- Kaitlyn McGrath at Eh Game3 hrs ago
TORONTO — After holding his serve to go up 4-1 in the third set Denis Shapovalov, the 17-year-old Canadian, pumped his fist before lifting both his hands in the air, encouraging the fans seated at Centre Court at the Aviva Centre to get a little louder.
In that moment, he looked as if he’d done this 100 times before, like this was completely routine — this, of course, being facing off against a top-20 player at an ATP Masters-1000 level event in his hometown of Toronto.
Except he hadn’t done this before and none of this was routine. On Monday night, Shapovalov was making his Rogers Cup debut and was playing just his second tour-level match, the first having come just a week ago in Washington. In both cases, he received a wild card that sent him directly into the main draw. On this night, however, Shapovalov looked like he won’t need wild cards for too much longer.
It’s no wonder he requested to play his first match on Centre Court.
“ I love playing on a big stage. I love, you know, impressing people. So, yeah, it was very fun for me,” the shaggy-haired Canadian teen told the press after he beat the world No. 19 Nick Krygios in three sets.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game7 hrs ago
For the third straight year the Blue Jays are in position to buy before the non-waiver trade deadline, and given their history, the run-up to the Aug. 1 deadline will be fascinating.
Toronto stood pat in 2014 and soon fell out of the playoff race. They made up for it in 2015 by pulling off two stunning blockbusters, acquiring David Price and Troy Tulowitzki, on top of two more minor moves and making a run to the American League Championship Series. 2016 will probably be somewhere in between – barring a trade for White Sox ace Chris Sale – which reflects where the Blue Jays stand as an organization, where the team sits in the standings, and the quality of the trade market.Tue, 26 Jul7:10 PM EDTChi Cubs at Chi White SoxPreview Game
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game8 hrs ago
The Canadian team that will compete at the 2016 Olympics in Rio was officially unveiled Monday and includes 313 athletes participating in 37 sports.
Led by Rosie MacLennan, gold medallist in trampoline at London 2012 and Canada's flag-bearer for the opening ceremony, 92 of the athletes were also at the Olympics four years ago.
None have more experience that rower Lesley Thompson-Willie. Rio will be her eighth Olympics, tying the all-time women’s record. On the flip side, these are the first Games to feature born in the 21st century. The Canadian team has four athletes born in 2000: two swimmers (Penny Oleksiak, Taylor Ruck) and two gymnasts (Shallon Olsen, Rose-Kaying Woo).
Georgia Simmerling is about to accomplish some history, too. Simmerling participated in alpine skiing in Vancouver 2010, freestyle skiing in Sochi 2014, and is a member of the tr ack cycling team at Rio 2016. She'll be the first Canadian to suit up in three different sports at three Olympic Games.
- Kaitlyn McGrath at Eh Game9 hrs ago
TORONTO — While most people were looking ahead to the night matches featuring a pair of Canadians, two hometown players went largely under the radar and gave Canada a 2-0 record thus far on Day 1 of the Rogers Cup.
First, Steven Diez upset No. 84 Kyle Edmund, of Great Britain, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 on a muggy afternoon on Court 1. As an encore, Peter Polansky, who grew up 10 minutes from the Aviva Centre, topped American Tim Smyczek 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 on that same court a few hours later.
Both Canadians received a wild card into the main draw and seem to be making the most of it so far.
“I took advantage of my wild card here, he took advantage,” said Polansky, who did his post-match scrum shirtless on the humid day. “It’s great to have some Canadians in the second round and moving forward.”
After his match own an excited — and sweaty — Diez told reporters it was the biggest win of his career thus far.
- Chris Young at Eh Game10 hrs ago
Ryan Cochrane calls it a “precarious balance” - the full-time commitments that come with training for Olympic sport, while entrusting others with the power to keep it all on the up and up. But oh, there are weeks like this one where it seems dreadfully out of whack, and years of experience that indicate it could ever be so.
Still, he believes - even, and especially, when doping control knocks at his door in Victoria. Like late last week, as he readied to come to Swim Canada’s final pre-Olympic staging in Toronto.
“I’ve been tested twice a day, four times in a week,” Cochrane said Monday, on the deck of the Pan Am Sports Centre. “It’s constant in Canada. We do our due diligence to make sure our athletes are clean.
“I don’t think that’s the case in every country. As an athlete you just wish it was even across the board - that every country was doing what they could to instil that kind of attitude among their athletes - but it’s not.”
