When curling Games are on

JOE PAVIA, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:31 AM ET

Confused about when Olympic curling is on television?

This week’s Canadian broadcasts are: Men: Thursday vs. Sweden, noon (CTV) and France, 10 p.m. (Sportsnet); Friday vs. Denmark, 5 p.m. (TSN); Saturday vs. Great Britain, 10 p.m. (Sportsnet); Sunday vs. Switzerland, 5:30 p.m. (TSN); Monday vs. U.S., noon (CTV); Tuesday vs. China, 5:15 p.m. (TSN). Women: Wednesday vs. Japan, noon (Sportsnet); Thursday vs. Germany, 5 p.m. (TSN); Friday vs. Denmark, 10 p.m. (Sportsnet); Sunday vs. U.S., noon (CTV) and China, 10 p.m. (TSN); Monday vs. Sweden, 5 p.m. (Sportsnet); Tuesday vs. Great Britain, noon (Sportsnet) and Russia, 10 p.m. (Sportsnet).

Olympic notes

The Vegas Sports odds website lists Canada as an 8-11 favourite to win men’s gold, followed by Great Britain at 4-1 and Norway at 5-1. On the women’s side, Canada’s a slight favourite at 7-4. China sits at 15-8, while Sweden and Switzerland are 8-1 … Don Duguid continues as NBC’s curling analyst, but he will be joined by former Canadian women’s champion Colleen Jones. It’s a good thing that one of VANOC’s sponsors is a gum company.

OCA results

In men’s colts and women’s trophy zone action, the winners were: 1A: Mary Chartrand; B: Jamie Temple; 2A: Tracy Samaan and Devo Devine; B: Lori White and Josh Dempsey; 3A: Jaimee Gardner and Albert Cole; B: Jason Smith. Advancing in junior mixed are: 1A: Kurtis Byrd; B: Adam Gasher; 2A: Alex Young; B: Clayton Hall; 3A: Geoff Spruit; B: David Mathers; 4B: Christian Tolusso. Advancing in bantam mixed are: 1A: Colton Daly; B: Alexandra Polak; 2A: Ryan McCrady; B: Trevor Ferrier; 3A: Tyler Sagan; B: Daniel Lillico. Men’s Silver Tankard and Women’s Tankard zone winners were: 2A: Katie Morrissey; B: Tracy Samaan; 3A: Bruce Delaney; B: Damien Villard; 4A: Julie Jarvis and Scott Kerr; B: Caroline Deans and Jim Marshall.

Brier field finalized

Western Quebec players got to the championship rounds of the Quebec men’s provincials. Both Simon Dupuis and Ted Butler lost in the qualifying round. Jean-Michel Menard defeated Pierre Charette in the Page 2 matchup, but lost to Martin Ferland in the semi-final. Ferland then lost an extra-end final to Serge Reid, who advances to his second Brier. In Saskatchewan, Darrel McKee will make his second Brier trip (first as a skip). Manitoba will be represented by Jeff Stoughton, who won an extra-end final against Mike McEwan to earn his eighth Brier trip. Alberta’s Kevin Koe will take on his brother Jamie at the Tim Hortons Brier (Halifax, March 6-14), after the latter took the Territories crown. Northern Ontario will send Brad Jacobs.

Vision-impaired champs

Team Canada (B.C.) defended its national title last Friday against Team Ontario 2 at the Vision Impaired Curling championship at the Ottawa Curling Club. Canada won 9-3. Ontario 2 defeated Alberta 7-6 in a last-rock, last-end semi-final.

Girls on the move

Ontario women’s teams continue to shuffle. The latest formation has Hollie Nicol skipping third Kirsten Wall (from Sherry Middaugh’s team), Danielle Inglis and Jill Mouzar. Kim Tuck is joining Jacqueline Harrison’s rink from Alliston … Ottawa’s Anne Merklinger was given the builder’s award at the Scotties.

Behind the glass

Friday is the deadline to enter the City of Ottawa Men’s Bonspiel … Longtime Ottawa curler and coach Bill Rogers and his son Jeff have unveiled a curling app for an iPhone or iPod. Called the ROG (Rodge) the downloadable app is a curling stopwatch with plenty of features, including a trio of traffic light-modelled coloured indicators that tell you when and when not to sweep. For more information, check out therog.ca.


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