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Players’ Championship: Mike McEwen remains undefeated

Winnipeg's Mike McEwen remains the only undefeated skip at the Players' Championship after he edged Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., 7-6 in Draw 12 action Friday afternoon in Summerside, P.E.I.

Winnipeg skip leading the way in Summerside, P.E.I.

Skip Mike McEwen, shown in this file photo, is rolling at the Players' Championship in Summerside, P.E.I. (File/Canadian Press)

Winnipeg's Mike McEwen remains the only undefeated skip at the Players' Championship after he edged Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., 7-6 in Draw 12 action Friday afternoon in Summerside, P.E.I.

McEwen (5-0) scored four points in the fourth end and broke a 6-6 tie with a single in the eighth. It was his second victory of the day after he beat Toronto's John Epping (3-2) 7-4 in the morning draw.

Jacobs (3-2), won his final game of the evening, 7-4 over Winnipeg's Jeff Stoughton (2-3). Jacobs scored two points each in the first and fourth ends, and added three more in the sixth to seal the victory after seven ends.

Stoughton topped Switzerland's Sven Michel 6-2 earlier in the day, and Epping downed Niklas Edin of Sweden 7-4 in the evening draw.

Kevin Martin (3-2), who announced Friday that he'll retire following the tournament, scored singles in the fifth, sixth, and seventh ends to beat Calgary's Kevin Koe 5-2 in the afternoon draw. Earlier in the day, Martin defeated Scotland's David Murdoch 5-3.

Koe (4-1) edged Glen Howard (1-4) of Coldwater, Ont., 8-6 in the afternoon draw. Brad Gushue is 4-1 after toppling Saskatoon's Steve Laycock 8-4 in Draw 11.

On the women's side, Switzerland's Silvana Trinzoni, Sweden's Margaretha Sigfridsson, and Scotland's Eve Muirhead are tied for top spot with 4-1 records.

Ottawa's Rachel Homan, Saskatoon's Stefanie Lawton, and Winnipeg's Jennifer Jones are all 3-2.

Homan scored three points in the eighth end to edge Michele Jaggi of Switzerland 7-5 in her only match of the day Friday morning. Jones, meanwhile, fell 7-1 to Sherry Middaugh of Coldwater, Ont., in her morning matchup.

Lawton staved off a late comeback attempt by Calgary's Crystal Webster for a 5-3 victory in the afternoon draw.

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