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July 05, 1996

Days until opening ceremonies: 14.

Women's soccer: Substitute Cindy Parlow, the youngest player on the women's U.S. Olympic soccer team, scored on a bouncing header in the 81st minute to give the Americans a 2-1 victory over Australia in an exhibition match in Tampa, Fla. Parlow is an 18-year-old sophomore at the University of North Carolina.

Baseball: Travis Lee and Jason Williams homered early and the U.S. Olympic baseball team used four double plays and clutch pitching to beat Cuba, 8-4, at Norfolk, Va. The victory gave the Americans a 2-3 record against Cuba, which will seek to defend its Olympic title in Atlanta.

Softball: Lisa Fernandez pitched a perfect game in the opener of the doubleheader at Decatur, Ga., and Michelle Smith followed with a one-hitter as the U.S. softball team finished its pre-Olympic tour with a 60-1 record. The U.S. team beat the Atlanta All-Stars, 9-0, and the Tennessee All-Stars, 2-0. The opener was called after 4 1/2 innings for the eight-run rule.

Pub Date: 7/05/96

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