Curling

Rachel Homan, Mike McEwen wins Masters titles

Rachel Homan won the women's Masters title Sunday, while Mike McEwen earned his sixth men's Grand Slam win.
Ottawa's Rachel Homan was too strong for Val Sweeting in a 6-4 defeat at the Masters Championship, claiming her third title in the last four years. 1:14

Rachel Homan has taken back the Masters title.

Homan and her rink from Ottawa downed defending champion Val Sweeting 6-4 in the women's finals Sunday for her third Grand Slam of Curling Masters championship in the past four years.

"The final was great," said Homan. "I'm really proud of my team for coming together."

Homan won the event in 2012 and 2013 before being knocked off in last year's semifinals by Sweeting, who went on to win the tournament with her Edmonton foursome.

Homan put herself up 2-0 with a deuce in the second end.

Sweeting responded with singles in the third and fourth to tie, but Homan scored the next four points to secure a 6-2 lead through seven ends.

McEwen claims men's title

Earlier in the day, Mike McEwen won the men's title with a 5-3 victory over Jim Cotter.

McEwen's Winnipeg rink took control of the match with two points in the sixth end.

After Cotter and his Vernon, B.C., team scored one in the seventh to cut the lead to 4-3, McEwen clinched the win with one in the eighth.

"To get one of these early in the season, it feels really good," said McEwen. "You definitely can't count on winning a Grand Slam any given year with the quality of teams we play against in these events. Any time you can get one early, you take it."

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