LOWELL, Mass. (AP) _ Switzerland's Ralph Stockli leads after the opening day of play at the World Curling Championships on Saturday.

The Swiss stand alone at the top after a 10-3 win over Finland, which was missing Olympic silver medalist Markku Uusipaavalnielmi due to an injury, and a 9-4 defeat of Germany's Sebastian Stock.

In its second game, Finland recovered to beat Norway 8-7.

The majority of the 12 competing teams have only played once so far.

Other opening day winners included Scotland's David Murdoch, who beat Australia's Hugh Milliken by 9-8 in an extra end; Canada's Jean-Michel Menard, who beat Sweden by 5-2 in his first game at this level; and the United States' Pete Fenson, the bronze medalist at the Turin Games, who beat Ireland by 6-5 in an extra end.

Japan's Yoshiyuki Ohmiya beat veteran Ullrik Schmidt of Denmark 8-6.