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Newfoundland and Labrador’s Gushue, Manitoba’s Gunnlaugson among Tim Hortons Brier winners

Team Newfoundland skip Brad Gushue takes on Team Nunavut at the Brier in Kingston, Ont., on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Brad Gushue of Newfoundland and Labrador defeated Nunavut’s Jake Higgs 7-2 on Tuesday morning at the Tim Hortons Brier.

The two-time national men’s curling champion led 5-0 after three ends. The teams shook hands once the minimum eight ends were completed.

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Gushue moved into sole possession of second place in Pool B at 4-1. Alberta’s Brendan Bottcher, who was off for the morning draw, leads at 4-0.

Meanwhile, Manitoba’s Jason Gunnlaugson hit a circus double-raise double-takeout to score three for a 9-8 win over Prince Edward Island’s Bryan Cochrane.

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New Brunswick’s James Grattan beat Steve Laycock of British Columbia 6-3 and Jamie Koe of the Northwest Territories topped Yukon’s Thomas Scoffin 9-7 in the other early game at the Leon’s Centre.

Team Wild Card’s Mike McEwen leads Pool A at 4-0. Ontario’s John Epping, Saskatchewan’s Matt Dunstone and Canada’s Kevin Koe are next at 3-1.

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Two more draws are scheduled for later in the day. The top four teams in each pool will advance to the championship round starting Thursday.

The four-team Page playoffs start Saturday and the final is set for Sunday.

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