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Canada wins men's senior curling title, women fall just short

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DUMFRIES, United Kingdom - Canada downed Sweden 7-2 in six ends to win the men's title Wednesday at the World Senior Curling Championships.

Skip Wayne Tallon and his team of fourth Mike Kennedy, second Mike Flannery and lead Wade Blanchard opened with two points in the first end, and scored another two points in the third for a 4-1 lead.

A pair of steals, for one in the fourth end and two in the fifth, gave Canada a daunting 7-1 lead.

The Swedes could only score one point in the sixth end, and they conceded the game and the title.

"I'm just lost for words. Really ecstatic about it," Tallon said. "I'm really happy at how the boys played, they played really hard, so it feels good.

"It makes it even that much more special having been involved in this championship last year (as chair at the 2013 tournament in Fredericton). Last year my responsibility was to ensure everybody had a good time. This year it was to make sure that everyone played well."

The Canadian women couldn't make it a sweep, falling 6-5 to Scotland in the women's final.

Canada had a 5-4 lead, and last stone advantage, going into the eighth and final end. But Scotland stole two to win when Canadian skip Colleen Pinkney wrecked her last stone on a takeout attempt.

"We are very disappointed right now but will be happy in a couple of hours," Pinkney said. "Basically the key was that Scotland had two great last ends and we missed a couple of shots that we couldn't afford."

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