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Oliver Campbell of Chatham won gold with a Galt Country Club rink at the Ontario junior men's curling championship Sunday.

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Curler Campbell wins gold

AJAX – Oliver Campbell of Chatham won gold with a Galt Country Club rink at the Ontario junior (under-21) men’s curling championship Sunday at the Annandale Golf & Curling Club.

Campbell was the second for the team skipped by Samuel Steep. Team Steep scored singles in the ninth and 10th ends for an 8-7 comeback win in the final over another Galt Country Club rink skipped by Sam Mooibroek.

Team Mooibroek won the semifinal 8-2 over Team Poole from the Chatham Granite Club.

Skip Aiden Poole was joined on the third-place team by lead Alex Jeromel, second Eric Egan and third Tyler Marshall. They finished with a 5-4 record.

Campbell advances with Team Steep to the Canadian junior championship Jan. 19-27 in Prince Albert, Sask.

Carleton top scorer

AMES, Iowa – Bridget Carleton of Chatham scored a game-high 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting in the Iowa State Cyclones’ 86-61 win over Bucknell on Saturday.

Carleton also shared the game-high with eight rebounds and had two assists for the Cyclones (10-2) in their non-conference finale.

Iowa State will host Kansas State on Wednesday in the Big 12 women’s basketball opener.

Jenkins, Melvin influential

Hall of Fame pitcher Fergie Jenkins and Doug Melvin of Chatham are ranked among the 100 most influential Canadians in baseball again this year by the Canadian Baseball Network.

Jenkins is the only Canadian inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. He’s ranked No. 9.

Melvin, at No. 39, is a senior adviser to the Milwaukee Brewers. He was a finalist to be the New York Mets’ general manager after the 2018 season.

Former Montreal, Colorado and St. Louis outfielder Larry Walker is ranked No. 1. Atlanta Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos is No. 2 and New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton is No. 3.

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