Morris, Lawes win 4th straight; beat US

Morris, Lawes win 4th straight; beat US

The Hamilton siblings rallied to a 10-3 win against Norway in mixed doubles curling Saturday evening, but earlier defeats mean the US won't have a shot at reaching the semifinals.

Canada plays South Korea (2-4) in their final game Sunday morning.

Canadian mixed doubles curlers John Morris and Kaitlyn Lawes have clinched a semifinal berth at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Their opponents in the playoffs will be determined after Sunday's tie-breakers between China and Norway, which begins at 6 a.m. ET. China is the only other team still in playoff contention at 3-3.

Canada and Team OAR are already guaranteed two of the four semifinal spots in mixed doubles curling, but three others teams - Switzerland, Norway and China - will be fighting it out tonight for the other two.

In the case of a four-way tie, it was unclear Saturday on whether or not the USA would have to play a tiebreaker match, but even if they won that match they would not reach the playoffs.

Should they lose the semifinal, they would still get a chance to pick up some hardware in the bronze medal game, also scheduled for Tuesday.

"I think that was our best team game", Morris said afterward.

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"I'm really proud of us for having two days now with back-to-back wins".

"It's feeling good but we know we are in for some really tough games". "But we're still trying to stay in the present".

Morris and Lawes have won five straight after opening competition with a loss to Norway.

After falling 7-1 through four ends, a visibly frustrated Matt Hamilton ditched his hat in a last ditch effort to do anything to change his team's misfortunes.

"That game was phenomenal", Canada mixed doubles coach Jeff Stoughton wrote in his blog after the match.

"They've been going the right way", said Stoughton. "It's just the one shot that gets us and bites us in the end", Becca Hamilton said. That's all you can ask for.

The Canadians jumped out to a 4-0 lead against the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation team before adding a deuce in the fourth end to take a 6-1 lead. They were in complete control the rest of the way as Lawes shot 86 percent, while Morris was even better at 90 percent.

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