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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 29, 2021 - Sports

NCAA to use "March Madness" brand for women's basketball tournament

The Stanford Cardinal celebrate the win over the Arizona Wildcats during the National Championship game of the 2021 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament on April 4. Photo: Elsa/Getty Images

The NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament in 2022 will use the "March Madness" branding that has long been used only for the men's tournament, the NCAA announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: The announcement comes after gender inequities at the men's and women's NCAA basketball tournaments in 2021 sparked national outrage.

Tina Reed, author of Vitals
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The shifting definition of fully vaccinated

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The definition of what it means to be "fully vaccinated" is evolving even as the CDC has remained careful not to officially change it.

Why it matters: CDC officials have been balancing the job of convincing Americans who've already gotten two doses of the importance of boosters with getting many Americans who still need their first doses to get their shots at all.

Mike Allen, author of AM
20 mins ago - Economy & Business

Small businesses see hiring as No. 1 worry

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Almost every small business owner in a Goldman Sachs survey is having trouble hiring — and two-thirds think the federal government has done too little to ease their hiring, supply-chain and inflation worries.

Why it matters: The Goldman Sachs research gives a vivid window into the continuing headwinds and hardship for entrepreneurs.