- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game15 hrs ago
Since the initial filing of Genie Bouchard’s lawsuit against the US Tennis Association last October in the wake of the concussion she suffered in an fall in the women’s locker room last Sept. 4, and the confident comments of her Manhattan attorney Benedict Morelli at the time, there have been more than 10 months of relative public silence.
There also has been little progress towards a resolution and with some recent extensions, it seems a trial may indeed be destined to happen but could be six months to a year away.
But with Bouchard’s return to the US Open, which begins on Monday, both sides have fired some salvos.
The USTA’s official statement, as first published on the Sports Business Daily website Friday, reads as follows:
“The USTA does not comment on the substance of ongoing litigation. However, it is truly unfortunate that a year after her accident, Genie’s focus is on matters other than playing to her best ability . … We have remained ready, willing and able to bring the litigation to a conclusion as expeditiously as is possible."
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game16 hrs ago
There will be no John McEnroe sightings in Milos Raonic’s player box during this US Open.
What isn’t quite clear, after John McEnroe discussed the matter on an ESPN conference call ahead of the final Grand Slam of the season, is why.
On several occasions, he said it would “make life easier”.
“Milos has two coaches. I came in as an advisory role before Wimbledon. He’s got a great team around him. It’s best, at this point … This week, I was with him. But having thought about it, for Milos’ sake and for ESPN’s and my sake, best to stop right now what we’re doing so when the US Open starts on Monday, he’s got his people …” McEnroe said.
McEnroe alluded to all the conflict-of-interest talk during Wimbledon when the American legend was commentating the late-round matches his charge was playing. From the sound of it, he may well have heard about it from other players or people around them. But it’s hard to tell for sure.
The two did work together this week, McEnroe said – they were even on the court Friday, before the conference call.
Eugenie Bouchard and Vasek Pospisil avoid early seeds, Milos Raonic to face shotmaker as US Open draws setStephanie Myles at Eh Game22 hrs ago
For unseeded Canadians Genie Bouchard and Vasek Pospisil, there was exponentially more at stake as the US Open draws were made Friday in New York than there was for Milos Raonic, seeded No. 5 and assured of not having to face a top player from the get-go.
It worked out quite well, as Bouchard drew Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic, ranked No. 73, and Pospisil, whose singles ranking now is down to No. 123, paired with a qualifier for his first-round match.
For Raonic, a challenge awaits. He will play German shotmaker Dustin Brown in the first round.
Bouchard's first-round luck this season has truly been very good; she has never drawn a seeded player at any tournament. The highest-ranked first-round opponent she has had was No. 25 Jelena Jankovic in Rome, and Jankovic has been injured much of the season. At the Australian Open, she played Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia (No. 119). At the French Open, Laura Siegemund (No. 37) and at Wimbledon, Magdalena Rybarikova (No. 94). She won all of those matches.
- Jeffrey Chan at Eh Game2 days ago
Free agent welterweight Rory MacDonald appears to have finally made a decision on his future, and it's not with the UFC.
According to reports, Canada's most popular mixed martial artist not named Georges St-Pierre is finalizing a deal with Bellator after the UFC declined to match their offer sheet.
While nothing has been made official, the UFC all but confirmed the deal by removing the Canadian from its fighter rankings page where he was listed as the No. 3 welterweight.
The 27-year-old banked on himself heading into the final fight of his UFC contract expecting to win in spectacular fashion and forcing the promotion's hand in offering a more lucrative deal. But in the end, the "Red King" came up short against Stephen Thompson at UFC Fight Night 89 in Ottawa back on June 18.
This isn't necessarily a loss for MacDonald. Quite the opposite, actuallly.
- Kaitlyn McGrath at Eh Game2 days ago
TORONTO — Standing above a canvas spread out on the floor over top some black garbage bags spread out to protect the hardwood floor of the studio room, Rosie MacLennan encouraged a young girl to drop a volleyball covered in red paint onto the white surface.
“Bounce it a few times,” MacLennan suggested.
Just a little more than 24 hours after returning from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games where she successfully defended her gold in the women’s trampoline event, MacLennan — covered in red paint — was at the east end’s Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club helping kids — also covered in red paint — create unique collages by slathering paint on sports equipment like baseballs, basketballs and tennis racquets and imprinting them onto the canvas. Along with the paining, she also chatted with the kids, gave out plenty of high fives and showed off both her Olympic gold medals, of course.
