Canadian men drop second straight curling match

The Sports NetworkFebruary 10, 2014 

Sochi, Russia ( - The Canadian men's curling team dropped its second straight match during Tuesday's curling action at the Sochi Olympics.

The Canadian men are chasing a third straight Olympic gold medal, but saw their quest take a hit as they followed Monday's 5-4 setback to Switzerland with a 7-6 loss against Sweden.

Trailing 6-4 heading into the ninth end, Canada notched two points to even the match, but Sweden responded with one in the 10th and final end to improve to 3-0 in round robin play.

The Canadian women, who finished runner-up to Sweden in Vancouver, exacted a measure of revenge against the reigning gold medalists by claiming a 9-3 win on Tuesday to improve to 2-0 in Sochi.

The struggles continued for both U.S. squads Tuesday, as the women dropped a pair of decisions while the men were handed a 9-4 setback at the hands of China.

The American women fell to 0-3 in Sochi after losing to Russia, 9-7, and being dominated by Great Britain, 12-3.

In other women's action on Tuesday, Korea earned a 12-7 win over Japan, which went on to top Denmark later in the day. China also edged Russia 7-5 later on Tuesday.

Also on the men's side, Norway defeated Russia 9-8, while Great Britain bested Germany 7-6.

Sweden sits atop the standings on the men's side, while Switzerland, which downed Denmark and Korea on Tuesday, occupies the top spot on the women's side at 3-0.

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