USA to meet Canada in curling semifinals

Feb. 20, 2006 at 4:05 PM
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TURIN, Italy, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Canada defeated the United States in men's Olympic curling Monday to set up a rematch in Wednesday's semifinals.

The Canadians needed a victory in the final round-robin game Monday to avoid falling into a tie for fourth place with Norway and Switzerland, which would have created the need for tie-break games on Tuesday.

A 6-3 win over the Americans, however, clinched a spot in the semifinals -- where Finland will take on Britain and Team USA will again face Canada. The United States will be looking for its first Olympic curling medal.

The final semifinal berth in the women's tournament also went to Canada, which defeated Denmark, 9-8, to give itself a shot at a medal.

A Canadian loss in that game would have allowed Britain and Russia to share fourth place and would have created a series of tie-break games Tuesday.

As it is, Sweden will play Norway and Switzerland will take on Canada in the semifinals.

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