Wisconsin's Brown rink captures World Curling Tour event title

Nov. 14, 2008, 1:58 p.m. (ET)
University Giants - The men's curling team for the 2009 Winter World University Games will be determined this week at the Rice Lake Curling Club in Rice Lake, Wis. Four teams comprised of college students will compete for the men's berth. The championship gets underway at 7 p.m. Thursday with a double round robin format. The women's team has already been determined. The 2009 WWUG takes place Feb. 20-27 in Harbin, China. The U.S. men won gold at the 2007 WWUG.

Playoff Prowess - At the Labatt's Duluth Cashspiel, in Duluth, Minn., defending men's national champion Craig Brown (Madison, Wis.) captured the event by defeating Manitoba's Randy Neufeld rink in the championship final. Brown and teammates Rich Ruohonen (Brooklyn Park, Minn.), Jon Brunt (Portage, Wis.) and Pete Annis (Owatonna, Minn.) finished the competition undefeated to post the team's first World Curling Tour event title this season. Several other U.S. teams advanced to the money rounds at other World Curling Tour events over the weekend as well. 2008 national champion Debbie McCormick (Rio, Wis.) led her team to a 3-1 finish and a semifinal appearance at the 2008 Royal Lepage Women's Fall Classic in North Grenville, Ontario. North Dakota's Craig Disher, runner-up at the past three men's national championships, advanced to the quarterfinals of the Whites' Drugstore Curling Classic in Swan River, Manitoba. Leland Rich led his Fairbanks, Alaska, team to the Yukon Title Cashspiel title defeating fellow Alaskan Greg Persinger, 7-3, for the WCT event title.

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