Stoughton is odds-on favourite at Brier

Jeff Stoughton, seen during action at the Men's Provincial Championship Curling at the MTS Iceplex,...

Jeff Stoughton, seen during action at the Men's Provincial Championship Curling at the MTS Iceplex, in Headingley Saturday. February 01, 2014. (CHRIS PROCAYLO/QMI Agency)

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

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No current Olympic gold-medallist Brad Jacobs. No 2010 Olympic gold-medallist Kevin Martin. No former world champion Glenn Howard.

So, you’d think that the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier that starts in Kamloops, B.C., on Saturday should be a breeze for Manitoba’s two-time world champion Jeff Stoughton.

“I’m surprised they’re still holding it,” joked third Jon Mead.

The Brier will still feature B.C.’s John Morris, who won both Olympic gold and a world championship with Martin; Newfoundland’s 2006 Olympic gold-medallist Brad Gushue; and Alberta’s former world champion Kevin Koe.



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