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Ed­mon­ton’s Bren­dan Bottcher won his first ca­reer Grand Slam of Curl­ing ti­tle. Bottcher com­pleted a per­fect week with a 6-3 vic­tory over Toronto’s John Ep­ping on Sun­day in the men’s fi­nal of the Cana­dian Open at North Battleford, Sask. Bottcher, third Dar­ren Mould­ing, sec­ond Brad Thiessen and lead Kar­rick Martin col­lected $30,000 from the $250,000 com­bined purse plus a berth in the sea­son-end­ing Cham­pi­ons Cup. On the women’s side, Ot­tawa’s Rachel Ho­man cap­tured her record 10th ti­tle after her team edged Sil­vana Tir­in­zoni’s Swiss squad 4-3. The team of Ho­man, third Emma Miskew, sec­ond Joanne Court­ney and lead Lisa Wea­gle have played in four con­sec­u­tive Grand Slam of Curl­ing fi­nals and win­ning three straight. The Cana­dian Open is the only one of the seven Grand Slam of Curl­ing tour­na­ments to use a 16-team triple knock­out pre­lim­i­nary for­mat — in­stead of round-robin pool play — where teams had to win three games be­fore they lost three in or­der to qual­ify for the play­offs.

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