- Israel Fehr at Eh Game4 hrs ago
TORONTO – A sweep two weeks ago by the Yankees in New York might be what keeps the Blue Jays from winning the division. A sweep of the Yankees in Toronto two weeks later would have been the perfect response for the Blue Jays and helped them solidify their place atop the wild card race.
The Blue Jays were one inning away from securing that sweep but Jason Grilli blew the save in the ninth, allowing four runs, as the Yankees won 7-5 on Monday night in a game that was oddly contentious.
The benches and bullpens cleared twice, first when Toronto starter J.A. Happ hit Chase Headley in the top of the second and then again when New York starter Luis Severino beaned Justin Smoak in the bottom of the inning. The conflict started in the bottom of the first when Severino, making a spot start for injured ace Masahiro Tanaka, plunked Josh Donaldson.Tue, 27 Sep7:05 PM EDTBoston at NY YankeesPreview Game
- Kaitlyn McGrath at Eh Game12 hrs ago
TORONTO — Athletes taking a knee during the U.S. national anthem in protest of the mistreatment of minorities, including African Americans, and police brutality in the United States has been in the headlines for weeks now, and with the new NBA season approaching, the Toronto Raptors find themselves in a unique position as the only Canadian-based team.
The topic of staging protests came up several times during the Raptors media day on Monday at the team’s practice facility, and head coach Dwane Casey said he’s already had discussions with players.
“I mentioned to the guys, you know, Canada’s a beautiful country and we don’t have those issues here. If they are, they’re very well hidden. I haven’t seen them in my time here,” he said. “It’s nothing against Canada whatsoever, so to disrespect the flag here is wasting your time and energy on something that’s not there.”
That said, Casey said he understood why players, in any sport, are choosing to protest.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Eh Game15 hrs ago
While the World Cup of Hockey winds down to its Canada vs. Europe final pairing this week and the NHL preseason gets rolling, there’s hockey out there in the world in the most unlikeliest of places – like Kenya.
Despite myriad challenges and idiosyncracies – lack of adequate equipment and infrastructure, mostly, and a rink that's well below international and NHL size but still requires thousands of dollars a month to maintain – every Wednesday night at Nairobi's Solar Ice Rink has for the last 10 years been hockey night, when a mixed bag of locals and expatriates get together in East Africa's only ice hockey venue for an informal pickup game.
that Kenya missed out on the recent inaugural African Ice Hockey Championships in Morocco, but the biggest obstacles are much more basic.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Eh Game16 hrs ago
You probably would have assumed the players of Team Canada would be glued to their TVs on Sunday afternoon, watching the World Cup of Hockey semifinal between Europe and Sweden as Canada anxiously awaits its next opponent.
But while Team Europe skated to a 3-2 win, earning a trip to the best-of-three World Cup final, several of the boys from Team Canada took a break from hockey to take in a Jays game.
Steven Stamkos, Carey Price, Matt Duchene and Shea Weber were just a few of the members of Team Canada to rub elbows with the Blue Jays in the Rogers Centre clubhouse after the game.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Eh Game16 hrs ago
An Arizona high school soccer game Friday in Scottsdale was not played after one of the teams forfeited because they objected due to "religious perspective" their opponents having two girls on their otherwise all-boys team, the Arizona Republicreports.
In an earlier game between the teams, the Foothills Academy pair of Alyssa and Colette Hocking had stayed on the bench after similar objections were made at Faith Christian's home field in Mesa, Ariz. – but not this time, resulting in the latter forfeiting the match.
"Actually, it was the team's decision," Foothills Academy coach Steven Rains told the Republic. "They would not play without their team. They felt the girls earned the right to be on the team. And they won't play without them."
"They made us proud to be a part of this team and happy that they had our back," Colette Hocking said. "And we're happy that we were part of the decision – they included us and made us feel part of the team.
- Don Landry at Eh Game16 hrs ago
Now, maybe it's not up to me to decide. However, I've rarely let that stop me before.
