- Israel Fehr at Eh Game16 hrs ago
Vince Carter’s virtuoso performance in the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest in Oakland stands has few rivals when it comes to memorable NBA moments from the recent past. All five dunks of Carter's dunks immediately jumped into the discussion for best of all-time. The execution was flawless. The creativity was breathtaking (He stuck his arm right through the hoop!) The atmosphere in the building was nothing short of electric.
- Chris Young at Eh Game23 hrs ago
To Theo Fleury, the ongoing unravelling of Johnny Manziel’s NFL career is more than just a story he’s following.
“I’ve been there,” says Fleury. “I’ve done it. I’ve seen it.
“It was the same with Tiger Woods a while back, with a little different circumstances. It was painful to watch. I was watching my own movie.”
At a decade on since the effective end of his pro hockey career and the beginning of his sobriety, you could say Fleury at 48 years old has changed the reel on his own particular film. For a guy who says “I got everything from hockey,” he has moved off into new directions as a writer, an advocate and public speaker for mental health and healing, and now via a country music project that is growing louder. On the back of his release last fall of debut LP "I Am Who I Am," Fleury and his Death Valley Rebels bandmates are readying for a busier season including a six-night Western Canada tour in early March, with more dates later in the year.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
There were four options for the Canadian Fed Cup before Tuesday morning's World Group II relegation draw in London.
Two assured home ties. One gave them a 50-50 chance at hosting. The other was Slovakia.
Canada drew Slovakia, and so will be on the road the weekend of April 16-17 to try to save its spot in World Group II for 2017. If Canada loses, it will be relegated back down to the zonal competition, the minor-leagues of the team competition and a place it doesn't want to be.
Slovakia came to Quebec City nearly two years ago, but that was a World Group I playoff, a chance for both nations to join the elite eight in Fed Cup play. Canada prevailed in that one, sweeping the first three singles against a Slovakian team that didn't have some of its best assets. Canada, of course, had Genie Bouchard, who prevailed in two tough singles matches against players then ranked No. 52 and No. 137. Bouchard had just broken into the top 20.
Both teams have fallen on slightly harder times since, because now both are fighting to stay out of the zonals.
- Don Landry at Eh Game1 day ago
It's happening again.
For the second time this season, the controversy swirling around broom heads used in the sport of curling has leapt to flame and this time it's over the use of hair.
There are voices out there that say hair ought to be banned. In curling's season of sweeping scandal, some competitors are unhappy with how some others are using these broom heads.
A new video has surfaced on Facebook, put there by members of Team Minera Skifer (skipped by Markus Hoiberg), a Norwegian curling team. The video shows three similar draw shots being taken, brushed in different ways, including twice with new brush heads made of hair.
Who needs directional fabric? This is us testing a newly changed hairbrush on standard ice conditons. 14,5 hog-to-hog and 4 feet of curl... well normally that is. World Curling Federation
- Chris Zelkovich at Eh Game1 day ago
It might have been the quality of the game, or possibly the halftime show, but Sunday's Super Bowl took a 10 per cent ratings hit in Canada.
According to Numeris overnight ratings, an average of 7.3 million viewers watched on CTV and another 1 million tuned into RDS to watch the Denver Broncos defeat the Carolina Panthers for a total audience of 8.3 million. That was down from the record 9.23 million who watched New England defeat Seattle last year.
Despite the drop, this year's audience was the second-largest in history as a total of 18.2 million individual viewers -- or 52 per cent of the population -- watched at least some part of the game.
True to Super Bowl tradition, the audience peaked at 10.3 million during the halftime show.
Once again, the ratings showed that the Super Bowl is now a Canadian television staple, regardless of who's playing on the field or on the bandstand. Put two teams, any two teams, in the big game and it will draw a big audience.
The top five Super Bowl audiences in Canada have taken place in the past five years.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game1 day ago
This may sound a bit odd, but it's time for the Raptors to ask for less from their All-Stars. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan are both deservingly spending the All-Star break in Toronto as members of the Eastern Conference team that will take the court this coming Sunday.
They'll get a few days off after the festivities, but when the regular season does resume, they deserve a bit more of a break, too. A few minutes per game over the remainder of the regular season will do.
