US qualifies for Olympics with Japan win at softball worlds

Japan's Saki Yamazaki hits an inside-the-park home run in the third inning during a women's world softball championship game against Canada, in Chiba,

Japan's Saki Yamazaki hits an inside-the-park home run in the third inning during a women's world softball championship game against Canada, in Chiba,

Japan's Saki Yamazaki, left, is celebrated by her teammates after hitting inside-the-park home run in the third inning during their women's world soft

Japan's Saki Yamazaki, left, is celebrated by her teammates after hitting inside-the-park home run in the third inning during their women's world soft

MAKUHARI, Japan (AP) — The United States has qualified for the softball tournament at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after Japan beat Canada 3-0 at the women's world softball championship on Sunday.

By losing to Japan, Canada finishes third in the tournament that doubles as a qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Japan plays the U.S. later Sunday in the championship game.

The winner of the tournament will be awarded an Olympic spot. If Japan wins, the second-place finisher will get the Olympic spot because Japan has an automatic berth as host.

Softball and baseball were dropped from the Olympic program after the 2008 Beijing Games but have been restored for 2020.

Yukiko Ueno picked up the win without allowing Canada a real chance to score, striking out seven while giving up four hits and no walks over the distance.