SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- The only ones not smiling were the Cubans.
The most gripping Olympic baseball tournament yet ended with a new champion, a new bronze medalist and a sense that international baseball's showcase had become worthy of its medal status.
Sept. 28: Full story
By JIM LITKE -- Associated Press
SYDNEY, Australia -- Every dynasty finally becomes a victim of its success.
Cuba was no different.
It wasn't plucky college kids who brought Olympic baseball's Big Red Machine to a grinding halt. It was age, wooden bats, defections and dozens of major leaguers spread across the other seven teams in the tournament.
Sept. 27: Full story
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SYDNEY (AP) -- South Korea's version of Mark McGwire led his country to the baseball bronze medal.
Lee Seung-yuop doubled home a pair of runs with two outs in the eighth inning Wednesday (Tuesday night EDT), sending the Koreans to a 3-1 victory over Japan and their first medal in Olympic baseball.
Sept. 27: Full story and boxscore