- Israel Fehr at Eh Game5 hrs ago
TORONTO – The powerful Baltimore Orioles’ first two runs came courtesy of a sacrifice fly and an RBI fielder’s choice. The third run was driven home on a ground ball through the right side. So was the fourth.
Not how you would expect the team that leads the major leagues in home runs to generate its offence, but as long as they scored more runs than the Blue Jays on Thursday night it was good enough. One run would have been enough in this game.
Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez – he of the 5.71 ERA on the season, but 3.17 ERA in the second half – shut out Toronto over 6 2/3 innings and Baltimore’s lights-out bullpen did the rest in a 4-0 win at Rogers Centre where the home team managed just one extra-base hit.
The boos from the sellout crowd hoping to see the Blue Jays grab a stranglehold on the wild card began well before thebottom of the ninth when Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista struck out against reliever Brad Brach. It was Bautista’s third strikeout of the game and Donaldson was retired on strikes twice. The offensive woes that have plagued the team this month has put them in a less-than-ideal spot.Fri, 30 Sep7:05 PM EDTBaltimore at NY YankeesPreview Game
In his first public appearance after an April stroke, a silenced Jacques Demers still speaks volumesStephanie Myles at Eh Game12 hrs ago
The chattiest man in hockey has been silenced, but even a major stroke suffered last April couldn’t silence Jacques Demers’ smile Wednesday night.
The 73-year-old made his first public appearance at the 26th annual Quebec Sports Hall of Fame ceremony, inducted as a coach on a night when such luminaries as swimmer Emilie Heymans, NHL star Dave Keon and goaltender Kim St-Pierre also were honoured. But for most of the 300 in attendance, there was only “Coach.”
Six months after the stroke, Demers still can only speak a few words and is dealing with some paralysis on his right side. Guy Carbonneau, his captain on that 1993 Stanley Cup-winning squad, wheeled him into the gala.
The beaming smile on Demers’ face at the first hug from longtime colleague and great friend Chantal Machabée, who covers hockey for RDS and occasionally hosts the popular post-game panel discussion in which he appeared, was that of a man so diminished physically but still so aware.
- Chris Young at Eh Game15 hrs ago
Or at least break them up, these bearded brutes that have turned the World Cup of Hockey into their own playland.
At this point, flippancy might well be the only option left for opponents. The question such toying brings up has two sides: Is this Team Canada the country’s best-ever men’s side? Or are they simply too much of a match for opposition that's collectively on the decline?
There’s surely a gulf between those two extremes. Canada’s 15 wins in a row against the hockey world’s top flight, and a third successive “best-on-best” title in the offing Thursday night against Team Europe, is impossible to ignore. Over five games on home ice in Toronto, Canada has trailed for 89 seconds. Sidney Crosby has been brilliant, Carey Price has looked like himself again, and on down the bench everyone else has stepped up and filled their roles.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game17 hrs ago
One day up; the next day down. This is September baseball for a team that's still fighting for a playoff spot with less than a week left in the season.
The Blue Jays had to feel good about their chances to be playing in the American League wild-card game next Tuesday night and have home field advantage after Tuesday's win over the Orioles. Wednesday's 3-2 loss to Baltimore followed and swiftly left a feeling of uncertainty about what had seemed like a foregone conclusion just 24 hours earlier.
The Orioles are now one game back of Toronto in the wild-card standings entering Thursday night's game while Detroit is one game behind Baltimore in the race.
What unfolded at Rogers Centre on Wednesday night was representative of what this Blue Jays team is on most nights: a rotation that's been outstanding all year; an offence that for whatever reason doesn't have the same dynamic edge it had in 2015; a bullpen that had found stability midseason and is now suddenly shaky again.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Eh Game18 hrs ago
Never one to shy down from throwing a little shade, Drake appears to have moved on from his Meek Mill beef with a new target to troll.
The Toronto rapper's basketball jersey selection was all the rage following Drake's recent show in Inglewood, California. Rocking a Lakers jersey on stage, Drake appeared to stand up for his new flame Rihanna by taking a subtle jab at Sacramento Kings forward Matt Barnes.
As the story goes, Barnes alleges to have had a history with Rihanna prior to her relationship with Drake. RiRi has vehemently denied a fling with Barnes, and it looks like Drake is having a tough time letting this one go.
Drake shared two images on Instagram after the California show and while the Lakers jersey was a hit, it's the name on the back that seems to be stirring the pot.
- Chris Zelkovich at Eh Game20 hrs ago
When the first driver strikes ball at the 2016 Ryder Cup on Friday, there's a possibility it might herald the end of an era in golf.
