- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game8 hrs ago
The ATP and WTA Tour have a get-together the next two weeks, uniting in Madrid and Rome for combined events that will feature all the best players in the world.
The last time that happened was in Miami, more than a month ago.
As top Canadian Milos Raonic, who had a first-round bye as the No. 5 seed, prepares for a tough opening match against Argentina's Juan Mónaco Tuesday his female counterpart, Genie Bouchard, is already out. Bouchard lost her first-round match (the women have a full 64-player draw) to world No. 22 Barbora Strycova on Sunday in another perplexing performance.
Raonic hasn't played a match for 2 1/2 weeks, since aggravating a foot issue in his quarter-final match against Tomas Berdych in Monte Carlo.
The calibre of play in Madrid is so high that Canadian No. 2 Vasek Pospisil had to try the qualifying. In the first round he drew the ultimate wild card, former top 10 player Janko Tipsarevic, who is on the comeback trail after a long absence due to injury. And he lost 6-4, 6-2.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game13 hrs ago
TSN's English Premier League pregame show had special guest on ahead of Monday's matchup between Arsenal and Hull City.
Noel Gallagher, the former Oasis frontman who's in Toronto on tour for his solo act, joined Kristian Jack for a few minutes of soccer talk. It was relatively subdued for a Gallagher appearance, no cursing or particularly strong opinions. Instead he was a little more subtle with his shots.
The conversation focused mostly around Manchester City, Gallagher's favourite club, ranging from their first Premier League title in 2012, their form this season, and what the future holds for the current core. He came across as a passionate and informed fan.
When a few questions about the other top Premier League sides came his way, that's when the Gallagher we've became accustomed to seeing leapt into action.
- Neate Sager at Eh Game17 hrs ago
Following the NFL draft, there's always a steady trickle of news about undrafted players signing free-agent deals or agreeing to attend mini-camps with the aim of signing a contract. It's a long road, of course, from here to winning a job in the NFL, but fans attuned to their Twitter feeds might have noticed a pattern with the players the New York Giants see as having untapped potential.
The Giants assistant general manager, Kevin Abrams, is a Western Mustangs alumnus, so it would make sense that the storied franchise would be eager to among the growing number of NFL teams who are recognizing that there is burgeoning football talent north of the border. All told, the Giants, who already signed Calgary Stampeders star offensive lineman Brett Jones, are also looking at seven Canadians at their mini-camp, including five from Canadian Interuniversity Sport schools.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game19 hrs ago
The 2015 MLB season is less than a month old, yet the Toronto Blue Jays' opening day starting centre fielder, No. 3 starting pitcher, and the power arm reliever who briefly took over closing duties are already back in the minor leagues. It's no coincidence that all three are rookies and that the team is off to a middling 12-14 start and looking for a change to lift them out of last place in the AL East.
It started when Daniel Norris was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo following a short outing Wednesday in Cleveland. Dalton Pompey and his .183 batting average was next to go a couple days later and Miguel Castro was sent down a few hours after Sunday's 10-7 loss to the Indians in which he gave up two earned runs in 1 1/3 innings.Tue, 5 May7:07 PM EDTNY Yankees at TorontoPreview Game
- Chris Zelkovich at Eh Game1 day ago
The day started off so well for Brooke Henderson.
The 17-year-old Canadian birdied the first hole at the LPGA North Texas Shootout Sunday to move back into a tie for first place. It looked like there was to be no repeat of the jitters that knocked her out of first place the Sunday before.
Then, seemingly in the blink of an eye, it was all over.
First, she bogeyed the par-5 third after her approach shot settled into a concrete culvert under a street running between holes. She hit her tee shot at the 165-yard fourth hole into the water fronting the green and took a double bogey. Things got only marginally better as she put up another bogey on the par-4 fifth.
Her hopes of becoming the the third LPGA golfer to win a tournament at age 17 and the first Canadian to win on the tour since 2001 were put on hold, especially with eventual winner Inbee Park of South Korea recording a final-round 65 and a host of other contenders under 70 on the day.
