Germany remains unbeaten

TERRY JONES -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:14 AM ET

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- It's easier, says Andy Kapp, to play without a guy standing over his shoulder, said the German skip who, like Canada's Kevin Martin, is out of the gate at 3-0 at the World Curling Championships.

"It's great," said the German skip who, like Canada's Kevin Martin, is out of the gate at 3-0 at the World Curling Championships.

"There's nobody from the federation - people who sometimes don't know much about curling - making all the pressure."

SECOND TO HOWARD

By finishing second to Canada's Glenn Howard at last year's World Curling Championships in Edmonton, Kapp got a dozen qualifying points.

If that wasn't enough to punch his ticket to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, his start here certainly is.

"It's great for us. We can play a little more relaxed."

The team of three Andys and a Holger - Andreas Kapp, Andreas Lang, Andreas Kempf and Holger Hoehne - played France yesterday.

Both teams were 2-0 going in, and the game was televised live across Europe on Eurosport. Germany eventually won it, 8-5.

The Czech Republic, which defeated Scotland in their first-ever game at the Worlds, followed with a win over the host Americans, while Team China, which opened 0-2 on Saturday, scored the first win win of their Worlds debut by defeating Switzerland 7-5.

SHOOTOUT

Australia and Denmark had a wild shootout in the other afternoon match, with the Aussies stealing four in the first end, only to see Denmark answer with three in the second. The lead changed hands several more times before Australia won 10-7.

"It is your dream and also a bit of a nightmare when you score four in the first end" said Aussie skip Hugh Millikin, a native of North Vancouver. "We made a few mistakes, and every time we did, they capitalized."


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