Sports Defending champion Kevin Koe one of the headliners in strong Brier field

18:16  27 february  2020
18:16  27 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

Tournament of Hearts veteran skip Kerry Galusha curls through pain

  Tournament of Hearts veteran skip Kerry Galusha curls through pain MOOSE JAW, Sask. — If Kerry Galusha is skipping Northwest Territories at the Canadian women's curling championship for the last time, it's an uncomfortable swan song. Her 13th year calling the shots for a territories team ranks third in all-time appearances by a skip behind Nova Scotia's Colleen Jones (18) and Manitoba's Jennifer Jones (15). The small pool of competitive curlers in the north, the complicated travel and the prohibitive cost of it to play World Curling Tour events puts northern representatives at a disadvantage in national championships.Galusha felt she had a lineup to overcome those hurdles this season.

That’s 30 percent of the Super Bowl champions that not only failed to defend their crown, but failed to even qualify for the postseason the very next year. He’s the 2010 Defensive Player of the Year, a six-time All-Pro, eight time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl champion with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

They join defending champion Kevin Koe (Team Canada), Alek Bedard (Quebec), Jamie Murphy (Nova Scotia), Jake Higgs (Nunavut), Bryan Cochrane (Prince Edward Island) and Thomas Scoffin (Yukon) in the Brier field . Brier representatives for Manitoba and Alberta will be decided Sunday.

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KINGSTON, Ont. — With four national men's curling titles to his credit, Kevin Koe already has a Hall of Fame resume.

Winning another Tim Hortons Brier crown would put his name into the record books.

The defending champ will skip the Canada entry when the main draw begins Saturday at the Leon's Centre. Koe is one of the headliners in a field that includes top-ranked Brad Jacobs of Northern Ontario, home province favourite John Epping of Ontario and two-time champ Brad Gushue of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Koe, who's currently tied with Ernie Richardson, Randy Ferbey and Kevin Martin, will try to become the first skip to win five Canadian men's curling titles.

McEwen takes Brier wild-card berth with win over Howard in play-in game

  McEwen takes Brier wild-card berth with win over Howard in play-in game McEwen takes Brier wild-card berth with win over Howard in play-in gameThe play-in game has agreed with him ever since.

Defending champion Glenn Howard of Ontario made his eighth consecutive and record fifteenth overall appearance at the Brier . Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northern Ontario, Ontario, and Quebec shot out to the top of the pack early on,[3] while Alberta struggled to find its rhythm in the

The former champions included the defending champion Alberta rink, skipped by Kevin Martin, 2007 Brier Rounding out the field were Sean Geall of BC, Jamie Koe of the Territories, Joel Jordison of The 2009 Brier featured one of the greatest Brier shots in history, when Glenn Howard made a

"He's been to seven Briers and he's been in six finals," teammate Ben Hebert said. "That is ridiculous. That's the stat for me that is the craziest. He's won four and lost two finals. But to play in seven Briers and get to six finals is a crazy stat."

Perhaps just as impressive is the fact the 45-year-old skip has won the Tankard with a different third each time.

His first win in 2010 was with Blake MacDonald, Carter Rycroft and Nolan Thiessen. The Rycroft-Thiessen front end was the same for the 2014 victory with Pat Simmons at third.

In 2016, the Calgary skip won with Marc Kennedy at third on a team that included Hebert and Brent Laing. Koe and Hebert won last year with B.J. Neufeld at third and Colton Flasch at second.

"One thing that Kevin always has the knack for is making the big shot and making that big skip shot when you need it," Hebert said in a recent interview. "He's obviously been great at those Briers and I hope he can let it rain again this year for us."

Kohlenberg "living the big dream" with Team Nunavut at the Tim Hortons Brier

  Kohlenberg Kohlenberg "living the big dream" with Team Nunavut at the Tim Hortons Brier ."Never give up on your dreams if you're still pumping blood and breathing air," said Kohlenberg, who turns 65 next month.It's also the Brier main draw debut for Nunavut skip Jake Higgs, lead Ed MacDonald and second Christian Smitheram. They were 0-4 after dropping 7-4 decisions Monday to Quebec's Alek Bedard and Nova Scotia's Jamie Murphy.Kohlenberg, who works for the federal Department of Justice, moved to the territory to fill in for a lawyer on paternity leave.MacDonald noticed him practising shots one day at the club.

