- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game12 hrs ago
PARIS – Eight days ago, Vasek Pospisil finally got some good news.
Playing the French Open – originally thought impossible – was back on the table.
It was a goal to shoot for as the 24-year-old Canadian spent six hours a day frantically working to heal a bad ankle sprain suffered on the doubles court in Madrid two weeks ago with partner Jack Sock.
"I was very disappointed, obviously. When it happened I thought I broke it. I’ve sprained my ankle several times over the course of my career that that was by far the most painful one. But it turned out to be not as bad as initially thought," Pospisil said. "It was a pretty complicated sprain, it looks pretty good, considering that I’m on the court already. The first couple of diagnoses said I had a fracture, and that turned out not to be the case. It was a tough MRI to read."
On Saturday in Paris, Pospisil played the first competitive points since that injury, against veteran Finnish lefty Jarkko Nieminen.
He had done some limited, controlled movement the previous day; this was the first real test.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game13 hrs ago
Add another goal to Sebastian Giovinco's already impressive Toronto FC highlight-reel.
The latest might just be the best of the bunch too, as Giovinco's left-footed strike from 30 yards out in the fifth minute gave the Reds an early lead against the Portland Timbers on Saturday at BMO Field.
Giovinco, who now has five goalsand four assists in 10 games on the season, wasn't done pulling the strings. He came close to adding a second on a couple occasions in the first half, cutting inside the box only to have his effort blocked in front and he also went just wide on another long distance attempt, this one on his right foot.
He ultimately didn't find the back of the net again, but his lone tally was enough to earn TFC a deserved 1-0 win and improved to 4-5-1, giving them 13 points from 10 games. It was a strong performance overall, one that the Reds would surely like to replicate consistently.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game15 hrs ago
PARIS – It's crunch time for Genie Bouchard as she returns to Paris, the scene of her inspiring run to the French Open semi-finals a year ago, which ended with a solid three-set effort against eventual champion Maria Sharapova.
And if you didn't know she was here, you wouldn't even know she was here. Whether it's deliberate or not, it's not a bad way to go given Bouchard's on-court struggles this season.
Bouchard's "it-girl" face hasn't yet been seen in the local media, and the tournament officially gets under way on Sunday. She wasn't even requested by any of the myriad television rights holders here, all of whom lined the "media walk" on Friday with the various top seeds making their way down the line, answering basically the same questions from each camera and presenter.
A request to her representatives by your Eh Game correspondent for a short interview before the French Open was quickly met with an "Unfortunately, that will not be possible."
- Andrew Bucholtz at Eh Game1 day ago
Playing soccer in Canada isn't always easy, but there are places where it's far more difficult. One such place is Iraq, the former home of Winnipeg teenagers Nazdar and Zainab Hilo. The girls loved soccer there, so much so that they kept playing despite the chances of being kidnapped or killed. Their family came to Canada as refugees in 2010, where it's much easier for them to play the game they love. Now, they'll be carrying the FIFA flag at the Women's World Cup games in Winnipeg next month, as Global's Shannon Cuciz reports:
Nazdar Hilo told Cuciz that when she and her sister used to play soccer in Iraq, they would have to hide every time someone came by.
"When we saw someone coming, we were going to hide until they passed and it was safe to play again," she said. "It was because some ISIS terrorists, if we were playing, they might take us or do bad things to us."
Afraid of kidnappings, their parents banned them from the sport, but that didn't stop the Hilo sisters. It did make them have to keep their soccer secret, though, as Zainab Hilo told Cuciz.
- Neate Sager at Eh Game1 day ago
For a young man who spent much of his time with his back to the opposition as one of the best setters in Canadian Interuniversity Sport across the past five men's volleyball seasons, Austin Campion-Smith knows how to pay forward — and keep a promise.
Campion-Smith, who was the nerve centre of a mighty Marauders' attack for the past half-decade, would be "a sought-after commodity in the volleyball world" if he so desired. Volleyball is one team sport where CIS is relatively close to parity with NCAA and many players do go on to spend some of their twenties playing in Europe. Campion-Smith, though, has found a different calling.
The Bowmanville, Ont., native, who helped McMaster win four Ontario championships during his tenure, is in Egbe, Nigeria, helping with a renovation project on a hospital that his grandparents, Dr. George Campion and Esther Campion, helped establish during the 1950s. That's sacrifice:
From Scott Radley
- Neate Sager at Eh Game2 days ago
Butch Carter believes he has workarounds for two of the main hurdles posed for minor pro basketball in Canada.
One, it is a challenge to find suitable venues in a country that often only seems to have the resources for games played on ice; second of all, there is the matter of cohesion at the league level (as the National Basketball League of Canada's forfeit fiasco three weeks ago illustrated, indirectly). The former Toronto Raptors coach has spent more than a year pitching a business plan for the Canadian Basketball League. Carter says the CBL will begin holding tryout camps within the next 30 days ahead of Year 1, which is slated to tip off in December. So far, franchises are planned for Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Scarborough and Ottawa.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game2 days ago
PARIS – In the end, Milos Raonic ran out of time.
The world No. 6 had surgery to address a nerve issue in his right foot a little over a week ago – not nearly enough time to recover in time for a grueling best-of-five sets test on the red clay.
I am sad to have to unfortunately withdraw from Roland Garros this year, I tried my best to be back and healthy in time after surgery
I will continue my rehab and procceed with preparations for a 100 percent strong Wimbledon and Queens run.Thank you for the love and support
Raonic's foot issue was an ongoing one, not necessarily an unusual one for a tennis player. Eventually, it can get to the point where the discomfort/pain no longer is manageable, and that's where Raonic was at.
The issue was Morton's Neuroma, which usually involves the thickening of the tissue around one of the nerves leading to the toe. Raonic manager Austin Nunn said the surgery was considered a success, and that Raonic was expected back on court within the next week.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game3 days ago
John Gibbons is used to this. Now in the third season of his second go-around as Toronto Blue Jays manager, the calls for his firing have been nearly as frequent as Jose Bautista home runs.
So it's no surprise that the hysteria around his job status is already kicking into high gear given the Blue Jays' mediocre record through six and a half weeks. According to the Toronto Sun, the organization has had discussions about the future of Gibbons and pitching coach Pete Walker with the club. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports also included Gibbons on his recently published speculative list of next managers to be fired.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game4 days ago
Genie Bouchard will be the No. 6 seed in the women's singles event at the French Open, which gets under way Sunday in Paris.
And yet, few have any expectations about her being able to match last year's semi-final effort.
On a conference call Tuesday, ESPN analysts (and former players) Patrick McEnroe, Chris Evert and Mary Joe Fernandez weighed in with their two cents'.
EVERT: "Okay. Genie Bouchard, that is the big question. What happened to her? I think a lot of things happened to her. I think it was physical. I think after Wimbledon, she was injured. I think in the fall, she was injured. I think injuries prevented her from really preparing correctly the way she was used to with Nick Saviano.
- Don Landry at Eh Game4 days ago
Curling Canada is looking for a new leader.
With the announcement that the organization's Chief Executive Officer of eight years, Greg Stremlaw, is leaving, the sport's national governing body has a big chair to fill. The most suitable candidate might be someone who was considered right for the job when Stremlaw was hired in 2007.
Disciplined, effective, at times brash and - to some - a royal pain in the keister - Stremlaw's time at the helm of what was known as the Canadian Curling Association until earlier this year has been marked with a litany of successes as well as no shortage of controversy.