- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game9 hrs ago
There were a lot of warning signs for Canadian Vasek Pospisil as he took to the stadium court at the Miami Open Thursday to take on an opponent with a far more impressive resumé.
Other than a brief, one-tournament attempted comeback in Sydney in January, 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro hadn't played in 13 months, and has had two surgeries on his left wrist (the latest just two months ago).
It was hot, and humid – conditions that Pospisil always struggles with. The opponent had major presence, along with a sizeable contingent of countrymen in the stands. It was a big match that had a lot of eyes on it.
But the 24-year-old from Vancouver came through, defeating del Potro 6-4, 7-6 (7) to advance to the second round.
Pospisil was down a break early in the second set. Del Potro served for the second set at 5-4 – only to break himself with two forehand errors and two double-faults. Del Potro also was up in the tiebreak.
But the Canadian hung tough, sticking to a game plan that was dictated by del Potro's frailty on the backhand side. His mighty forehand has always been the side to avoid but given the circumstances, this was even more true on Thursday.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game16 hrs ago
March Madness is upon us and there are taking part in this year's tournament. Six made is through the first weekend of play.
Here's when and where you can watch the Canadian players in action on Thursday, March 26.
THURSDAY, MARCH 26
MIDWEST: No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 5 West Virginia – 9:45 p.m. ET in Cleveland, OH
Trey Lyles (Saskatoon, SK), coming off a 11-point, 11-rebound double-double in Kentucky's 64-51 win over Cincinnati in the round of 32, gets us started in the Sweet Sixteen.
The next team that will try to hand the top-seeded Wildcats their first loss this season is West Virginia. The Mountaineers lead the NCAA in steals in large part due to their aggressive full-court press. They realize forcing turnovers is the only realistic chance they have of cutting down Kentucky.
''It's going to be a long day for us if we can't,'' said West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins.
- Justin Robertson at Eh Game16 hrs ago
In predictable fashion, Team India fans have all turned into blood-sucking zombies and have vowed to seek retribution in the wake of India’s 95-run World Cup semi final loss to Australia. What they plan to do is uncertain, but usually the first 48 hours of mourning a World Cup loss sadly give the public an indication of what's to come.
Usually, for “men in blue” fans, the heavy critiquing starts with either the captain or the best player. Considering Virat Kohli made 1 (from 13 balls ) and looked at sea when he was batting, fans identified him as a scapegoat and starting point to help with the grieving process. After a loss, you need to pick on someone, right?
- Justin Robertson at Eh Game19 hrs ago
India did everything they could to prepare themselves to win the ICC World Cup semifinal against Australia in Sydney on Wednesday night. They reinvented themselves after a winless summer prior to the cup. Their bowlers were in fine form. The top order looked dangerous. They boasted a perfect World Cup record heading into the semifinal. What more could they do?
But, all that seemingly hard work, effort and toil counted for naught as they were blasted out of the World Cup by 95 runs against an Australian juggernaut that seems to get better with each match. Cricket experts called Australia’s win a “near perfect performance”, with still room to improve.
Former Australian batsmen and ESPN CricInfo commentator, Michael Bevan, praised the mammoth win and said initially, it wasn’t easy to tell what would be a winning score on the S.C.G’s hard and flat surface.
“Not many were sure on what was going to be a good total on that wicket. Australia batted well. They batted close to their best,” he said. “Steve Smith, I thought, was amazing. He hardly looked like he broke a sweat. And was batting on a different planet to most other guys. It was pretty impressive stuff.”
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game21 hrs ago
After silver in Sochi, it was gold in Shanghai for Canadian pairs figure skaters Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford Thursday at the World Figure Skating Championships.
The Ontario pair won bronze at the worlds twice. But they were the prohibitive favourites this year, something that can be both a blessing and a curse.
The veteran pair built up a big lead after the short program and only extended it in their free skate to post a career-best score of 221.53 as they became the first Canadian pair to win a world championships since Jamie Sale and David Pelletier, all the way back in 2001.
That the field was a top-class one was certainly a debatable point, although not an unusual situation the year after an Olympics.
