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OSTERSUND, Sweden—Canadian skip Brendan Bottcher posted two victories
Thursday to lock up the top seed after round-robin play at the world junior
curling championships. Frank Gore Black Jersey . Bottcher dumped
Finland 9-2 in the morning draw and improved to 8-1 overall with a 10-7 victory
over Norway. “The guys curled great tonight,” Bottcher said. “That game was up
and down but we were always ahead on the scoreboard, so we always had control in
that regard. “I feel like were starting to get on a roll here and hopefully we
can ride that into the playoffs.” Canada will meet Sweden (7-2) on Saturday in
the one-versus-two Page playoff game. Scotland (7-2) will face Norway (6-3) in
the three-versus-four game. “We were just trying to make the playoffs,” Bottcher
said. “But its great that weve finished on top and to go into the one-two game.”
The Edmonton skip can lock up a berth in Sundays final with a victory. The loser
will meet the winner of the Scotland-Norway game in the semifinal on Saturday
night. Canadas Jocelyn Peterman dropped a 7-5 decision to Sweden in her final
round-robin game to fall into a five-way tie for second at 6-3. The Red Deer,
Alta., skip will play Russia on Friday morning in one tiebreaker while Sweden
will take on Japan in the other. The winners of each tiebreaker meet in a 3-4
Page playoff for a spot in the semifinal. The Czech Republic also finished at
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US$4 million.PITTSBURGH—After 19 seasons of losing, the Pittsburgh Pirates
arent ashamed to win any way they can. Neil Walker homered and drove in five
runs, Kevin Correia won his seventh straight decision and the Pirates overcame
four errors to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6 Wednesday night. In addition to
the errors, the Pirates had a runner thrown out in a rundown between third and
home. The final three innings of the game were played in a steady rainstorm that
featured some vivid lightning. “We were probably longer on guts tonight than we
were execution,” Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. The Pirates committed
three of their errors in the seventh, loading the bases while protecting a
two-run lead before Tony Watson struck out Chris Young looking to end the
threat. Young vociferously argued the call with plate umpire Larry Vanover and
had to be restrained by Arizona manager Kirk Gibson before leaving the field.
Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton was also ejected during the dispute. “Its
just a big situation and my adrenaline was running and I just reacted to how I
was feeling,” said Young, ejected for the first time in his six-year career.
“With such a close game, I am passionate about winning and we are in a playoff
race.” Arizonas Willie Bloomquist had an RBI single off Chad Qualls in the
eighth, but Joel Hanrahan struck out the side in the ninth for his NL-leading
33rd save. “That shows you the importance of a big-time closer at the end of the
game to go ahead and shut that thing down and get the win and get out of here
and get back to your house and bed where its safe,” Hurdle said. Jordy Mercer
hit his first major league home run and rookie Starling Marte homered for the
second day in a row for the Pirates, who have the majors best home record at
35-17. Paul Goldschmidt and Willie Bloomquist had two RBIs each for Arizona,
which has lost four of five. “We had a lot of opportunities the whole game,”
Gibson said. “Ultimately, we didnt cash in right there at the end, but it was a
pretty intense game.” Walker hit a three-run homer in the first—his
career-high 13th of the season—and added a two-run double in the fifth to
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earned runs in six innings in his first start since the Pirates removed him from
the rotation after they acquired Wandy Rodriguez. Correia was openly
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