- Israel Fehr at Eh Game35 mins ago
VANCOUVER – Everything John Herdman and Christine Sinclair have done since 2011 they came together with the Canadian women's national soccer team has been done with the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in mind.
Now with the start of the tournament within sight, it's time for the two to go on their greatest adventure yet.
Canada's 23-woman World Cup squad was unveiled Monday in Vancouver led by Sinclair and her 153 career international goals. She's been at this for Canada for awhile, Sinclair made her debut with the national team as a 16-year-old in 2000, and she'll turn 32 during the tournament in June. The 15 year journey has been full of ups-and-downs. but none lower than the last-place finish at the 2011 World Cup in Germany which left Sinclair, in her own words, broken. She was drained and in dire need of a reboot. Little did she know she wouldn't have to wait very long to get it.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game11 hrs ago
VANCOUVER – With less than six weeks to go before the tournament kicks off, we now know who will wear the red and white on home soil this summer for the Canadian women's national soccer team.
Head coach John Herdman revealed the 23-women roster that will represent Canada at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup at a press conference in Vancouver on Monday.
The squad is led by captain Christine Sinclair and features few surprises and plenty of recognizable names from the side that won a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics. Key midfielder Diana Matheson made the cut as she is in the final stages her recovery from a torn ACL, though she is reported to have injured her foot recently. Canada is currently ranked No. 8 in the FIFA world rankings.
CANADIAN WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER – WORLD CUP 2015:
GOALKEEPERS: Stephanie Labbe, Karina LeBlanc, Erin McLeod
DEFENDERS: Kadeisha Buchanan, Allysha Chapman, Robyn Gayle, Carmelina Moscato, Marie-Eve Nault, Lauren Sesselmann, Rhian Wilkinson, Emily Zurrer
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game12 hrs ago
Even with the top two Canadians idle until next week in Madrid, there is plenty of Canadian tennis going on.
And, in the case of the next wave, a lot of good results to boast about.
On Sunday, in the final of a big (ITF Grade 1) junior event in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France, there was an all-Canadian singles final between Charlotte Robillard-Millette and Bianca Andreescu.
Robillard Millette, more than a year older at 16, prevailed 6-4, 7-5.
As you can see, a nice crowd on hand.
Robillard-Millette is the most successful, at the moment, of all the kids in the national training centre program based at Montreal's Uniprix Stadium. She was a quarter-finalist at the Australian Open juniors in January, in her first junior Grand Slam appearance.
To put it in perspective, the Beaulieu-sur-Mer event was a big tournament, but it didn't feature most of the world's top juniors; Robillard-Millette, seeded No. 9 there, is ranked No. 36 in the ITF junior rankings; Andreescu, the No. 9 seed, is ranked No. 70.
- Chris Zelkovich at Eh Game1 day ago
Brooke Henderson did not complete the storybook finish she was writing this weekend.
But although the 17-year-old Canadian came up short after leading the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic heading into Sunday's final round, she did complete the first chapter in what promises to be the story of a great golf career.
Heading into Sunday's final round at Merced Golf and Country Club in Daly City, Calif., the Smiths Falls native was in good position to claim her first LPGA victory after turning pro in December. But bogeys on the first and third holes set the pace for a day that saw her finish third, one stroke behind New Zealand phenom Lydia Ko and American Morgan Pressel.
Ko defended her title on the second playoff hole, sinking a birdie putt as Pressel settled for par.
Ko, who just turned 18, now has seven LPGA titles.
Henderson is hoping to follow in Ko's footsteps and is certainly off to a good start. Despite shooting a 74 on Sunday, her poorest round of the tournament, she impressed her fellow competitors and observers with both her talent and composure.
- Chris Zelkovich at Eh Game2 days ago
When Brooke Henderson made the decision to turn pro last winter, there were a few eyebrows raised.
After all, the Smiths Falls, Ont., native was only 17, still in high school and looking forward to a scholarship to the University of Florida. She's too young, some said. Better to cut her teeth in the NCAA rather than face the rigours of the LPGA at such a tender age.
She's raising eyebrows again, but this time because of the way she's playing.
The 17-year-old leads the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic at the Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City, Calif., holding a one-stroke lead over American veteran Morgan Pressel and Korean Min Seo Kwak despite some late-round mistakes. If Henderson can hang on she will become the first Canadian to win an LPGA tournament since Lorie Kane in 2001.
