- Israel Fehr at Eh Game4 hrs ago
BURNABY, B.C. – After burning out a bit down the stretch last season, Kyle Lowry is back looking fitter than ever. After missing significant time with a groin injury early on, DeMar DeRozan is eyeing a return to All-Star form. After signing a four-year, $64 million deal, Jonas Valanciunas is working to break out in his fourth year in the NBA.
And after a busy offseason following a humbling first round playoff sweep, the Toronto Raptors believe the comprehensive changes they've made will allow their core players to achieve their individual goals, and in turn, power the team to group success.
The Raptors open their seven-game preseason schedule Sunday in Vancouver against the Los Angeles Clippers. There are plenty of new faces on the team this year, making this past week's training camp and the upcoming exhibition games extra critical.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game7 hrs ago
When we reported just before the US Open that experienced coach Thomas Hogstedt was in the mix for a tryout with top Canadian Genie Bouchard, we were told that while he was keen and ready to come on board, Bouchard and her team had reservations.
Those reservations seemed to have abated and Hogstedt is indeed by Bouchard's side, as she (hopefully) prepares for a return Monday in Beijing, China against Andrea Petkovic.
Clearly this is a short-term experiment, as Bouchard wraps up her star-crossed season. The 21-year-old Canadian went the "coach who has taken players to the top of the game" route already this year, with Sam Sumyk. And no doubt she learned that the coach might have an illustrious resumé, but that doesn't mean that the chemistry will be there or the fit is right.
A 52-year-old Swede, Hogstedt was a great junior (the 1981 junior US Open champion) and a serviceable pro.
- Andrew Bucholtz at Eh Game18 hrs ago
The sexual harassment investigation of Canadian Olympic Committee president Marcel Aubut snowballed quickly this week, with Wednesday night's news that he was being investigated for comments towards one woman and stepping down while the investigation proceeded (a rare move in the sports world), Thursday's news that two further women had come forward with complaints against him, and Saturday's news that Aubut has officially resigned his post. The Canadian Olympic Committee has accepted his resignation, but says they're going to continue investigating his actions, a vital step to both analyze exactly what happened here and hopefully find ways to prevent it from reoccurring.
- Andrew Bucholtz at Eh Game1 day ago
Canadian Olympic Committee president Marcel Aubut serious from , and he's under investigation as a result.
The COC has hired former Quebec Superior Court chief justice Francois Rolland to lead an independent investigation into Aubut's conduct, which isn't unprecedented in situations along these lines. What is more unusual, at least in the sports world, is that Aubut is stepping down from his positions as president of the COC and as chairman of the related Canadian Olympic Foundation for at least the duration of the investigation. It's unclear if that was mandated by the COC or decided on independently by Aubut, but it's a decision that's relatively rare in big-time sports, where many powerful figures have attempted to proceed as if all's normal amidst significant investigations. It's a smart move, and one other organizations should follow. Sadly, many are doing the opposite, allowing the embattled to continue as before while investigations swirl around them.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
The Canadian junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup teams were both among the favourites to take the crowns this week, at the Caja Magica in Madrid, Spain.
The No. 1 seeded boys, led by 15-year-old Félix Auger-Aliassime and 16-year-old Denis Shapovalov, did their part after sweeping the singles rubbers against No. 4 seed Russia in the semi-finals on Friday.
“Everyone on the team did great work to achieve this goal. Now we are one step closer, so it’s a good thing. Denis and I had two great matches today so I think the whole team is proud. We’re going to rest a bit tomorrow and put in the work to be ready for Sunday," Félix Auger-Aliassime said on the Tennis Canada website.
The girls, seeded No. 4, lost a tough one in the deciding doubles to the top-seeded Czech Republic and had their run stopped in the semi-finals.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
The first step for Canadian tennis star Genie Bouchard was actually getting to Asia, after a concussion suffered in a locker-room accident at the US Open Sept. 4 put her on the shelf.
