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Jul 10 World Cup of Softball Week Begins

July 10, 2006, 2:noon (ET)
World Cup of Softball Week Begins 
 
Oklahoma City, Okla.,---Although it may not be an official holiday on the calendar at this point, there is no doubt the next seven days will be known as World Cup of Softball Week in Oklahoma City. Teams began arriving Sunday afternoon and will continue to filter in through tomorrow in preparation for the II World Cup of Softball, presented by Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes.
 
Japan, the defending World Cup Champions, arrived at Will Rogers Airport at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday and will be practicing Monday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Field 3 at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex. Great Britain also arrived on Sunday and plans to practice from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Field 2 at the HOF Complex before returning for a scrimmage at 7 p.m. against a local ASA Girl’s 18-Under Gold squad.
 
Canada arrives in Oklahoma City today at 1 p.m. to begin their quest for the World Cup, while China arrives at 11:56 p.m. The USA and Australia both arrive on Tuesday at 6:10 p.m.
 
Olympians Laura Berg and Cat Osterman will be arriving in Oklahoma City at 2 p.m. on Tuesday to make an appearance at the Cingular store inside Crest Foods at 33rd and Santa Fe in Edmond. Both players will be signing autographs during the appearance and taking time to meet their fans.
 
Wednesday is being called “Fan Appreciation Day” as players for the USA National Team make appearances at six different locations in the metro area to meet their fans and sign autographs. Players will be at the Downtown Library and several Wal-Mart locations from 11 a.m.-1p.m. and cap off the day with an appearance by Olympians Jennie Finch and Natasha Watley at Academy Sports on NW Expressway. Following their appearances the U.S. team will practice from 8:30 p.m.-10 p.m. on Field 4 at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex.
 
Last year, a packed stadium watched as Japan upset the USA, 3-1, in the finals to claim the World Cup title. This marked a significant moment in history as Japan became the first team to deny the U.S. a gold medal in a major international competition in more than a decade. The competition this year is expected to be just as intense as the USA looks to keep the World Cup on U.S. soil.
 
A complete list of the week’s activities are listed below. 
For additional information regarding the World Cup of Softball call Brian McCall, Director of Communications for USA Softball at bmccall@softball.org.
 
Team Arrivals 
Monday, July 10
Canada Arrives at Will Rogers International Airport @ 12:56 p.m.
China Arrives at Will Rogers International Airport @ 11:56 p.m.
Tuesday, July 11
USA Arrives at Will Rogers International Airport @ 6:07 p.m.
Australia Arrives at Will Rogers International Airport @ 6:11 p.m.
USA Softball National Team Player Appearances 
Tuesday, July 11
Who: Olympians Cat Osterman and Laura Berg 
Where: Crest/Cingular (15th & Santa Fe, Edmond)
When: 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
Wednesday, July 12
Who: USA’s Amanda Freed, Jessica Mendoza, Stacy Nuveman, Jamie Southern and Crystl Bustos
Where: Downtown Oklahoma City Library
When: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Who: USA infielder Vicky Galindo
Where: Wal-Mart - Del City
When: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Who: USA pitcher Alicia Hollowell 
Where: Wal-Mart – I 35/S. 19th Moore
When: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Who: Olympian Tairia Flowers
Where: Wal-Mart – I 240/Santa Fe
When: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Who: Olympian Lovieanne Jung
Where: Wal-Mart - Belle Isle Station
When: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Who: Olympians Jennie Finch and Natasha Watley
Where: Academy Sports & Outdoor (Northwest Expressway)
When: 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
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