We need a change to the way football coaches offer challenges.
Challenge flags in the game of football have become mundane. Do you recall the early days? The excitement surrounding the occasion of a coach tossing that challenge flag out to right an injustice brought down by uncaring zebras? Oh, those were the days, when he'd pull that flag out of his pocket, like he was unsheathing a sword, wind up and hurl that hanky, overhand, as far as he could out onto the field. "Challenge!!", I always imagined him bellowing, with the audacious righteousness of a fierce knight. "Get thee to a replay booth!"
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Eh Game18 hrs ago
Among the many tributes flowing in after golf's Arnold Palmer died Sunday night, one voice emerged above all the rest. Jack Nicklaus posted a lengthy message on Facebook honouring his friend and fellow competitor:
" I just got the news at about 8:45 that Arnold had passed. I was shocked to hear that we lost a great friend — and that golf lost a great friend.
At this point I don’t know what happened, and I suppose it is not important what happened. What is important is that we just lost one of the incredible people in the game of golf and in all of sports. My friend—many people’s friend—just wore out. I know he was in Pittsburgh trying to find out how to make himself better. That’s what Arnold has always tried to do. He has always been a fighter and he never gave up on anything. He didn’t give up even now. Maybe his body did, but I know Arnold’s will and spirit did not.
- Neil Acharya at Eh Game1 day ago
It was fleeting, like trying to grasp sand in one’s hand, they blinked and it was gone.
Not even enough time to say they had a cup of coffee in the Show, at best, it was just a quick sip.
For some it was a horrible break, or poor decision making that derailed a promising career, for others it was serendipity which allowed for them to have a shot, however briefly, playing at hockey’s highest level.
In One Night Only, author and broadcaster Ken Reid tells the stories of 40 men who skated onto the ice for just a single NHL game, from Bob Ring to Don Cherry
Reid took the time to speak with Yahoo Canada Sports about his new book which will be officially released on Oct. 16, but is available in stores and online.
Eh Game: In the forward of One Night Only, you write that this book idea came to you when thinking about your former hockey school coach Trevor Fahey. Did you know he had played just one game when you started researching him, how did things spiral from there?
- Kaitlyn McGrath at Eh Game2 days ago
TORONTO — The right guy, at the right time. That’s how Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons described the situation in the bottom of the eighth inning when, with two on and two out, Jose Bautista came up to bat.
On a 2-0 pitch right down the middle of the plate, the right fielder didn't miss, hitting a three-run blast into the left field stands, giving the Blue Jays the 3-0 lead against the New York Yankees on Saturday afternoon. It was a lead they would not relinquish, earning themselves back-to-back wins to open the final homestand of the regular season at the Rogers Centre.
" Looks like he’s heating up at the right time," Gibbons said in his post-game press conference. "Jose, he’s been known to do some things at key spots. I was sitting there on the bench with DeMarlo (Hale), and I mentioned that to him. You know, right guy, right time basically."
- Kaitlyn McGrath at Eh Game3 days ago
TORONTO — In the marathon that is a major league baseball season, we’ve entered the final sprint to the finish.
Over the course of six months — spanning three separate calendar seasons — teams play 162 games, but it’s often the last few that end up mattering the most.
That’s where we stand with the Toronto Blue Jays. Entering Friday’s game against the visiting New York Yankees, the Blue Jays were in possession of the top wild-card spot with 10 games remaining. But a lot can happen in 10 games.
Ten games could determine whether the Blue Jays will win the American League East division — unlikely — whether they’ll host or hit the road for the AL wild-card game or whether they’ll miss the post-season entirely. Each of these scenarios is possible. It could get crazy, these last 10 games.
But the first of those, which kicked off the Blue Jays final homestand of the regular season, went relatively smoothly as Toronto beat the visiting New York Yankees 9-0 on a Friday that felt like the first cool night at the Rogers Centre in ages.