In 2018, the defending champion and all provincial and territorial men's winners were given direct entry into the Brier along with a wild-card team. Critics of the current format point to the fact that blowouts are common with more weaker teams in the main draw. Some rival teams don't play each

An eleventh team was the defending champions from the previous Brier who will play as Team Canada. The four remaining unqualified teams played It was the first time in the history of the Brier that a Team Canada will partake, which essentially allows the defending champions direct re-entry

Koe's current lineup, which is ranked sixth in the country, started play in the 2018-19 season. Kennedy stepped away from the game at that time — he has since returned to play third for Jacobs — while Laing joined Epping's foursome.

Richardson skipped Saskatchewan to Brier wins in 1959, '60, '62 and '63. Ferbey won four times in five years (2001, '02, '03, '05) and fellow Albertan Martin was victorious in 1991, '97, '08 and '09.

Koe, who represented Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics, ran the table at last year's Brier with 13 straight wins. He defeated Brendan Bottcher's wild-card team 4-3 in an all-Alberta final.

Bottcher is skipping the Alberta side this time around in a strong field that also includes Manitoba's Jason Gunnlaugson and British Columbia's Steve Laycock.

"There's more teams now that are capable of winning a Brier than there probably has been in a number of years," Gushue said. "Usually when you look at it, there's probably three or four that are capable of winning. This year there's probably six, maybe even seven teams that can win, which is great for our game."

Newfoundland and Labrador's Gushue beats Nunavut's Higgs at Tim Hortons Brier

  Newfoundland and Labrador's Gushue beats Nunavut's Higgs at Tim Hortons Brier KINGSTON, Ont. — Brad Gushue of Newfoundland and Labrador defeated Nunavut's Jake Higgs 7-2 on Tuesday morning at the Tim Hortons Brier. The two-time national men's curling champion led 5-0 after three ends. The teams shook hands once the minimum eight ends were completed. Gushue moved into sole possession of second place in Pool B at 4-1. Alberta's Brendan Bottcher, who was off for the morning draw, leads at 4-0. Meanwhile, Manitoba's JasonThe two-time national men's curling champion led 5-0 after three ends. The teams shook hands once the minimum eight ends were completed.

Defending champion Kevin Koe booked a place in the Dominion All-Star Curling Skins final after defeating Jeff Stoughton on Saturday afternoon. Koe will take on Glenn Howard of Coldwater, Ont., in the championship game after the current world champion collected ,500 in prize money in the

Neufeld plays third for the Kevin Koe rink. He started curling around the age of ten and, like older In 2017 the McEwen rink would defend their Manitoba Championship Title by beating Reid Carruthers in the final. In the semi finals against reigning Brier and World Champion Kevin Koe , Manitoba was

Winnipeg's Mike McEwen will meet Glenn Howard of Penetanguishene, Ont., in the play-in game Friday night. The winner will be called Team Wild Card and get the last remaining berth in the 16-team field.

The field is split into two pools for round-robin play, which will continue through Wednesday night.

Jacobs, Bottcher, Gushue and Gunnlaugson are in Pool A with Nova Scotia's Jamie Murphy, Quebec's Alek Bedard, Bryan Cochrane of Prince Edward Island and Nunavut's Jake Higgs.

Epping, Team Wild Card, Koe, Dunstone and Laycock are in Pool B with New Brunswick's James Grattan, Yukon's Thomas Scoffin and Jamie Koe of the Northwest Territories.

Eight teams will advance to the championship round beginning Thursday. The top four teams will qualify for the Page Playoffs starting March 7.

The semifinal and final are set for March 8.

The Brier winner will wear the Maple Leaf at the March 28-April 5 world men's curling championship in Glasgow, Scotland. Koe settled for silver at last year's world playdowns in Lethbridge, Alta.

Kerri Einarson won the Canadian women's curling championship — the Scotties Tournament of Hearts — last weekend in Moose Jaw, Sask. She will represent Canada at the March 14-22 world women's curling championship in Prince George, B.C.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 27, 2020.

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Gushue beats Dunstone at Tim Hortons Brier to advance to final against Bottcher .
KINGSTON, Ont. — Newfoundland and Labrador's Brad Gushue defeated Saskatchewan's Matt Dunstone 7-6 in Sunday's semifinal at the Tim Hortons Brier. Gushue had hammer in the 10th end and drew the eight-foot ring for the win to advance to the evening final against Alberta's Brendan Bottcher. Bottcher is making his third straight appearance in the Brier final. He lost to Gushue in 2018 and fell to Kevin Koe last year. Gushue won the national men'sGushue had hammer in the 10th end and drew the eight-foot ring for the win to advance to the evening final against Alberta's Brendan Bottcher.

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