Canada the home nation, and the United States shared first positions in the Men's World Curling Championships being held in Winnepeg, by Friday (31 March) this week.
GV: ring with players and crowds waving US and Canadian flags (3 shots)
SV: Americans (in stripes) move stone
GV: Canadians (white shirts) move up fast and knock stone into red winning position (2 shots)
GV AND SV: Canadian player watches as stone is brushed along and knocks another stone into winning position
GV: Americans brush stone, fail to remove Canadian stone and lose. Players celebrate
GV: Scots (in tarten trousers) throw stone into goal area.
SV: Swedish player throws stone, knocks a team-mates' stone into winning position and collects stones to end game. (4 shots)
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Background: Canada the home nation, and the United States shared first positions in the Men's World Curling Championships being held in Winnepeg, by Friday (31 March) this week. With two more day's play to go in the series, the third place is held jointly by Sweden and Norway.
SYNOPSIS: Canada and the United States clashed on Thursday night (30 March). Until this match, the Americans had suffered only one defeat, at the hands of the Swedes that afternoon. That match put the Scandinavian team well ahead in the championship league table. Stinging from that defeat, the American team found the Canadians were also tough opponents.
Here, the Americans in action, move the stone up the field.
Ten countries are competing in this year's championship and the defending champions, Sweden, are out to retain the Silver Broom they won in Karlstad last year.
The Canadian players, spurred on by their fans, soon took the lead. Here their stone goes into the circle.
Canada in possession again....and another point scored to put them well into the lead. Canada had already beaten West Germany earlier in the day.
Under the leadership of Mike Chernoff, Canada had a firm grasp on the game. The United States failed here to knock out the Canadian stone. Canada triumphed eight to six. By Friday, they and the United States were sharing equal first place.
Meanwhile, Sweden, who were at that point in the lead, faced a surprisingly tough game against Scotland.
Scotland, playing in the tartan trousers, move the stone along the ice into the circle.
Scotland's Jim Sanderson scored two points on two different ends against the Swedes, including a steal of two on the sixth, They won the match nine points to put them into joint second place with the United States and Canada.