- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game1 hr 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 hrs 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.
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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.
- Kaitlyn McGrath at Eh Game12 hrs ago
How can you follow up a guest appearance by Laguna Beach alumnus Stephen Colletti? Well that was the task at hand was for Hockey Wives this week with its season finale.
The 16-episode season has followed the lives of 11 hockey wives (or girlfriends or fiancées) as they navigated the off-season, free agency, training camp, mid-season injuries and now, in this last episode, trade deadline. So let’s begin there.
Both Martine Forget, engaged to Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier, and Taylor Winnik, married to Daniel, are wracked with nerves about the trade deadline, seeing as how the Leafs were major sellers this year. And it seems Taylor’s nerves were not unfounded because Dan, in fact, did get dealt to the Washington Capitals. Here’s how it went down. First, Taylor decided to get a haircut, which usually would be a non-issue, but according to Taylor, last time she got a haircut, Dan got traded to Pittsburgh (at the time, Dan was also getting a haircut).
“Last year, when Dan got traded to Pittsburgh, we were both getting our haircut in the same salon. And Dan was like in the middle of his haircut, half of his head was cut and the other side wasn’t,” she said.
- Don Landry at Eh Game14 hrs ago
Holy Hackner, just what is going on here?
The sport of curling is, this week, holding a "broom summit" in Ottawa, flush with high profile players, national and international organizers and equipment manufacturers, as well as members of Canada's scientific community.
A broom summit. Yeah.
Who would have ever imagined, prior to this past season, that such a thing would ever exist. I mean, who would have thought of that? "We need a broom summit," is something absolutely no one would have ever, ever said unless by "broom summit" they meant a bathtub filled with ice and Molson Canadian in Ed Werenich's hotel room.
This, though, is a whole other thing with protractors and lasers and gauges. Lab coats and hypotheses and testing and probably hardly any beer at all. I might be wrong on that. For all I know, scientists might be the freakiest of party animals. I barely made it through high school so I hang with a different crowd.
Unruffled in round two, Milos Raonic will face a lucky loser in the French Open's third round as his draw opens upStephanie Myles at Eh Game17 hrs ago
PARIS – France’s Adrian Mannarino was pretty blunt when asked about the prospect of facing Milos Raonic in the second round of the French Open Wednesday.
“I know that if I don’t play a good match, I’ll get my butt kicked. It’ll be on me to do my best,” he said.
To sum up: Mannarino got his butt kicked in the first set, was competitive in the second, got his butt kicked in the second-set tiebreak, and finished it off with another butt kicking in a 6-1, 7-6 (0), 6-1 Raonic win that put him into the third round.
It took just over 90 minutes on a half-empty Court Philippe Chatrier that was pretty much drained of any energy. The previous match, a dramatic five-setter between No. 2 seed Andy Murray of Great Britain and unknown young Frenchman Mathias Bourgue, pretty much sucked the life out of the big stadium.
This pretty much sums it up:
Had Mannarino made a run, it might have come to life again. But Raonic made sure that didn’t happen.
- Chris Zelkovich at Eh Game20 hrs ago
If you'd just dropped in from the past, say 2014, you might find this statement a little hard to comprehend.
An NBA game, going head-to-head with a Stanley Cup playoff game on the holiest hockey night of the week, drew more viewers than the match on ice. Not only that, but on the Victoria Day weekend, the best the NHL playoffs could muster not only finished behind basketball twice -- twice!! -- but also was beaten out by the world hockey championship final.
Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
While the main culprit is still the poor performance of Canada's NHL teams, the Toronto Raptors are obviously filling the void. Not only did the Raptors outdraw Hockey Night In Canada on Saturday (1.43 million on Sportsnet compared with 900,000 on CBC), they set an all-time Canadian basketball record on Monday by averaging 1.8 million viewers on TSN.
Adding insult to injury was the aforementioned world championship gold medal game, which averaged 1.36 million on TSN -- better than the most-watched weekend NHL offering.
- Victor Findlay at Eh Game20 hrs ago
Add Jaret Smith to the long list of Canadians that has reached out to the people of Fort McMurray in the aftermath of the wildfires that forced residents to evacuate. Lending a hand was an easy decision for a young man and now university hockey player who grew up in the Alberta community.
"All my friends have been evacuated that still live up there," says Smith. "I have four or five friends whose houses have burned down, and my aunt's got taken down to make a firebed." Although now working in Red Deer, Alta., for the summer, Smith still has many connections in the town he called home until his high school days. After moving away to play bantam and midget hockey with the Red Deer Rebels, Smith was summoned back north to begin his junior career with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the AJHL. "Every home game was a packed barn," said Smith, now a member of the Nipissing University Lakers in North Bay, Ont. "It's definitely a place that kids should want to go play junior hockey."
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Eh Game1 day ago
Enter the Spaceman - That'd be Bill Lee, of course, the baseball cult hero whose latest lefty delivery involves running for governor of Vermont, on a platform that includes bringing the Expos back to Montreal and "voiding the border" between Quebec and Vermont, he told CBC Montreal:
"We can work with the business people and get them to realize that it's in the best interests of the American League, in the best interests of baseball, it's in the best interests of Canada and of Vermont that there's an American League team in Montreal."
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game1 day ago
Down 2-0 to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals, there seemed to be little hope left for the Raptors. After two games in Toronto the series is heading back to Cleveland for Game 5 on Wednesday night and is all even at 2-2.
What happened? How did Toronto rebound from two embarrassing losses to beat the Cavaliers in back-to-back games? It's all in the details.
ALL-STARS DOING WORK
The Raptors aren't going to win many games, regardless of their opponent, when Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan are not performing up to their All-Star capablities. DeRozan was adequate in Game 1 and 2, but Lowry certainly wasn't at his best, shooting 29% from the field and going 1-for-15 from three. That all changed in Toronto. Lowry scored 20 points (7-for-13) in Game 3 and 35 (14-for-20) in Game 2 while DeRozan went for 32 (12-for-24 and 14-for-23) on both nights.
So what changed? Not much, except that the shots started falling. Lowry went 8-for-15 on similarly quality shots from three and DeRozan attacked the rim even harder (10.5 drives per game in wins vs. 8.5 per game in losses), scoring on 75% of his drives as opposed to 30%.
Genie Bouchard's struggles with pressure and food make headlines as the spotlight once again shines upon herStephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
PARIS – In the middle of a huge pocket of television cameras, players and journalists Tuesday afternoon at Roland Garros, Genie Bouchard smiled and said, “This is FUN!”
The 22-year-old was in her element, in demand for a long list of one-on-one interviews after her main press conference.
She ticked them off, one after the other, unable to wipe the smile off her face as she tackled various topics, notably the Toronto Raptors’ survival in the NBA playoffs.
The vast majority of the interest, of course, was directly related to the fact that Bouchard had won a match at the French Open, a surprisingly straightforward 6-2, 6-2 victory over an in-form German player named Laura Siegemund.
A year ago, she didn’t make it out of the first round.
One major topic during the press conference was about Bouchard’s noticeable weight loss last year, as she struggled with the stress of living up to expectations in the wake of her rise to No. 5 in the world in 2014