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Kelsey Plum goes up for a shot during the gold medal game in women's 3x3 basketball between the U.S. and Russia. Photo: Ina Fried/Russia

TOKYO- The U.S. women's 3x3 basketball team defeated the squad from Russia 18-15 on Wednesday night to win the first-ever Olympic gold medal in the sport.

What's next: Minutes later, the Latvian men defeated the athletes from Russia 21-18 to take the men's gold medal.

How it works: The fast-paced sport is similar to the style of half-court hoops played at parks across the U.S. and beyond. In Tokyo, it's being played at an outdoor stadium, though the players get some shade from the heat thanks to a circus-style tent. The game ends after one team scores 21 points or after 10 minutes, whichever comes first.

  • The U.S. team was made up of Kelsey Plum, Stefanie Dolson, Allisha Gray and Jackie Young. Young was a last-minute replacement for Katie Lou Samuelson who tested positive for COVID-19 just before leaving for Tokyo.
  • The team from Russia, meanwhile, includes a pair of twins, Olga and Evgenia Frolkina and Wednesday is their birthday.

Earlier this evening, China's women's team defeated France 16-14 to secure the bronze medal, while Serbia beat Belgium 21-10 to earn the men's bronze.

Go deeper: Full Axios coverage - Medal tracker

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Sep 5, 2021 - Sports

U.S. beats China for Paralympics gold in women's sitting volleyball

Team USA's Alexis Shifflett serves the ball during the Tokyo Paralympic Games women's sitting volleyball pool match against Rwanda in Chiba, Japan, on Aug. 28. Photo: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP via Getty Images

Team USA won gold in the Tokyo Paralympic Games women's sitting volleyball final on Sunday morning local time.

The big picture: The defending champions beat China 3-1 in the final. After the event was added to the Paralympics in 2004, China won the first three golds. The Americans' win took the U.S. Paralympic medals tally to 103, including 36 golds.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with details of China's previous wins in the event.

Updated 1 hour ago - Politics & Policy

Pentagon approves request for 100 National Guard troops for "Justice for J6" rally

Security fencing has been reinstalled around the Capitol. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has approved a request from Capitol Police to provide 100 D.C. National Guard troops in case law enforcement requires additional support at Saturday's "Justice for J6" rally at the Capitol.

Why it matters: Security preparations have ramped up ahead of the pro-Trump demonstration, where hundreds of protesters sympathetic to the Jan. 6 Capitol attack are expected to gather.

Biden threatens new sanctions against Ethiopian officials over Tigray conflict

Photo: Al Drago/Getty Images

President Biden on Friday signed an executive order allowing the Treasury and State departments to impose sanctions against Ethiopian officials "responsible for, or complicit in, prolonging the conflict" in the Tigray region.

Driving the news: Hundreds of thousands of people are facing famine conditions in Tigray, but less than 10% of the needed humanitarian supplies has reached the region over the last month "due to the obstruction of aid access" by the Ethiopian government, according to Biden administration officials.