- Andrew Bucholtz at Eh Game5 hrs ago
This past decade has seen an incredible surge in Olympic interest amongst many Canadians, starting with the leadup to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and then continuing with London 2012, Sochi 2014 and the run-up to this summer's Rio Olympics. The Canadian Olympic Committee has done its best to keep that interest strong with ad campaigns such as 2012's "Give Your Everything" and 2014's "We Are Winter," and their latest one, "Ice In Our Veins," brings the Canadian climate-focused approach of "We Are Winter" to the Summer Games in combination with the athlete-focused approach of "Give Your Everything," showing Canadian Olympians in their athletic gear in the middle of ice and snow.
- Gavin Day at Eh Game10 hrs ago
For 27 years, Lynne Fox knew her big brother’s death was no accident.
Thomas Steven Fox was just 21 years old on April 15, 1989, when he was one of the 96 victims killed in the crush at Hillsborough stadium, at an FA Cup semifinal between Liverpool and Nottingham Forrest in Sheffield. Ever since, families like Fox’s have been fighting for the truth to be acknowledged after years of police deceit and cover-up.
Lynne, the youngest of three siblings and a Toronto resident, was in the courtroom in Warrington, near Liverpool, on Tuesday, when a jury in an inquiry ruled that the 96 victims were “unlawfully killed” and not simply accidental deaths, which had been the ruling of an earlier, flawed inquest. The latest ruling opens the door for criminal charges that Fox and many victims’ families believe must be laid against the police responsible.
For now, though, there is satisfaction in justice finally served, and greeted by a tearful rendition of Liverpool anthem You’ll Never Walk Alone from victims’ families, including Lynne’s mother Brenda, outside the courthouse.
- Kaitlyn McGrath at Eh Game19 hrs ago
On this week’s episode of Hockey Wives , we were gifted the answer to a question that lingers in our collective minds: How do hockey wives — and hockey players — celebrate Christmas?
Well, NHL players need Christmas cards too. Meaning they have to collect the kids and dress them up like the rest of us, though if you’re the Getzlafs you head to your private beach to take photos as opposed to, say, your local Wal-Mart. But whether you’re sitting on white sand or posing for Tony at the Photo Centre, getting three children under the age of five to smile and stand still simultaneously is a challenge no matter what.
“As long as everyone is looking and has some sort of decent smile then I’m good,” Paige said, letting go of the idea of capturing a perfect moment.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game1 day ago
When Bismack Biyombo hit two free throws with .34 seconds left in the third quarter to bring the Raptors within 13, no one could have anticipated it would be the start of the most important run in franchise history.
Toronto's previous largest comeback in a playoff game was eight points in the first round against Detroit in 2002. They entered the fourth quarter of Game 5 on Tuesday night trailing the Pacers 90-77. It would take an unprecedented rally for the Raptors to win the game and avoid going down 3-2 in the series. The angst in the arena reflected that daunting reality.
Frank Vogel started the fourth with Paul George, George Hill, and Monta Ellis on the Pacers bench. He did the same to open the second quarter and the Raptors had responded with an 11-1 run.
Sensing an opportunity to pounce, Dwane Casey went against his regular structure and put out an unorthodox lineup consisting of Kyle Lowry, Cory Joseph, Norman Powell, DeMar DeRozan and Biyombo. It was the first time those five players took the floor together in an NBA game. Desperate times, indeed.Fri, 29 Apr7:30 PM EDTToronto at IndianaPreview Game
- Chris Young at Eh Game1 day ago
The pre-Olympic narrative typically runs to tight deadlines, questions about infrastructure, slow ticket sales and much fretting and sweating.
Then there’s Rio 2016, which with 100 days out now practically demands its own '99 Problems' remix.
Olympic and Paralympic Games have in the past largely overcome the many concerns that precede them, delivering thrills, memories and a party (the post-Games hangover and day of reckoning is part of the cycle too), and each day brings a reminder – some pleasant, some not so much – that it’s all drawing closer.
On Wednesday, to mark the milestone day in the Games’ ancient Greece home, the Rio OC president was handed the Olympic torch.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game1 day ago
TORONTO – Dwane Casey made the smart, reasonable pregame adjustment, inserting Patrick Patterson into the Raptors’ starting lineup in place of Luis Scola. DeMar DeRozan took the court, slowly worked his way into a rhythm, and finally looked like his All-Star self for the first time in this first round series.
