- Don Landry at Eh Game9 hrs ago
They're at it again.
Year after year after year, a touring group of curling fans hits the Brier and livens the thing up with their spirit and decorates it with a dizzying array of colourful and always changing costumes.
With the 2015 Brier being held in Calgary - and right in the home of the Calgary Flames - "The Sociables" will mix, mingle, hoot, holler and generally put smiles on people's faces as they take in Sunday's action dressed as Lanny McDonald, the former Flame who won a Stanley cup with the team in 1989.
The group even got two-time Brier champion skip Glenn Howard to jump in and don a moustache. That's him in the centre, below, holding the tin foil Stanley Cup.
- Ian Denomme at Eh Game1 day ago
DUNEDIN, Fla. – Johan Santana is a four-time All-Star, he has two Cy Young awards, he’s pitched in the postseason four times, and has already made more than $150 million in his career. He doesn’t need to prove anything else in his career, but there he was on Saturday making his first appearance at Toronto Blue Jays spring training after signing a minor-league deal.
At 35, Santana simply wants another chance to take the mound and help a team win.
“I feel pretty excited to have an opportunity to get back into baseball,” Santana said. “As long as my arm’s still attached, I’m gonna give it a chance. I love what I do, and if I’m able to do it that’ll be great but if it doesn’t happen then at least I tried my best to come back.”
- Ian Denomme at Eh Game1 day ago
DUNEDIN, Fla. – Thanks to the Kansas City Royals’ miracle playoff drive to the World Series last season, baseball’s longest active playoff drought now belongs to the Toronto Blue Jays. It has been 22 years since Joe Carter hit his World Series-winning walkoff homer off Mitch Williams and the Blue Jays have not been to the postseason since.
It’s actually the longest playoff drought in professional sports, and team brass, fans, and players want to see it end. None more than All-Star slugger Jose Bautista.
Bautista is the longest serving current Blue Jay, about to enter his eighth season with the club. In that time he’s been a part of four winning seasons but the team has never finished higher than third in the tough America League East. He has also become a perennial MVP-candidate during his time in Toronto, having gone to five consecutive All-Star Games and twice leading the majors in home runs. But during his first appearance at Blue Jays spring training on Friday Bautista said he would give it all up for a taste of the postseason.
- Dustin Pollack at Eh Game1 day ago
TORONTO – Over the last year Kyle Lowry been described as a whole lot more than the Raptors starting point guard.
He’s often been referred to as the team’s heartbeat, the engine that drives the offence, someone who on multiple occasions has shown the ability to will Toronto to victories.
Two weeks after making his first appearance in the NBA All-Star Game however, Lowry finds himself stuck in a funk, struggling to find the game that's helped him lead the Raptors to second place in the Eastern Conference.
“I’m trash,” he told reporters in Toronto Thursday after shooting a combined 29.7 per cent in three-straight losses on the road.
Then Friday he put forth another performance to forget.
The 28-year-old scored just four points on 1-of-7 shooting as the Raptors were blown out by the Western Conference leading Golden State Warriors 113-89.
“When you’re losing like that it kind of sucks the life out of you a little bit,” a visibly discouraged Lowry said after the game. “You just have to find some things to get the love and passion back out there.”LiveGolden State102 - 101BostonFollow Game
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
The tournament has yet to announce it. But for the second time in three weeks, Genie Bouchard has pulled out of a scheduled tournament at the last minute.
This time, it's a small event in Monterrey, Mexico, where she was scheduled to be the No. 2 seed.
Despite the lack of announcement, the 21-year-old Canadian's name has been stricken from the official entry list. The draw is scheduled to take place on Saturday.
The only official announcements made by the tournament Friday were the allocation of the wild cards to local players, and the injury withdrawal of Jelena Jankovic.
Jankovic's name, however, had been stricken from the official entry list much earlier in the week.
It's a situation similar to the one that occurred at the much-bigger tournament in Dubai two weeks ago, where Bouchard was announced as having been awarded a wild card into the tournament on Friday – only to have her name absent from the list when the official draw was made less than 24 hours later.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game2 days ago
Over a decade before Steph Curry emerged as one of the NBA's biggest stars, he was showing off his skills as a youngster while living in Toronto.
