run rule. In the second game, Fernandez struck out 14 of 15 as Team USA defeated the Pennsylvania Class A All-Stars, 6-0. The game was called after five innings because of lightning.

Carrying the torch: The torch left Columbus, Ohio, on schedule at 6 a.m. yesterday and arrived about 5 p.m. in Bowling Green, almost an hour late. But it was greeted by about 4,000 people.

Quotable: "My confidence is back supreme again. I feel I can beat anybody in any race." -- Carl Lewis.

Pub Date: 6/09/96

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