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Betting on curling? Not.

Posted: 12/8/2008 1:00 AM | Comments: 0

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Betting on curling? Not.

The European Curling Championships are on now in Sweden and a British bookmaker has for the first time in Europe offered odds on the curling competition and individual games.

Skybet has listed Scotland's David Murdoch as the favourite to win the men's competition at odds of 7-4. The Daily Record in Glasgow, which runs a regular gambling column, noted that those are pretty goods odds, considering you're getting the defending men's champion. Except... "Sounds like a good bet," the Record reported, "but you've got to be on the slippery slope if you start punting on curling."

Indeed.

Fenson's crazy eight

American Pete Fenson, the 2006 Olympic bronze medallist in curling, can add an 8-ender to his curling resume. Fenson (left) scored curling's ultimate rarity last month during a game at the Bemidji Curling Club.

Playing on an all-Fenson team that included his wife Roxanne and two sons, Graeme, 13, and Alex, 9, Fenson scored curling's equivalent of a hole in one in golf.

The Grand Forks Herald reported it was the one piece of good news for the Fenson family in a month when another family member, Fenson coach Bob Fenson, suffered a stroke while travelling in China.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 8, 2008 C4

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