Another bogey on the par-4 ninth gave her an uncharacteristic 40 on the front nine.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
Canadian Genie Bouchard traveled to Madrid, Spain to kick off her European clay-court campaign after a little post-Fed Cup break at home in Montreal, recharged and ready to make a new start.
Unfortunately for the world No. 6, her opener against Barbora Strycova Sunday was a continuation of her last three months, and puts her current losing streak at six matches.
It took barely a half-hour for Bouchard to inflict a bagel, a 6-0 set on Strycova, who is ranked No. 22 in the world but who was coming in with a three-match losing streak of her own, no record of success in Madrid, and an 0-3 head-to-head record against the Canadian.
Bouchard led 6-0, 3-1 ... and then it all began to seem rather familiar. She lost 0-6, 6-3, 6-3 and now will have to wait at least 10 days to try again at a similar top-level event in Rome.
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- Chris Zelkovich at Eh Game2 days ago
When it comes to Cinderella stories, Brooke Henderson is on the verge of outdoing the fairy tale princess.
After wowing the women's golf world last week in San Francisco, the 17-year-old Smiths Falls, Ont., native showed it was no fluke. She heads into Sunday's final round of the LPGA North Texas Shootout in a three-way tie for second, only one stroke behind co-leaders Inbee Park of South Korea and American Lexi Thompson (minus-9). She's joined by American Angela Sanford and Karrie Webb of Australia.
“I made a couple of mistakes,” Henderson told reporters after her round. “Just a few putts on the back nine I wish I would have made, but I'm still in a good position. I didn't play that well today, and I'm still right in there.”
Henderson shot an even-par 71 on Saturday at Las Colinas Golf Club in Irving, Tex., putting her at minus-8 for the tournament. She had started the day with a one-stroke lead after carding a spectacular 65 on Friday. It marked the second straight tournament in which she held the lead after two days, an amazing accomplishment for many reasons.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game3 days ago
The trip home to play Fed Cup wasn't the launching pad Genie Bouchard had hoped for to turn around a tough 2015.
On the positive side, the 21-year-old was able to spend some time with friends and family, including boyfriend Jordan Caron of the Colorado Avalanche, and get some practice on on the Har-Tru courts at Uniprix Stadium in relative anonymity.
Now in Madrid, the current world No. 6 will launch the second part of her season in Madrid, a top-level tournament (a joint event with the ATP Tour) featuring all of the top players in the world, in a full 64-player draw that features no byes, and a slate of first-round matches that are top class.
To give you an idea, No. 16 seed Venus Williams's first opponent will be former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka. And her third-round opponent could be sister Serena, the top seed. No. 3 Maria Sharapova will play Timea Bascinszky of Switzerland, ranked No. 21, in the first round. No. 12 Angelique Kerber of Germany, who just won the big Stuttgart event last week, will meet former U.S. Open champion and French Open finalist Samantha Stosur, ranked No. 24.
A tough, tough field.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game4 days ago
A tall, familiar-looking figure was in front of the entrance to the Thunderbird Arena last month, as Canada hosted Japan in the first round of the Davis Cup.
That she had a racquet in her hand, albeit a kids' sized one, just made her even easier to identify.
Just a couple of years after breaking into the top 40 on the WTA Tour, Rebecca Marino is long removed from it all. She walked away, to find a happy life. The anxiety and depression she had silently suffered from since she was a teenager was only exacerbated by the pressures of competing, and the barrage of reaction from the brave social-media devotees who will happily wish you a painful, permanent demise when you commit the grievous sin of losing a tennis match.
For her life, she walked away. And here she was, doing something you probably wouldn't have expected from her in her playing days, when she was quiet and shy, dealing with her own thing while trying to keep a happy face on.
NBL of Canada forfeits Game 7 of final after 'physical altercation' at shootaround; Windsor Express declared champsNeate Sager at Eh Game4 days ago
The National Basketball League of Canada has been prone to coming off as a farce in hightops. Even by the NBLC's sliding scale for what constitutes absurdity, having the Windsor Express declared league champions by the two sweetest words in the English language — de-fault! de-fault! — might be the topper.