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PLAYDOWNS: Young curlers benefit from first Swing ; Sweep golf tournament
By Al Cameron Carving up the John Daly-designed Thundering Waters Golf Club layout to the tune of 17-under-par earned the foursome of Ian Gollert, Garry Guinard, Tim Jones and Jim Steele top honours in the Canadian Curling Association's inaugural Swing & Golf Tournament, presented by Pinty's, on Wednesday. The winners of the inaugural Swing & [...]
THE CURLING NEWS BLOG: Morris announces curling sabbatical – perhaps
No Mo Johnny... unless... John Morris has spoken. The finalist from both the Brier and the Canadian Olympic Trials has issued a statement today on his immediate curling future, and here it is: This ad appears in our April issue After a lot of thought and deliberation, I have decided to take a step back from the game of curling next year. I had the tremendous pleasure of playing with three great, genuine teammates in Jim Cotter, Tyrel Griffith and Rick Sawatsky as we made it farther than I think anyone would have predicted for a team playing its first year together. You were all amazing, as was our coach, Pat Ryan, and our alternates Jody Epp and Jason Gunnlaugson. I am extremely proud of our squad for what we accomplished, and would like to thank my guys for helping me recover my passion and...
FULL GRANITE JACKET: Look! A live curling tournament!
The Baden Masters in Switzerland starts Friday morning and goes through this weekend. It's billed as the first event on the World Curling Tour, and some games will stream live on YouTube. There are no American teams in the spiel, and 19 of the 20 are European. Much of the field is comprised of Swiss cashspielers and others you haven't heard of. Then you've got your major players: Edin, Ulsrud, Laycock, the Scots, and some others.I don't know how much I'll get to watch, and it's not like the results will indicate much since many teams have seen little ice time this summer. But I'll be interested in the results of a few teams:• Team Edin (Sweden): The bronze medalist in Sochi has a whole new team. Basically the Swedish A- and B- teams joined forces. Edin's old team started slow and finished...
CURL WITH MATH: ATH, 03/27/14: Between Two Worlds
Jordan is joined by Gerry and Kevin just after the Women's Worlds and before the start of the Men's World Championships.;nbsp; They discuss Rachel Homan's surprising loss and the process of World and Olympic qualification in Switzerland and other countries.;nbsp; They cover some of the changes and challenges in USA Curling. Note: Due to technical difficulties the podcast was cut short and discussion on team rumors and Brier relegation were lost.;nbsp; The boys hope to be back next week with those topics and more.Check out this episode!
CCA CURLING: Item for Sale: Ice Scraper
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BELFRY CURLING: Team Howard: New sponsor, new unis, new beginnings
THE CURLING SHOW: Earle Morris, now behind the sheet of Team Morris/Canada.
After an extraordinary run coaching Team Homan, Earle Morris thought he'd take a break. The good news for fans of the game? He changed his mind. I talked to Earle about his decision to take on the role of coaching his son's veteran lineup this coming season, the evolution of the sport and a whole lot more.
CANOE: Man gets year for theft of curler Brad Jacobs' Olympic ring
An Alberta man will spend a year in prison for stealing a curler's Olympic ring.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Miracle League of Ottawa falls short of winning $100,000 grand prize
The Miracle League of Ottawa fell short of winning Kraft Celebration Tour's $100,000 grand prize in their push to build an accessible baseball diamond and playground at Notre-Dame-des-Champs Park in Orléans. The inspiration for the project came from 11-year-old Bryce Desrochers, who was born with cerebral palsy, is determined to play baseball just like any other kid. As one of the 10 finalists, they will receive at least $25,000 for their efforts. The project is expected to continue despite the setback. The Miracle League of Ottawa has raised more than $700,000 and they hope to reach their goal of $1 million by Christmas. David Gourlay, president of the Miracle League of Ottawa tweeted Monday following the announcement that the Barrhead Curling Club in Alberta would be taking home the...
WHEELCHAIR CURLING: Richmond to host 2015 BC Wheelchair Curling Championship
Richmond to host 2015 BC Wheelchair Curling Championship ;nbsp;;nbsp;August 21, 2014/in CCA/by cimBy rconnoppriceOne of the top training sites for the national wheelchair curling team will host the 2015 BC Wheelchair Curling Championship.The Richmond Curling Club will host the top wheelchair curlers in BC from January 16-18, 2015.The club is no stranger to the adapted sport, having been the long-time host of the Canadian Open, an international wheelchair curling bonspiel, as well as one of the Paralympic wheelchair curling team's favoured training centres. It is also the home club for several high-profile wheelchair athletes, including 2010 Paralympic gold medalist Darryl Neighbour and 2013 BC champion Gary Cormack.Doug Bradley, Manager of Richmond Curling Club, said he always looks forward...
