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Defeat for GB women curlers

Great Britain's women's curling team suffered a 6-4 loss to reigning Olympic champions Sweden in their opening Sochi 2014 round-robin fixture.

Eve Muirhead's all-Scottish rink, playing opponents they had beaten to become world champions last year and lost to in the subsequent European Championship final, found themselves 3-0 down after three ends at the Ice Cube Curling Center, but battled back well, securing a point in each of the next three to draw level.

The Swedes then regained the lead with two in the seventh and, after GB replied to make it 5-4 in the eighth, Margaretha Sigfridsson's rink completed the job by claiming another point in the ninth.