Kevin Martin leaves curling with a victory at Players’ Championship


April 20, 2014, SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. (ISN) – Edmonton’s Kevin Martin won Players’ Championship in the final tournament of his career.

The 47-year-old skip beat Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., 4-3 in the men’s final Sunday to give him one last victory after announcing his retirement Friday.

Martin was on fire, shooting 98 per cent as his rink went ahead 4-1 through four ends before holding off a late rally from Jacobs for his 18th career Grand Slam victory.

Martin, whose career includes a gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Games, a world championship and four Brier titles, is joining Sportsnet as a broadcast analyst next season.

In the women’s final, Winnipeg’s Jennifer Jones won her 10th Grand Slam curling victory, defeating Ottawa’s Rachel Homan 5-2.

Jones put the game away by stealing a point in the final end.

Jones won the Olympic title in Sochi earlier this year, while Homan won the Canadian women’s title and took silver at the women’s world championship.


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