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Martin, Jacobs to duel for spot in Roar of the Rings final

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The Canadian Press
12/4/2013 7:18:27 PM
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WINNIPEG -- One more win and Kevin Martin's dream of curling in another Olympics is a lot closer to reality.

The veteran Edmonton skip has been to three, winning silver in 2002 and gold in 2010.

Martin and co-leader Brad Jacobs will faceoff Thursday at the Olympic Trials and one of them will take sole possession of first place, with the bonus of a free ride into the men's final Sunday.

"I really would love to get to one more Olympics and you know we have a shot at it," Martin said after disposing of John Epping 9-5 in nine ends Wednesday.

"But we have to play really well and we have to somehow get to that final game Sunday and we've got a long way to go to get there."

John Morris suffered just his second loss, dropping 8-6 to Jacobs after running out of rocks in 10. Morris made a game of it, scoring two and stealing two to tie it up going into nine.

Despite a couple of mistakes, Jacob's foursome out of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., shook it off, scored two in the ninth and showed why they've won five straight. And winning Thursday is just as much in their sights for the straight path to the final it offers.

"You're already in the final," said Jacobs.

"You've got one more game to go and you're in the Olympics. We know what's on the line tomorrow and we're up to the challenge."

Three losses was considered a tough sell to make the playoffs but it's becoming a big club at the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings.

Jeff Stoughton already has three but he didn't add to the number with a 10-6 win over winless Kevin Koe in eight ends. Then Glen Howard drew to the button to beat Mike McEwen 6-5.

McEwen joined Howard and Stoughton at 2-3 while Epping fell to 1-4 and Morris sits alone at 3-2.

Stoughton is a hometown favourite but knows his odds are very slim to make the playoffs but at least the tight race below the leaders leaves him some hope.

"Oh, definitely it's a long shot," he said.

Stoughton plays the other Winnipeg men's rink in the trials, skipped by Mike McEwen, in the evening draw Thursday.

"One of us is going to have three (wins) . . . Who knows, but we at least get to think that we still have a chance."

Kevin Martin  (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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