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Canada wins fifth straight, U.S. stays alive in women's curling

Erika Brown, skip of the United States team,

Erika Brown, skip of the United States team, center, delivers the rock to her sweepers Ann Swisshelm, left, and Jessica Schultz during women's curling competition against Japan at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Credit: AP / Robert F. Bukaty

SOCHI, Russia -- Canada moved to the brink of the semifinals in women's Olympic curling by beating Denmark and Switzerland on Thursday to remain undefeated after five games of round-robin play.

Sweden is just one win behind the Canadians after stealing a point in the final end to beat Denmark 7-6.

The United States stayed alive in the tournament by picking up an 8-6 win over Japan in another evening session game. Erika Brown's rink is 1-4 and still could qualify by winning its final four games.

World champion Britain was under pressure after losing two of its first three games but beat China 8-7 in the morning session to revive its chances of reaching the semifinals.

Canada won both of its matches 8-5 to top the standings outright.

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