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Sport News Update, what you need to know

AAP logoAAP 17/08/2016

OLYMPICS - The Australian men's basketball team have cruised into the semi-finals at the Rio Games after toppling Lithuania 90-64 in the quarter-finals. The victory ensures a play-off against either Croatia or Serbia, the lowest-ranked of the other finalists.

OLYMPICS - Australian sprint kayakers Ken Wallace and Lachlan Tame will start among the medal favourites after cruising into the K2 1000m final. The pair got off to a lightning start and held on to win the semi-final ahead of crews from Italy and Hungary.

OLYMPICS - Australia's Minjee Lee has birdied three of the last four holes to produce a strong opening round in the women's golf tournament at Rio. Lee finished with a two-under 69 to sit tied 11th, three shots off the lead. Fellow Australian Su Oh also shot an even-par 71.

OLYMPICS - Australia's Melissa Wu and Brittany O'Brien have advanced to the 10m platform semi-finals. Triple Olympian Wu placed fourth and rookie O'Brien 17th to make the top 18 cut.

OLYMPICS - Mat Belcher and Will Ryan's chase for 470 sailing gold has been pushed back a day due to a lack of wind in Rio.

OLYMPICS - Australian BMX star Caroline Buchanan has qualified second-fastest for the quarter finals. London Olympics silver medallist Sam Willoughby has made a strong start in his heat with the third-fastest time.

OLYMPICS - Edwina Tops-Alexander and Matt Williams have qualified for the final round of the individual showjumping competition, as the pair chase Australia's first Olympic medals in Rio in the equestrian discipline.

OLYMPICS - Neymar scored the fastest goal in Olympic history as Brazil swept past Honduras 6-0 into the men's football final.

OLYMPICS - Controversial South African runner Caster Semenya has kicked off her 800m gold medal campaign, strolling into the semi-finals in one minute 59.31 seconds.

SOCCER - Aston Villa have signed Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak from Crystal Palace on a three-year contract. Jedinak's exit comes just over two weeks after coach Alan Pardew replaced the popular midfielder as Palace captain with Scott Dann.

CRICKET - Australia collapsed spectacularly to 160 all out on day five of the third Test in Colombo to hand Sri Lanka a 3-0 series whitewash. Spin star Rangana Herath took seven second innings wickets to seal the emphatic 163-run win for Sri Lanka.

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