- Kaitlyn McGrath at Eh Game12 hrs ago
TORONTO — The opening three nights of Toronto’s Rogers Cup will be a Canadian tennis showcase — or at least that’s what event organizers are hoping with the scheduling of back-to-back-to-back Canucks on the Aviva Centre’s main stage Monday through Wednesday.
As the only Canadian stop of the ATP Tour, organizers at the Rogers Cup look to highlight the hometown contingent at the event each year — and this time around is no different. In this year's case, a bona fide star such as Milos Raonic, a veteran like Frank Dancevic and an exciting youngster like Denis Shapovalov each get a chance to step into the spotlight, at least for one night.
Off the top, 17-year-old Denis Shapovalov will make his Rogers Cup debut on Monday night on Centre Court. According to tournament director Karl Hale, Shapovalov requested to be on Centre Court, a he’s not afraid of the big stage, Hale said.
The luck of the draw also fell in the tournament’s favour as Shapovalov, the Wimbledon boys’ singles champion, is set to face off against the always entertaining Nick Kyrgios, from Australia.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game14 hrs ago
Meet Kazuki Yazawa, a 27-year-old Buddhist priest who is set to compete at his third Olympic Games in Rio for his native Japan.
It's an unusual combination, and not one Yazawa envisioned carrying out at such a high level. He placed ninth in the men's K-1 kayak slalom at London 2012 but soon after decided to join the priesthood while continuing to kayak in his spare time.
Even as he scaled back on his training, he came out on top at the Japanese canoe slalom national tournament in 2015, making him the country's top contender for Rio, and Yazawa has been balancing life as a committed priest and an Olympic athlete ever since.
Yazawa detailed his daily routine in an article by the Associated Press: He wakes up before dawn and accompanies the senior priests at a temple in Nagano. At 3 p.m. he swaps his robe for a polo shirt and shorts and heads to a nearby river to work out on the water for about an hour and a half. That is usually followed by a run or a gym session.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game15 hrs ago
MONTREAL – The rest of the week looks pretty good, weather-wise. But the forecast in Montreal Monday is poor with showers and thunderstorms expected from noon through until this evening.
The prospects are better in Toronto, although it would be a surprise not to get through the day without some stoppages in play.
The top eight seeds in both the men's and women's events have first-round byes, so don't expect to see them before Wednesday. In the meantime, there is plenty of Canadian talent on display, and other intriguing first-round matchups.
The night session is double-barrelled Canadian excitement, with 17-year-old Denis Shapovalov making his Rogers Cup main draw debut against the exciting, mercurial No. 11 seed from Australia, Nick Kyrgios.
- Don Landry at Eh Game17 hrs ago
Chris Sale. Good fashion sense. Bad problem-solving skills.
Did he really find those throwback Chicago White Sox jerseys so reprehensible that he had no choice but to rid the clubhouse of their disco era presence? Maybe. But when the Chicago White Sox ace gave those jerseys a radical redesign with a knife, on Saturday, it was more like a dismayed lover tossing a new ex's belongings out onto the lawn in a climax of relationship decay. It's not about the stuff, actually. Sure, those 1976 inspired White Sox uni's were god-awful and bringing them back into the light is kind of like asking Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez to do a remake of Gigli. Sale's rocky relationship with the White Sox pre-dates all of this, though and his Norman Bates attack on the jerseys will go down as a symptom of the problems - not the cause - as Sale makes his way out of Chicago in the near future.
A limerick, just for Chris Sale:
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game18 hrs ago
MONTREAL – As Denis Shapovalov prepares to make his Rogers Cup debut Monday night at the Aviva Centre in Toronto, Canada’s new Wimbledon junior champion is being hailed as another success story from the well-funded national development program.
But as 17-year-old Denis Shapovalov and coach Adriano Fuorivia barnstormed through the U.S. south last winter playing at the very lowest level of professional tennis, rather than fly to Australia to play the first junior Grand Slam of the 2016 season, it wasn’t out of choice but out of financial necessity.
As with most national tennis federations, if you don’t get with the program and fit within the fairly rigid structure, you’re on your own.
So far, Shapovalov and Fuorivia have shown their own way has been a winning way. They’ve also shown that there is more than one way to develop a champion and that they don’t always come out of tennis factories like national training centres and high-priced academies.
As Shapovalov grew into adolescence and clearly showed promise, he was invited to join the national high-performance program based out of Uniprix Stadium in Montreal.