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Brazil moved a step closer to winning the elusive medal by beating South Korea 3-0 on Tuesday and reaching the final of the men’s Olympic tournament for the first time in 24 years. It will face Mexico, which defeated Japan 3-1 at Wembley Stadium to advance to its first Olympic final.

Brazil was the bronze-medalist in 2008 in Beijing but hadn’t reached the final since the 1988 Seoul Games, when a team led by Romario and Bebeto finished with the silver. Brazil also won the silver in the 1984 Los Angeles Games and got another bronze in the 1996 Atlanta Games.

Volleyball: Win over Dominican Republic puts U.S. women in semis

The U.S. women’s volleyball team remained undefeated at the London Games with a straight-set victory over the Dominican Republic on Tuesday night to advance to the semifinals.

The United States easily managed the 25-14, 25-21, 25-22 sweep without captain Lindsey Berg, who hurt her left ankle in the team’s final preliminary round match against Turkey on Sunday. Courtney Thompson started in her place as setter.

The top-ranked U.S. team, with six straight victories, will play South Korea in the semifinals, with Japan and Brazil in the other semi.

Destinee Hooker scored 19 points for the United States, which has never won a gold medal in indoor volleyball. The team fell just short at the Beijing Games, falling in the final to Brazil.

Weightlifting: Defending champ withdraws after hit in neck by barbell

Defending Olympic weightlifting champion Matthias Steiner of Germany was hit in the neck by the barbell Tuesday and withdrew from the men’s super heavyweight competition.

Steiner lost his balance trying to lift 196 kilograms — about 432 pounds — in his second lift of the snatch portion of the competition. He fell awkwardly to the platform as the barbell crashed down on him.

Medical personnel rushed up to tend to the German, who got up on his feet and waved to the crowd as he walked into the back room. He didn’t come out for his third attempt.