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10/26/2016 14:08 EDT | Updated 10/27/2017 01:12 EDT

Fleury opens with lopsided win over Sweeting at Masters Grand Slam of Curling

OKOTOKS, Alta. — Tracy Fleury's steal of three in the third end set her up for a decisive 7-4 win over 2014 champion Val Sweeting in Draw 3 action Wednesday at the Masters Grand Slam of Curling.

Fleury's rink from Sudbury, Ont., opened up a 3-1 lead after scoring three with the hammer in the second end, then followed with the decisive steal in the third.

Fleury improved to 1-0, while Edmonton's Sweeting fell to 0-1.

Elsewhere, defending champion Rachel Homan of Ottawa won her first match, 5-3 over Switzerland's Alina Paetz (0-2). Allison Flaxley downed Winnipeg's Jennifer Jones 9-6 in the first match for both teams.

On the men's side, Mark Nichols (1-0) of St. John's, N.L., led Brad Gushue's rink to a 9-4 win over Edmonton's Brendan Bottcher. Nichols is leading the team while Gushue recovers from a hip injury.

Brad Jacobs (1-0) of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., defeated Sweden's Niklas Edin (0-1) 4-2.

Two more draws were scheduled for later Wednesday