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  • Kevin Martin announces his retirement during Sportsnet's broadcast of The Players' Championship on Friday night. (SN)

    Forget about a victory lap for Kevin Martin next season. One of the greatest skips to ever slide out of a hack is ending his career.

    After a legendary 27 year curling career, the future hall of famer has announced that this is, indeed his last season as a player. His immediate future is now crystal clear as he plays his last tournament at The Players' Championship, in Summerside, Prince Edward Island.

    Speaking to Rob Faulds during Friday nights Sportsnet broadcast of Players' Championship action, the 47 year old announced that he will hang up his curling shoes and join Sportsnet as an analyst. As well, Martin will take on a role with that network's Grand Slam Of Curling, which will grow from four to five events next season.

    Martin's future had been unclear over the last few weeks ever since the news was leaked that two of his current teammates, Marc Kennedy and Ben Hebert, were joining forces with Kevin Koe for the 2014-15 season. With team vice Dave Nedohin almost certain to be

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  • Jeff Stoughton plays on: New team for 2014-15 includes Rob Fowler

    Manitoba's Jeff Stoughton no longer stands alone. (CP)

    We're getting closer and closer to this curling shuffle coming to an end.

    With Jeff Stoughton apparently settling on a new team for next season, there aren't too many cards left in the deck to be dealt, when it comes to men's teams.

    As Paul Wiecek reports in the Winnipeg Free Press, Stoughton - who'd been stung by the announcement of the splintering of his current team just a few weeks ago - has put together a rink for the 2014-15 season, although the formal announcement has not yet been made.

    There'd been speculation, lately, that Stoughton would be reuniting with a former teammate of his, Rob Fowler and that does seem to be the case, according to Wiecek:

    Sources told the Free Press Wednesday morning that Stoughton -- an 11-time Manitoba men’s champion -- has assembled a new foursome for next winter that would see Brandon’s Rob Fowler join him at third, with Alex Forrest at second and Connor Njegovan at lead.

    Forrest and Njegovan curled most recently with Willie Lyburn, where

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  • Kevin Martin may be playing in his last major event this week at The Players' Championship. (CP)

    Sometimes, you just don't get the ending you'd like.

    I'm not sure what ending Kevin Martin - legendary skip, world and Olympic champion - prefers.

    I just know the one I want for him. It's not one final Grand Slam appearance and a retirement media conference in May.

    In a perfect curling world, The Bear would play one more season and be celebrated at event after event after event, taking in the well-deserved applause of curling fans across the country, in a one year victory lap.

    To cap it, one more appearance at a Brier, where he could stand, in Alberta colours, with a big crowd at Calgary's Saddledome rising to salute him as he raises his broom in appreciation of a lengthy standing ovation, one that includes the other teams on the ice at the time.

    Like another Edmonton sports hero, Ryan Smyth, Kevin Martin deserves that choke-you-up moment. I'd like that for him.

    We can guarantee it, too, minus the Alberta colours, with one little announcement:

    That Kevin Martin is joining Pat Simmons,

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  • Jennifer Jones’ Olympic gold medal team taking aim at repeat in 2018

    Team Jones (L to R): Jennifer Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer and Dawn McEwen.

    What a breath of fresh air. What a nice change from the last few weeks of splintering curling teams all across Canada announcing their break-ups.

    Just as the season-ending Players' Championship in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, gets underway, Jennifer Jones and her team have provided Canadian curling fans with some good news.

    It's called stability.

    Two months removed from a perfect run to gold at Sochi, Team Jennifer Jones has announced that they will be staying together. Not just for next year, but for another four years, at least, as they set their sights on an Olympic repeat in South Korea, in 2018.

    “We are excited to officially announce that our team is fully committed to staying together and working hard to get another chance to represent Canada at the Olympics,” said Jones in a media

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  • Richard Hart rejoins Glenn Howard: Rekindling a passion for curling

    Rich Hart and Glenn Howard at the 2011 Brier. (CP)

    Rich Hart knew full well the irony of his statement, which was delivered with a bit of a chuckle as a punctuation mark.

    “With all these team changes there’s going to be plenty to talk about, that’s for sure," he said.

    Hart was commenting on his assignment this week, where he will serve as part of the broadcast team for Sportsnet's coverage of The Players' Championship, in Summerside, Prince Edward Island.

    On a number of occasions, he will be gazing down at his old friend and one-time curling compatriot, Glenn Howard, knowing - as we all do now - that they will be reunited again for next season's schedule. Perhaps beyond that, too.

