USA Softball: Watch Tokyo Olympics Opening Game vs Italy, Live Stream, TV Channel, Time, Odds

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The United States National Women’s Softball Team returns to the world stage at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday night. The 2020 games are the U.S. team’s fifth Olympic appearance and the first since 2008, after the sport was ruled out from the London 2012 Summer Olympics and the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics.

The opening ceremonies for the Tokyo Games are scheduled for Friday, but the US team will begin their campaign for gold in softball on Tuesday when they face Italy in the first round. Host nation Japan are the reigning gold medalists after beating the United States in the final in Beijing 13 years ago. Prior to the 2008 loss, the United States had dominated internationally, winning gold in 1996 (Atlanta), 2000 (Sydney) and 2004 (Athens).

Here’s how to watch the USA Softball 2020 Olympic Games opener:

United States Softball vs. Italy

  • When: 11 p.m. ET Tuesday, July 20 | Or: Fukushima Azuma Stadium
  • TV channel: NBC Sports Network | Direct: fuboTV (try for free)
  • Odds: United States -3300; Italy +1000 (via William Hill Sportsbook)

Five players who took part in the memorable gold medal game in 2008 will return for this year’s competition. Returning for Team USA, left-hander Cat Osterman, 38, and left-hander Monica Abbott, 35. Osterman and Abbott combined to pitch all the shots for the United States in the 2008 final. For Team Japan, this is 38-year-old veteran ace Yukiko Ueno (who was the winning pitcher). in 2008), 33-year-old wide receiver Yukiyo Mine (who caught Ueno’s 413 throws in the last two days in Beijing) and 37-year-old outfielder Eri Yamada (who hit two home runs in the medal game Golden).

The softball tournament is set so that each team plays against each of the other five teams in a single round robin. The top two teams (by record) will compete for the gold medal, while the bronze medal match will pit the third and fourth placed teams against each other. Due to Tokyo’s state of emergency due to COVID-19, there will be no fans at the games.

The full softball program for the Olympics can be found here. Here is the schedule for Team USA:

United States Softball Team Schedule

Tuesday July 20

Italy

11 o’clock in the evening

Wednesday July 21

Canada

8 p.m.

Saturday July 24

Mexico

1:30 a.m.

Saturday July 24

Australia

9:00 p.m.

Sunday July 25

Japan

9:00 p.m.

Tuesday July 27

Bronze medal match

12h00

Tuesday July 27

Gold medal match

7h00

Olympic Softball Tournament Gold Odds

The No.1-ranked United States and No.2 Japan are the favorites for gold in this year’s six-team Olympic field. The two teams have faced each other in the final of every world championship since 2002. The United States holds the overall advantage over Japan with a 5-2 record.

United States

-200

Japan

+225

Canada

+1200

Mexico

+2500

Australia

+3300

Italy

+8000

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