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  • Glenn Howard, seen shooting at the 2014 Canadian Open, has made the decision to part ways with Jon Mead (L) and Craig Savill (R). (Anil Mungal/Sportsnet)Glenn Howard, seen shooting at the 2014 Canadian Open, has made the decision to part ways with Jon Mead (L) and Craig Savill (R). (Anil Mungal/Sportsnet)

    Father and son will try, together, to get to the top of the curling world.

    Scott Howard is joining Team Glenn Howard next season as part of a team shake up announced by the skip, today. He'll be the team's new lead, replacing Craig Savill.

    "Obviously, it's been a bit of a dream for myself and my son to play together and I've realized that that's my biggest priority," said Howard. "To finish my career with my son."

    It's not the only move, either. Wayne Middaugh, who semi-retired from the game this season will be back as Howard's vice in 2015-16, while current vice Rich Hart steps into the second position.

    They are moves that leave Howard with mixed emotions. The happiness of taking on the elite teams of the curling world along with his 24 year old son is tempered with the sadness of saying goodbye to friends Savill and Jon Mead. Mead had joined the team this season. Savill, of course, has been throwing lead stones for Howard since 2004, winning 8 provincial championships, two Briers

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  • Mark Dacey (L) is the last man to have skipped Nova Scotia to a Brier Championship, in 2004. (Curling Canada)Mark Dacey (L) is the last man to have skipped Nova Scotia to a Brier Championship, in 2004. (Curling Canada)

    Mark Dacey is some ticked about the state of curling in his home province of Nova Scotia.

    And he's continuing to put the pressure on the Nova Scotia Curling Association (NSCA) even as the world's best teams converge on Halifax for this year's World Men's Curling Championship. Detailing his grievances in a lengthy email and subsequent phone conversation, Dacey, the 2004 Brier champion, took aim at the NSCA for what he believes is flawed thinking and slow movement on important provincial curling issues. Issues that he insists are at the root of his province's missing the boat when it comes to preparing its players for high level competitions like The Brier and The Scotties.

    “On a scale of 1 to 10, it’s probably like a 9.5," Dacey says of his frustration levels. "I don’t know if there’s much room to go higher. There probably is, but it’s fairly high.”

    While Dacey has gone public with his disappointment, the president of the NSCA, Chris Manuge is preaching patience, saying they are really

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  • Hockey Night in Canada's Bob Cole is flanked by members of Team Gushue at an event in support of the St. John's 2017 Brier bid. (Team Gushue Facebook photo)Hockey Night in Canada's Bob Cole is flanked by members of Team Gushue at an event in support of the St. John's 2017 Brier bid. (Team Gushue Facebook photo)

    Hockey Night in Canada's Bob Cole has another love, you know.

    His passions cheat on hockey, once in a while, and the mistress is the sport of curling.

    So it is not at all surprising to learn that the 81 year old play by play man is lending his name - and his voice - to the bid to land The Brier for Newfoundland & Labrador in 2017.

    "Having Bob Cole involved in our bid means a lot to me," wrote Brad Gushue, in an email, just after an evening event at the Blue On Water Hotel, in St. John's. "He is a legend in Newfoundland and the rest of Canada."

    At the event, designed to give the bid a push as it heads into the home stretch, Cole spoke to the crowd about Gushue's team, the importance of The Brier as a national event and the urgency around getting fans to sign up for tickets and plunk down a $50.00 deposit to show they're serious.

    "It went over very well," wrote Gushue.

    Cole, you may or may not know, was a pretty dandy shooter in his day. While he is not the most decorated

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  • Canada's skip Jennifer Jones, left, celebrates with second Jill Officer, center, after winning against Russia during the 9th end of semi-finals during the women's World Curling Championships in Sapporo, northern Japan, Saturday, March 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)Canada's skip Jennifer Jones, left, celebrates with second Jill Officer, center, after winning against Russia during the 9th end of semi-finals during the women's World Curling Championships in Sapporo, northern Japan, Saturday, March 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    (Note: An earlier version of this column carried an alternate spelling for Pätz (Paetz), as per the official spelling on the World women's curling championship website)

    Canada meets Switzerland in the championship game of the 2015 World Women's Curling Championship, in Sapporo, Japan, Sunday (2am ET, on TSN).

