For most professional athletes, playing their sport pays the bills. In the case of the NFL or NHL, it could pay several families' bills. But that's not the case for most professional curlers. The Brier brings together some of the best curlers in the world for an intense week-long competition. There are curlers who commit to the sport full-time, while others need to use vacation time just to show up.. Team Saskatchewan second Kirk Muyres, a mortgage broker in Saskatoon, knows the struggle.
The final spot in this weekend's playoffs at the Tim Hortons Brier curling championship in Regina is up for grabs Friday. The top four teams after Friday's action will advance to the playoffs with a shot at Sunday's final. As of Friday morning, Northern Ontario (8-1), Canada (8-1), Ontario (8-1) had all clinched spots and Alberta (7-2) needed only one more win to guarantee entry.
This year's Tim Hortons Brier curling championship has a different format and that means starting today only the eight best teams remain in Regina. The top four teams in each Pool A and Pool B have advanced to what is now called the Championship Pool. Each team will play four games over the next two days against teams from the pool they did not play in. The four teams with the best overall record will advance to the playoffs this weekend.
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Selecting a term
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