- Israel Fehr at Eh Game3 hrs ago
Welcome to Bring Your Eh Game, the Yahoo Canada Sports podcast. It is hosted by Israel Fehr and focuses on the sports stories that Canadians care about.
It's a pretty jammed-packed first episode. CFL.ca columnist and Eh Game contributor Don Landry and the man that powers the 55-Yard Line blog Andrew Bucholtz come to us live from Grey Cup week in Winnipeg with their insights on the Ottawa Redblacks vs. Edmonton Eskimos matchup and predictions for Sunday's game. Sportsnet's Faizal Khamisa also joins the podcast to discuss Drake Night 3.0, the Raptors' play through the first month of the season, and his simmering feud with Tim and Sid.
Here's a rundown of the entire show: • Intro • What makes Grey Cup week so special? Don Landry explains that and much more • Andrew Bucholtz follows with more Grey Cup information, including why he thinks it'll be a close game • Faizal Khamisa admits to dancing in the Hotline Bling box and has strong words for Tim and Sid
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game7 hrs ago
After a year during which injury woes prevented Milos Raonic from continuing his steady progress up the tennis ladder, the 24-year-old Canadian announced on Thursday via Instagram that he and coach Ivan Ljubicic have ended their collaboration.
The Croat, who reached No. 3 in the world as a player, came on board in June, 2013 after Raonic parted ways with the Spaniard Galo Blanco, who had brought him from the netherworld of the rankings to the top 15.
Raonic added the veteran Ricardo Piatti to the team, who had been Ljubicic's coach during his career, in March 2014. The two coaches functioned as a tight unit, trading off at some events and joining forces at others and endeavouring to keep the message to their charge consistent throughout.
The announcement on Instagram – as these things tend to be – was cryptic in terms of who decided what.
"The decision has been made that we will not continue our professional relationship in the coming year; we will remain close friends and I would like to wish him all the best in his future endeavours," Raonic wrote.
- Chase Kell at Eh Game7 hrs ago
It's only fitting that Drizzy would up the mic on "Drake Night" at the Air Canada Centre.
But instead of a performance featuring his chart-topping single "Hotline Bling," the Toronto rapper and team ambassador delighted last night's crowd with the announcement of the Raptors' starting lineup.
Featuring a slew of one-liners for each player, Drake got a few laughs as he threw some light shade at the starting five. He kicked things off with a bang, throwing in a clever jab at the visiting LeBron James while announcing Raptors C Bismack Biyombo.
"From the Demoocratic Republic of Congo, a 6'9" centre who accused LeBron of wearing a fake mustache, number 8, Bismack Biyombo!"
Not bad, not bad. But in my opinion, Drake seemed to run out of witty zingers pretty quickly. I'll let you be the judge.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game23 hrs ago
TORONTO – It’s not often LeBron James is in a room with someone that can match his stardom, but that was the case Wednesday night. There was Drake sitting courtside with his mom – he’s got a bit of a soft side, you know? – for the Toronto Raptors’ third annual Drake Night.
And Drake, by title the team's global ambassador, was everywhere. The Hotline Bling light box was set up outside the arena for fans to mimic Drake’s dances moves from his now infamous video. The seats were draped with Drake's designed t-shirts for the fans. Drake took the mic to announce the Raptors' starting lineup and the Raptors even wore their new black and gold alternate uniforms for the first time, a nod Drake’s record label October’s Very Own.
- Chris Zelkovich at Eh Game1 day ago
What a difference a year can make.
Twelve months ago, Ottawa football fans were wondering just what happened to the CFL's best-laid plans to make their new team competitive.
A friendlier draft set-up and a few other adjustments were supposed to ensure that the latest reincarnation of three-down football on the Rideau wasn't going to be as disastrous as the last one involving the late Ottawa Renegades. But after the neophyte Redblacks turned in an abysmal 2-16 record in their first year -- worse than the Renegades' debut -- it appeared that something had gone terribly wrong.
The alleged crop of prime draft picks managed to throw away games in creative fashion while looking like, well, an expansion team.
Flash forward 12 months and the Redblacks find themselves in the Grey Cup game, playing for a championship in only their second season.