The second step will be to actually take the court for a match.
That effort was cut short last week in Wuhan, China when Bouchard suffered a return of the concussion symptoms on the practice court Saturday, and withdrew from the tournament a few hours before she was scheduled to play No. 11 seed Belinda Bencic of Switzerland on Monday.
By Friday, she was in Beijing, China for an even bigger WTA Tour event, a joint event with the ATP Tour and a mandatory tournament on the women's schedule.
This time, Bouchard drew No. 13 seed Andrea Petkovic of Germany in the first round.
She practiced Friday with Timea Bacsinsky of Switzerland, and from photos published on the Chinese microblogging site Weibo, was back on her selfie game (the blacking out of Bouchard's selfie "partner" was theirs, not ours).
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
With Milos Raonic winning his first ATP Tour title in more than a year last week in St. Petersburg, Russia, was it Davis Cup teammate Vasek Pospisil's turn to win his first career title at a tournament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this week?
Not this time around, although the 25-year-old from Vancouver did have a solid week before bowing out to No. 2 seed Feliciano Lopez of Spain, 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2 in the quarter-finals on Friday.
Pospisil, the No. 8 seed, cruised over qualifier Yasutaka Uchiyama of Japan 6-3, 6-4 in the first round. He then produced a quality victory over former top-10 player Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus, 7-6, (2), 3-6, 6-3 – a 2 1/2-hour effort in which he won one more point than Baghdatis, 105 to 104.
In the quarters on Friday against Lopez, who is ranked No. 17 in the ATP Tour rankings, Pospisil pulled out a first set in which both were nearly untouchable on serve. Pospisil lost just seven points on his own delivery; neither player could earn a break point.
- Neil Acharya at Eh Game2 days ago
Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe Trophy, Vezina Trophy, Calder Memorial Trophy . . . Postage Stamp.
With their resumes already filled with hockey’s highest honours, six legendary goalies added yet another accolade to their names when Canada Post unveiled Great Canadian Goalies - a new postage stamp issue at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Thursday.
Lorne "Gump" Worsley, Johnny Bower, Tony Esposito, Bernie Parent, Ken Dryden and Martin Brodeur were chosen in a process involving the NHL, Canada Post and the Hall of Fame.
Esposito, who these days is a community ambassador with the Chicago Blackhawks, used to the opportunity to toss some friendly barbs at his older brother Phil Esposito. Phil, who like Tony has won the Stanley Cup, had his number retired and is a Hockey Hall of Fame inductee. Now they both have a stamp (Phil was honoured with a Canada Post stamp in 2002).Sat, 3 OctDallas0 - 4ChicagoGame Recap
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game2 days ago
BURNABY, B.C. – Count DeMarre Carroll among the many that would like to see the NBA give Vancouver another shot.
The Toronto Raptors have brought their training camp to the city for the second straight year and will open their preseason schedule at Rogers Arena against the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday . It's afforded Carroll, who signed a four-year, $60 million free agent contract with the Raptors in the offseason, the opportunity to visit Vancouver for the first time. Like most tourists that come through the city, the 29-year-old Alabama native is very impressed with what he's seen so far.
"This city is great. I heard it was a beautiful city and the people here are nice. What I look for (in a city) is good restaurants, a good vibe, nice scenery. I feel like [Vancouver] has all of that," said Carroll. "I think this city really needs an NBA team, and hopefully it gets one soon."
- Andrew Bucholtz at Eh Game2 days ago
The allegations of sexual harrassmentagainst Canadian Olympic Committee president Marcel Aubut that caused him to step down for the duration of the investigation aren't the only ones out there.
After the story of a Canadian Olympic Foundation employee accusing Aubut of harrassment in repeated comments came out Wednesday night, Canadian Soccer Association board member Amelia Salehabadi-Fouques came forward to various French-language media outlets with her own highly-detailed complaints of repeated sexual harrassment from Aubut.