World Men's Curling Championship: USA inflict third straight defeat on Scotland
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.
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)
United States 4-1