Curlers ousted by Canada

GB's women's curling team were beaten 6-4 by Canada in the semi-finals of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Eve Muirhead's all-Scottish rink were always playing catch-up after falling behind early and ultimately could not force an error to get themselves back on terms.

Skip Muirhead was at fault in a first end that looked like being blanked until she missed her intended target with her penultimate stone allowing opposite number Jennifer Jones to secure an easy two.

The Canadians built on that good start in the next by claiming a steal after two excellent stones from skip Jones to extend their advantage to 3-0.

Muirhead did redeem herself by drawing in for a comfortable two in the third end to reduce the deficit before both sides took singles to leave the score at 4-3 after five ends.

Another single took Canada 5-3 ahead before the next couple of ends were blanked as GB's attempts to engineer a double came up short.

They were forced to settle for one in the ninth end, but that left Canada with a one-point lead and the hammer heading into the final end and Jones made it count as she drew into the house with her final stone to confirm victory.

Muirhead and her team will now have to lift themselves for Thursday's bronze medal match against Switzerland after they went down 7-5 to Sweden in the other semi.