CURLING: USA keeps playoff hopes alive with win over Sweden at 2008 World Championships
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 9, 2008 USA keeps playoff hopes alive at 2008 World Men's Championship (GRAND FORKS, N.D.) - USA's Craig Brown team kept its playoff hopes alive with an 8-6 win over Anders Kraupp's Swedish team Wednesday afternoon at the 2008 World Men's Curling Championship. Brown (Madison, Wis.) and teammates Rich Ruohonen (Brooklyn Park, Minn.), John Dunlop (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Pete Annis (Owatonna, Minn.) improve to 4-4 with today's win but need to continuing winning if they hope to be playing beyond the round robin. Canada, with an 8-1 record, has already secured the No. 1 playoff berth regardless of how they finish out the round robin based on head-to-head wins over the teams behind them in the standings. Now the race is on to fill the other three playoff berths. The Americans are currently tied for sixth place with three games left to qualify. "We finally played a good game," said Brown, who finished fourth in the 2000 World Championships in Scotland. "The last few days we'd play some good ends but we finally played a full game." The Americans had a small victory to start the game as they won the draw shot challenge for the first time since Sunday to begin the game and never trailed in this match. They used it to their advantage, scoring two in the second end as Brown showed he had his draw weight well under control. Kraupp was forced to draw for one in the second end and the U.S. played a great third end as they made a soft tap for three points to take a 5-1 advantage. "It was nice to finally have a good game," Brown said. "We knew we just needed to play better. We finally got the rocks in the right place and threw it a little bit better." Sweden made a double takeout for two points in the fifth end to cut the American lead to 5-3. The Americans had an opportunity for two points in the sixth end but Brown came up just an inch or two short. Kraupp once again bailed his team out with a takeout for two to trail by one point. "He made some really great shots to keep them in the game," Brown said of his opponent. The U.S. made a clutch tap-back for one point in the eighth end and forced Kraupp to make a difficult tap to get one in the ninth end. Brown would then draw to the four-foot in the 10th end to earn the fourth win for the U.S. Live webstreaming of the 2008 World Men's Championship can be found at www.wcsn.com or www.curltv.com. 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: USA 8, Sweden 6; Canada 6, Czech Republic 1; Scotland 6, Australia 4; Norway 7, Denmark 3 USA line score: Sweden 001 020 201 0 6 USA* 020 301 010 1 8 *last stone in first end Standings: Canada 8-1 France 5-3 Norway 5-3 Scotland 5-3 Australia 5-4 China 4-4 Germany 4-4 USA 4-4 Denmark 4-5 Czech Republic 2-6 Switzerland 2-6 Sweden 2-7 USA Curling is sponsored by AIT Worldwide Logistics, AmerAust Technologies and Nike. (30) For more information: Terry Kolesar, USA Curling, firstname.lastname@example.org, 715-344-1199, Ext. 202, or 608-338-9900 (cell).