BOB WEEKS ON CURLING: Brad Jacobs, golfer
While I was out covering the RBC Canadian Open in Montreal last week, I ran into Brad Jacobs and talked a little golf with the gold medal curler. He says his game is pretty solid, especially off the tee.You can watch the interview by clicking here:;nbsp;
GRASSROOTS CURLING: Curling treasures
A few curling treasures discovered recently on the bookshelf in the parlour of my cousin's old farmhouse in Nova Scotia: Looking for instruction, anyone? I want one of those sweaters. Just saying. It's all about the draw, says Mr. Weyman.  And inwicks, outwicks, chaps and chips, of course. I love this so much, I don't even know what to say about it!!
CURLING HISTORY: A Sculptured Relief by Rolf Brem
by David B SmithOn a recent surf of the internet seeking items of curling interest I was quite surprised to see in a Swiss auction house's catalogue a modest sculptured relief of a modern curling scene. The relief was said to be made of 'Englischzement' and it was signed by the sculptor Rolf Brem. It did not take long to ascertain that the piece had been modelled by one of Switzerland's most famous, popular, and prolific sculptors, whose long life had centred on the Swiss city of Lucerne. He had died in 2014. There was lots of material by him on display on the net but as far as my researches went this was the only depiction of curling. I therefore resorted to my old and faithful friend, Max Triet, who was until his retirement director of the Swiss Sport Museum in Basel,...
COACH BILL: What Are You Thinking?
The golf of world was treated to a wonderful performance at the recent "British Open Championship" played at Royal Liverpool G;amp;CC at Hoylake. The wire-to-wire winner was Northern Ireland's 25 year old Rory McIlroy who established, what turned out to be, an insurmountable six shot lead going into the fourth and final round at the the links course, about 15 km. from that cavern in downtown Liverpool were four floppy haired lads turned the popular music world upside down in the 1960's. Although he was challenged by Spain's Sergio Carcia who climbed to within two shots at one point in the final round, the result was really never in doubt. It was, to say the least, a remarkable performance! It puts him a Masters "green jacket" away from the career "Grand...
BEHIND THE GLASS: Stones of Destiny!
It is 1972 and we are deep into the final of the World Championship in Garmish-Partenkirchen.;nbsp; Orest Meleschuk knows that he has to hit and stick within the eight-foot on tricky, heavy ice to score two and take the game into an extra end.;nbsp; His opponents were team USA, skipped by Bob LaBonte.;nbsp; Their round-robin records were Canada 7-0 and USA 4-3.;nbsp; Never was there such a mismatch, yet here we were - it all depended on the big fellow's last stone. Cigarette dangling from his lips, he threw his fateful stone; the sweepers give it an early bang with their corn brooms, but the stone suddenly sits back and they are called off quickly; contact is made, but the shooter rolls slowly out towards the eight-foot; and further out; and further out - helped on its way by some furious...
CURLINGPIX: ACK! It’s summertime and there is no curling — not true by the way.
You might start to go through withdrawl from following your favorite teams and players and/or your own season.  These days I see a lot more people getting serious about training.  They have conditioning programs, they find ice, they gather and practice, and they review their own video to look for areas to improve.  My home [...]
VIEW FROM THE HACK: Stirling Summer Skins 2014
When it comes to the sporting summer, curling probably hasn't been on our minds of late what with the FIFA World Cup, the Wimbledon Championships and an upcoming Commonwealth Games to demand our attention. I think it's time to remind everyone that curling should always be on our minds! It certainly was on my recent trip to the USA where I was fortunate enough to visit one of the three locations to have hosted a Winter Olympics in the nation. I'll give you a big clue – Great Britain won curling gold there in 2002... But enough about my summer travels (I'm currently in Norway again by the way), let's talk about the Stirling Summer Skins. If you aren't familiar with this event then take a look at my roundup from last season here. Logan Gray, who does a great job organising the event each...
MIKE THE CURLING GUY: Dear Santa - Don't put me on the naughty curler list
Dear Santa;Once again, I am writing to you with a set of wishes for Christmas for me and some of my fellow curlers. I realize that I was on the "naughty" list last year, which explains the autographed Wayne Middaugh shirt I found under the tree. Unfortunately I have not been able to find a good home for it on eBay yet, but I am still trying. I feel that I have been particularly nice this year; my broom slamming and throwing was limited to but a few thoroughly justifiable occasions (I think even Mrs. Claus would have whammed something if her draw had stopped an inch short of shot in an extra end); hardly enough to warrant inclusion on the infamous "naughty curler" list.So here are some gift suggestions:;nbsp;- For Mark Dacey; a postcard from Charlevoix - saying: Come Back...
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Chelsea Carey moves to Alberta; teams up with Laura Crocker
Manitoba skip Chelsea Carey takes a shot during her semifinal loss to Alberta's Val Sweeting at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian womens' curling championship on Feb. 8, 2014, in Montreal.Move over Alberta champion Val Sweeting. Step aside 2012 Canadian champ Heather Nedohin. The province just got a little more crowded for the elite women's curling teams with Chelsea Carey moving to Edmonton. Calgary's Cheryl Bernard and Shannon Kleibrink have won Olympic medals. Two-time provincial champ Renee Sonnenberg of Grande Prairie is always a contender....
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