- Special to Yahoo! Canada Sports at Eh Game3 hrs ago
By David McPherson
From Fear the Beard to Shear the Beard. Sometimes, as the saying goes, a change will do you good. Graham DeLaet can attest to this adage. His decision to shave off his facial hair certainly played a mental role in the Canadian’s play this past weekend at The Travelers Championship.
“I was playing some bad golf this year, so I kind of just needed a change,” DeLaet told the Hartford Courant last weekend about this new look.
That change — and more importantly his improved on-course play — contributed to DeLaet’s best finish of the season: fourth place at The Travelers at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn. It was his first top-10 finish since February. While that first PGA Tour win continues to elude the Canadian, he can take a lot of positives from this performance.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game4 hrs ago
What a month it's been for the Toronto Blue Jays. With two games left to play in June, the Blue Jays have gone 18-7, reeling off an 11-game winning streak where they really flexed their offensive muscle.
All those wins haven't lifted them into first place in the highly-competitive AL East yet — they'reone game back of the Orioles and Rays — but Toronto is in the thick of the race and consideringwhat their record was less than a month ago, they'll take it. On June 1, FanGraphs pegged Toronto's playoffs odds at 16.5%. Heading into Monday's game against the Red Sox that number is now 49.2%.LiveBoston0 - 0TorontoFollow Game
- Dustin Pollack at Eh Game5 hrs ago
There was a brief pause before Lisa Thomaidis took a deep breath and exhaled before breaking into a chuckle.
It was almost as if she paused to reflect and look back on her last 13 years with the Canadian senior women’s national basketball team.
“There were days back when I first started where we didn’t know if we were ever going to get to this point,” she said over the phone.
Thomaidis has only been the head coach of the national women’s team since 2013, but she’s been part of the staff since 2002 – she worked as an assistant under both Bev Smith and Allison McNeill – and as far as holding positive on-court memories in her time with the program, there isn’t exactly a large archive.
The team failed to qualify for the Olympics in 2004 and 2008. It had dismal finishes at both the 2006 and 2010 world championships.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
WIMBLEDON – Vasek Pospisil is starting his Wimbledon a little earlier than he planned.
Only three men's doubles matches, out of 32 scheduled for the first round, will be played on the first Monday at Wimbledon. Unfortunately for Pospisil, whose ambitions lie in singles but who is defending the surprise doubles title he won here a year ago with American Jack Sock, their match is one of them.
Pospisil and Sock open Court 19 (a great court, but not one with broadcast capabilities) at 11:30 a.m. Monday (6:30 a.m. EDT) .
Under ordinary circumstances it might not be a bad thing, an opportunity to get out on the match courts at the All-England Club in a competitive situation for a bit of doubles before his singles quest begins on Tuesday.
But Wimbledon, always the Grand Slam iconoclast, stubbornly continues to favour a best-of-five set format in doubles. And Pospisil and Sock, seeded No. 3, have a very tough first round as they face rocket-serving Sam Groth of Australia and talented serve-and-volleyer Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine, who defeated then-defending champion Roger Federer in the second round here two years ago.
For a player with back issues, that's definitely not ideal.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game1 day ago
VANCOUVER – There was evidence of tears on the faces of every Canadian player as they streamed out of the locker room over 90 minutes after Saturday's 2-1 loss to England in the quarterfinals at the Women's World Cup, but none wore a more pained facial expression than Christine Sinclair.
Canada was eliminated from their home World Cup after they were unable to erase an early two goal deficit, but Sinclair — the hometown hero — was terrific. It was easily her individual performance of the tournament, providing us with a reminder of why she's earned the reputation as one of the top players of her generation.
Sinclair conjured up some of that magic inside 10 minutes, making a daring run up the right side of the field, nutmegging not one but two English players, then settling herself to send a perfect cross to fellow forward Melissa Tancredi, only for Tancredi to shoot and high and wide of the net. Less than five minutes later England led 2-0 and there was no coming back for Canada, regardless of how hard Sinclair fought.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game1 day ago
VANCOUVER – Christine Sinclair scored for Canada but two early goals by England proved too much to overcome as England prevailed 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the Women's World Cup on Saturday at B.C. Place.
