CURLING: Canada gets better of USA at 2008 World Wheelchair Championship

Feb. 05, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 5, 2008 at 2008 World Wheelchair Championship (SURSEE, Switzerland) - Canada and Korea secured semifinal berths this afternoon while the Americans are now 3-4 at the 2008 World Wheelchair Championship. Augusto Perez (East Syracuse, N.Y.) and teammates James Pierce (North Syracuse, N.Y.), James Joseph (New Hartford, N.Y) and Jacqueline Kapinowski (Point Pleasant, N.J.) fell back into the bad habit of falling behind early. In this afternoon's match with Canada's Darryl Neighbour rink, the Americans spotted the Canadians three points in the first two ends but battled back in the second half with a steal of three in the fifth end to take the lead at 4-3. Canada (6-1) would rally for a deuce in the final end to capture the team's sixth straight win. Japan, Russia and Scotland were eliminated from playoff contention. Two semifinal berths remain with Italy and Norway leading the way at 4-3 with Switzerland, Sweden and the Americans on their heels at 3-4 with two games left in the round robin. The U.S. concludes the round robin on Wednesday with games against Russia (2-5) and Switzerland (3-4) and must win the remaining games to hope for a tiebreaker match. Games at the world wheelchair curling championship are six ends in length and no sweeping of the stone is allowed. Teams must consist of both men and women in order to be eligible. Line score: USA 000 130 4 Canada* 210 002 5 *last stone in first end Standings: *Canada 6-1 *Korea 6-1 Italy 4-3 Norway 4-3 Switzerland 3-4 Sweden 3-4 USA 3-4 Japan 2-5 Scotland 2-5 Russia 2-5 *semifinalist USA Curling is sponsored by AIT Worldwide Logistics, AmerAust Technologies and Nike as well as by AT,T, General Motors, The Home Depot, and Bank of America through a joint marketing program with the U.S. Olympic Committee. (30) For more information: Terry Kolesar, USA Curling,, 715-344-1199, Ext. 202, or 608-338-9900 (cell).