    The Canadians - reigning Olympic champions, skipped by Jennifer Jones - will be trying to win the country's first world championship since 2008. It was Jones who won that championship, with teammates Jill Officer and Dawn McEwen at her side. Current third Kailtlyn Lawes was not a part of that team, as Cathy Overton-Clapham was then playing the vice position for Jones.

    The Swiss - skipped by Alina Pätz - will be looking to become the third different team from that country to win a worlds in the last four years.

    Here is a comparative breakdown of the teams ahead of the championship game:

    Pätz led her team to top spot in the round robin portion of the competition, sporting a 10 and

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  • Heather Nedohin (L) is stepping back from competitive curling. Chelsea Carey (R) will take over as skip on the team. (Anil Mungal/Sportsnet)Heather Nedohin (L) is stepping back from competitive curling. Chelsea Carey (R) will take over as skip on the team. (Anil Mungal/Sportsnet)

    Chelsea Carey wasn't without a team for very long.

    The 2014 Manitoba provincial champion, who left that province and formed a new team in Alberta last fall - then left that team last week -  will be taking over Heather Nedohin's rink next season. The announcement was made on the Team Carey Facebook page.

    Rumours of Nedohin's decision to take a break from curling surfaced last week, and were met with neither a confirmation nor denial by her when she was asked about them over the weekend.

    However, the 2012 Scotties champion confirmed her decision to step away from competitive curling earlier today.

    Carey began this season at the helm of a team that included vice Laura Crocker, and front-enders Taylor McDonald and Jen Gates. However, her departure from that team was announced last week. That's when the rumours of her taking over

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  • Grand Slam of Curling: Elite 10 experiments with the rules

    John Epping, seen in action at The National in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, is one of the skips who'll strategize around modified skins game rules this weekend. (Anil Mungal/Sportsnet)John Epping, seen in action at The National in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, is one of the skips who'll strategize around modified skins game rules this weekend. (Anil Mungal/Sportsnet)

    The folks over at The Grand Slam of Curling have tinkered with curling before. Dropping game lengths to eight ends, and even introducing a five-rock rule, which was used, again, at last fall's Masters.

    They'll be at it, once more, this weekend in Fort McMurray, Alberta. That's where the first ever Elite 10 tournament will be held, beginning Thursday.

    What you'll see is a different brand of curling, similar to a skins format, but with a twist.

    While you can read the full rundown on the rules, here, suffice it to say, the big differences will be these:

    * There will be no carryover from end to end. In skins, if neither the hammer team nor the stealing team takes the end, that end's points (or dollar totals in the case of TSN Skins) would be added to the next end's. At the Elite 10, a 'tied' end will deem to have been 'halved' with the teams splitting the points for that end.

    * A team that wins its game in regulation gets a bonus three points. If the game is tied after eight ends, a draw

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  • Curling Canada's Al Cameron (R) subbed in for Vic Rauter at the Women's World Curling Championship, joining colour commentator Russ Howard. (TSN Twitter photo)Curling Canada's Al Cameron (R) subbed in for Vic Rauter at the Women's World Curling Championship, joining colour commentator Russ Howard. (TSN Twitter photo)

    When Canada's preeminent curling voice is too sick to talk and you're halfway around the world with no back-up announcer on standby, who you gonna call?

    Al Cameron, that's who.

    Curling Canada's Media Relations Director, in Japan to serve and wrangle the media during this week's World Women's Curling Championship, hopped into Vic Rauter's chair, this morning, when Rauter's voice gave out on him, during Canada's game against Denmark.

