Basketball: Japan women’s team beats Canada to qualify for Olympics

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Star guard Mai Yamamoto came up clutch for Japan as the Tokyo Games silver medalist booked its place in the Paris Olympics women’s basketball tournament with a tense 86-82 victory over Canada on Sunday.

Akatsuki Japan advanced to its third straight Olympics by winning the four-team qualifying tournament in Sopron, Hungary, with a 2-1 record.

Head coach Toru Onzuka’s world No. 9 squad came into its final game of the round-robin needing to defeat fifth-ranked Canada to make sure of its ticket to Paris.

Yamamoto and power forward Evelyn Mawuli led Japan with 21 points apiece, while livewire guard...

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