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Jones tops Einarson to win 4th Canada Cup curling crown

Winnipeg's Jennifer Jones beat Kerri Einarson of Gimli, Man., 8-5 on Sunday to win her record fourth women's title at the Canada Cup. The 44-year-old skip calmly executed a long runback double takeout to score three in the ninth end.

Jacobs bests Koe in men's final

Jennifer Jones, pictured at an earlier event, captured her fourth Canada Cup title on Sunday in Estevan, Sask. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)

Winnipeg's Jennifer Jones beat Kerri Einarson of Gimli, Man., 8-5 on Sunday to win her record fourth women's title at the Canada Cup in Estevan, Sask.

The 44-year-old skip calmly executed a long runback double takeout to score three in the ninth end.

Jones said there was no question the risky shot was worth it.

"It was just the way the score was," she said. "Trying to hold them to not get two in the last end is challenging, so we thought it was worth the risk.

"I like throwing that shot, it looked good out of my hand and I knew it was going to be close. I just wasn't sure we would stick the shooter and it stuck around."

Watch highlights of Jennifer Jones' win over Kerry Einarson:

Jones, facing a possible steal of one in the 9th end, pulled off an incredible raise double on her way to winning her 4th Canada Cup title, beating Kerri Einarson's Winnipeg rink 8-5. 1:00

Jones and her team earned $14,000 for winning the final, plus $6,000 for their four round-robin wins. They also earn a bye into the 2021 Road to the Roar Pre-Trials and qualify for a World Curling Federation World Cup event during the 2019-20 season.

Jones was competing in her record-tying 10th appearance in the Canada Cup. She also won the event in 2007, 2011 and 2016.

Einarson took home $9,000 for finishing second plus $9,000 for their six round-robin victories.

Einarson, who finished first in the round robin and had a bye into the final, had a chance for two in the first end but missed on a double-takeout attempt and settled for one. Jones missed a chance for three in the second, also narrowly missing a double-takeout try, but got two.

The teams traded deuces in the fourth and fifth ends, Jones got one in sixth and Einarson scored singles in the seventh and eighth.

Brad Jacobs takes men's title

In the men's final, Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., defeated Calgary's Kevin Koe 5-4 later on Sunday.

Jacobs was the runner-up at the 2014 Canada Cup in Camrose, Alta.

"This is a great event, top Canadian teams — men and women — so anytime you can sneak out a win like this, it means a lot," said Jacobs. "You only get so many opportunities to win events like this, to put this on our resume feels great."

The 2014 Olympic gold medallist grabbed a point in the final end to seal the victory. Koe trailed 4-2 after the seventh before scoring one in the eighth and stealing one in the ninth to tie the game at 4-4.

Jacobs never trailed in the match.

"Our hitting and drawing have been really good this week ... with five-rock (rule) there are still ways you can keep it relatively open and I think we did a very good job of that," said Jacobs.

"We just controlled the scoreboard. I think we outplayed them tonight up and down the lineup, didn't give them too many opportunities to score the deuce back. I think we played a nice defensive style curling game."

Watch highlights of Brad Jacobs' win over Kevin Koe:

Brad Jacobs, the runner-up at the 2014 Canada Cup, defeated Calgary's Kevin Koe 5-4 to win his 1st Canada Cup. 1:05

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