    With a one year agreement in place (and an option for a second), the 45 year-old retired world champion curler will come off the media bench and play vice for Howard in 2014-15. The two of them will look to recapture the magic they displayed over the course of eleven years together (6 provincial championships, 8 Grand Slams, a Brier and World Championship)

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  • Glenn Howard’s revamped curling team features Richard Hart, Jon Mead

    Together again. (From left to right) Rich Hart, Glenn Howard and Craig Savill celebrate a playoff win at The 2011 Brier. (CP)

    In this, Canadian curling's dizzying spring of change, the migrations continue, with big names changing teams, some changing provinces and in the case of some others, changing their minds.

    While Ontario skip Glenn Howard sees two of his teammates going out the door, he welcomes back another - Rich Hart - who returns to try and rekindle the glories the two shared over so many seasons.

    “We’re ready to go," said Howard over the phone from his home, Sunday night. "I’m super excited."

    Howard will be reunited with his longtime vice when the 2014-15 season begins next fall, with Hart replacing Wayne Middaugh. Another very familiar face to curling fans, one belonging to veteran Jon Mead, will also grace the revamped Howard Four line-up next season, playing the second position.

    While Craig Savill will continue to man the lead spot for Howard, the re-addition of Hart at vice signals the end of the road for Middaugh, the man who replaced Hart when the latter retired after the 2010-11 season.

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  • Team Koe leaves The World Championship without a medal. (CP)

    There will be better days ahead for Kevin Koe. Just not with the team he took to Beijing.

    Moments after Canada's deflating, 7-5, World Championship bronze medal game loss to the Swiss on Sunday, the skip confirmed, during a post-game interview on TSN, that he would be moving on without mates Nolan Thiessen, Carter Rycroft and Pat Simmons.

    “I think it’s fairly obvious, this is our last hurrah," Koe said.

    Obvious, yes, because the rumours of his team's break up had been swirling through the winter breezes most of the curling season, tempered slightly with a Brier win, but then all but confirmed when two other skips outed Koe's plans for next season.

    "We really wanted t go out with a win," continued Koe. "We’re great friends. I love playing with the guys, and, you know, I love ‘em all. To go out the way we did is disappointing but we’ve had a great run over the years."

    Ultimately, Koe, Simmons, Rycroft and Thiessen will have one more chance to go out with a bang as they are scheduled to

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  • Visiting sports reporter kicked out of NBLC game in Windsor

    London free Press reporter Morris Dalla Costa was asked to leave an NBL game Tuesday night.

    Perhaps the management of the Windsor Express is afraid someone will take them for a professional franchise.

    Hard to imagine just what they were (or more to the point weren't) thinking when they asked veteran London Free Press reporter Morris Dalla Costa to leave the building before tip-off between the London Lightning and Windsor Express.

    Big game. Game seven between the two heated rivals and there's apparently been some bad blood, even a bit of a reported chippiness before tip-off.

    Dalla Costa, a longtime sports reporter for the Free Press and a regular on the National Basketball League Canada beat, was apparently asked to leave just before Tuesday night's game was about to begin, announcing that it was so on Twitter, although he seemed to believe it was an April Fool's prank.

    No joke, however and then reality

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  • Randy Ferbey to be inducted into World Curling Hall Of Fame

    Randy Ferbey at the 2009 Olympic Curling Trials. (CP)

    Another decoration is coming Randy Ferbey's way.

    The retired skip, already with two places in the Canadian Curling Hall Of Fame, is having his name added to the roster of honoured members at the World Curling Hall Of Fame.

    The announcement was made by World Curling Federation (WCF) President Kate Caithness.

    "We are delighted to announce that Randy Ferbey, Patrick Huerlimann and Eigil Ramsfjell are being inducted into the World Curling Hall of Fame," said Caithness. "All of these athletes have been ambassadors of our game, both on and off the ice."

    Huerlimann (1998 Olympic gold medallist) and Ramsfjell (three-time world champion) are indeed worthy of this honour, but it is clearly Ferbey who is the star of this class.

    With three World Championships and four Brier titles to his credit (he won two more Briers and another World Championship as a third for Pat Ryan), Ferbey is perhaps the greatest skip to ever play the game. Or, at least, the greatest manager of championship teams, as it

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  • VIDEO: Team Jennifer Jones vs Sheepdogs: Rock ‘n’ roll the shooter

    Team Jones and The Sheepdogs on pebbled ice.

    The adventures of a gold medal winning curling team continue.

    While they weren't chosen to carry the flag at the closing ceremonies at The Olympics, the Canadian women's undefeated roll to victory at Sochi has since sent skip Jennifer Jones and her team on a whirlwind of talk show appearances, celebratory receptions and civic announcements.

    With Jones and her teammates Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer and Dawn McEwen being from Manitoba and this year's Juno Awards being held in Winnipeg, a confluence of events has led to a grudge match between Jones' rink and Saskatchewan rockers The Sheepdogs.

    Earlier this week, the band tweeted out to its fans that they were on the way to Winnipeg for Sunday's awards show. Before the awards, they said, they had some business to attend to:

    Then, they decided to get a little

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