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U.S. men’s curling eliminated from playoff contention

Feb 16, 2014, 8:56 AM EST

John Shuster AP

A near-miss on the final shot of the match denied the U.S. men’s curling team from advancing into the semifinals today.

American skip John Shuster’s draw shot stopped near a Team Canada stone by the button, but the latter stone was closer by less than an inch.

With that, the Canadians held on for the 8-6 win and have earned their own semifinal berth as they can only finish as worse as 6-3 in a tie with Great Britain and Norway; they would qualify on head-to-head records.

MORE: NBCOlympics.com Video – Highlights of today’s USA-Canada men’s curling match

The U.S. men now join the women’s side as teams eliminated from playoff contention; the women suffered that fate yesterday in a narrow 7-6 loss to Sweden.