Sweden moves to 3-0 in men’s curling; defending champ Canada falls

Sweden'€™s skip Niklas Edin (center) delivers the stone to his sweepers en route to the win.

 

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SOCHI, Russia — Sweden secured a third straight win in men’s Olympic curling by beating Canada 7-6 on Tuesday, intensifying the early-tournament woes of the gold-medal favorites.

Canada has won the last two Olympic titles but now has lost back-to-back games and was sloppy in its only win so far — against tournament outsider Germany on Monday.

Norway, the 2010 silver-medalist, defeated Russia 9-8 to move to 2-0. China and Britain also won in the afternoon session at the Sochi Games’ Ice Cube Curling Center.

The United States’ 9-4 loss to the Chinese means the American men and women are a combined 0-4. The U.S. women play later against world champion Britain.