Double win for Sweden at Curling World Championships
Sweden lead the standings at the men's World Curling Championships after the first day of competition in Las Vegas.
The Olympic silver medallists played Switzerland in the afternoon session and in the sixth end, with the Swedes leading by 4-2, skip Niklas Edin drew his last stone into the house to score three points and extend their lead to 7-2.
Sweden then won 7-3 in the evening session to sit at the top of the rankings with two wins and no losses.
Hosts United States were also in action day one and started with an extra end 6-5 win over Japan during the evening session.
Also in the second session, Norway beat Italy 10-4, whilst China, Germany, Korea, Netherlands and Russia all sat out.
Defending champions Canada finished the day 1-1 after an evening session defeat to Scotland 8-7.
With the last stone of the tenth end Scotland’s skip Bruce Mouat drew his final stone into the house to claim the crucial two points and seal the victory.
"It’s quite exciting to be here in the first place and to win our first game against Canada is pretty special," said Mouat.
"I thought I played an alright shot with my first in the tenth to make it tough for him [Canada skip Brad Gushue].
"I wasn’t quite sure what the spin and angles were. I assumed I would be drawing for one, but it’s nice to have a draw for two and the win.
"We don’t want to take our foot off the pedal now, so we want to keep going forward."