Worlds tix hot item

CON GRIWKOWSKY -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:33 AM ET

When it comes to hosting a world curling championship, nobody does it better than Canada.

That's why two-time world champ Jeff Stoughton of Winnipeg figures Edmonton's 2007 event could be one of the best of all time.

"Here in Canada, world championships are pretty amazing,'' said Stoughton, who helped out when his home city hosted the event in 2003.

"Winnipeg just embraced the (Randy) Ferbey team when they won the event there.''

Stoughton has already heard that at 80,000, Edmonton's early ticket sales for its first-ever world championship are way ahead of what Hamilton has sold for the 2007 Brier.

"The way the interest is going in ticket sales and bringing in the other countries, fans will be in for a pleasant surprise. I think it'll be great.''

PEACE IS MIGHTY

Can Kurt Balderston become the first Peace district team to claim an Alberta Tour bye into this year's provincial final?

After his semifinal appearance at Lloydminster, Balderston has moved into first place with 26 Alberta points, one ahead of Mark Johnson and Kevin Martin.

"I'm done,'' said Martin, who will have to grind it out the old-fashioned way, along the playdowns trail.

Considering his team's gutsy performance in Lloydminster, Balderston has a good shot at winning Grande Prairie this weekend. If he then qualifies in the Tour finale next week at Red Deer to finish in the top two, it would be the first time the Peace district would send three reps to an Alberta final.


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