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World champion Brad Gushue reaches semifinals at Players' Championship

['<p>Brad Gushue is shown making a shot during the final of the Players’ Championship Grand Slam of Curling event in Toronto on Sunday. Gushue and his St. John’s team of Mark Nichols, Brett Gallant and Geoff Walker won the event, defeating Brad Jacobs’ rink in the final. It was the third Grand Slam win of the season for the Gushue rink, which finished as runner-up in two other Grand Slam events in 2015-16.</p>']
['<p>Brad Gushue is shown making a shot during the final of the Players’ Championship Grand Slam of Curling event in Toronto on Sunday. Gushue and his St. John’s team of Mark Nichols, Brett Gallant and Geoff Walker won the event, defeating Brad Jacobs’ rink in the final. It was the third Grand Slam win of the season for the Gushue rink, which finished as runner-up in two other Grand Slam events in 2015-16.</p>']

TORONTO - World champion Brad Gushue has moved one step closer to winning his second straight Players' Championship.

Gushue, fresh off winning gold last week at the world championship, advanced to the semifinals at the Grand Slam of Curling event with a 6-1 win over Calgary's Kevin Koe on Saturday.

The St. John's skip jumped to a 4-0 lead through four ends and the two shook hands after six.

Canada skip Brad Gushue celebrates his gold medal win over Sweden with third, Mark Nichols, second, Brett Gallant and lead, Geoff Walker at the Men's World Curling Championships in Edmonton, Sunday, April 9, 2017.

Semifinal draws go this morning (Sunday), with the championship set for the afternoon.
Gushue will play Mike McEwen, who downed Reid Carruthers 4-2 in an all-Winnipeg quarter-final.
The other men's semifinal will see Scotland's Kyle Smith against Sweden's Niklas Edin.
Smith downed Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., 7-6, scoring a single in the eighth end to book his spot in the final four. Meanwhile, Edin defeated Switzerland's Peter De Cruz 4-3.
In the women's quarters, Winnipeg's Jennifer Jones, a five-time tournament champion, downed two-time defending champion Eve Muirhead of Scotland 6-5.
Edmonton's Val Sweeting needed an extra end to beat Ottawa's Rachel Homan 4-3. Switzerland's Silvana Tirinzoni toppled Casey Scheidegger of Lethbridge, Alta., 7-3. And Sweden's Anna Hasselborg defeated Tracy Fleury of Sudbury, Ont., 7-6.

Hasselborg will play Sweeting while Jones faces Tirinzoni in Sunday's semifinals.

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