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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, February 21, 2010

Winter Olympics: U.S. men curlers all but out of contention

AP Sports Writer

VANCOUVER, British Columbia The U.S. men's Olympic curling run is all but over.

Scottish skip David Murdoch's British team handed the foursome a 4-2 loss Sunday. That dropped the Americans to 2-5, practically assuring their elimination from semifinal contention.

Murdoch's world champion team is 4-3. It bounced back from a tough loss to Canada a night earlier and pulled out a big win to boost its playoff chances.

The Americans went ahead with a point in the second. Murdoch then scored a go-ahead deuce in the fifth before stealing one in the sixth when Jason Smith had last stone. Smith picked up a point in the eighth.