And for the first 41 ½ minutes of Tuesday night’s Game 5, it didn’t look like it wasn’t going to matter one bit.
The progress would be completely forgotten with a loss; a loss that would send the Raptors’ season to the brink; a season that was supposed to be different than the last two.
For as good as DeRozan was, Paul George was even better. George Hill’s hot shooting carried over from Game 4. Rookie big man Myles Turner flashed his offensive potential, further justifying Frank Vogel’s decision to make him a starter in that Game 4 win.
The Pacers were rolling and it felt like it was all coming crashing down in Toronto. There was nothing Casey or DeRozan could do about it.
- JP Balladier at Eh Game1 day ago
The Raptors came into Game 4 looking sluggish, and coach Dwane Casey wanted them to tip the game off with more energy.
But it was the same story in Game 5.
The Pacers looked like the more aggressive team in the first quarter, and took an early lead from the get-go. Toronto's saving grace in the opening quarter were their trips to the free-throw line. The Pacers separated themselves by knocking down five straight threes and were in cruise control after the first quarter.
The Raptors attempted a comeback in the second frame, highlighted by DeMar DeRozan's crowd-awakening dunk.
Toronto cut the lead down to just five in the second quarter before Paul George subbed back in and shredded the Raptors.
Things got heated in the third quarter when Kyle Lowry and George were tangled up going for a loose ball.
Paul George didn't like this move by Kyle Lowry too much. https://t.co/UsEhQ7TT5j
- Andrew Bucholtz at Eh Game1 day ago
Canada's Sports Hall of Fame announced its 2016 class of inductees today, with seven new names set to join the 604 membersin November's induction ceremonies. While seven may seem like a lot for a hall of fame, that's actually lower than the 12 members inducted last yearor the eight inductees in 2014. That, combined with the wide-ranging backgrounds of the inductees (including Pinball Clemons, an American who became a CFL star and famed coach, Bryan Trottier, a Canadian who found incredible NHL success in the U.S. with the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins, Sue Holloway, the only Canadian to represent the country in the Summer and Winter Olympics in the same year (1976), and Frank Hayden, a University of Toronto researcher who helped pave the way for the Special Olympics), illustrates just how committed the Hall is to trying to represent the wide breadth of the Canadian sports experience.
- Chris Zelkovich at Eh Game2 days ago
Figuring out what's going on with the Toronto Raptors is tough enough. Trying to understand the story behind their television ratings borders on the impossible.
First off, how does anyone explain how a team that saw ratings rise dramatically last season turns in an even better season and watches its TV numbers drop? And not just drop by a few points -- 16 per cent to be exact.
More wins, fewer viewers.
Then come the 2015-16 playoffs, which open with two games that attract more than 600,000 viewers apiece -- close to triple what the team averaged during the season.
The beginning of a beautiful relationship, right? With audiences growing as the team's fortunes take off and the Raptors will assume their rightful position in the upper echelons of Canadian sport.
Not so fast.
Despite winning two of the first three against the Indiana Pacers and erasing at least some of the doubts planted by last year's playoff flop, the Raptors saw their ratings plummet last week. Games 3 (438,000 on TSN Thursday) and 4 (379,000 on Sportsnet Saturday) averaged 408,500 -- a drop of almost one-third compared with the opening two games.
- Chris Young at Eh Game2 days ago
The imperatives heading into tonight’s Game 5 are pretty obvious for the Raptors:
Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan are all-stars, and have to start playing like it;
Luis Scola’s presence in the starting lineup makes less and less sense(and while we’re on the subject, Patrick Patterson is no fan of starting);
Make some open 3-pointers to free up the floor in particular for the two all-stars, keep JV out of foul trouble and scoring; Masai Ujiri'sget out of work early slip; etc.
Maybe the most important thing is fundamental. None of those changes will matter if the Raptors come out as soft defensively as they did starting Saturday’s Game 4 in Indianapolis, wherein the Pacers hit five of their first six shots, the last two baskets being lay-ups. They weren’t much better with the ball, and they never did make shots, but it was that lack of intensity on defence that to me was the biggest head-scratcher and the greatest indictment.