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Canada’s Gushue suffers first defeat at world men’s curling championships after losing to Italy’s Retornaz | Radio-Canada Sports


Italian Joel Retornaz pulled the four-foot ring in an extra end for a 7-6 victory over Canada’s Brad Gushue on Monday at the world men’s curling championship in Schaffhausen, Switzerland.

It was the first round-robin loss for the veteran captain from St. John’s, NL, and his team of Mark Nichols, EJ Harnden and Geoff Walker.

Canada shot 90 percent on the day and forced the extra end with two points in the 10th. Italy shot 87 percent overall.

The two teams were tied at four at 3-1 behind Sweden’s Niklas Edin (5-0) and defending champion Bruce Mouat of Scotland (4-1).

In other matches, Sweden dominated Norway’s Magnus Ramsfjell 10-8, Scotland beat New Zealand’s Anton Hood 8-2 and Switzerland’s Yannick Schwaller scored an 8-5 victory over Wouter Goesgens of the Netherlands. Down.

Canada’s next match is against New Zealand and the United States on Tuesday.

Round robin play continues Friday evening with medal games scheduled for Sunday.


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