Lowry is fourth in the NBA in minutes per game, averaging 36.7 minutes. DeRozan is right behind him in sixth at 36.2 minutes. Since December 28 – a span of 19 games – Lowry is up to 38.6 minutes per game, and that's despite suffering a minor wrist injury two weeks ago. Dwane Casey recognizes the need to decrease their workload down the stretch, especially Lowry's, to ensure they're fresh for the playoffs.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game2 days ago
The Canadian Fed Cup squad was caught in a bit of a dilemma last week, as the tie in Quebec City (and the week of practices and events leading up to it) conflicted with a very good $100,000 women's tournament close to home, in Midland, Mich.
The players chose their country, obviously (and there is some financial incentive to do so). But the result was that they wasted an opportunity to compete in a tournament that could help their individual careers. This week, there really aren't any tournaments they can play given their relatively low WTA Tour rankings. The two WTA Tour events held in St. Petersburg, Russia and in Taiwan were not options.
So they will be idle for another week.
The men, with the exception of Milos Raonic, return as Vasek Pospisil and Daniel Nestor compete at the ATP Tour 500-level tournament indoors in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Pospisil, whose Australian Open was a disappointment (a four-set loss to Gilles Simon in the first round of the men's singles), will face 18-year-old rising star Alexander Zverev in the first round.
A near-upset in Fed Cup turned into a 3-2 defeat, now Canada must try to avoid minor-league relegationStephanie Myles at Eh Game2 days ago
Even without top player Victoria Azarenka, who was enjoying the Super Bowl festivities in California as her team fought to stay alive against Canada Sunday afternoon in Quebec City, Belarus was the favourite to win the World Group II first-round tie.
But after 19-year-old Françoise Abanda gave Canada a 2-1 lead with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over world No. 74 Olga Govortsova Sunday, and the team needed just one more match win with the No. 2 singles players left to square off, then the doubles, the Canadians had hope.
Unfortunately, 27-year-old Aleksandra Wozniak, the author of an impressive win over Govortsova the previous day, couldn't keep it going against 21-year-old Aliaksandra Sasnovich. Sasnovich, who ended up being the heroine on the weekend, defeated Wozniak 6-4, 6-4 and then combined with Govortsova to defeat Gabriela Dabrowski and Fed Cup rookie Carol Zhao 6-2, 6-4.
With her Fed Cup victory, Aleksandra Wozniak's long road back from shoulder surgery is just beginningStephanie Myles at Eh Game3 days ago
Aleksandra Wozniak was never one to seek out the bright lights.
She looks at someone like the Montreal Canadiens’ P.K. Subban with amazement. “He just loves it, and it works so well with his personality,” she told Eh Game just before Christmas, when she was at a Fed Cup training camp in Florida with most of the other top Canadian players. “I personally never liked attention; I’d rather let the results speak for themselves, and train one-on-one with someone in an intimate setting.”
At times, the spotlight found her; for years before fellow Montrealer Genie Bouchard hit the big time, Wozniak was the face of Canadian women’s tennis. When she reached No. 21 in the WTA Tour rankings and won her first WTA Tour title, she received a lot of attention and was celebrated as one of Canada’s top athletes.
She didn’t love it. You can’t say she suffered it. The truth was somewhere in between. But she didn’t necessarily miss it over the last year or so as she wondered if her career was over.
At 28, she’s starting all over again after losing a year rehabbing after shoulder surgery, which took place Sept. 12, 2014.
- Chris Zelkovich at Eh Game3 days ago
During coverage of Saturday's LPGA Coates Golf Championship final round, the Golf Channel crew spent some time analyzing Brooke Henderson's decision to go with a 48-inch driver this season.
While it has given her an extra 20 yards off the tee, the TV analysts wondered if she wasn't playing with fire.
In the end, though, they might have been more on point had they discussed her putter.
The 18-year-old sensation from Smiths Falls, Ont., headed into the final five holes with a one-stroke lead but had to settle for second place thanks to a pair of three-putt bogeys on a rain-soaked Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club in Ocala, Fla.
Henderson finished at nine-under, two strokes behind Ha Na Jang of South Korea. And it was that pair of three-putts that made the difference.
While Henderson was having trouble on the soggy greens, Jang birdied the 16th to regain the lead and then added another birdie on 18 to put the icing on her first tour victory.
"It's amazing how I feel right now," the 23-year-old Korean told reporters. She finished at 11-under 277 and earned $225,000 U.S.