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Canada grabs lead, never looks back at championship

4/8/2007

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.