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Curling: Shuster rink excelling in US Trials

John Shuster's Duluth Curling Club rink is one step closer to the 2018 Winter Olympics after earning a fifth win in six matches Tuesday at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials at Baxter Arena in Omaha, Neb.

Shuster and his team of Tyler George, Matt Hamilton and John Landsteiner edged Heath McCormick 6-5 to improve to 5-1 with two matches to play in the round-robin format.

McCormick, whose team includes Duluthian Chris Plys and Minnesota Duluth student Korey Dropkin, rebounded with a 7-2 win over Brady Clark in the evening session to improve to 5-2.

Todd Birr, at 4-2, is the only other team in the hunt to make the men's finals, which will determine the U.S. entrant in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

• In the women's three-team competition, Nina Roth and Jamie Sinclair are tied at the top with 3-2 records, leaving Duluth's Cory Christensen at 1-3 and needing to beat both teams in today's final day of preliminary play.

Duluth's Aileen Geving is a member of Roth's team, which lost 7-4 to Sinclair on Tuesday.

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