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US defeats Sweden in curling for 2nd straight win

By Janie McCauley
AP Sports Writer / February 20, 2010

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia—The U.S. men's curlers have made it two straight Olympic wins with an 8-7, extra-end victory over Sweden. They have the brilliant shot-making by Jason Smith to thank for this one.

A loss Saturday would all but have eliminated the Americans from medal contention.

Skip John Shuster returned to the lineup after being benched for the team's win over France on Friday following an 0-4 start.

But Smith threw the final rock for the second straight game and was nearly perfect. He scored a go-ahead deuce in the ninth and the winner in the 11th. Smith pumped his right arm when the last rock settled right where he wanted it.