"I'm proud of my girls. I think they give you everything and it just wasn't good enough tonight. The dream is over," said Canadian coach John Herdman. "Our best just wasn't good enough."
Looking to secure a spot in the semifinals, Herdman went with the same starting lineup he put out in the 1-0 win over Switzerland last Sunday in the round of 16.
After a short feeling out period, Canada produced the first scoring chance of the game in the 10th minute when Christine Sinclair turned two England defenders on the right side of midfield and played a wonderful cross over to Melissa Tancredi. Tancredi was one on one with a defender, cut back at the top of the box with a good look at goal but her shot sailed high above the crossbar.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
WIMBLEDON – The signs of Milos Raonic’s racquet rust are evident as he goes through a rigorous practice with Italy’s Andreas Seppi.
You wouldn’t notice it if he were wearing his trademark sleeve, but he rarely wears it in practice.
The 24-year-old Canadian has kinesio tape up his arm and around his shoulder, and down the back of the arm as well.
Given that right arm is his money-maker, that’s a lot of tape.
“Just soreness from going 10 weeks with almost playing nothing, my body catching up with my tennis. That’s it,” Raonic said Saturday, two days before he plays Spain’s Daniel Gimeno-Traver in the first round of singles at Wimbledon.
Six weeks ago, Raonic had a procedure to alleviate Morton’s Neuroma, a painful nerve condition in his right foot that cut short his clay-court season and forced him to miss the French Open.
He returned on the grass at Queen’s Club less than two weeks ago, winning a pair of three-setters before losing to Gilles Simon, 7-5 in the third set.
Now, as a defending Wimbledon semi-finalist, he must play best-of-five sets for the first time since Davis Cup in Vancouver in March.
After a year of struggle and with health questions, Eugenie Bouchard hopes Wimbledon can revive her fortunesStephanie Myles at Eh Game2 days ago
WIMBLEDON – Genie Bouchard hasn’t been playing any tennis lately, so she joked that she’s been walking around with her Babolat racquet in her hand just she could “look like a professional tennis player”.
The abdominal issue that forced her to retire from her third-round match at Eastbourne Wednesday has kept Bouchard off the courts. She hopes to get some practice in tomorrow but clearly she’s not at her best on any level as she returns to the scene of her first Grand Slam final a year ago.
“With the Tuesday start, that’s why I’m not pushing it today; an extra day will give me a little more rest,” Bouchard said Saturday as she and many of the other players went through interviews with various media. “Saving myself for the match a bit. Practice, I’ve done a lot of it in my life, so I’ll try to give it all in the match.”
The 21-year-old Canadian’s struggles have been well-documented. And she’s gone through the gamut of emotions about it. There was negativity. There was probably denial. These days, not only is she displaying a sense of humour about it on social media, she’s trying to see the positives.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game2 days ago
VANCOUVER – If the action on the field comes close to approaching the intensity of the pregame chatter, Saturday's Women's World Cup quarterfinal between Canada and England at B.C. Place should be a thriller.
Already expected to be a tight and tense contest between two nations very familiar with each other, England's coach Mark Sampson stoked the fire with some light-hearted jabs on Canadian coach John Herdman's attire choice of "tight shirts and Ray-Bans," and followed up with some more serious hooks at Herdman's team.
"Without a shadow of a doubt we're playing the most aggressive team in this tournament," Sampson was quoted as saying in the The Guardian. "We've got a qualified referee on our staff and, looking back at the games, he says at least quadruple the number of fouls they've actually been penalized for could have been awarded against them. I hope the match referee realizes there's 22 players and two teams on the pitch."
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game3 days ago
WIMBLEDON – The ladies always glam to the max for the annual WTA Tour party, held a few days before Wimbledon.
Canada's Genie Bouchard was among them,in a Ralph Lauren gown that draped down-to-there on the sides.
She made headlines in the Daily Mail, naturally.
The accompanying story went into intricate detail about the various features of the dress.
It's a fairly radical departure from the more demure look Bouchard sported during the last two pre-Wimbledon parties in 2013 (left) and a year ago.
Here's Maria Sharapova:
And Madison Keys:
Here's the other half of the Daily Mail's duo, Urszula Radwanska:
Ana Ivanovic brought a date: