Handball ROC, Sweden Book Quarter Final Berths, Norway Stay Unbeaten

Several sports had quarterfinals Wednesday, while baseball had what could roughly be considered a quarterfinal in its unique, heavily modified double elimination format.

Women's basketball: Australia beat the USA in an exhibition game leading up to the Games but was overmatched in the quarterfinals. A 13-2 run in the second quarter briefly pulled Australia close, but the USA's defensive dominance and 

Breanna Stewart's 20-point first half shot down any notion of a second upset. Final score: 79-55. (STORY

In the biggest thrillers of the day,

Rui Machida hit a 3-pointer with 16 seconds left and Belgium missed a buzzer-beater, giving Japan an 86-85 win and a semifinal berth. The last quarterfinal was another close one and an upset, as France beat previously unbeaten Spain. (STORY

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Women's volleyball: The U.S. women, still missing injured stars 

Jordyn Poulter and 

Jordan Thompson, had little trouble with the Dominican Republic in the quarterfinals, winning 25-11, 25-20, 25-19. Next up is Serbia. South Korea and Brazil also advanced. (STORY

Baseball: While the U.S. women's volleyball team was convincingly beating the Dominican Republic, the baseball team was doing the same. A two-run home run by 

Tristan Casas staked the USA to a two-run lead in the first and starting pitcher 

Scott Kazmir made it stick with five strikeouts in five innings on the way to a 3-1 win. (STORY

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Japan left it until late to beat South Korea 5-2 and advance to the gold medal game. South Korea will next face the USA, with the winner playing for gold and the loser playing for bronze. (STORY

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Men's water polo: Spain ended the USA's run in the quarterfinals with a 12-8 victory, extending an American medal drought dating back to 2008. Greece and Serbia also comfortably advanced to the semifinals, and traditional powerhouse Hungary worked its way past Croatia. (STORY

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Women's handball: In the shocker of the day, France routed the world champion Netherlands 32-22. Perennial powers Norway and the ROC advanced to the semifinals. Sweden defeated South Korea, which missed out on the semifinals for the second straight time after making it every time for a couple of decades. (STORY

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Men's beach volleyball: Brazil's

Alison Cerutti lost his chance to defend his gold medal as he and new partner

Alvaro Filho lost to Latvia's 

Martins Plavins and 

Edgar Tocs. Teams from Norway, the ROC and Qatar will fill out the semifinals. (STORY

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Table tennis: No surprises here, with China advancing to the final in men's and women's team events. Germany will be China's opponent in the men's final after beating Japan. (STORY

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Source : https://www.nbcolympics.com/news/tokyo-olympics-day-12-iron-makes-gold

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