- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game7 hrs ago
Aleksandra Wozniak's return to action last August, after nearly a year on the shelf, was low key, with a debut in Winnipeg and appearances at several other smaller ITF events in North America.
But when 2016 begins, the 28-year-old from Blainville, Que. will be back in earnest.
Eh Game has learned that Quebec City's Pierre-Luc Tessier, who was named the new tournament director of the WTA Tour event in Quebec City in September after longtime boss Jack Hérisset retired, is Wozniak's new coach.
An official annoncement has yet to be made, although the two are currently working a training block in Florida.
Tessier, who turns 38 in January, was the coach of Wozniak's longtime rival and Fed Cup teammate Stéphanie Dubois from 2011-2013. He also briefly worked with American player Maria Sanchez. In addition to his duties with the Coupe Banque Nationale tournament, the Brossard, Que. native also works with some of the young junior boys in the Canadian developmental system.
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman at Eh Game13 hrs ago
In a twisted and torturous way, Connor McDavid’s injury has been a silver lining for the Edmonton Oilers.
The Oilers are 2-6-1 since the super-duper rookie broke his collarbone. They’re last in the NHL with a 7-14-1 record, all but quashing any chance at a postseason berth – again – considering they were nine points off the pace at American Thanksgiving.
McDavid was on a great run before he fell awkwardly into the boards, and was only getting better. The 18-year-old recorded 12 points in 13 games and almost certainly would have won the Calder Trophy.
But here’s the issue – despite McDavid acting as likely the Oilers’ best player, his play wasn’t impacting results. The Oilers won just five of their first 13 games.
After nearly a decade of failing to reach the playoffs, the hope was for the Oilers to show signs of progress under new coach Todd McLellan. But returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2006 was always a long shot. The Oilers earned 62 points last year and the average cutoff in the Western Conference over the past five seasons was more than 93. That’s a hefty increase for one season.Sat, 28 Nov7:00 PM ESTEdmonton at PittsburghPreview Game
- Gavin Day at Eh Game16 hrs ago
By Gavin Day
As 2015 winds its way to a close, the end-of-year sporting award season approaches, and all the controversy and debate that goes along with it.
Air Canada got the ball rolling Thursday when they announced the finalists for the 2015 Air Canada Athlete of the Year Award are Derek Drouin (Athletics-High Jump), Shawnacy Barber (Athletics-Pole Vault), and Mark de Jonge (Canoe/Kayak Sprint).
All three men had remarkable years as they won gold medals at this summer’s 2015 Pan American Games while Drouin and Barber were world champions at the World Athletics Championships held in Beijing, China.
But in a year where Canada hosted the largest women’s single-sport event in the world, the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, it’s a bit of a surprise that not only are there no soccer players on the list, but no women either.
- Chris Lomon at Eh Game17 hrs ago
It’s going to be a unique turn, so to speak, on the 2016 Woodbine thoroughbred horse racing calendar, with a new twist being added to just over two dozen of the track’s turf racing events.
Traditionally, races in North America, including on the main track, are contested in a counterclockwise direction. Next year, however, the Toronto racetrack will card 25 races on the world-renowned E.P. Taylor Turf Course that will be run clockwise.
“At first, I think everyone thought I was crazy,” said Jim Lawson, Woodbine’s president and chief executive officer, in a Toronto Star article written by Jennifer Morrison. “But why not? We are in a very competitive world for that sports, entertainment and wagering dollar. We need to have innovative ways to attract fans, more horses and more horse people to Woodbine.”
So, the mantra of "turn left," at least in some instances, will be replaced with "turn right," once the track’s grass-racing season gets underway, typically in the third week of May. The 2016 live thoroughbred season opens April 9.
- Neate Sager at Eh Game20 hrs ago
UBC Thunderbirds coach Blake Nill has been party to a watershed moment in Canadian university football; now he's trying to create another one.
The university games goes in cycles in terms of which conference monopolizes the Vanier. This is the era of Quebec, as the Montreal Carabins of Danny Maciocia aim to make it back-to-back national titles when they try to stymie phenom quarterback Michael O'Connor and the rather prolific T-Birds passing game on Saturday (12:30 p.m. ET /9:30 a.m. PT, Sportsnet/Sportsnet 360).
