One softball drought is over for the United States.And a little over a week before the Olympics begin without softball but with an IOC vote that could change that four years from now in Tokyo, perhaps seeds have taken root for a bigger celebration to come.The United States defeated Japan 7-3 on Sunday in Surrey, British Columbia, in the winner-take-all final game of the World Baseball Softball Confederation World Championship, currently the sports most important international tournament.Team USA beat Japan, its main rival, twice in the event and finished with a 9-0 record.Japan was the two-time defending world champion, beating the United States in 2012 in Canadas Yukon Territory and 2014 in the Netherlands. Counting the Olympic gold it won in 2008, the last Olympics in which softball was contested, Japan arrived in British Columbia having won three of the past four major titles in a sport previously dominated by the United States.It tells the story of the international games past and present that while this was the 10th world championship for the United States, it was the first championship for every player on the American roster.Not only was Team USA winless in the final game of a major tournament since 2010, but it also entered Sunday having played 17 consecutive innings in such games without so much as a lead.It didnt take long to bring that streak to an end.After the first two U.S. batters were retired in the top of the first inning, Jazmyn Jackson doubled to right center and Valerie Arioto drew a full-count two-out walk, the ninth of the tournament for one of the sports most disciplined power hitters. Among the leading home run hitters in college softball this past season at the University of Washington, international rookie Ali Aguilar then kept her swing short enough to go the other way with an outside pitch for a single that scored Jackson.The hit was just the third of the tournament for Aguilar, who was in the lineup primarily because Amanda Chidester, who led Team USA with eight home runs and 17 RBIs, was out with an arm injury sustained a day earlier in a 4-3 semifinal win over Japan (which then beat Canada in the losers bracket Sunday afternoon to earn a rematch in the final).Japan soon paid an even steeper price for its inability to close out Sundays first inning when Michelle Moultrie waited on an off-speed pitch and pulled it for a three-run home run and a 4-0 lead.Unlike 2012, when American hitters couldnt come up with a run in support of Keilani Ricketts, or two years later, when it was Japan that rode a big first inning to victory, momentum belonged to the United States.Japan had a chance to cut the deficit to two runs in the bottom of the second, but Team USA center fielder Haylie McCleneys throw and catcher Aubree Munros positioning got Japans Yuka Ichiguchi at the plate for the final out of the inning.McCleney subsequently put the game away with a three-run home run in the fourth inning.A day after she came within an out of a complete game in the semifinal, Ally Carda started again in the final, but four American pitchers split the workload almost equally.To the degree it is possible from a two-game sample size, the title validates the vision of Team USA coach Ken Eriksen. Now in his sixth year as coach of the national team, much of that time working essentially pro bono in addition to a paying job as head coach at the University of South Florida, Eriksen sought to build a program (largely from scratch) that offered opportunities to college-age talent and still developed a veteran core for an uncertain Olympic future.Consider how the opening runs were scored Sunday. Jackson, who also scored the first run when the United States beat Japan to win a junior world title a year ago, still has two seasons of eligibility at the University of California. Aguilar has another season at Washington. But Arioto and Moultrie have a combined 12 summers of international experience between them.Put another way, when Arioto played her freshman season at Cal, Jackson was in sixth grade.Look ahead to 2020 and the United States could well have a handful of key veterans in their early 30s and the rest of the roster spread throughout their 20s. Exactly what you would expect of an Olympic roster -- but what seemed like anything but a given a few years ago, when a lack of funding and attention made a revolving door seem more likely.There are, of course, dangers in drawing too many conclusions from the wins, just as from the narrow losses in the past two world championships. The U.S. and Japan have split six games this year. Sundays score notwithstanding, their games are almost always close. And Japans roster this time around didnt include pitching ace Yukiko Ueno, who won another domestic pro title last year but, at 35 years old, may finally be ready to stop haunting American dreams.Perhaps it would be wisest to make of the wins in Surrey only that they earned Team USA this title. That should be enough. Jacksons 12 hits, Chidesters power, Aguilars fearlessness and Jessica Moores four wins and 23 strikeouts worth commending solely for what they produced over a week near Vancouver.And yet the celebration after the final out appeared surprisingly muted, handshakes and high fives instead of bear hugs and dog piles. Perhaps it was the product of a game that lacked the drama familiar to the rivalry. Perhaps youth made the accomplishment difficult to grasp in the moment.Perhaps the players let loose later.Or perhaps to them, this was just the first step toward a bigger party in 2020.They did their part to put the United States back on top. Now they will wait and watch the vote from Rio. Cheap Stan Smith Shoes Sale .com) - The women will also have a new champion at the Australian Open. Buy Adidas Ultra Boost . He just needed to be his best twisting, turning acrobatic self. 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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green explained his tweets expressing displeasure with the the tentative agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, saying its not about me.Im not [pleased], for several reasons, Green said at shootaround Thursday before a game against the New York Knicks. Its not about me.In the aftermath of the CBA announcement Wednesday, Green tweeted:Green added context a day later, repeatedly insisting his tweets had nothing to do with how hes personally impacted by the new CBA.Its not about me that Im mad about, Green said. When I look at these things I look at a guy like a Ian Clark or James Michael McAdoo, the other guys.Green said he was one of those guys nobody would stand up for.Its not about where my status is at as an All-Star. Youll be taken care of. As a superstar in this league, youll be taken care of. So its not more so about us, its more so about the guys who arent on that level, Green said.When I look at my career, I didnt expect to be at this level Im at now. I kind of identify more with those guys that have not made it to the level Ive been fortunate enough to make it to. So when I think of contract negotiations in the CBA, I think of them and how can we help them. How can we help the guys that arent making as much make more?Kevin Durant had a similar take to Greens on the new deal.I just more so look at it how its going to affect the group as a whole, as far as all our players. From the top guys to the middle guys to the guys trying to fight their way up. Its about the whole group. Its not more so about myself or the big name guys. Its more about the whole group and how we can make this thing better for everybody.Based on a report from ESPNs Brian Windhorst and Marc Stein, the new collective bargaining agrreement will potentially net star Stephen Curry a bigger windfall when his contract is up at the end of the season.dddddddddddd A new designated veteran player provision will allow Curry to earn 35 percent of his teams salary cap, up from 30 percent before.While the ability to offer Curry a contract in excess of $200 million could help Golden State secure its stars services, it potentially puts the squeeze on other parts of the roster. The Warriors will not have the same rights on Durant as Curry; designated player rules do not apply because Durant will have only played one season for them. As a result, Golden State could face being squeezed to keep its team together. Given commitments to Curry, Green and All-Star Klay Thompson, space will be limited.Green declined to comment on specific CBA provisions, but said about the lowest earning NBA players, There could be different structure to have not as many minimum players.Right now theres like a max and a minimum, a couple in-betweens. I think there can be different structures to help those minimum guys make more and not be a minimum player. But like I said, theres a lot of things that Im still going over.Green stressed that the last thing he wants people to think is that he is somehow complaining or that anybody in the NBA is at the hardship level of many Americans or others facing dire circumstances around the world.Nobodys going to run around complaining. Id be an idiot to run around complaining about my pay. Id look really stupid, he said. Nobodys greedy. Nobodys feeling like Man, this is bull, Im being slighted. Were blessed to be in this situation.The Associated Press contributed to this report. 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