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Olympic Curling: Finland Defeats Host Italy


Finland has defeated host Italy, 7-4, to reach the medal round of men's Olympic curling at the Turin Games.

The victory Sunday in Pinerolo also allowed the United States and Britain to advance following a (9-8) U.S. victory over Britain. Italy has fallen into a tie for fifth place with Norway. Canada is currently fourth.

New Zealand is the only team eliminated so far.

Finland will play Britain later Sunday. Also on the schedule, Canada faces New Zealand. Sweden will play Switzerland. Norway takes on Germany.

Curling is an ancient game which originated prior to the 1500s in Scotland. The name refers to the slow, sideways spiral of a sliding stone as it glides to a circular target at the far end of the ice.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.