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U.S. men and women now combined 0-4 in curling

John Shuster, skip of the United States team,

John Shuster, skip of the United States team, reacts as his shot enters the house during men's curling competition against China at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Credit: AP / Robert F. Bukaty

SOCHI, Russia -- Sweden secured a third straight win in men's Olympic curling by beating Canada 7-6 on Tuesday, intensifying the early-tournament woes of the gold-medal favorites.

Canada has won the last two Olympic titles but now has lost back-to-back games and was sloppy in its only win so far -- against tournament outsider Germany on Monday.

Norway, the 2010 silver-medalist, defeated Russia 9-8 to move to 2-0. China and Britain also won in the afternoon session at the Sochi Games' Ice Cube Curling Center.

The United States' 9-4 loss to the Chinese means the American men and women are a combined 0-4. The U.S. women play later against world champion Britain.

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