Canada tops U.S., earns spot in world curling final

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Canada's Glenn Howard beat American Todd Birr 7-2 on Friday night to advance to the title game in the World Men's Curling Championship.

With the victory in the 1-2 Page playoff, Howard earned a spot in the championship game Sunday.

"The first goal was to get to the 1-2 game; the second goal was to get to the final; and the third goal is to win the gold medal for Canada on Sunday," Howard said.

Birr, from Mankato, Minn., will face Germany's Andy Kapp in the semifinal Saturday.

"It wasn't my best game," Birr said. "The team played well. I did not.

"You always miss shots. I've missed game winning shots before but you've just got to come back and do it again."

Kapp beat Switzerland's Ralph Stockli 6-4 in the 3-4 Page playoff.

"We just played too well this week to let it slide away now," Birr said. "I think we deserve to be in the finals and I think we're just going to have to prove it."