- Israel Fehr at Eh Game10 hrs ago
TORONTO – All season long the Raptors answered challenge after challenge. Two players in a hometown All-Star game? Check. Best regular season in team history? Check. Getting past the first round for the first time since the Vince Carter days? Yep, that too. It took until the Eastern Conference finals – a place the franchise had not gone before – for them to meet their match.
On their third try this series, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers figured out how to win in Toronto, beating the Raptors 113-87 on Friday night to clinch a spot in the NBA Finals and bring to an end one unbelievable basketball season in the north.Fri, 27 MayCleveland113 - 87TorontoGame Recap
- Kaitlyn McGrath at Eh Game12 hrs ago
TORONTO — As the clock wound down late in the fourth quarter, the game all but decided in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ favour, the crowd at the Air Canada Centre, as they had all postseason long, began to chant, “Let’s Go Raptors.”
They chanted into the dying seconds and they chanted when the clock ran out, and the season — this historic season — was over, decided by a 113-87 Cavaliers win in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
During LeBron James’ post-game interview with ESPN’s Doris Burke, the fans — the inhabitants of the North, if you will — continued to celebrate their beloved Toronto Raptors, despite the loss.
“First of all,” James says to Doris Burke, “do you hear this? Unbelievable respect and much respect to these fans, to this country – this is unbelievable. I’ve never been a part of something like this in my 13-year career. This is special and I really appreciate what this team did.”
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game20 hrs ago
PARIS – Stan Wawrinka and Nick Kyrgios – remember last summer, in Montreal? – have nothing on Team Maria and Team Cornet at this year’s French Open.
But Tatjana Maria, a 28-year-old German pro who took time away to have daughter Charlotte, now 2 1/2, and has reached her best rankings in singles and doubles since her return, may take her issue to the courts.
Maria and Alizé Cornet squared off Thursday in the second round of the women’s singles when Cornet, a Frenchwoman better known for her dramatics than her tennis in many quarters, cramped in her right leg in the middle of the second set. She benefited from multiple treatments on changeovers in the third set for a what she said was a left hip problem, even though she had clearly been cramping in her right leg. By some miracle – she said the energy of the crowd transported her – recovered enough to defeat Maria in three sets.
The German was not happy about any of it.
- Gavin Day at Eh Game22 hrs ago
Canada’s men’s soccer team will play a pair of friendlies early next month in Austria and it will negatively impact the only all-Canadian professional club competition.
While it’s an experienced Canadian side that will be working towards two vitally important World Cup qualifiers in September, the timing of the camp will unfortunately take away from the Amway Canadian Championship that crowns Canada’s top pro club and grants a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League.
Canada will play Azerbaijan on June 3 and Uzbekistan on June 7. Both dates conflict with the semifinals of the Voyageurs Cup games involving Canada’s three MLS teams as well as the Ottawa Fury FC of the NASL. The two-leg semifinals take place June 1 and 8.
Most impacted by the Canadian roster is Ottawa, the lone NASL team left in the Canadian Championship. They lose both Marcel de Jong and Julian de Guzman, who had been nursing a minor injury until recently.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game22 hrs ago
PARIS – Milos Raonic CANNOT be serious!
Or can he?
The Canadian tennis star, who will leave no stone unturned and overlook no small detail in his quest to be the best tennis player he can be, will have serve-and-volley genius John McEnroe on board during the upcoming grass-court season.
This is how McEnroe announced he would coach Raonic in Wimbledon. pic.twitter.com/q5WvD5B5dD
The news wasn't meant to come out during the French Open, as the focus for Raonic is on this Grand Slam event. But the 57-year-old American former player announced it during his French Open show on Eurosport Friday.
Good luck telling Johnny Mac to zip it for a week or so. It's Mac's world, Milos; you're just living in it.
All kidding aside, it's a move that can only help, and will certainly add an element of interest and intrigue to Raonic's grass-court campaign.
The Raonic camp has yet to confirm it, but we're told it is a done deal.
- Gavin Day at Eh Game23 hrs ago
TOKYO - Having stumbled on its best chance to qualify for the Rio Olympics earlier this year, Canada’s men’s national volleyball team embarks on the longer road to its first Summe Games since 1992 against the toughest team they’re likely to face.
Canada opens the last-chance Olympic volleyball qualifying tournament on Saturday against the world’s No. 2 ranked team from Poland to kick off the eight-team round robin tournament.
