Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Brazil Mounts Curling Challenge against Canada for World Championship Berth

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Brazil Mounts Curling Challenge against Canada for World Championship Berth

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Brazil challenges Canada in curling

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OTTAWA - Brazil has challenged world champion Canada for the right to compete in the 2018 men's world curling championship.

The Americas Zone is guaranteed two spots in the world championship March 31 to April 8 in Las Vegas.

Since the United States gets an automatic berth as the host country, other countries in the zone can challenge Canada, Curling Canada announced Thursday in a release.

Brazil, ranked No. 44 in the world in men's curling, was the only country to offer to step into the rink against No. 1 Canada.

A best-of-five series will be held Jan. 11-14 in London, Ont., alongside the World Financial Group Continental Cup of Curling pitting North America against Europe and Asia in a Ryder-Cup style competition.

In previous years, the Brazilians have challenged the U.S. four times -- in 2009, 2010, 2015 and 2017 -- and were swept in three straight games each year. …

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