"If someone told me at the beginning of the week I would be leading going into the final round, I would've taken it," Henderson told the Associated Press.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game3 days ago
Vancouver hosts a tough D.C. United team while Toronto FC makes a trip to Orlando to take on Kaka and the Lions. The Impact's scheduled Week 8 game against San Jose was moved to Sept. 16 to accomodate Montreal's participation in the CONCACAF Champions League final. The second leg of the final is Apr. 29 at Olympic Stadium and the Impact enter in a good spot after nabbing a surprise 1-1 draw against Mexico's Club America on Wednesday.
Here are three key storylines for Canada's MLS teams heading into Week 8 action.
Saturday, April 25:
D.C. United (3-1-2, 11 PTS) at Vancouver Whitecaps (5-2-1, 16 PTS), 10:30 p.m. ET
1. A tilt at the top
Coming into Saturday's contest the Whitecaps are first in the Western Conference with 16 points while D.C. United's 11 points are enough to put them in a tie for first in the East. It will be a good challenge for Vancouver as United is a particularly stingy defensive team. They gave up just 37 goals last season, tying them for the fewest goals allowed in MLS.
2. Health matters
- Special to Yahoo! Canada Sports at Eh Game3 days ago
By Cameron French
There was a small window in the early 1990s when Toronto wasn’t a regular on the “worst stadiums” list. Before that, we had the old Exhibition Stadium, which was so bad that some of the seats didn’t even face the field. In 1989 the SkyDome opened, and everyone liked it for a few years until the novelty of a moving roof wore off and everyone got a look at Baltimore’s Camden Yards and went: “Oh yeahhhh, we should have done that.”
The Dome (sorry . . . . Rogers Centre) isn’t going anywhere, and high-tech fake grass can only go so far in fooling us into thinking it’s a real ballpark. So, here are a few ideas to make the Lake Ontario Folly a bit less awful.
1. Lose the roof, or at least keep it open.
The roof was kind of a stunt in the first place, which I guess makes sense for a city used to stunts (hello, world’s largest free-standing restaurant). But it makes no sense for a summer sport in a city with normal precipitation. There’s nothing more depressing than a half-empty dome with the roof closed, echoing with the voice of the kid hawking beer three sections over. With it open, you can close your eyes and at least pretend you’re at a real ballpark.
- Ian Denomme at Eh Game4 days ago
The Toronto Blue Jays were waiting for a pitching performance like this. Plodding along at a respectable 8-7 heading into Thursday’s game with the Orioles, the talk in Toronto had become about how the Blue Jays’ offence was carrying the load for their under-performing pitching staff.
Drew Hutchison silenced those critics, for at least one night.
The 24-year-old was excellent in a 7-6 win over the Orioles, pitching eight innings, striking out seven and walking none in what was easily the best performance by a Blue Jays starting pitcher so far this season.
“We were looking for a seven-or-eight inning start,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “He gave us what we needed.”
Hutchison cruised through the first five innings, retiring all 15 batters on just 56 pitches. His perfect game was broken up on the first pitch of sixth inning on a no-doubt-about-it home run by Manny Machado.
“You’re just out there concentrating on one guy at a time. I wasn’t really thinking about [being perfect],” Hutchison said.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game5 days ago
Given her struggles in 2015, most people are surprised that Canadian Genie Bouchard remains the No. 7 player in the WTA Tour rankings.
As of next Monday, she will move up to No. 6 despite the fact that by the next time she plays a tournament, it will have been nearly two months since Bouchard won a tennis match.
In fact, three of the four times Bouchard has risen above No. 7 in the rankings so far in her career, she didn't have to do a thing (the exception was after she reached the final in Wuhan, China last September, when she became No. 6 for a week).
If you're ready for some technical talk and some math, read on.
The WTA Tour rankings are a rolling, 52-week calculation, meaning that what you did in during a specific week rolls off the computer, replaced by what you did the same week the following year. Because Bouchard nearly matched her 2014 semi-final effort at the Australian Open with her quarter-final finish this year, she didn't lose a lot of ground there. During the first part of the 2014 season, she really didn't do much until she won her first career tournament in Nürnberg, Germany, the week before the French Open in mid-May. So she has held steady.
- Justin Robertson at Eh Game5 days ago
It was an emotional day for Canada’s newest batch of elite sport heroes who were inducted into Canada’s Sport Hall of Fame. The long list of 12 athletes from an assortment of sports were read out, one by one, as they made their way onto the red carpet to standing ovations. Some of the 12 said the acknowledgement was a privilege and honour and looked as if they were still in shock. While others said they joined the sport just to play and little did they know they’d end up in the hall of fame.