- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game4 hrs ago
For two sets, even though he won the first, Canadian Milos Raonic was outplayed Tuesday by mercurial Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov.
But after losing the second set tiebreak in large part due to his own errors, and heading off court for a bathroom break, an incensed Raonic turned his anger into a positive.
The 25-year-old from Thornhill, Ont. rolled through the third set, his big serve virtually unreturnable, and defeated Dolgopolov 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-2 to move into the third round of the Mutua Madrid Open.
Raonic fired just four of his 17 total aces in that deciding set. But his first-serve percentage checked in at 83 percent; he lost just one point on his first serve and he just wrestled the outcome of the match right out of Dolgopolov’s hands.
He will face the winner of No 7 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France and Spain’s Albert Ramos-Viñolas in the third round, with world No. 1 Novak Djokovic possibly looming next.
- Chris Zelkovich at Eh Game5 hrs ago
``This town needs an enema."
-- The Joker, Batman
``This country needs a psychiatrist."
-- Chris Zelkovich, Yahoo
I'm not saying that Canadians are all crazy, but there is strong evidence that something is definitely off with the psyche of this country. Like, the rest of the world is Barack Obama and we're Donald Trump.
Prime evidence is the weekend TV ratings report, which presents a strong case for some sort of psychiatric intervention.
The most damning evidence involves the Toronto Raptors and the equivalent of a televised bingo game.
The Raptors set a record for NBA basketball in Canada on Sunday by averaging 1.53 million viewers on Sportsnet for their victory over the Indiana Pacers. That's good news, especially for a team that has struggled to draw viewers despite an impressive product.
But here's the part that makes you wonder about us: The Raptors game was not the most-watched sports event on TV last weekend. That honour, by about 40,000 viewers, went to the NHL Draft Lottery.
No, not the draft. The draft lottery. An incredibly long, drawn-out bit of television tedium. Unisom featuring guys in a 50 shades of grey suits.LiveMiami75 - 65TorontoFollow Game
- Andrew Bucholtz at Eh Game7 hrs ago
Canada has devoted fans for sports from hockey to football to basketball to curling and well beyond, but all of those sports are contested at a high level nationally where they don't draw much attention.
That would be Canadian Interuniversity Sport, which has 56 member universities from coast to coast with 11,500 athletes, and regulates national competition in 12 different sports (men's football, women's rugby and field hockey, and men's and women's basketball, cross-country, curling, hockey, soccer, swimming, track and field, volleyball and wrestling; many universities also compete in other sports on more regional levels). CIS has produced countless highly-successful Olympians and other professional athletes, and its competitions make for great viewing at a cheap price, but they're off the radar for many Canadian sports fans.
- Chris Young at Eh Game10 hrs ago
The intersection of technology and sports has brought us a number of innovations, and we've only just started going down that road beyond replay review and fantasy games to virtual reality, eSports and of late, even drone fishing.
But Argentine soccer club Atletico Tigre is going more than skin-deep with this one, inviting season ticket holders to acquire a 'Ticket Pasión' that functions much like those microchips you can have implanted in your dog in case they get lost -- but in this case, it allows for entry into the stadium and dispenses with the need for ID or a season ticket.
Ahora, podés llevar a tu club adentro...De verdad ! pic.twitter.com/ojfAt1jZrq
Club general secretary Ezequiel Rocino told ABC News he had one of the chips implanted in his arm, just under the tattoo of the club's logo in the picture at the top here, and riffing quite literally, as the tweet notes, on team supporters' "I carry you inside me" terrace anthem.
- Chris Young at Eh Game11 hrs ago
Leicester City’s rise, from barely avoiding relegation a year ago to Premier League champions this season, has established a new standard for longshot glory. At the start of the season they were quoted at 5,000-to-1 odds to win the league against their well-heeled rivals. And Monday they clinched the title with two weeks to spare, sparking hosannas from all corners no matter what the allegiances because all the world loves an underdog (excepting perhaps the British bookies, on the hook for record payoffs).
Proud of you Spurs! But Leicester... What an inspiration, the best fucking story ever! Congratulations!!!! X
Leicester City have won the Premier League. The biggest sporting shock of my lifetime, and it's only my team.