It's convenient to flash back to Nill's first Vanier as a head coach, which was also the Rouge et Or's first and was the last one of the last century. People who were around that week in 1999 before Laval shaded Saint Mary's 14-10 for the first of its now eight championships couldn't help but notice the contrast in resources between the well-bankrolled arriviste from Quebec City and the traditionally powerful Huskies, and in how they practised and prepared.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game1 day ago
Tristan Thompson couldn't ask for a better ally in the game of basketball than LeBron James. As Thompson squared off with the Cavaliers in contract negotiations this summer that caused the 24-year-old power forward from Brampton, Ont., to miss training, James remained firmly on his side.
The two share an agent, Rich Paul, but the bond definitely goes deeper than that. James, a four-time MVP, two-time champion, and by acclaim one of the greatest players in the history of basketball, recognizes the value Thompson brings to a Cavaliers team that's the favorite to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals.
“I’m not going to go to them and tell them what they should do,” James said a few weeks before Thompson signed a five-year, $82 million deal with Cleveland. “That’s their job. They know how to do it very well, and they’ve done that to this point. They’ve brought in and did what they had to do for us to be a contending team. Tristan is a big part of that run we want to make.”
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game1 day ago
Welcome to Bring Your Eh Game, the Yahoo Canada Sports podcast. It is hosted by Israel Fehr and focuses on the sports stories that Canadians care about.
It's a pretty jammed-packed first episode. CFL.ca columnist and Eh Game contributor Don Landry and the man that powers the 55-Yard Line blog Andrew Bucholtz come to us live from Grey Cup week in Winnipeg with their insights on the Ottawa Redblacks vs. Edmonton Eskimos matchup and predictions for Sunday's game. Sportsnet's Faizal Khamisa also joins the podcast to discuss Drake Night 3.0, the Raptors' play through the first month of the season, and his simmering feud with Tim and Sid.
Here's a rundown of the entire show: • Intro • What makes Grey Cup week so special? Don Landry explains that and much more • Andrew Bucholtz follows with more Grey Cup information, including why he thinks it'll be a close game • Faizal Khamisa admits to dancing in the Hotline Bling box and has strong words for Tim and Sid
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
After a year during which injury woes prevented Milos Raonic from continuing his steady progress up the tennis ladder, the 24-year-old Canadian announced on Thursday via Instagram that he and coach Ivan Ljubicic have ended their collaboration.
The Croat, who reached No. 3 in the world as a player, came on board in June, 2013 after Raonic parted ways with the Spaniard Galo Blanco, who had brought him from the netherworld of the rankings to the top 15.
Raonic added the veteran Ricardo Piatti to the team, who had been Ljubicic's coach during his career, in March 2014. The two coaches functioned as a tight unit, trading off at some events and joining forces at others and endeavouring to keep the message to their charge consistent throughout.
The announcement on Instagram – as these things tend to be – was cryptic in terms of who decided what.
"The decision has been made that we will not continue our professional relationship in the coming year; we will remain close friends and I would like to wish him all the best in his future endeavours," Raonic wrote.
- Chase Kell at Eh Game1 day ago
It's only fitting that Drizzy would up the mic on "Drake Night" at the Air Canada Centre.
But instead of a performance featuring his chart-topping single "Hotline Bling," the Toronto rapper and team ambassador delighted last night's crowd with the announcement of the Raptors' starting lineup.
Featuring a slew of one-liners for each player, Drake got a few laughs as he threw some light shade at the starting five. He kicked things off with a bang, throwing in a clever jab at the visiting LeBron James while announcing Raptors C Bismack Biyombo.
"From the Demoocratic Republic of Congo, a 6'9" centre who accused LeBron of wearing a fake mustache, number 8, Bismack Biyombo!"
Not bad, not bad. But in my opinion, Drake seemed to run out of witty zingers pretty quickly. I'll let you be the judge.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game2 days ago
TORONTO – It’s not often LeBron James is in a room with someone that can match his stardom, but that was the case Wednesday night. There was Drake sitting courtside with his mom – he’s got a bit of a soft side, you know? – for the Toronto Raptors’ third annual Drake Night.
And Drake, by title the team's global ambassador, was everywhere. The Hotline Bling light box was set up outside the arena for fans to mimic Drake’s dances moves from his now infamous video. The seats were draped with Drake's designed t-shirts for the fans. Drake took the mic to announce the Raptors' starting lineup and the Raptors even wore their new black and gold alternate uniforms for the first time, a nod Drake’s record label October’s Very Own.Sat, 28 Nov7:00 PM ESTToronto at WashingtonPreview Game