It was a messy, chaotic, fun scene and a far cry from the high-pressure, serious environment of an Olympic Games gymnasium. But before you get any ideas, no, the two-time Olympic gold medallist hasn’t hung up her leotard for a life in the creative arts.
- Chris Zelkovich at Eh Game3 days ago
Apparently reports of the death of the Olympics have been greatly exaggerated.
Prior to Rio, just as has been the case prior to every other Olympics in the past few decades, there were reports of dark days ahead. If one were to believe the media coverage, Rio would experience every disaster short of plagues of locusts and rivers of fire, we were warned.
Worse, with corruption running rampant and a major steroid scandal on the front pages, there were predictions that the public would cease to care about this quadrennial festival of toned flesh.
Sure, Rio had its problems, and not all of them involved Ryan Lochte.
But as for caring, well that seemed to be the case south of the border, where NBC saw television ratings drop 13 per cent from London in 2012 even though these Games were in a much friendlier time zone.
But in Canada, there is no sign that anybody is tiring of all this higher, faster, stronger stuff.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Eh Game3 days ago
Sprinting is a game of milliseconds, where the blink of an eye can make or break your trip to the podium. Andre De Grasse made that trip three times in Rio de Janeiro, winning a silver and two bronze medals at his first Summer Games. But unfortunately, the Canadian track sensation would have to wait for his first Olympic gold.
De Grasse has four long years of intense training and thoughtful reflection to prepare himself for Tokyo 2020. Yet just a few days after winning the bronze medal in the men's 4x100-metre relay, De Grasse seems to understand what he needs to do in order to capture that elusive gold medal.
The Markham, Ont., native took some time from his post-Olympic celebration to hang out with Yahoo Canada Sports' Olympics expert Karina LeBlanc. The latter, a bronze medallist herself with the 2012 Canadian women's national soccer team, is certainly no stranger to competition.
So as the two took their talents to the foosball table, De Grasse took a moment to expound on his future. How does it feel to be an Olympic medallist? How will his life change? And most importantly for De Grasse, what will it take to reach the top of the podium in 2020?
- Don Landry at Eh Game5 days ago
August 5th. That's when I must have been stung by a hornet. Because I had a feverish dream.
In that dream there was an international sports competition that was filled with amazing athletic accomplishments. But lots of odd stuff happened in there as well, making it all seem like a passage of weird, wonderful and head-scratching prose from Canada's favourite rock poet.
The Rio Olympics had #PhelpsFace, diving pool water that turned green, and an IOC delegate who was arrested, in a bathrobe, for ticket scalping. It had a phony robbery story from U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte, a fencer who had his cell phone fall from his pocket during a competition, and the story of a kayaker who may or may not have had his craft capsized by a sunken sofa. For a finale, it had not one but two coaches stripping down - in plain view of spectators - to protest their wrestler's loss.
- Chris Young at Eh Game5 days ago
“Nothing’s going to change with me,” says Andre De Grasse.
But here’s the difference coming out of Rio: after the most successful Summer Games for Canada in 32 years, and while iconic elders like Adam van Koeverden, Daniel Nestor, Eric Lamaze and perhaps even Ryan Cochrane and Christine Sinclair are stepping off this stage, Oleksiak and De Grasse are representing now.
They are Canada, just as they are themselves: ordinary hosers doing extraordinary things.
With Penny Oleksiak as the flag-bearer, Canada will close out a successful Olympics where the focus was back on the athletes, not the inner working of the COCStephanie Myles at Eh Game5 days ago
RIO DE JANEIRO – The tall, teenaged swimmer chosen to carry the Canadian flag at the Olympic closing ceremonies leaves these games decorated in unprecedented and extraordinary fashion and having gone through every emotion imaginable.
Still, she was a little emotional talking about it.
“I’m super-honoured just to be able to carry the flag for Canada and to lead all these athletes who have worked so hard to get here,” Penny Oleksiak said. “Just going to be really happy and excited.”
Oleksiak was certainly the top candidate for the job although there was certainly plenty of support for sprinter Andre De Grasse. De Grasse arguably was the most high-profile Canadian at these Games partly because of his accomplishments but also as a co-star in the Usain Bolt show, which was the biggest show in Rio. But his medal (and metal) count didn’t match up with the 16-year-old from Toronto.
Canadian chef de mission Curt Harnett, who along with new Canadian Olympic Committee president Tricia Smith was among those who selected the flag bearer, said Oleksiak has shown she is “fearless, focused and an inspiration to all Canadians. She exemplifies what it means to be an Olympian.”