World Men's Curling Championship: USA inflict third straight defeat on Scotland

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We want to scare teams - Mouat

Scotland have slipped to eighth place in the World Men's Curling Championship round robin after a 9-8 defeat by Olympic champions United States.

It was a third defeat in a row for Bruce Mouat's rink following their opening 8-2 win over Russia.

Yet Mouat had scored three at the ninth end to take an 8-7 lead.

USA skip John Shuster was particularly pleased to take the scalp of "a top-five team in the world like Bruce Mouat".

"Obviously, when you're at the world championships, every win is a big one - every one is a tough one," he said.

Shuster's rink lie fifth in the standings, with Canada, Switzerland and reigning champions Sweden out in front with five straight wins each.

The Scots lost 5-4 to both Switzerland and Netherlands before their latest defeat.

Round-robin results

Sixth round: Netherlands 6-7 Switzerland, Italy 8-2 China, Canada 10-2 Norway, United States 9-8 Scotland.

Seventh round: Sweden 8-3 Japan, Russia 3-10 United States, China 9-8 Korea, Switzerland 9-6 Germany.

Current standings (W-L)

Canada 5-0

Switzerland 5-0

Sweden 5-0

Japan 4-1

United States 4-1

Italy 2-2

Netherlands 2-3

Scotland 1-3

China 1-4

Germany 1-4

Russia 1-4

Norway 0-4

Korea 0-5

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