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Canada stays unbeaten at world mixed doubles championship

The Canadian Press

4/25/2012 7:11:21 PM

ERZURUM, Turkey -- Canada remains unbeaten at the world mixed doubles curling championship after a pair of wins Wednesday.

Chantelle Eberle and Dean Hicke of Regina led Canada to a 9-3 win over Slovakia while also cruising by Turkey 8-3.

"I think they play well for only having curled for a few years," said Eberle. "I don't know what the coaching is like here, but in two years that's pretty good. We've been curling for some 20 years."

The victories leave Canada atop the Red Group standing at 5-0.

China, which trails Canada at 3-0, dumped France 9-3 and will take on Eberle and Hicke on Thursday.

There are 27 teams competing at the event. Teams are divided into three round-robin groups -- red, blue and yellow.

Round-robin play continues through Saturday.

Quarter-finals, semifinals and medal games will be played Sunday.