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Defending champ Val Sweeting secures playoff mark during Tour Challenge

Defending champion Val Sweeting needed an additional finish to sojourn undefeated and secure a mark in a playoffs during a Tour Challenge.

The Edmonton skip scored a singular in a ninth finish to corner Scotland’s Eve Muirhead 4-3 on Thursday in round-robin play during a initial Grand Slam eventuality of a season.

Muirhead (1-2) tied it in a eighth with a singular usually to watch Sweeting (4-0) retake a lead one finish later.

Sweeting’s course has put together 10 wins in a quarrel during a contest dating behind to final season’s Tour Challenge run. In final year’s edition, Sweeting forsaken her initial pull before winning 6 true to acquire a title.

Switzerland’s Alina Paetz is also 4-0 after downing Winnipeg’s Jennifer Jones 8-6. Jones (2-1) led 5-3 by 5 ends before giving adult a triple in a sixth en track to her initial detriment of a tournament.

Sweeting and Paetz are guaranteed a mark in a quarter-finals with their wins.

Meanwhile, Ottawa’s Rachel Homan (1-2) warranted her initial win during a eventuality with an 8-6 feat over China’s Bingyu Wang (1-2), Sherry Middaugh of Coldwater, Ont., scored 3 in a eighth to kick Casey Scheidegger of Lethbridge, Alta., 6-5 and Sweden’s Anna Hasselborg (2-1) doubled adult Julie Tippin (1-2) of Woodstock, Ont., 8-4.

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On a men’s side, Brad Gushue of St. John’s, N.L., and Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., changed to 3-0 with victories in a dusk draws.

Gushue scored 5 in a fifth finish to kick Calgary’s Kevin Koe (1-2) 8-4 while Jacobs defeated Saskatoon’s Steve Laycock (2-2) 9-4.

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Also, Winnipeg’s Pat Simmons (3-1) got past Scotland’s Kyle Smith (0-3) with ease, 9-2, American John Shuster (3-1) downed maestro Glenn Howard (0-3) of Islington, Ont., 9-5 and Winnipeg’s Reid Carruthers (1-3) kick John Morris (0-3) of Vernon, B.C., 9-6.

The playoffs start Saturday and a finals are scheduled for Sunday.

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