Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Brad Gushue Rebounds from Fall to Beat Reid Carruthers to Win the National

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Brad Gushue Rebounds from Fall to Beat Reid Carruthers to Win the National

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Gushue tops Carruthers in the National

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OSHAWA, Ont. - Two weeks after his frightening fall, Brad Gushue has rebounded to win the National.

The skip from from St. John's, N.L., beat Winnipeg's Reid Carruthers 7-2 in Sunday's final of the Grand Slam of Curling event.

Gushue was back on the ice this week for this first time since suffering a head injury from a fall last month. The 2006 Olympic champion needed seven stitches to close a gash above his right eye after he fell Oct. 31 at The Masters in Truro, N.S. He lost his balance and landed head first on the ice.

He said he experienced concussion-like symptoms after he left the arena and again the next day. Gushue underwent a CT scan when he returned home and rested for almost a week.

On Sunday, the veteran curler, along with third Mark Nichols, second Brett Gallant and lead Geoff Walker weathered a few close calls in the early ends before capitalizing in the fifth end when Carruthers missed on a double attempt, going up 3-1. …

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