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Japan suffers second loss in curling

Kyodo

Japan lost against the United States 8-6 in the women’s curling pool stage at the Sochi Games on Thursday, dropping to a 2-2 record in the round robin competition.

Japan conceded the first point in the first end but rallied for two points in the second to pull ahead before things began to unravel.

The U.S. team, which had been winless in four matches, seemed shaky as it squandered an easy chance to gain two points in the third end before settling for one and stealing two for a 4-2 lead in the fourth.

The United States maintained its lead and staved off a 10th-end attempt by the Japanese to tie it to force an extra end.

Kaho Onodera, back after missing Japan’s first three matches due to the flu, had not quite found her bearings yet, either coming up short or too strong on some of her deliveries.

“We had waited for Onodera to return, and I am happy I was able to play with a teammate that I aimed to get to the Olympics with,” said skip Ayumi Ogasawara. “If I as the skip can score, opportunities open up for us. I have to pull it to together.”