Canada grabs lead, never looks back at championship

Updated: April 8, 2007, 6:10 PM ET
Associated Press

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Glenn Howard led Canada to the curling world championship with an 8-3 win over Germany on Sunday.

Canada took a 4-0 lead in the first end over Andy Kapp's Germany team and was never threatened. Germany eliminated Todd Birr and the United States in a semifinal Saturday.

It's the third world championship for Howard. He was on brother Russ's team in 1987 and 1993.

"I feel it's a bit of a dream right now. I just can't quite believe that we won it," Glenn Howard said. "What a feeling."

"What a feeling, eh? What a week," Canada's Richard Hart said. "It's just unbelievable. It's just a dream the way we curled and I've never been so proud of these guys. What a team."

This was the first time since 2000 that the Canadian men and women's teams swept the gold medals at the world curling championships. Kelly Scott's team beat Denmark in the final of the women's event in Japan last month.

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