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Curling, the sport 'sweeping' the country

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Curler delivers curling stone. (Photo courtesy of Darryl Horsman)


Stuffed coyote posed with curling apparel. (Photo courtesy of Darryl Horsman)


Curlers brushing ice. (Photo courtesy of Darryl Horsman)


Curlers 'practicing' in the desert. (Photo courtesy of Darryl Horsman)

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Curling, the sport played on ice with brooms and smooth round stones, has expanded more in the United States in the last six years than in the previous 60 years. Forty new curling clubs have opened nationwide, most in the South and West, and some in places where there is no naturally occurring ice.