On the other hand, if some of the changes planned by the European Tour are part of the next Ryder Cup, dyed-in-the-plus-fours golf traditionalists may see it as the end of civilization.
There's no indication that the 2018 Ryder Cup in France will incorporate any of those changes. But if they work the way the European Tour hopes they might, you never know.
And there's some significant Canadian content to all of this, too. Most of the revolutionary ideas on changing the game have come from Keith Pelley, former head of Rogers Communications, TSN and the Toronto Argonauts, who is now the European Tour's CEO.
- Gavin Day at Eh Game20 hrs ago
Sebastian Giovinco’s absence was never more obvious as Toronto FC sputtered to a goalless draw with Orlando City SC on Wednesday night.
Shorn of MLS’ best player, Toronto lacked clinical finishing as it failed to make the most of its game in hand among the teams chasing it for top spot in the MLS Eastern Conference, against an Orlando team that has leaked goals of late.
It’s hardly a disaster as Toronto moved into first place in the conference standings, one point ahead of the two New York teams. But the third straight home draw has allowed other teams to close right up, leaving no margin for error in the final three regular season games. Toronto still has yet to seal up a home playoff date that comes guaranteed with a top-four finish in the conference, and they've managed but one goal in their past two matches.
“It’s tough to not have him in this stretch but it’s important to have him come playoff time,” said head coach Greg Vanney. “We are moving the ball well and solid defensively and hopefully we can get him this weekend and start to get the partnership of Jozy (Altidore) and Seba moving again.”
- Kaitlyn McGrath at Eh Game1 day ago
TORONTO — That’s September baseball is how Toronto Blue Jays reliever Jason Grilli described the result Wednesday at the Rogers Centre.
The Blue Jays lost a tough one to the Baltimore Orioles in the second of their three-game series against their division rivals. Toronto entered the ninth inning with a 2-1 lead, but closer Roberto Osuna gave up a two-run homer to Hyun Soo Kim to give the O’s the 3-2 comeback victory.
Entering the game, the Blue Jays were looking to inch one step closer to clinching a playoff berth — their second in as many years — against the Orioles, their closest pursuers in the race for the top American League wild-card spot. Before the game, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said he doesn’t concern himself with the mathematical possibilities of clinching.
"I can't get caught up in that. We're getting close. There's different things — who can do what. But I'm sure somebody will come tell me when they juggle the numbers that 'Hey, this is the night,'" Gibbons told reporters before the game.Fri, 30 Sep7:10 PM EDTToronto at BostonPreview Game
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
There’s one big problem with tennis movies: the actual playing of the tennis.
Ask any tennis player: you could play for 30 years and still not look like a world No. 1 – even in practice.
In the case of the Borg v. McEnroe movie, which began shooting a few weeks ago, it’s going to be a particularly tricky issue as both Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe have such distinctive playing styles that no amount of headbands or tighty-whitey 80s shorts will make up for it.
It’s not like football or hockey where you can put out a stunt double in a helmet and pads and fake it.
“It’s difficult even for tennis players to re-enact what they did. So how in the hell is an actor going to do it on a court? It looks fake. They look like actors who can’t play,” McEnroe told Vanity Fair last week. “You see these guys, they go out there and they barely even know how to play tennis. Hopefully they’re focusing on stuff off the court. Unless they intertwine it (with) real footage. Then it would be cool, maybe.”
- Dhiren Mahiban at Eh Game1 day ago
It didn’t take Auston Matthews long to make an impression on his first day of full practice at the Maple Leafs' practice facility.
Following Wednesday's formal portion of practice at the MasterCard Centre, Toronto's No. 1 pick overall from June's NHL draft missed the net with a shot and shattered a pane of glass in the corner.
“Lucky day for me, I guess,” Matthews joked. “It was a terrible shot too. It wasn't even hard, just happened to hit the right spot I guess and shattered the whole thing. We were just messing around. It was me, (Mitch) Marner, (Andrew) Nielsen - the last guys on the ice, we were just taking shots and missed the net, broke the glass.”
Does the cost of repairs come out of Matthews’ first paycheque?
“Yeah probably. Lou (Lamoriello) won't be too happy,” he said.
Remnants of the glass shattered by Auston Matthews pic.twitter.com/YbPQZvou1z
“It helps a lot, it makes a difference - just having that (comfort) playing in front of Toronto fans, getting a chance to play at that rink heading into the preseason, I think it definitely gives you some confidence,” said Matthews.