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Alberta, Nova Scotia start strong at The Brier

Alberta skip Kevin Koe shouts to teammates during play against New Brunswick at the Canadian Men's Curling Championships in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan March 4, 2012. REUTERS/Andy Clark

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Alberta's Kevin Koe joined Nova Scotia with three wins at the Canadian men's curling championship Sunday.

Koe thumped Quebec's Robert Desjardins 9-2 to finish the day 3-0.

Nova Scotia's Jamie Murphy beat B.C.'s Jim Cotter 5-3 earlier for a third straight victory. The Halifax team was to face New Brunswick later Sunday.

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Meanwhile, Ontario's Glenn Howard earned a 6-5 extra-end win against Brad Gushue of Newfoundland and Labrador. Howard moved to 2-0, while Gushue fell to 0-3.

Cotter rebounded from an earlier loss with a 6-5 win, also in an extra end, against Saskatchewan's Scott Manners. That put B.C. at 1-2.

Northern Ontario's Brad Jacobs dropped to 2-1 with an 8-5 loss to Jamie Koe of Yukon/Northwest Territories.

Both Saskatchewan and the Territories are 1-1.

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