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US women, defending champs, advance to beach semis

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August 16, 2008 10:45 PM EST | AP


BEIJING — Athens gold medalists Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor are in the beach volleyball semifinals, beating Brazilians Ana Paula and Larissa 21-18, 21-15 on Sunday for their 106th consecutive victory.

A victory by Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs later Sunday would give the United States half of the final four.

Larissa and Ana Paula were forced together when Larrisa's regular teammate, Julianna, injured her anterior cruciate ligament and pulled out on the eve of the Olympics. The two had never even practiced together until the morning of their first match.