Pospisil's Court 12 double-duty results in 10 sets of tennis, a big singles win, and a tough doubles defeatStephanie Myles at Eh Game10 hrs ago
WIMBLEDON – If Vasek Pospisil doesn’t see Wimbledon’s Court 12 again in this lifetime, it’ll probably be too soon.
He spent so much time there Monday in both singles and doubles, they’ll probably put his name on a plaque and affix it to one of the green players’ chairs.
After a five-set victory in singles over Viktor Troicki that began at 11:30 a.m., he returned to the same court two hours later to play his third-round doubles match with partner Jack Sock.
That put another five sets on the Pospisil odometer, not the best scenario given he has a date with home-country hero Andy Murray on Centre Court Wednesday. Even worse, they lost, and will not defend their Wimbledon doubles title.
But Pospisil said he’d do it all again. “ Obviously it would be better if we lost in three (sets) than 8‑6 in the fifth, but you don't know that, right? You're just trying to win the match,” he said. “So there are no regrets.”
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game13 hrs ago
One of the Toronto Blue Jays' top players got some good news Sunday, as Josh Donaldson was confirmed as the starting third baseman for the American League All-Stars.
It took the fans awhile to get on board, but with some big names campaigning on his behalf,Donaldson made a late run and ended up with just over 14 million votes, breaking the record for most votes ever received by an individual player.Tue, 7 Jul8:10 PM EDTToronto at Chi White SoxPreview Game
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game14 hrs ago
Cory Joseph is coming home.
The 23-year-old point guard from Pickering, Ont., has reportedly agreed to a four-year, $30 million contract with the Toronto Raptors, becoming the team's third free agent signing after DeMarre Caroll and Bismack Biyombo. All three players are known for their play on the defensive end as Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri has made it his top priority to put out an improved defensive team next season.
A late first round pick in 2011, Joseph has spent the past four seasons in the NBA with the San Antonio Spurs. Part of the Spurs' championship team in 2013-14, Joseph averaged career-highs in games played (79), minutes (18.3), points (6.8), assists (2.4), and rebounds (2.4) last season. He entered this offseason as a restricted free agent but after the Spurs signed LaMarcus Aldridge, they could no longer afford to keep Joseph due to salary cap constraints and withdrew their qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent.
- Neate Sager at Eh Game14 hrs ago
Just as a sage hoops fan can make a travelling call from the mezzanine, the National Basketball League of Canada's unravelling could also be called from a month away. Two months removed from the forfeit fiasco that eradicated Game 7 of the NBLC's final and led to heavy fines for Halifax Rainmen coaches and players, the Halifax team has declared bankruptcy.
No, I did not see this coming either.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game18 hrs ago
WIMBLEDON – Vasek Pospisil had a London weekend to enjoy his first trip to the second week of a Grand Slam in singles.
Monday night, the 25-year-old Canadian can savour the feeling of reaching his first Grand Slam quarter-final after an impressive comeback from two sets to none down against experienced Serbian Viktor Troicki.
The 4-6, 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 victory, which took just a shade over 2 1/2 hours, seemed unlikely after he lost the first two sets. But Pospisil raised his play and Troicki, who also was seeking to reach his first major quarter-final at age 29 (even though he has been ranked as high as No. 12 in the world), saw his level drop just enough to make a difference.
"He was switching his return position. He stepped back a lot, and that made me maybe go for the serve and risk it more. And he got to return better off the back of the court. And he took his chances," Troicki said.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game1 day ago
VANCOUVER – Japan's dream of repeating as World Cup champions will remain that: a dream. The title holders knew the United States were the more powerful and dynamic side coming into the Women's World Cup final. It sure didn't take long for the the Americans to flex their muscle Sunday and show their physical dominance. Three minutes in, Carli Lloyd put the U.S. on the board and then two minutes later it was Lloyd finding the back of the net for a second time.
Lauren Holiday made it 3-0 in the 14th minute and then Lloyd added insult to injury, catching Japanese goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori off her line and blasting a shot from the halfway line for her hat-trick goal in the 16th minute.
Just like that Japan was staring at an insurmountable 4-0 deficit with more than 75 minutes to play. The first three goals from the U.S. were all scored deep inside the 18-yard box. The first two came on set pieces where the physical gulf between the two teams was obvious.
Over and over again the U.S. drove right into the heart of Japan's defence without receiving much resistance. If there was any push back, it was hard to see, because the Americans were so tough to take off the ball.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game1 day ago
VANCOUVER – Even if the majority of the fans at B.C. Place were rooting for the United States to win Women's World Cup final on Sunday, Sydney Leroux is the only American player that can truly say she won the World Cup at home.
Leroux, 25, was born in Surrey, B.C., about 35 kilometres away from where she lifted the trophy alongside her victorious U.S. teammates after a resounding 5-2 victory over Japan.
She saw action in four of the U.S.'s seven games at the tournament, including a stoppage time appearance in the semifinal win against Germany, but did not play in the final.
"I could not be happier," said an emotional Leroux after the game. "I know I didn't get the minutes but it took 23 of us. I couldn't stop crying because it's something I gave up a long time ago and it has been a hard road."
- Chris Zelkovich at Eh Game1 day ago
David Hearn has yet to record a victory on the PGA Tour, but he says what happened on Sunday at the Greenbrier Classic has convinced him that a win isn't far off.
In the end, the native of Brantford, Ont., was simply a runner-up. He settled for a bogey on the second playoff hole to lose by one to New Zealand's Danny Lee. But sinking a nerve-wracking birdie putt on the first extra hole to extend the playoff has him thinking positively.
"I'm real proud of the way I played," the 36-year-old Canadian told the Golf Channel. ``I played the way that I know I can win here ... soon."
Super proud of the way I played this week! Only took me 2 tries to make that one on 18, but I know I will make one to win soon.
It was a day of big moments for Hearn. He and Lee both shot a 67 in the final round and both birdied No. 17 to join a four-man playoff with Kevin Kisner and Robert Streb.
Both Hearn and Lee could have taken the lead on the final hole in regulation, but Lee missed an 18-foot birdie try and Hearn left his 12-foot birdie attempt just short of the cup.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
WIMBLEDON – Venus and and Serena Williams will meet on Centre Court Monday at Wimbledon in a fourth-round match.
That's a long way from their early days, when it seemed they would only meet in finals. But given the scarcity of these encounters these days, somehow there's a lot more emotion attached to them than there used to be, at least from the fans side.
For one thing, they won't be around forever, even if it seems they already have been around forever. For another, their fortunes have changed considerably in the last 15 years, with little sister the undisputed No. 1 and big sister now a sympathetic figure who has persevered through some health woes and still, at 35, is playing great tennis.
Serena Williams said herself over the weekend that she expected everyone to cheer for Venus. In fact, she would probably cheer for her, too.
Venus Williams has had a fairly uneventful path to Manic Monday, when all the fourth-round matches on both the men's and women's side will be played at Wimbledon, after the Sunday break.