Defending champion Heather Nedohin will face pressure from the Jones Gang, not to mention the rest of Canada’s top female curlers, when the 2013 Scotties Tournament of Hearts opens play on Saturday at the K-Rock Centre in Kingston, Ont. Team Canada’s Heather Nedohin, far left, along with teammates third Beth Iskiw, second Jessica Mair and lead Laine Peters.
Nedohin, curling with vice-skip Beth Iskiw, second Jessica Mair and lead Laine Peters, captured her second Canadian women’s curling championship (her first as a skip) last year in Red Deer.
But Nedohin will face a stiff test to repeat in a deep field that includes two of the most accomplished players in Canadian women’s curling history, both with the last name Jones. Manitoba’s Jennifer Jones (Winnipeg) is attempting to win her fifth Scotties title in her 10th appearance. Nova Scotia’s Colleen Jones (Halifax), meanwhile, is appearing in her record 21st Canadian women’s championship. The top four teams will make the Page playoff round, which sees the first- and second-place teams playing for a berth in the final on Sunday, Feb. The winner of the 2013 Scotties Tournament of Hearts will represent Canada at the world women’s curling championship, March 16 to 24 in Riga, Latvia. The 2013 Scotties marks the 32nd anniversary of Kruger Products Limited’s sponsorship of the Canadian women’s championship. Canada's skip Jennifer Jones delivers the rock during the women's curling competition against Britain at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb.
SOCHI, Russia -- A missed gamble by British skip Eve Muirhead allowed Canada's Jennifer Jones to remain unbeaten in women's curling round-robin play at the Sochi Olympics. With the clock running down and her team behind 8-6 to Canada at the women's Olympic tournament, Muirhead could have played an easy draw to the button with her last stone to take a tense game to an extra end at 8-8. Instead, she gambled on removing three tightly bunched Canadian rocks to pick up three points for the win. In a back-and-forth game, Canada (3-0) had scored three in the fifth end to take a 6-3 lead but Britain kept chipping away and pulled to within one in the eighth.

Canada -- in search of its first gold medal in the women's tournament since Nagano in 1998 -- also scored a pair in the third and singles in the first and seventh ends. Muirhead and her British squad (1-2), took doubles in the fourth and sixth ends and singles in the second and eighth. Canada, which earlier recorded wins over China and Sweden, will play twice on Thursday, against Denmark followed by Switzerland. Erika Brown's rink lost its fourth straight, 7-4 to China, and likely will need to win all five of its remaining round-robin games to stand a chance of reaching the semifinals. In other matches in the afternoon session, defending champion Sweden beat Korea 7-4 and host nation Russia lost to Japan 8-4. As Muirhead pondered what might have been after her game-defining shot went awry, Jones shuffled down the ice toward a small band of Canadian fans and gave them a round of applause. Jones -- the in-form skip in Sochi -- played another great game, making 93 per cent of her shots, and generally outshining Muirhead.
Still, Britain had the hammer going into the final end and was left with a shot -- albeit a difficult one -- for victory. In a thrilling gold medal game, Team Canada beat Team Sweden 3 to 0 to take top honours in mena€™s hockey.
Team Canada captain Sidney Crosby celebrates with other Canada players after defeating Team Sweden to win the gold medal in Olympic final action at the Sochi Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Sunday, Feb.
Prairie provinces stood tall on the medal podium on Saturday afternoon at the Thistle Club in Edmonton.
Homan locked up a playoff spot moments later when Latvia upset Switzerland 8-7 in an extra end.Homan will play in the Page playoff 3-4 game. We are committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion, so we ask you to avoid personal attacks, and please keep your comments relevant and respectful.
She now throws second rocks and has the vice-skip position, holding the broom for longtime teammate skip Mary-Anne Arsenault.

The move backfired, and Canada clinched a 9-6 victory to stay unbeaten in three round-robin games. Jones restored a two-point lead with a single in the ninth and added an insurance point in the 10th.
Muirhead couldn't resist going for it but failed to catch the first Canadian stone at the right angle.
They have played -- and lost -- arguably their two toughest round-robin games against Sweden and now Canada. She can earn the third seed with a victory over Japan’s Satsuki Fujisawa in the afternoon draw.The China-Canada game was a defensive battle over the first eight ends.
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China scored two in the ninth but Canada had the hammer coming home.Homan used her last throw to take out a stone by the four-foot ring to score four for the win. The loser of the three-four game will play the semifinal loser in the bronze-medal game on Feb. Scotland and Sweden are 9-1 and will play in the Page playoff 1-2 game.The United States (5-4) needs to beat Scotland and Russia (6-4) to earn the remaining playoff spot. They’re not dominating rinks like they did at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts last month, but they’re still winning the tight games.“The good news about having close games all the time is you’re constantly playing pressure shots,” said coach Earle Morris.

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