Steph's dad, Dell, played for the Raptors from 1999 to 2002 and enrolled his son at Queensway Christian College in Etobicoke for his Grade 8 year.
Even back then it was already obvious that Steph was a special basketball talent.
"He was this tiny little guy, but when we put him on the court he was just unbelievable. He was scoring 40 points, 50 points a game, no problem," his coach at Queensway , James Lackey, told Alex Ballingall of the Toronto Star. " No one even came close to us that year."
The Queensway Saints went undefeated that season, and it hasn't been much different for Curry and his Golden State Warriors in 2014-15. At 44-11, they have the best record in a loaded Western Conference and the 26-year-old guard is a frontrunner to win the MVP award.
- Ian Denomme at Eh Game2 days ago
DUNEDIN, Fla. – Marcus Stroman appears poised to become a major-league star. After a breakout rookie campaign in 2014 the Toronto Blue Jays are putting a lot of hopes in the 23-year-old righthander, but if baseball for some reason doesn’t work out, he’s already jumped into the business world.
Earlier this year Stroman trademarked the phrase “Height Doesn’t Measure Heart.” For Stroman, it’s both a motivational saying and a personal brand. His website is already selling HDMH merchandise and there’s more to come.
While it’s a personal mantra for the diminutive pitcher, he also wants to empower other undersized athletes - and inspire kids or anyone else told they can’t do something because of their size.
“There’s a bunch of undersized athletes out there,” Stroman said. “I’m trying to just get that message out there. I’ve seen it, people get discouraged because someone will say that they’re too short to play a position. Or too small to do this, or too small to do that.
- Justin Robertson at Eh Game2 days ago
The 20 th World Cup match will kick off tonight between Australia and New Zealand in Auckland in what fans are calling a “mini-final.” Fireworks, fancy strokes and lots of sixes are expected. Things are meant to get ugly. Here’s a look at the good and bad of the World Cup so far.
Chris Gayle, West Indies, 215 (147) vs Zimbabwe : This is going to be hard to top. A man under pressure who hadn’t scored a century since June 2013. The West Indies started the World Cup with a loss to Ireland then beat Pakistan and faced off against Zimbabwe in what was an historic, record-breaking day for Gayle. The opening bat looked iffy early but returned to form in a big way hitting everything out of the park. Does it get any better than this? No.
Tim Southee, New Zealand, 7-33 vs England : The opening bowler ripped through England like a cyclone. Pitching the ball up and getting it to move late troubled the English. It was the most destructible spell of bowling at the World Cup so far. See for yourself below.
Cricket World Cup: AB de Villiers’ fastest tourney century, South Africa win big and some extraordinary catchesJustin Robertson at Eh Game2 days ago
Before the start of the Cricket World Cup, South Africa demolished the West Indies on home soil in a one-day series 4-1. Records were broken. Proteas skipper AB de Villiers went ballistic and smashed a 31-ball century, the fastest in history. So Friday’s World Cup fixture looked like a given until Chris Gayle and the West Indies turned their form around after Gayle created some records of his own against Zimbabwe, scoring an historic 215 from 147 balls.
The West Indies went into this game with a 2-1 World Cup record while South Africa were 1-1, including that big 130-run loss against India. Current form suggested this was going to be an arm wrestle. Here are eight random thoughts on an eventful match.
- Don Landry at Eh Game2 days ago
As the 2015 Brier gets ready to really rev up in Calgary, the Canadian Curling Association has announced a big change: It will no longer be known as the Canadian Curling Association and it will no longer use this logo:
The name that it has used since 1990 has been put out to snowy, frigid, February pasture, replaced with a new name and logo.
Introducing "Curling Canada."
In a media release, Curling Canada Chief Executive Officer Greg Stremlaw states that “The logo instantly identifies the sport and its role in Canada, and has an iconic, bold feel to it that at once looks modern and yet respectful of the game’s rich history and roots in Canada.”