Curling Headlines – Dec. 18, 2014

Here are your curling headlines for Thursday, December 18th:

* Scores from the Karuizawa International Curling Championships in Japan are here, courtesy of Curling Zone.

* Chris Zelkovich at Eh Game: Curling’s popularity too often overlooked. The Canadian Open’s men’s final was watched by an average audience of 413,000 on CBC.

* Scottish Daily Record’s story on Team Eve Muirhead’s Canadian Open win can be found here.

* Jonathan Brazeau: 10 takeaways from the 2014 Canadian Open.

* Team Val Sweeting top ranked in Canada and on World Curling Tour.

* Curl Mesabi Classic this weekend in Eveleth, Minnesota.

* Saskatchewan: Four teams clinch berths in the Viterra Scotties women’s provincial championship. They take place January 21-25 in Assiniboia. Coverage on Team Penny Barker of Moose Jaw qualifying here.

* Two Victoria rinks qualify for 2015 Canadian Direct Insurance B.C. Men’s Championship. It takes place February 3-8 at Vernon Curling Club.

* Special Olympics curling club has great success.

* CCA: Coach Wade Scoffin an unsung hero.

* Curling in Colorado gets boost from Denver Curling Club.

* Paralympian Aileen Neilson, a bronze medalist at Sochi, targets more medal glory.

* Unity Curling Club offers opportunities for every skill level.

* J.C. “Jack” Smithson honored by Almonte Curling Club.

* Enough curlers registered, so Prince George Golf and Curling Club will deliver a shortened season in 2015.

* Team Briana Egan represents Coquitlam Curling Club in B.C. junior women’s championship.

* Looking to raise money for his home Harvey Curling Club, Rob Swan is curling across Canada. He will be at Thessalon Curling Club on December 27th.

* From academia: Studying why curlers curl.

* Original 16 Cash League wraps up first half action.

* High School Curling: Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School’s girls curling team qualifies for Ontario Curling Association regionals.

* Team Alysha Buchy headed to 2015 Tim Horton’s B.C. Juvenile Curling Championship in Cowichan.

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