“We all know they’re a very strong team,” said outside Gavin Schmitt. “They finished third at the (2015) World Cup—just finished outside of qualifying for the Olympics. They’re a very strong team and I think a lot of the pressure is on them. We just have to come in and do our thing.”
Schmitt is back for Canada after missing January’s qualifying tournament in Edmonton when he had surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right leg. At almost seven feet, Schmitt brings world-class size and power in the attack and from the service line.
Milos Raonic will need a hip check after his win Friday in Paris, but he's through to the round of 16Stephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
PARIS – The third-round match against a lucky loser was proceeding relatively without incident, unless you consider the fact that Andrej Martin somehow managed to break Milos Raonic’s serve twice in the space of the first set.
The 25-year-old Canadian still won it in a tiebreak, with the help of back-to-back double-faults by his Slovak opponent, just a year older. But it was after Raonic broke serve to start the third set, winced in pain and immediately went to sit down when there was no official changeover, that things got real.
Raonic overcame the hip issue that required a medical timeout and took care of Martin 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-3 to move into the fourth round at the French Open. It was a match that took two hours and 40 minutes and didn’t otherwise take a lot of him.
But the hip … it was the left hip, not the side where the adductor that has given him problems this season is located and where he had surgery nearly five years ago after a nasty spill on the grass at Wimbledon.
Milos Raonic faces lucky loser Andrej Martin in the French Open third round - but they've met beforeStephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
PARIS – If there were any doubt that Milos Raonic has grown by leaps and bounds as a player since early his career, just compare him on court in his second career meeting with Andrej Martin of Slovakia Friday at the French Open – and his first, more than five years ago.
At the 2011 Australian Open, the 20-year-old Raonic met Martin in the final round of qualifying.
He was in big trouble, down a set and a break. Somehow, he turned it around.
Raonic's first attempt at qualifying for a Grand Slam had come the previous summer at the US Open, where (ranked No. 247), he defeated three players ranked well ahead of him to make the main draw. There, he lost to Aussie Carsten Ball in a match that displayed his lack of five-set conditioning. He just ran out of gas and lost in four sets, and vowed afterwards never again to lose a match for that reason.
A few months later, in Australia, Raonic qualified for his first major with that win over Martin. And he ran with it. He defeated No. 85 Bjorn Phau of Germany, No. 24 Michael Llodra and No. 10 Mikhail Youzhny before falling in four sets to No. 7 David Ferrer in the round of 16.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game2 days ago
PARIS – It started with a roar for Canadian Genie Bouchard at the French Open Thursday. Then, things got complicated.
The 22-year-old Canadian jumped out to a 4-1 lead over No. 8 Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland playing solid consistent tennis, with maxed-out velocity on her serve. Her opponent, a semi-finalist here a year ago, was gifting her with uncharacteristic errors that only helped her cause.
And then, the Philippe-Chatrier roof caved in – or would have, if there were a roof. But that’s another storyline.
“Yeah, it's unacceptable, really, to lose 10 games in a row in a match,” a disappointed Bouchard said after a 6-4, 6-4 defeat, which sends out her of the French Open in the second round just when it seemed anything was possible.
“What's the most disappointing is my game feels good. My shots feel good. I feel good on the court,” she said. “I felt like I put myself in a good position in preparation and everything. I've done everything that I possibly could to be ready. I started out strong. The game plan was working and things like that.
“I think that my focus a little bit was the part that let me down, the mental part. Something I've been working on.”
- Chris Young at Eh Game2 days ago
This was not Dwane Casey's finest day in the coaching box, or just about anyone in Raptors colours, actually. In the latest "biggest game in franchise history" Casey's Raptors instead laid the biggest first-half eggin NBA conference finals history.
It couldn't really get any better from deep in that hole, and it didn't, on the way to a 38-point defeat that puts Toronto's season one loss away from extinction.
hahah who is this guy pic.twitter.com/LZeXEevSR9
But beyond getting pwned by a courtside fan (which merely evens the score for Drake's incessant hectoring at the ACC) and by the Cavs, Casey was left blindsided bya report from The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons that two of his players, Demarre Carroll and Corey Joseph, were spotted "just before 2 in the morning" at Cleveland's downtown casino the night before and morning of the biggest game.