- Ian Denomme at Eh Game2 hrs ago
The 2015 edition of the Toronto Blue Jays will have something no previous team has ever had – two players who weren’t even born the last time the Blue Jays made the playoffs way, way back in 1993. That’s not a dig at the team that holds the longest playoff drought in professional sports as much as it is a sign of just how young the team is.
With Opening Day just five days away, the Blue Jays all-but-finalized their 25-man roster on Tuesday and it includes a pair of 20-year-old pitchers in the bullpen in Miguel Castro and Roberto Osuna. Both youngsters turned heads in spring training and earned roster nods, at least to begin the season. But they’re not alone. Mixed in with greybeards like R.A. Dickey, 40, and Mark Buehrle, 36, are a number of players who aren’t old enough to grow beards.
- Justin Robertson at Eh Game5 hrs ago
Mustafa Kamal has resigned as ICC president, news reports have confirmed. This comes only days after the completion of the Australia-New Zealand final at the Cricket World Cup.
ESPN CricInfo reports that on Wednesday, Kamal announced his resignation from Dhaka, saying his decision was in protest against those who worked unconstitutionally, and for the greater good of cricket. The statement also mentioned he was stepping down on personal grounds and "offered his apologies to all associated with the ICC", while adding that he had no complaints to make against anyone.
- Don Landry at Eh Game5 hrs ago
April 1st has become a far-reaching bit of mischief in this modern world of electronic tentacles.
What used to be the sole domain of radio morning show hosts, newspapers and television news shows is now a game anyone with a laptop and a twitter account can play. Pranking the world might not be exactly what Marshall McLuhan had in mind but, nevertheless, here we are.
Fans of the game of curling got into the spirit on this day of wool and pulling and covering of eyes and such.
A ban on the sport by Wisconsin Republicans is one of my favourites from today (although, generally speaking, there are a few juicy headlines I'd like to have seen but did not. You can read them, below).
A blog page called "The Progressive Midwesterner," penned by Aaron Camp, carried this headline today:
- Justin Robertson at Eh Game7 hrs ago
World Cups are unpredictable beasts and that includes the Cricket World Cup. All it takes is one casual slip of the hand and it can cost you everything. It’s a sojourn of rousing and back-slapping highs but also contains dark lows and painful exits. Before the tournament begins you have a bunch of unknowns and over the course of six weeks things unfold; players outdo and baffle us, teams fold and produce winning streaks. As fans watching this sport opera unfold before our furrowed brows and strained eyes, we become useless to stop the fervor physically taking over our body like vines on a brick wall, making us anxious or ill when things don’t fall our way on the field. We are useless to stop the emotions when the human body reacts to a last ball win, that send our arms in the air uncontrollably and voices into fits of boisterous ecstasy. The unpredictability of it all keeps us at bay most of the time, and keeps us paralyzed. No one can tell us how things will pan out. We have to sit and watch and wait. The World Cup is a moment in time where pieces from a puzzle are slowly solved to build an image of a winner at tournament’s end and in between are the momentum swings, the near misses and the sweet joy. Each game is broken down into moments. And each moment has micro moments. These trifling time periods eventually form a large collection of junctures that become stitched in history forever with raw emotion being the glue that sticks it all together.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game9 hrs ago
When two of the biggest servers on the ATP Tour meet, especially on the slow hard courts that abound on the circuit these days, there isn't going to be a lot to sink your teeth into.
In the end, Milos Raonic and John Isner had to try to stay focused through the barrage, and wait for those rare opportunities to make a move.
It was American John Isner, who came into the fourth-round match at the Miami Open with a 2-0 career record against the Canadian star, who prevailed in a 6-7 (3), 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5) marathon that ended about 12:45 a.m., and sent Isner into the quarter-finals against No. 4 seed Kei Nishikori of Japan.
They played a total of 233 points; only three of them went over nine shots; 179 of them (77 per cent) were over in four shots or less.
In truth, Isner played a little better than Raonic did, although the differences were marginal and Raonic had three break-point opportunities to Isner's one.
