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King rocks Russians in worlds curling draw

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FREDERICTON -- Cathy King's rink from St. Albert, Alta., had an easy time of it Sunday at the world senior curling championship.

King improved to 2-0 in the senior women's standings with a lopsided 21-1 victory over Russia's Liudmila Murova (0-2).

The Canadian team, which consists of King, third Carolyn Morris, second Lesley McEwen, lead Doreen Gares, alternate Christine Jurgenson and coach Bill Tschirhart, opened with four in the first. They added steals of five in the next two ends.

At that point, Gares came out of the game, allowing Jurgenson, who skipped Canada to victory at the 2011 world event in St. Paul, Minn., to play the final three ends. The Canadians are tied for first in their pool with Austria's Veronika Huber.

"It was a little bizarre, just something we're not used to in Canada, right?" said King. "Unfortunately, they don't have a lot of strategy and that's what happens."

Canada's next game is today against Japan's Mikiko Tsuchiya (1-1).

"We were a little better this game, so that makes us happy," said King. "We got a better feel for the weight, which was definitely different than the first game, so that helps.

In the senior men's event, Rob Armitage of Red Deer, Alta., improved to 3-0 with a 7-3 triumph over England's Michael Sutherland (1-2). The Canadian team -- third Keith Glover, second Randy Ponich, lead Wilf Edgar, alternate Lyle Treiber and coach Tschirhart -- recorded three in the second and sixth ends on open draws by Armitage.

Today, Canada faces Australia's Hugh Millikin, who won the 1986 Canadian mixed championship in Kamloops, B.C., representing Ontario.

Canada, Australia and Sweden's Karl Nordlund are all unbeaten in their round-robin pool with 3-0 records.

In mixed doubles play, Robert Desjardins and Isabelle Neron of Saguenay, Que., suffered their first loss, dropping a 12-5 decision to defending world champions Martin Rios and Nadine Lehmann of Switzerland (2-0).


-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 15, 2013 C10

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