Duhamel, 29 and Radford, 30, who train in Montreal, were in first place by four points after a stellar short program. In second place? Pang Qing and Tong Jian, the Chinese pair competing in their 16th world championship, after a retirement of more than a year after last year's Olympics. The 35-year-olds returned just for this event, in their home country.
- Don Landry at Eh Game1 day ago
Mark Dacey is some ticked about the state of curling in his home province of Nova Scotia.
And he's continuing to put the pressure on the Nova Scotia Curling Association (NSCA) even as the world's best teams converge on Halifax for this year's World Men's Curling Championship. Detailing his grievances in a lengthy email and subsequent phone conversation, Dacey, the 2004 Brier champion, took aim at the NSCA for what he believes is flawed thinking and slow movement on important provincial curling issues. Issues that he insists are at the root of his province's missing the boat when it comes to preparing its players for high level competitions like The Brier and The Scotties.
“On a scale of 1 to 10, it’s probably like a 9.5," Dacey says of his frustration levels. "I don’t know if there’s much room to go higher. There probably is, but it’s fairly high.”
While Dacey has gone public with his disappointment, the president of the NSCA, Chris Manuge is preaching patience, saying they are really on the same page. “We’re doing things that we believe will help the situation,” she says.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game1 day ago
Long before he became an NBA star, Steve Nash was wowing basketball fans in British Columbia.
Just watch the video above for some vintage footage of Nash doing his thing on the court as a teenager.
I wonder how many people taking in the B.C. high school basketball provincials that day at the Agrodome in Vancouver knew they were watching a future Hall of Famer and one of Canada's greatest athletes ever run the point for the St. Michaels Blue Devils. The Victoria, B.C., native led his school to the championship game in 1992, beating Pitt Meadows 76-48 in the final and was named the tournament MVP.
Nash retired on Saturday after 18 seasons in the NBA. He won the league's MVP award in 2004-05 and 2005-06 with the Phoenix Suns, was an eight-time All-Star, and is third all-time in assists behind John Stockton and Jason Kidd.
- Justin Robertson at Eh Game1 day ago
In 2011, Australia took on India in a quarterfinal in Ahmedabad. The Australians made 260 on the back of captain Ricky Ponting’s 104 – it was his last World Cup. India made that score with five wickets in hand and knocked Australia out of the 2011 World Cup. India won that World Cup on home soil.
Fast forward four years and not much has changed: Australia-India in a knockout game, this time Australia hosting and, Indian captain MS Dhoni is playing his last World Cup. Michael Clarke and his men will be looking at this semifinal as a revenge mission on home soil and will be throwing the kitchen sink at India. However which way you look at it, this India-Australia World Cup semifinal is going to be legendary. Here are eight burning questions ahead of Wednesday night's epic encounter.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game2 days ago
Kyle Lowry's return to the Raptors' lineup was short-lived and it appears he's headed for another stint on the sidelines.
Lowry started Toronto's 108-104 loss to Detroit on Tuesday but played just over 10 minutes after re-injuring his back and left in the second quarter. had missed the two previous games due to back spasms.
"I twisted the wrong way and it gave out,'' Lowry said after game. ''It's probably the same injury, so I'm going to have to take my time and get it right.''
The Raptors would be wise to rest their star point guard and odds are that's what their going to do. There's almost no chance he suits up in Toronto's game Wednesday against Chicago and it would be surprising to see him back for at least a couple weeks. Greivis Vasquez will step in for Lowry in the starting lineup.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game2 days ago
Cameron Porter promising rookie campaign with the Montreal Impact has come to an unfortunately premature end.
The club announced on Tuesday that Porter, 21, will miss the rest of the 2015 season after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee early in the first half of Saturday's 0-0 draw with New England. He's set to undergo surgery next week and the timeline for a full recovery is 9-12 months .
Porter, a third-round pick from Princeton in this year's MLS draft, had gotten off to a great start in Montreal. He scored the dramatic stoppage-time goal to send the Impact to the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals and his strong all-around play made him an instant fan favourite.