CURLING: USA drops second straight game at 2008 World Men's

April 08, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 8, 2008 USA drops second straight game at 2008 World Men's Championship (GRAND FORKS, N.D.) - The Canadians from Down Under boomeranged Craig Brown's Team USA, 6-4, Tuesday morning at the 2008 World Men's Curling Championship. Hugh Millikin's Australia team, with all four team members hailing from different parts of Canada, got out to a fast start over the struggling Americans and never trailed as they won their third game in a row. The U.S. falls to 3-3 in the standings and tied with three other countries for fourth place. Meanwhile, Brown (Madison, Wis.) and teammates Rich Ruohonen (Brooklyn Park, Minn.), John Dunlop (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Pete Annis (Owatonna, Minn.) dropped their second straight match. "We're struggling," Brown said. "This is about as inconsistent as we've been all season. We have to be better than that to win." Australia, with Ian Palangio throwing skip stones, got on the scoreboard in the second end with a draw for two. The Americans had difficulty peeling guards in the third end and it proved costly as Brown wasn't able to get his last stone in scoring position resulting in a steal of one for Australia. Brown had an opportunity for three points in the fourth end as he attempted a double takeout to tie the game. However, he hit it too firm and rolled next to the other Australian stone. After a measure, the U.S. got on the scoreboard with one point. "We're all to blame equally," Brown said of the team's performance. "I'm probably not holding the broom where it needs to be." After Australia was forced to one in the fifth end, Brown tried to chip out an Australian stone in the back of the four-foot for two points in the sixth end but the stone didn't curl enough and the U.S. ended up giving up another steal. The U.S. would close the gap to 5-3 after Brown made a draw for two in the seventh end but opportunities to score became slimmer thereafter. Another single by Australia in the eighth end meant the U.S. needed to turn up the offense even higher. Brown attempted a tapback for two but the shooter rolled out in the ninth end. "When the ice is so weight sensitive, and you're not making your shots, the other team is going to kill you," Brown said. Live webstreaming of the 2008 World Men's Championship can be found at or CBS College Sports Network will air a two-hour program from the 2008 Men's Worlds from 8-10 p.m. ET on May 1. Game scores: Australia 6, USA 4; Scotland 11, Sweden 7; Denmark 8, Czech Republic 7; Canada 9, Norway 8 (extra end) USA line score: *Australia 021 011 010 x 6 USA 000 100 201 x 4 *last stone in first end Standings: Canada 6-0 Germany 4-1 Australia 4-2 Denmark 3-3 Norway 3-3 Scotland 3-3 USA 3-3 China 2-3 France 2-3 Czech Republic 2-4 Switzerland 1-4 Sweden 1-5 USA Curling is sponsored by AIT Worldwide Logistics, AmerAust Technologies and Nike. (30) For more information: Terry Kolesar, USA Curling,, 715-344-1199, Ext. 202, or 608-338-9900 (cell).