- Chris Young at Eh Game1 day ago
If the Raptors winning a playoff series and the Leafs getting lotto-lucky amount to the earth turning over on Toronto’s scruffy pro sports acreage, perhaps they’re best seen as mere aftershocks from last Oct. 14 and Jose Bautista’s bat flip heard 'round the 6, and beyond.
Bautista’s emphatic hoist after launching a Sam Dyson pitch into history was a lot of things: a game and series winner, an eraser of Toronto’s ongoing narrative of sporting disappointment, a maker of memes and legends, the craziest exclamation point on what’s been called the craziest inning in baseball’s playoff history, and if you’re of a Goose Gossage vintage, everything that is wrong with baseball in 2015.
And of course, there was this.
If you were anywhere near Toronto -- or watching on TV across Canada, among the record audience -- it was the stuff of which dreams are made. And ugly Christmas sweaters.LiveTexas1 - 0TorontoFollow Game
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
On the day he returned to the ATP Tour’s top 10, Canadian Milos Raonic showed why he merits that spot.
The 25-year-old from Thornhill, Ont. survived a stiff early challenge from talented Brazilian left-hander Thomaz Bellucci to run away with his first-round match at the Mutua Madrid Open, 7-6 (4), 6-1.
From the moment in the first-set tiebreak when Bellucci led 3-2, Raonic won 34 of the remaining 47 points.
His second-round opponent will be Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine.
Raonic has been idle since reaching the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters 2 1/2 weeks ago; he won just two games in a desultory loss to Andy Murray of Great Britain.
Last week, he was in coach Carlos Moyá’s home country of Mallorca, practicing on the clay with, among others, the same Andy Murray.
The adductor issue that recurred in Monte Carlo and had a lot to do with the lopsided score against Murray was not in evidence Monday.
In Bellucci, he faced a hugely gifted opponent, but one whose maddening inconsistency is trying to his fans, his team and more than anyone, likely himself.
- Neil Stevens at Eh Game1 day ago
Jamie Dawick’s annual trip to Las Vegas to participate in the World Series of Poker in July will be a brief respite from the lineup shuffling he’ll be doing with his lacrosse team.
An 18-17 overtime loss in Calgary on Saturday left the owner-GM’s Toronto Rock at 5-13 and out of the playoffs for the first time since he bought the National Lacrosse League team in 2009. It was a difficult pill to swallow after going 14-4 in 2015 and getting to the championship series.
“This year has been a nightmare,” Dawick said during a morning-after interview. “I’m glad it’s over because we’re not in the playoffs.
“Next year has already started for me. We need to get back to where we need to be. I’m going to be aggressive this off-season looking at trades and free agents. I’m going to do everything I can do to get this team back to where it needs to be.”
Three positives are worth mentioning.
1. Work ethic was never lacking.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
More than two dozen Canadians competed at the various levels of pro tennis last week – a big number even if only a select few were at the ATP/WTA level.
The last man standing was Denis Shapovalov, just turned 17 and making waves on the tough $10,000 ITF Circuit down in the southern U.S.
Shapovalov bumped his won-loss record on the season to 37-7 as he reached the semi-finals of the event in Vero Beach tournament last weekend. That's not even counting doubles. All but one of the tournaments was at the Futures level. The other was the Drummondville Challenger, which has a purse of $100,000; Shapovalov reached the semi-finals there and lost, 6-4 in the third set, to Great Britain's Daniel Evans. Evans, it should be noted, cracked the top 100 in the ATP Tour rankings today.
The ranking points from his previous week's title in Orange Park, Fla. kicked in Monday; Shapovalov's ranking now stands at a career-high No. 405. When his semi-final effort in Vero Beach is added in, he should reach another career best, at approximately No. 392.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game1 day ago
TORONTO – It wasn’t supposed to come to this, at least not this early on: a Game 7 with the season on the line. Maybe in the second round. In the conference finals? Heck, that’d be an accomplishment. But a Game 7 in the first round? Something must have gone terribly wrong.
Yet this is where the Raptors found themselves Sunday night, punishment for their uneven play in a series against the Indiana Pacers they entered as heavy favourites.
The game was at home – the benefit of being the two-seed in the East – but that was of little comfort to the fan base. Maybe the nerves would subside when the game would tip off. The notoriously late arriving Drake was in his seat over half an hour before the scheduled start time. The anticipation in the arena was exceeded only by anxiety.