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Armitage, King top rinks at Canadian senior championships

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Associated Press
3/24/2012 1:02:34 AM
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ABBOTSFORD, B.C. -- Alberta's Rob Armitage and Cathy King are the rinks to beat at the Canadian senior curling championships.

Armitage finished atop the men's standings with a 7-5 win over Northern Ontario's Robbie Gordon on Friday.

Armitage broke clear of Gordon with three points in the seventh end to finish round robin play at 10-1 and earn a berth to Sunday's final.

King is also in the women's final Sunday despite a 5-4 loss to Northern Ontario in the final draw. King was tied atop the standings with Newfoundland and Labrador's Cathy Cunningham at 9-2 but held the tiebreaker after beating Cunningham earlier in the tournament..

Cunningham moved into a tie with King after beating P.E.I. 8-6. She will play Nova Scotia's Colleen Jones in Saturday's semifinal.

Elsewhere in the men's final draw, Manitoba beat Nova Scotia 8-4, Newfoundland and Labrador edged P.E.I. 6-5, Ontario cruised by Quebec 9-3, Saskatchewan hammered Yukon 9-2 and New Brunswick edged B.C. 9-7.

Newfoundland and Labrador's Glenn Goss will play Ontario's Brian Lewis in the semifinal Saturday after both rinks finished at 8-3.

B.C. and Northern Ontario followed at 7-4. Manitoba finished 6-5, Quebec and Saskatchewan were 5-6, followed by New Brunswick (4-7), Nova Scotia (3-8), P.E.I. (2-9) and Yukon (1-10).

On the women's side, Manitoba beat Nova Scotia 6-4, Ontario edged Northwest Territories 7-6, New Brunswick rallied past Saskatchewan 6-5 and Quebec downed Saskatchewan 8-6.

Nova Scotia held the third spot in the standings at 8-3, New Brunswick finished 7-4 and Ontario, Saskatchewan, Northern Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba were each 5-6.

They were trailed by B.C. (4-7), P.E.I. (3-8) and the Territories (1-10).

Curling (Photo: Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

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