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Curling

Fleury, Einarson stay perfect to secure semifinal berths in Champions Cup curling

Brad Gushue won a third game in a row Saturday to qualify for the playoffs in the Humpty's Champions Cup Grand Slam curling event in Calgary. ca

Gushue's St. John's rink also finish 4-0 to join Alberta's Bottcher in men's semis

Tracy Fleury, seen in this 2018 file photo, and her Winnipeg-based rink went undefeated in the preliminary round to secure a semifinal berth at the Champions Cup Grand Slam curling event in Calgary on Saturday. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press )

Manitoba's Tracy Fleury and Kerri Einarson capped unbeaten preliminary rounds Saturday to secure semifinal berths in the Humpty's Champions Cup Grand Slam curling event, while fellow Canadian Brad Gushue did the same on the men's side.

Fleury edged Scotland's Eve Muirhead 7-6 in an extra end to top the women's Pool B with a 4-0 record.

Einarson, the reigning Canadian champ, notched her fourth win in as many tries with a 5-2 victory over Alina Kovaleva of Russia.

Gushue and his St. John's rink also finished 4-0 after a 7-4 win over previously unbeaten Bruce Mouat of Scotland.

Alberta's Brendan Bottcher (3-1) has the other men's semifinal berth.

The four semifinalists will await survivors of tiebreakers and quarter-finals earlier Sunday. The finals are Monday.

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The Champions Cup is the first of two Grand Slams at WinSport's Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary featuring two dozen men's and women's domestic and international teams.

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Bottcher, who beat Kevin Koe to win last month's Canadian championship, scratched out a 3-2 victory in an extra end over Jason Gunnlaugson (0-4) to clinch a playoff spot.

Defending champion Silvana Tirinzoni of Switzerland (3-1) was also playoff-bound after a 5-3 victory over reigning Olympic champion Anna Hasselborg of Sweden (0-4).

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