- Chris Zelkovich at Eh Game2 days ago
Considering the numerous storylines surrounding the 103th Grey Cup game, Sunday's annual festival of three-down football could provide the CFL with something it badly needs: a little pick-me-up in the TV ratings department.
While last Sunday's division finals drew big audiences, averaging about 1.2 million viewers each, they were still lower than the 2014 version. The 1.3 million average for the West final between Calgary and Edmonton was 13 per cent lower than last year's game featuring the same two teams. The 1.09 million average for the Ottawa-Hamilton final was eight per cent off last year's game, which featured Hamilton and Montreal.
While those aren't precipitous drops, they follow a semifinal weekend that saw audiences drop one and 34 per cent from 2014 and a 2015 season that suffered a 15 per cent decrease.
Oh yes, and 2014 was six per cent lower than 2013. You get the picture.
But that can all be reversed with a cracker of a game on Sunday. And there are good reasons to believe that's possible.
- Chris Zelkovich at Eh Game2 days ago
The Ottawa Redblacks are in pretty elite company when it comes to a few things.
Obviously, they're among the few teams in sports to be named after a multi-hued colour scheme. And then there's the lumberjack sawing logs on the sidelines during games (MLS Portland's Timber Joey predates them with that tradition, but hey, they're borrowing from one of the best rituals in sports there).
But as they head into Sunday's Grey Cup game, they've already established themselves as one of the most successful expansion teams in sports history. In only their second season of existence, the Redblacks are vying for a championship.
As incredible as that may seem, especially when you take into account their 2-16 record last season, they're not the fastest when it comes to expansion teams reaching a final -- or even winning a championship.
Of course, that depends on how you define an expansion team and the route taken to arrive at the big game.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game3 days ago
The Raptors beat the Los Angeles Cippers in their first full game without Jonas Valanciunas to salvage what could have been a disastrous west coast road trip. Valanciunas suffered a broken bone in his left hand In Toronto's win against the Lakers on Friday night and Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania reports
That's a sizeable chunk of time and the Raptors don't have anyone on their roster with a comparable skill set to Valanciunas. He's the only traditional centre that commands offensive touches and his extended absence will undoubtedly alter how the Raptors play – beyond the obvious observation that there will be more shots and responsibility for DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry – and how Dwane Casey constructs his lineups.
- Neate Sager at Eh Game3 days ago
Aptly, the hottest hand in Canadian Interuniversity Sport hoops belongs to Aldrich Berrios of the UBC Okanagan Heat.
Last Saturday, the second-year UBC-O guard hit two coldblooded last-second three-pointers that allowed the Heat to surmount the Mount Royal Cougars for an 87-84 home-floor win in Canada West action.
Mount Royal missed a chance to seal the win when leading scorer Brett Layton split at the free-throw line after being strategically fouled. Berrios rushed upcourt and sank a tying triple with 0.8 seconds on the clock.
When Mount Royal's Derek Wolf airmailed a lob pass from midcourt out of bounds, that gave the Heat an extra possession. Berrios capitalized, flicking the ball in from half-court for the UBC-O win.
Watch Berrios put his heroics on full display in the video below:
"The two big shots I hit were just bound to happen whether by me or by someone else on the team," Berrios, a Burnaby, B.C., native who is averaging 17.7 points for the Kelowna-based Heat, told the UBC Okanagan website.
"We just had a feeling. That was our game to win, our game to take, and we did it."
- Chris Young at Eh Game3 days ago
Sebastian Giovinco made short work of MLS in his first season, and with awards season in full swing while the league winds down to its championship weekend early next month, the Toronto FC attacker remains on the attack.
Giovinco was an overwhelming choice for the league’s Newcomer of the Year award announced Monday, topping Montreal’s Didier Drogba and Mike Grella of the New York Red Bulls in voting by club management (where he received 67 per cent of votes), media (83 per cent) and MLS players (57 per cent). The 28-year-old Italy international shared the league lead in goals with 22 and led MLS with 16 assists, good for the Audi Golden Boot award and the first time an MLS player has struck for 20 goals and 10+ assists, marking him a strong contender for the Landon Donovan Most Valuable Player award to be announced Dec. 2.
Giovinco also has a couple of those goals up for consideration in Goal of the Year reckoning, to be announced Dec. 3, and is a cinch to make the league’s Best XI of the season, to be announced Nov. 29.