Draymond Green

Happy Birthday and a spot in the semis for Walsh Jennings

NBA stars came out to cheer for her. The crowd at the Copacabana beach volleyball venue sang "Happy Birthday."

And Kerri Walsh Jennings earned a spot in the Olympic semifinals.

All in all, a pretty good first 40 minutes as a 38-year-old.

"It's a unique experience, and I loved it," the three-time gold medalist said after she and April Ross beat Australia 21-14, 21-16 to move two wins from her fourth Olympic title.

The Americans will play Brazil's Agatha and Barbara — the defending world champions — on Tuesday, with the winner advancing to the gold medal match. The other women's semifinal match will feature Germany and the...