Canada's Kaitlyn Lawes reacts after a successful throw during women's curling competition against Japan at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Canada close to semifinals in women's curling

February 15, 2014

SOCHI, Russia (AP) Canada virtually sealed its place in the semifinals of women's Olympic curling by beating Japan 8-6 on Saturday for a sixth straight win.

No team - men's or women's - has failed to advance after winning six round-robin games since the Olympic tournament expanded to 10 teams in 2002.

The race to join the Canadians in the playoffs heated up with Britain beating South Korea 10-8 and China defeating Sweden 7-6.

China, Britain and Sweden are in a three-way tie for second at 4-2. The only other teams likely to stop that trio from qualifying are Russia and Switzerland, both 3-3.

Canada is guaranteed at least to be in a tiebreaker for the playoffs. It will be assured a semifinal spot by beating Russia in Saturday's evening session.

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