Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Beats China and Sweden to Move to 3-0 at World Men's Curling Championship

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Beats China and Sweden to Move to 3-0 at World Men's Curling Championship

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Simmons wins again at men's curling worlds


HALIFAX - Pat Simmons has been in fine form since replacing John Morris as skip earlier this month.

Simmons guided the Canadian team to victory at the Tim Hortons Brier in Calgary and has picked up where he left off at the Ford world men's curling championship. The host rink opened with an impressive 11-10 victory over the U.S. on Saturday night and added two more victories Sunday to improve to 3-0.

"He's been amazing, just like he was in the Brier," Morris said. "He's kept it up, which is awesome to see and he's a great leader. He's really easy to play for. He just seems more comfortable in that skip role than that third role and vice-versa for me."

Simmons defeated China's Jialiang Zang 7-4 on Sunday afternoon and topped Sweden's Niklas Edin 9-6 in the evening at Scotiabank Centre. That left the Canadian team of Simmons, Morris, Carter Rycroft and Nolan Thiessen alone in first place after five draws.

"The longer we stay with that bagel in the loss column, the better," Thiessen said.

The Morris-Simmons positional change was a big story at the national championship and it's still a talking point at the world playdowns.

The host broadcaster aired a feature segment dubbed "The Switch" over the weekend. The Eye Opener newspaper gave the topic some ink Sunday, but used a different approach.

The headline "Should Have Called Martin" appeared above a picture of Kevin Martin, who teamed with Morris to win Olympic gold five years ago. A column in the Curling Canada publication, which is distributed on site at the arena, included an interview with the retired skip.

In the piece, Martin suggested Morris didn't have the right personality to skip and is a much better fit as a third. Morris said he saw the headline but didn't read the story.

"Kevin and I, to be honest with you, we don't have a bad relationship," Morris said. "We're not the best of friends but it's not like we don't like each other. We did some great things together and we have a good mutual respect that way."

Morris had heard critical comments in the past about his skipping ability, but tried not to pay attention to it. …

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