Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta's Struggles Continue at Canadian Men's Curling Championship

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta's Struggles Continue at Canadian Men's Curling Championship

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Martin loses third game at Tim Hortons Brier

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EDMONTON - The hometown team is struggling at the Canadian men's curling championship.

Alberta's Kevin Martin lost 8-1 to Northern Ontario's Brad Jacobs on Monday, dropping the reigning Olympic champion and four-time Canadian champion to 1-3.

"We've got to smarten up and curl better," Martin said.

The top four teams at the conclusion of the round robin on Friday advance to the Page playoff.

A third loss doesn't put Martin in the danger zone yet, but his Edmonton foursome is running out of wiggle room early at the Tim Hortons Brier.

"Three is safe, but we have three already so we have to get on a roll, bottom line," the skip said.

The host committee certainly wants their star attraction playing into the weekend. In 11 previous Brier appearances, Martin missed the playoffs only once when he went 6-5 in 2000.

With his current team of third John Morris and front end Marc Kennedy and Ben Hebert, he won Olympic gold in 2010 as well as the 2008 and 2009 Canadian championships.

Martin won two of his four Canadian titles in Calgary, but hasn't won a Brier in his hometown yet in his career. The 46-year-old can set a record for the most Briers won by a skip if his team can right the ship this week.

Brad Gushue of Newfoundland and Labrador at 5-0 and defending champion Glenn Howard of Ontario at 4-0 were the only unbeaten teams left heading into Tuesday.

Gushue edged Jacobs 9-8 in what was a second straight extra-end game for the St. John's rink.

"The last two games haven't been real sharp, so that's where I'm kind of looking right now," Gushue said. "It's not the record. It's how we go through the rest of the event, because unfortunately five wins aren't going to get you into the playoffs. You've still got to win three or four more."

Howard thumped Nova Scotia's Paul Flemming 10-2 in the afternoon draw. …

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