    The longtime newspaperman, who took over as Curling Canada's media director in 2012, was suddenly plopped into Rauter's chair, alongside colour commentator Russ Howard.

    That must have been extremely nerve-wracking.

    "Tried to stay as mellow as I could, actually," Cameron wrote in an email, from Sapporo.

    "In a past life, I did a little hockey play by play in Nanaimo, and did some colour commentary on curling on Shaw Cable for Alberta provincials, so it wasn't like I was a total rookie," he continued.

    "But I was definitely conscious of whom I was replacing!!!"

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  • Nobody that I could hear, through my television speakers, was shouting "dee-fence, dee-fence," in Calgary's Saddledome, but that's precisely what the 2015 Brier final was emphatically bellowing at them.

    Until it didn't anymore.

    Then, it became a wild ride of a stretch, capped by a draw to the button by a man who didn't even begin the week throwing fourth stones for the victorious Team Canada. A 6-5 win over Northern Ontario furnished a climax to a story that - had it been written by Dickens - would've been called "A Tale of Two Briers."

    That'd be right on two fronts. A championship game that was at first ruled by blank ends, up-weight rock removal and only a few interesting scenarios through more than the halfway point, hit the finish line in style. Same thing for the 2015 champions.

    When it was over, Team Canada - Pat Simmons, John Morris, Carter Rycroft and Nolan Thiessen - had its win over the 2014 Olympic and 2013 Brier champions, skipped by Brad Jacobs. The victory completes a

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  • 2015 Brier Final: Northern Ontario vs Team Canada tale of the tape

    Northern Ontario is seeking its second Brier title in three years. (Michale Burns/Curling Canada)Northern Ontario is seeking its second Brier title in three years. (Michale Burns/Curling Canada)

    The 2015 Brier will see its champions crowned tonight, as Northern Ontario, skipped by Brad Jacobs, takes on Team Canada, skipped by Pat Simmons. (7pm ET, TSN)

    Here is a breakdown of some comparative numbers ahead of the big game.

    Jacobs has skipped Northern Ontario to an 11 and 1 record so far, beating Newfoundland & Labrador's Brad Gushue, 7-5, in Friday night's Page Playoff 1 vs 2 game, earning a direct bye into tonight's final. Jacobs' rink has a record of 64 and 18 this season, including this week's Brier results. Simmons has led Team Canada to a 7 and 1 record since taking over as skip part way through The Brier. John Morris had skipped them to a 2 and 3 record in the competition's first five games. Team Canada won two playoff games, on Saturday, to earn their spot in tonight's final, beating Saskatchewan in the 3 vs 4 game and then Newfoundland & Labrador in last night's semi-final. On the season, Team Canada has a record of 24 and 22.

    Northern Ontario has outscored its

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  • Glenn Howard enjoying a very different kind of Brier experience

    Glenn Howard (centre) joins The Sociables in a Lanny McDonald tribute at The 2015 Brier, in Calgary. (Sociables Twitter page image)Glenn Howard (centre) joins The Sociables in a Lanny McDonald tribute at The 2015 Brier, in Calgary. (Sociables Twitter page image)

    Down the line, from Calgary, Glenn Howard's voice sounds like his throat is made of sandpaper. Not the fine grade, either. The kind you'd use to pull varnish from a floor. But, it's familiar in a couple of ways; It sounds enough like the voice of the man I've interviewed often. It also sounds like pretty much anyone you would talk to after they've spent a few long, yet satisfying days and nights at The Brier as a fan, not as a player. Raspy, weary, happy.

    “You can probably tell from my voice that I’ve had the full fan experience," says Howard, who did have to clear his throat a few times or so during a five minute conversation. We all know that feeling.

    "I discovered this really big building across the parking lot... I think its called “The Patch,” he says, voice cracking as well as wise cracking. "There’s a lot of fun to be had in there.”

    The 2015 Brier is giving the four-time champion a very different kind of experience. Free of the shackles of the responsibilities of a player, the

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