Howard survives early scare

Canada skip Glenn Howard (centre) delivers his stone against France as his teammates Brent Laing...

Canada skip Glenn Howard (centre) delivers his stone against France as his teammates Brent Laing (left) and Craig Savill sweep at the World Men's Curling Championship in Basel, Switzerland, March 31, 2012. (ARND WIEGMANN/Reuters)

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Canada's Glenn Howard survived an early scare to win his opening game 7-5 against France at the men's world curling championship in Basel, Switzerland.

Howard, who missed a couple of early opportunities to take control of the game, got a break in the fifth end against France's Thomas Dufour. France's last rock, Tony Angiboust, was heavy on his draw, allowing Howard to steal a point and tie the game at 3-3.

France could only muster a single in six and the tide finally turned in the seventh end when Howard was able to draw for three points and a 6-4 lead.

"I'm just pleased to get the first game out of the way," said Howard about surviving an uncharacteristically slow start.

"We got down early and we didn't panic. We hung on in there and got more shots than them. A win's a win today. We knew they were a very good team and they played well."

Scotland's Tom Brewster emerged from Day 1 action as the only 2-0 team with wins over New Zealand and Norway.


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