Dominican Rep., Russia, Nigeria in Olympic semis


CARACAS, Venezuela–Russia, Nigeria, the Dominican Republic and Lithuania won Friday to reach the semifinals of the men’s Olympic basketball qualifying tournament.

Russia defeated Angola 80-65, Nigeria edged out Greece 80-79, the Dominican Republic upset Macedonia 86-76 and Lithuania beat Puerto Rico 76-72.

The top three teams in the tournament will fill the final berths for the London Olympics.

Russia will face Nigeria and the Dominican Republic plays Lithuania in Saturday’s semifinals, with the winners advancing to London. The two losing semifinalists play Sunday for the final place.

Nine teams have already qualified for London. They are Spain, France, Argentina, Brazil, Britain, China, Australia, Tunisia and the United States.