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Skip Brad Gushue, wearing the Team Canada uniform since the 2006 Olympics, practising with the rest of his squad at the Coliseum in Edmonton, Friday, March 31, 2017.

Jones: Gushue relishes opportunity

The Bally Haly is Newfoundland’s oldest golf and curling club located on the edge of downtown St. John’s with a view of the Cabot Tower and the Atlantic Ocean.

Canada's Rachel Homan reacts after releasing a stone against Switzerland during the World Women's Curling Championship held in Beijing's Capital Gymnasium on Monday, March 20, 2017. (Ng Han Guan/AP Photo)

Homan rink improves to 5-0

Rachel Homan and her Canada rink gave themselves a major confidence boost Monday in their quest for gold at the women’s world curling championship, handing Switzerland its first loss to and taking sole possession of first place in the round-robin standings.

Manitoba skip Mike McEwen (left) follows as Matt Wozniak and Denni Neufeld (right) sweep against Northern Ontario in bronze medal action at the Tim Hortons Brier curling championship at Mile One Centre in St. John's on Sunday, March 12, 2017. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press

Manitoba's McEwen wins bronze

Manitoba's Mike McEwen defeated Northern Ontario’s Brad Jacobs 7-5 in extra ends to win bronze at the Tim Hortons Brier on Sunday at Mile One Centre.

From left: Ontario skip Rachel Homan, third Emma Miskew, second Joanne Courtney and lead Lisa Weagle pose with the trophy after defeating Manitoba to win Scotties gold on Sunday. (The Canadian Press)

Ontario rink headed to worlds

After conquering Canada for the third time in dramatic fashion, Rachel Homan and her robust Ontario rink have their sights set on yet more gold.

Manitoba skip Michelle Englot. (The Canadian Press)

Manitoba advances to Scotties final

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. — After winning every game over the first five days of the Scotties, Ontario’s Rachel Homan — the world’s top-ranked curler — has lost twice in 24 hours.

Ontario Skip Rachel Homan takes on Manitoba during the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in St. Catharines, Ont., on Feb. 23, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

Homan's perfect record ruined

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. — Rachel Homan going undefeated again at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts was beginning to feel like a foregone conclusion.

Alberta skip Heather Nedohin delivers a stone during the the Scotties Tournament of Hearts at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines, Ont., Feb. 23 2017. (Bob Tymczyszyn/St. Catharines Standard)

Alberta's Nedohin grateful but disappointed

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. — Had Alberta skip Shannon Kleibrink not been suffering from a back injury, Heather Nedohin probably would have been watching the 2017 Scotties Tournament of Hearts from the comforts of her rec room couch.

Lauren Mann has helped Quebec reel off six consecutive wins after losing its first two matches. (The Canadian Press)

Mann's Hearts felt memories

Lauren Mann would love to say she draws some of her inspiration at the 2017 Scotties Tournament of Hearts from a part of her life that didn’t involve a tragedy.