Raonic picked up a little bit where he left off against Jérémy Chardy of France in the fourth round – that is to say, he wasn't serving well, he looked pretty uptight, and his game overall wasn't there.
Sean Menard, a kid from Toronto and a Blue Jays fan, produces an emotional documentary about the 1994 Montreal ExposStephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
MONTREAL – As a Toronto kid and a committed Blue Jays fan, all Sean Menard really knew about the 1994 Montreal Expos was his father's conspiracy theory.
"All I remember is my father saying, 'the damn Americans are out to get us. They don’t want a Canadian team to win the World Series three years in a row,' " Menard says. "And he's American!"
But the young filmmaker was looking for a concept, and what stood out to him was the fact that there had never been a World Series cancelled in the game's history and when it happened, it happened to the Expos. And that a decade later, the city lost the team.
The finished product, a half-hour documentary called "The Perfect Storm - Story of the 1994 Montreal Expos", has begun airing on TSN's auxiliary networks and makes its debut on the TSN1 Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. (Well, it was supposed to; for whatever reason, there was poker on).
- Chris Zelkovich at Eh Game1 day ago
Numerous studies, reports and commissions keep telling us the same thing: Canada is on the verge of becoming a nation of geezers. Sometime in the next 20 years, the reports say, grey will become the dominant hair colour in this nation.
But take a look at the sports television ratings and you have to wonder if the Day of Grey isn't already upon us.
For the most part, the ratings are dominated by sports that tend to attract audiences that are more knowledgeable about hip replacements than they are about hip hop.
That's not to say viewers under 40 don't exist. The top three spots last weekend -- and the top spots basically from October to June -- belong to the NHL and that league has a pretty solid following among the young. (Which explains the prominence of beer commercials.)
But after that, there are a lot of geezer-type sports. (Note: As a card-carrying member of geezer nation, I am immune to charges of ageism and freely admit to preferring geezer sports.)
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
It's been a year, and Milos Raonic still believes in the Sleeve.
Originally added after Raonic had a reaction to some creme he applied on his right arm – the reaction between those products and the sun, as any tennis player will tell you, is harsh and immediate – the 24-year-old Canadian quickly got comfortable with it.
And then, it became part of the arsenal, long after the original skin irritation cleared up.
Raonic has said he believes it helps keeps his arm warm – and since his big serve is his big money-maker, if he believes it, that's a good enough reason to keep wearing it. Even though the tan lines must be both hilarious and horrendous.
At Indian Wells a few weeks ago, a reporter asked Raonic about the upcoming anniversary. Props to Ben Rothenberg, who writes for the New York Times, for broaching the subject.
- Chris Zelkovich at Eh Game1 day ago
The first reaction upon reading Derek Jeter's voice-for-the-athletes The
Look at David Ortiz, for example. Not only can this guy hit home runs into the stratosphere, but he can write. And we're not talking about a "Why I want to be a baseball player" Grade 6 composition here. We're talking real writing, the kind you might see in the finest sports publications.
Add in the fact that Ortiz has written so eloquently in his second language and you have to be wondering whether he might be this generation's Voltaire. After all, the Boston Red Sox slugger didn't just write a piece about his battles to avoid being labelled a steroid user. He's also listed as the site's ``editor at large."
A slugger, writer and editor all in one large package. You wouldn't be surprised if the Nobel Prize panel isn't convening at this moment to discuss adding another category: Sports Superstar/Literary Genius.
But wait a minute.
After less than three months, it's over for Canadian doubles legend Daniel Nestor and partner Rohan BopannaStephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
As Daniel Nestor said during the Davis Cup in Vancouver last month, he's at a stage in his career at age 42 where he's just trying to keep up with the younger guys.
When it was good with new partner Rohan Bopanna, it was pretty good. But obviously it wasn't good enough, for long enough. After less than three months together, the pair will play with other partners when the clay-court season begins in a couple of weeks.
Nestor and Bopanna, who teamed up a couple of times – unsuccessfully – in 2014 before committing to 2015 as a pair after Nestor ended it with Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia, won a title in Sydney to start the season and another in Dubai last month.