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USA Men Curlers Defeat Denmark in Round-Robin

The U.S. is 2-2 in Pyeongchang play

Team USA rebounded in the fifth round of the men's curling tournament Friday, defeating Denmark after losing to Sweden earlier in the day.

The Americans won 9-5 Friday night (Friday morning in the U.S.), giving them a 2-2 record in Pyeongchang play.

The U.S. scored two points in each of the first two ends and added another pair of points in the fourth frame. Denmark scored its first two points in the fifth and added another point in the sixth frame. The U.S. went on to score two more points in the seventh end. Denmark fought back with two more points on the board in the eighth frame. But the U.S. added another point in the ninth, a margin that Denmark couldn't overcome. 

The U.S. men curlers started off Olympic competition with an 11-7 win over South Korea in the first session of the round-robin Thursday morning (Wednesday night in the U.S.). But the team gave up a five point end to Italy on the third session and allowed Sweden to score four in the first end and two more in the fourth and eighth for a 10-4 win in Session 4.

Sweden remains unbeaten at 3-0 overall. 

Other scores from the night:

Norway 7, Korea 5

Norway scored two points in each of the second, fifth and eighth ends Thursday on the way to a 7-5 victory over Korea.

The Korean team only scored more than one point in one end, the ninth. Those two points helped them get within one, 6-5, setting up a final end showdown.

In the 10th end, Korea had two rocks in the house, but Norway's Thomas Ulsrud knocked one out, maintaining their spot on the button for the winning point.

Norway picks up their first win in Pyeongchang to improve to 1-2 overall. Korea remains winless, falling to 0-3.

Denmark 6, Italy 4

Denmark went five straight ends without scoring, but in the end it didn't matter as they were able to defeat Italy 6-4.

Denmark, led by Skip Rasmus Stjerne, only scored in three ends, but every one of them was for multiple points. They scored two in the first, third and ninth ends, while holding Italy to just single points in the second, fifth, sixth and 10th.

 Denmark picks up their first win of the Games, improving to 1-2 overall. Italy is now 2-2.

Team standings:

CAN       3-0

SWE      3-0

GBR       2-1

ITA        2-2

JPN        1-1

DEN       1-2

NOR      1-2

SUI        1-2

USA       1-2

KOR       0-3

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