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Australia's Sam Kerr (2) celebrates with her teammates after scoring her side's 2nd goal during a women's soccer match against New Zealand at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, July 21, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

Australia faces US in bid for 1st women's soccer medal

KASHIMA, Japan (AP) — Australia's women's soccer team has already made team history at the Tokyo Games.

Now the Matildas want more.

Belgium's Antonia Delaere (6) shoots over Japan's Saki Hayashi (27) during a women's basketball quarterfinal round game at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, in Saitama, Japan. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Hayashi's 3 lifts Japan into semis, ousting Belgium 86-85

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Saki Hayashi hit a 3-pointer with 15.2 seconds left, and Japan advanced to the semifinals by edging Olympic newcomer Belgium 86-85 Wednesday.

In this image made from video, Julian Keane, sociologist at the Urban-Culture Research Center of Osaka City University, speaks during a video interview from Osaka, western Japan, on July 27, 2021. The racial diversity Japan showcased at the Olympic opening ceremony also highlights its lack in Japanese society. The population of people with multiracial and cultural backgrounds continues to rise through more international marriages and an influx of foreign workers, but tolerance to diversity still lags in a country that values homogeneity and conformity. (AP Photo)

Olympics carry a question: What does it mean to be Japanese?

TOKYO (AP) — Two multiracial athletes, two high-profile roles: Rising NBA star Rui Hachimura carried the Japanese flag at the Olympics' opening ceremony.

United States' Kevin Durant (7) reacts during men's basketball quarterfinal game against Spain at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, in Saitama, Japan. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

A restrictive Olympics has reminders of NBA, WNBA bubbles

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Wake up. Take a coronavirus test. Go to an empty arena. Practice or play a game. Return to the hotel.