Canada's Brad Gushue secures Olympic curling semifinal berth

Canadian skip Brad Gushue directs his teammates during a game against the Russians on Tuesday at the Beijing Olympics. (AP Photo)

Canada's Brad Gushue clinched a curling semifinal spot at the Beijing Olympics during some time off on Wednesday.

Losses by Switzerland and the Russians ensured idle Canada (5-3) will finish in the top four in the men's standings.

Gushue's final round-robin game is Wednesday at 8:05 p.m. ET against reigning World Championship runner-up Bruce Mouat (7-1) of Great Britain, who is tied with Sweden's Niklas Edin for top spot.

A win in the finale would lock Canada into third place.

Reigning Olympic champ John Shuster (4-4) of the United States, who beat Edin in the 2018 Pyeongchang final, can wrap up the fourth semifinal spot with a win over Denmark in the final draw.

The men's semifinals are Thursday at 7:05 a.m. ET.

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