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The top four seeds have a combined 12-0 record at the 2017 Viterra Provincial Men's Curling Championship in Portage la Prairie.

Reid Carruthers of West St. Paul, Mike McEwen of Fort Rouge, Matt Dunstone of Deer Lodge and William Lyburn of the Granite all won their first game of the Playoff Round at Stride Place on Friday night.

Carruthers, the number one seed, got three in the first end en route to a 7-2 victory over Jason Gunnlaugson of the Granite.

“I'm pretty happy,” said Carruthers who won is seven ends. “The guys played pretty well in front of me and I made a couple of big shots that were big ends. Other than that it was a pretty close game.”

McEwen, the reigning provincial men's champion and second seed, also started off strong with three in the first end and then added two more in the fifth in a 7-2 victory over Dennis Bohn of Assiniboine Memorial.

“This is the best we've played in a long time,” said McEwen who walked off the ice after just six ends. “There's a little something extra that's happened in the last month. I feel like we've got something back that we've been missing for the last couple of years. Even as well as I thought we played last year, I think we're a better team than we were then.”

Dunstone, who is the number three seed, beat Trevor Loreth of the Granite 6-4.

Lyburn, the fourth seed who rallied from a 6-0 deficit Friday morning and beat Sean Grassie of Fort Rouge 11-7 in their “A” side qualifier, shaded David Bohn of Assiniboine Memorial 4-3.

“We got to play better if we want to have a chance to win this thing,” Lyburn said. “The nice thing is we didn't play our best and got two wins today.”

The first two qualifiers for the Championship Round will be decided Saturday at 9 a.m. as Carruthers will face Lyburn and McEwen will take on Dunstone in a rematch of the 2016 Viterra final in Selkirk.

“Looking forward to it,” said Dunstone. “We've been waiting for this matchup all year. We're right where we want to be in the event and we knew we were going to have to play one of them at this point.”

The “B” side games also go at 9 a.m. as Loreth will meet Dennis Bohn and Gunnlaugson will take on David Bohn.

The losers will be eliminated.

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Friday, June 22nd

CFL
Winnipeg 56 Montreal 10
Hamilton 38 Edmonton 21

St. James 9 Altona 0
Elmwood 4 St. Boniface 2

Border Baseball League
Morden 9 Carman 7
Cartwright 8 Baldur 4

American Baseball Association
Winnipeg 9 St. Paul 8

Major League Baseball
American League
Los Angles 2 Toronto 1
Oakland 11 Chicago 2
Boston 14 Seattle 10
Cleveland 10 Detroit 0
Tampa Bay 2 New York 1
Texas 8 Minnesota 1
Kansas City 1 Houston 0
Chicago 6 Oakland 4
National League
Philadelphia 12 Washington 2
Los Angeles 5 New York 2
Colorado 11 Miami 3
Arizona 2 Pittsburgh 1
Cincinnati 6 Chicago 3
Milwaukee 2 St. Louis 1
San Diego 6 San Francisco 2
Interleague
Baltimore 10 Atlanta 7 (15 innings)

Saturday, June 23rd

CFL
Calgary at Toronto, 6 p.m.

MJBL
Pembina Valley at Brandon
d/h 1 p.m. & 4 p.m.

American Baseball Association
Winnipeg at St. Paul, 7:05 p.m.

Major League Baseball
American League
Texas at Minnesota, 1:10 p.m.
Oakland at Chicago, 1:10 p.m.
New York at Tampa Bay, 3:10 p.m.
Detroit at Cleveland, 5:10 p.m.
Seattle at Boston, 6:15 p.m.
Kansas City at Houston, 6:15 p.m.
Toronto at Los Angeles, 8:07 p.m.
National League
Miami at Colorado, 2:10 p.m.
San Diego at San Francisco, 3:05 p.m.
Arizona at Pittsburgh, 3:05 p.m.
Philadelphia at Washington, 3:05 p.m.
Chicago at Cincinnati, 3:10 p.m.
St. Louis at Milwaukee, 3:10 p.m.
Los Angeles at New York, 6:15 p.m.
Interleague
Baltimore at Atlanta, 3:10 p.m.

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