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US cruise into last four of women’s basketball; Japan win thriller

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The United States crushed Australia 79-55 on Wednesday to maintain their long unbeaten streak in women’s Olympic basketball and set up a last four meeting with Serbia at the Tokyo Games. Breanna Stewart top scored with 23 points, including two of three from the three-point line, for the favourite US team who dominated the first quarter 26-12 and never looked back. The US have won eight of nine Olympic golds available since 1984 and are unbeaten at the Games since the last of their three losses came in 1992. Australia did beat the US in a tune-up but were a different proposition without star pl…

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