Brazil, Argentina claim Olympic basketball berths



MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina (AP) — Brazil and Argentina picked up victories Saturday to claim berths in next year’s London Olympics.

Brazil beat the Dominican Republic 83-76, and Argentina edged Puerto Rico 81-79 in the semifinals of the Olympic men’s basketball qualifying for the Americas.

The two finalists meet Sunday and qualify automatically for London. The third through fifth-place teams earn spots in a qualifying tournament just before the games, which will award several more berths for London. Venezuela claimed the fifth-place spot.

The United States won the world championship last year and has already qualified for London.