- Israel Fehr at Eh Game12 hrs ago
The fine play of Kyle Wiltjer and his Gonzaga Bulldogs this season has landed the 22-year-old forward on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Wiltjer leads the Bulldogs in scoring with 17.4 points per game. Gonzaga, currently No. 2 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 3 in the AP Top 25, appears poised to grab a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament next month.
Here's a look at the cover via Sports Illustrated's Twitter account:
As a regional cover, the magazines Wiltjer is gracing will be received by subscribers and newsstand s in Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Idaho, and Nevada.
In another nod to his great year, Wiltjer and Gonzaga teammate Kevin Pangos were named among the 14 finalists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy on Thursday,, which goes to the college player of the year.
More NCAA Basketball coverage from Yahoo Canada Sports:
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- Ian Denomme at Eh Game15 hrs ago
DUNEDIN, Fla. – The Toronto Blue Jays have no idea what to do with Aaron Sanchez. The lanky, 22-year-old pitcher will be an important part of the team in 2015, there’s no doubt, but whether the Jays’ prized prospect joins the starting rotation or bullpen is still very much to be decided.
It’s a good problem for Alex Anthopoulos and John Gibbons. The Blue Jays have enough faith in Sanchez that they believe he can do either job with aplomb. The tough question facing the club is where they need him most.
The rotation is set one-through-four (R.A. Dickey, Mark Buehrle, Marcus Stroman and Drew Hutchinson) but there’s a big hole in the fifth spot which Sanchez, a starter by trade, could fill. But the bullpen is full of questions and Gibbons has even said Sanchez could be the team’s closer.
The Blue Jays brass are so unsure where to put him they often have him in both positions in the same breath.
- Justin Robertson at Eh Game17 hrs ago
The Cricket World Cup is well underway, casual fans have probably heard some terms that seem like complete utter nonsense or fabrication of the worse sort. Words like “part-timer” or “bunny” or “all-rounder”.
So, here are 28 words, terms and slang that you need to know to keep up with the commentary and the late night matches. Memo to Canadian cricket fans: send this to your hockey buddies. They’ll appreciate it. You’re welcome.
ALL ROUNDER: A player that is picked because he can do everything. He’s good at batting AND bowling. Normally bats anywhere between 4 to 7 and bowls at the death (see below.)
AT THE DEATH: The final eight overs of an innings. This is where teams batting look to swing the bat and score as much as possible. The bowling team, generally, want to bowl tight and not give away too many runs.
BUNNY: Could also be referred to as a “tailender”, a bunny is a bowler who bats at No. 9, 10 or 11. Most of the time a bunny is an easy out.
BELTER: Term used to describe a pitch that looks good for run making. A batsmen’s dream. A “belter of a pitch” is usually flat, hard and non-threatening. Another common term for a belter is “ a road”, referring to its flat nature.
- Chris Zelkovich at Eh Game17 hrs ago
The immediate concern is that Canada's most accomplished golfer will not be able to tee it up at the Masters this year, the course that took his career to another level.
But the nagging thought when Mike Weir walked off the course at the Honda Classic on Thursday morning was that this might be the end of his days as a serious competitor on the PGA Tour.
Continuing wrist and elbow woes, which have plagued the left-hander for years, may simply be too much to overcome for the 44-year-old native of Brights Grove, Ont.
It was apparent that Weir was fighting pain as he tried to play his first round at the Honda Classic, a scene that's become all too familiar. After hitting his tee shot on the par-four 11th hole at the PGA National course in Palm Beach, Fla., Weir grimaced in pain and then walked over and shook the hands of his playing partners before heading to the clubhouse for medical treatment.
It was his second straight withdrawal. He pulled out during the second round of the Northern Trust Open last week with similar woes.
He was obviously frustrated.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game1 day ago
Rathan-Mayes, a native of Scarborough and Andrew Wiggins' high school teammate, poured in 30 points, including 26 straight, in the final 4:38 in Florida State's 81-77 loss to Miami.
The Seminoles were down by 18 before Rathan-Mayes caught fire. He was able to cut Miami's lead down to two, but that's as close as they would come. During his scoring explosion, Rathan-Mayes went 8-for-10 from the field, nailing six three-pointers. The 20-year-old finished the game with 35 points, five assists, and four rebounds.
FSU's Xavier Rathan-Mayes' 2nd half in loss at Miami: -Scored/assisted on team's final 38 pts -Scored 26 straight pts pic.twitter.com/W3E31jgJ1Q
- Don Landry at Eh Game1 day ago
One of curling's all-time great skips, Jeff Stoughton, is retiring. The man known in equal parts for his shotmaking ability and his sense of humour has decided that it is time to step off the ice, something he will do in a mostly permanent way at the end of this season.
"I've been thinking about it for a while and this feels like the right time," the three-time Brier champion said, over the phone, about an hour after he made the announcement to his Twitter followers.
Well it's time! Stepping back from the game, that darn R word is just to hard to say! Thx to all but mostly thank you to my family! #awesome
"It's never easy to say you're going to retire from the game," continued the 51 year old Stoughton, adding that he doesn't believe there's anything on the horizon that would keep him playing actively into next season. "It's a done deal," he confirmed.
