Canada’s Koe curls into world final

Having finally emerged from the shadows of his rivals to conquer Alberta, and then Canada, skip Kevin Koe has curled his way to within a win of beating the world. Less than a month after winning the Brier on his very first try, Koe will appear in Sunday's title game at the Capital One World Men's Championship after his big win in the one-versus-two Page Playoff game. The 35-year-old rolled to an 11-5 win over Norway on Friday. "Once in a while you think about being world champion," Koe said. "It's been quite a year and it's now one more to go. It'd be nice to round it off with another big … [Read more...]

Norway takes first with win over Canada

Friday's Page playoff 1-2 game at the 2010 Capital One men's world curling championship is a tale of two teams heading in opposite directions. Norway's Torger Nergard has reeled off 10 consecutive wins since opening with a 5-4 loss to Scotland in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, last Saturday. His biggest victory came Thursday night in a wide-open 9-8 triumph over a suddenly sluggish, or at least inconsistent, Team Canada. With three wins in his last five outings, skip Kevin Koe may not constitute the two losses as a slump, but his Canadian rink has certainly hit a bit of a rut. One Koe and rinkmates … [Read more...]

WCF makes no major rule changes

It was much ado about nothing. After much pomp and circumstance, the World Curling Federation elected not to conduct any major changes to the sport during its annual general assembly on Wednesday in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. The only significant move the group made was the ouster of Canadian Les Harrison, a former board member of the Canadian Curling Association, as president of the WCF and replace him with his former vice-president Kate Caithness, of Scotland, who becomes the first female WCF president. Full story: Vancouver Sun … [Read more...]

Canada sweeps away Japan and France

Despite Germany’s Andy Kapp managing to tame the Canadian fury in last night’s draw, Canada’s Kevin Koe keeps looking down at everyone else in the rankings at the Capital One World Men’s Curling Championship, currently underway in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. Right behind stands Norway, with a chance to join Canada tonight when they will play Germany. The United States has tripped up Scotland, which now sits in third position, followed by Pete Fenson’s American team. DRAW 13: At the fifth end break, the Scotland-USA game was tied 2-2. In end six, Scotland’s Warwick Smith made a hit for two and … [Read more...]

Scot chosen over Canadian for WCF President

Scotland's Kate Caithness has unseated Canadian Les Harrison as president of the World Curling Federation in a vote Wednesday. Harrison, a native of Moncton who became president in April 2006, was seeking a third term at the federation's annual general meeting. Caithness, who has been vice-president since 2006, is the curling federation's first female president. Switzerland's Patrick Huerlimann took over Caithness' previous post of vice-president. Full story: Winnipeg Free Press. … [Read more...]

WCF members set to vote on radical changes

t’s not the changing of the length of curling games from 10 ends to eight ends in international competitions that worries Kevin Koe. Rather, it’s the gimmicky suggestions of eliminating extra ends or allotting three points for a victory and one for a tie, without settling the result, that’s bothersome to the Team Canada skip. Members of the World Curling Federation will be voting in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, on Wednesday to proposed changes to the sport, with reducing games to eight ends — as they are on the World Curling Tour — and eliminating extra ends and timeouts as three … [Read more...]

Perfect no more: Canada loses first game

Kevin Koe's perfect run at the Capital One World Men's Curling Championship is over. Veteran German Andreas Kapp posted a 9-6 win over the Edmonton skip Tuesday, ending a six-game winning streak in Koe's tournament debut. Koe opened the day with a dominating 6-2 win over Scotland's Warwick Smith to take sole possession of first place in the standings at 6-0. But the Canadians struggled in the evening draw, eventually losing to a Kapp rink desperate for win to keep its playoff hopes alive. Full story: The Canadian Press … [Read more...]

Ferbey will throw third rocks for Gushue

Four years ago, Brad Gushue picked up 50-year-old Russ Howard to skip and throw second stones to qualify for Turin 2006 and then go on to win Olympic gold. Now he’s going with 50-year-old Randy Ferbey. “I was shocked when they contacted me. They’re three of the best players in the game and one of the best skips,” said Ferbey. Full Story: Edmonton Sun. … [Read more...]

Ferbey Four breaks up

The most successful team in all of curling history has decided to break up. The Ferbey Four, after one last event next weekend in Dawson Creek, B.C., will be no more. Only one player on the only team in history to win four Briers and three world championships together as a foursome will continue curling —the old guy. Not only has the Sun learned that is this the end of the road for the team but the beginning of a new chapter for Randy Ferbey. Full Story: Toronto Sun. … [Read more...]

Canada and Scotland remain unbeaten at Worlds

After seven draws at the Capital One World Men’s Curling Championship in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, Canada and Scotland remain tied for the lead at the top of the standings, each with four wins and no losses. Denmark and Norway are close behind with a 3 wins and 1 loss record, while Japan sits alone at the bottom with five losses and no wins yet. DRAW 5: Denmark seemed to be on their game against the US when they scored five in the second end. The United States had other ideas trailing by just one after six ends. Denmark had a one point lead in end ten and the vital last rock advantage. They … [Read more...]