- Don Landry at Eh Game1 day ago
The 2015 Brier gets underway this weekend, with a field that is jam-packed with a slew of evenly matched teams vying for four playoff positions and, ultimately, a shot at hoisting the venerable tankard on Sunday night, March 8th. Splitting this field up into three groups is not easy. “It’s a pretty hefty field this year," notes Team Canada lead Nolan Thiessen. "There’s a lot of good teams. There’s going to be good teams that go 5 and 6 at this thing.” Indeed, while the Scotties seemed a little more cut and dried, the 2015 Brier holds possibilities for many more teams.
NOTE: Team rankings come from the World Curling tour's Order of Merit (Year-to-Date) standings.
- Neate Sager at Eh Game1 day ago
Calgary became Lob City last weekend, courtesy the University of Calgary Dinos' duo of LJ Hegwood and Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson during the Canada West playoffs.
During a playoff series-clinching win over the Manitoba Bisons on Saturday, the two showed off some scintillating synergy while collaborating an alley-oop dunk in transition. As you can see, the 6-foor-4 Hegwood came seemingly out of nowhere to leap up from the baseline, catch Ogungbemi-Jackson's pinpoint pass and slam it down, to the delight of fans at the Jack Simpson gym.
Not a bad way for Ogungbemi-Jackson, Calgary's fifth-year floor leader, to make one last memory in his final home game.
Calgary might have its work cut out for it against the Fraser Valley Cascades, who were a conference-best 17-3 in the regular season, in a best-of-3 Canada West quarter-final series in Abbotsford, B.C.. Nevertheless, with Ogungbemi-Jackson nearing the exit, it's nice to know Calgary has another exciting player waiting in the wings in Hegwood, a second-year guard whose father, John Hegwood Sr., is a long-time basketball coach in the southern Alberta city.
- Don Landry at Eh Game2 days ago
Maybe they should have Team Jacobs and Team Gushue decide the matter on the ice at this year's Brier, in Calgary.
Not that their game on March 5th won't be a spicy meatball as it is.
If you added hosting the 2017 Brier to the stakes, that would make for one heck of a Thursday morning draw.
First, 2006 Olympic gold medalist and 12 time Brier participant, Brad Gushue, made his intentions known. He wants the 2017 Brier to be staged in his home province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Specifically, in St. John's.
Now, 2014 Olympic gold medalist and 2013 Brier champion Brad Jacobs has launched his own campaign(along with his teammates) to get the 2017 event to his hometown of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
Both of the bids have the blessing and support of the municipalities, neither of which has hosted a Brier in a long, long, long time.
When last The Soo hosted, it was 1990. You go even farther back - much farther back - to find the last time St. John's was the host. That would be 1972.
- Chris Zelkovich at Eh Game2 days ago
For anyone who's been paying any attention at all to the Canadian sports broadcasting scene, the popularity of curling should come as absolutely no surprise. Put a big rock in somebody's hand and a broom in the other, turn on the cameras and you have an instant audience. So it's not really big news that last week's Scotties Tournament of Hearts set a ratings record for TSN and dominated the top 10 listings for the weekend. TSN's coverage averaged 566,000 viewers for more than a week and Sunday's final attracted an average audience of 1,050,000 -- second only to Hockey Night In Canada's early game. The final drew 15 per cent more viewers than it did last year even while going up against the Oscars, and TSN reports drawing 7 million unique viewers throughout the tournament. While that's not startling, what is interesting is that curling is thriving at a time when some are saying that the Internet is stealing sports fans from the networks. There might be some evidence of that -- Hockey Night In Canada numbers are down even though interest seems strong -- but TV ratings records continue to fall for events like the Super Bowl and world junior hockey championship. Even if the web is siphoning viewers, curling is pretty much immune. It's no secret that curling's audience has a lot of grey hair -- or no hair -- and, not to generalize, but the over-55 crowd tends to prefer the big screen to an iPad. Failing eyesight may be a factor there. All that means that the Brier is likely to set viewing records, too. Curling topped some pretty big competition on the weekend. Its playoffs easily beat out the late Hockey Night In Canada offering, which lends credence to those who say the NHL's Stadium Series is on the wane. The fact that the L.A.-San Jose game under the California sky averaged only half a million viewers -- low for even the faltering late Saturday broadcast -- certainly points to more yawns than cheers. Curling's bronze medal game, as close to irrelevance as things can get, did better than that. Here are the most-watched sports events from the past weekend, according to Numeris overnight ratings: 1. NHL, Jets-Leafs/Panthers-Sens/Ducks-Oilers/Jackets-Habs, Saturday, CBC-Rogers: 2,200,000 2. Curling, Tournament of Hearts final, Sunday, TSN: 1,050,000 3. Curling, Tournament of Hearts Page playoff, Saturday, TSN: 887,000 4. Curling, Tournament of Hearts semifinal, Saturday, TSN: 884,000 5. Curling, Tournament of Hearts Page playoff, Friday, TSN: 792,000 6. Auto racing, Daytona 500, Sunday, TSN: 532,000 (Fox viewers not measured) 7. NHL, Canucks at Islanders, Sunday, City: 514,000 8. Curling, Tournament of Hearts Bronze final, Sunday, TSN: 512,000 9. NHL, Kings at Sharks, Saturday, CBC: 505,000 10. NHL, Leafs at Hurricanes, Friday, Sportsnet Ontario: 500,000 11. NHL, Hockey Night In Canada pre-game, Saturday, CBC-Rogers: 498,000 12. Curling, Tournament of Hearts, Draw 17, Friday, TSN: 445,000 13. Auto racing, Daytona 500 pre-race, Sunday, TSN: 272,000 (Fox viewers not measured) 14. NHL, Canucks at Devils, Friday,