- Yahoo Sports Staff at Eh Game1 hr ago
Enter the Spaceman - That'd be Bill Lee, of course, the baseball cult hero whose latest lefty delivery involves running for governor of Vermont, on a platform that includes bringing the Expos back to Montreal and "voiding the border" between Quebec and Vermont, he told CBC Montreal:
"We can work with the business people and get them to realize that it's in the best interests of the American League, in the best interests of baseball, it's in the best interests of Canada and of Vermont that there's an American League team in Montreal."
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game18 hrs ago
Down 2-0 to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals, there seemed to be little hope left for the Raptors. After two games in Toronto the series is heading back to Cleveland for Game 5 on Wednesday night and is all even at 2-2.
What happened? How did Toronto rebound from two embarrassing losses to beat the Cavaliers in back-to-back games? It's all in the details.
ALL-STARS DOING WORK
The Raptors aren't going to win many games, regardless of their opponent, when Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan are not performing up to their All-Star capablities. DeRozan was adequate in Game 1 and 2, but Lowry certainly wasn't at his best, shooting 29% from the field and going 1-for-15 from three. That all changed in Toronto. Lowry scored 20 points (7-for-13) in Game 3 and 35 (14-for-20) in Game 2 while DeRozan went for 32 (12-for-24 and 14-for-23) on both nights.
So what changed? Not much, except that the shots started falling. Lowry went 8-for-15 on similarly quality shots from three and DeRozan attacked the rim even harder (10.5 drives per game in wins vs. 8.5 per game in losses), scoring on 75% of his drives as opposed to 30%.Wed, 25 May8:30 PM EDTToronto at ClevelandPreview Game
Genie Bouchard's struggles with pressure and food make headlines as the spotlight once again shines upon herStephanie Myles at Eh Game19 hrs ago
PARIS – In the middle of a huge pocket of television cameras, players and journalists Tuesday afternoon at Roland Garros, Genie Bouchard smiled and said, “This is FUN!”
The 22-year-old was in her element, in demand for a long list of one-on-one interviews after her main press conference.
She ticked them off, one after the other, unable to wipe the smile off her face as she tackled various topics, notably the Toronto Raptors’ survival in the NBA playoffs.
The vast majority of the interest, of course, was directly related to the fact that Bouchard had won a match at the French Open, a surprisingly straightforward 6-2, 6-2 victory over an in-form German player named Laura Siegemund.
A year ago, she didn’t make it out of the first round.
One major topic during the press conference was about Bouchard’s noticeable weight loss last year, as she struggled with the stress of living up to expectations in the wake of her rise to No. 5 in the world in 2014
With a resounding 6-2, 6-2 victory over a tough opponent, Eugenie Bouchard is into the second round at the French OpenStephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
PARIS – Even with Genie Bouchard’s struggles over the last 18 months she still – whether by draw fortune, vestigial marquee value, good timing or upset-riddled draws – has gotten premium court assignments.
The 22-year-old Canadian has played on Rod Laver Arena in Australia, the stadium court at Indian Wells for all three of her matches this year, the Campo Centrale in Rome, and on and on.
So trekking all the way out to Court 16 for a 9 a.m. warmup Tuesday morning, followed by a first-round match on the same court that played to an understandably overflow crowd, had to be a culture shock.
Until the last few months, opponent Laura Siegemund of Germany would have been thrilled to play on that court after being mired in tennis’ minor leagues for most of her 10-year career. And yet, it was Siegemund who flinched, badly, in her first big-time appearance since reaching the final of her hometown event in Stuttgart, Germany last month as a qualifier vaulted her into the top 40.
Bouchard won surprisingly easily, 6-2, 6-2, advancing to the second round to face No. 8 seed Timea Bascinszky of Switzerland.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Eh Game1 day ago
Nobody asked for it, but that's never stopped Stephen A. Smith before. ESPN's chief windbag took Toronto's Games 3-4 comeback to square their NBA series with Cleveland into a brand-new direction of me-first hot-takeout, apologizing to 'all of Canada' for doubting the Raptors:
"I gotta be a man of my word and just apologize to Canada, all Canadians everywhere, because I certainly thought that this was going back to Cleveland 3-1 Cleveland with the Cavs closing this series out on Wednesday night so I wouldn't have to go back to Canada and go through customs and all of that other nonsense . . . "
Smith is actually only one of many whiplashed by this series' turnaround, from two lopsided Cavs wins at home to the Raptors' pair of responses. The shift has been outsized, for sure, but it's actually in keeping with the way things have gone when these two teams have met this season.
Raptors are 8-2 at home this postseason, 2-6 on road; Home team has won all 7 games in the Cavaliers-Raptors rivalry in 2015-16
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Eh Game1 day ago
Serena Williams is showing off new and eye-catching ways to fill in her days between chasing history, as she enters this French Open just one victory away from Steffi Graf's Grand Slam record 22 singles tities.
Eariler this month in Rome, Williams warmed up for the second Slam event of the year by rolling through the Italian Open without losing a set. About the only drama came off-court when she dared herself into trying some of her dog's food, with unfortunate results.
And as she gets gets underway in Paris matched Tuesday against world No. 77-ranked Magdalena Rybarikova, she's released a video that has her showing off some sharp-shooting tennis with the Dude Perfect crew - including one long-range, super-sized serve. It's a nice diversion but as this bit of improv from Rafael Nadal demonstrates, Roland Garros is certainly a capable stage for trick shots, and we can't wait to see what Williams has in store.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game1 day ago
TORONTO – Even after losing the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals in embarrassing fashion, there was still a belief the Raptors could take at least one game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at home , if everything broke right.
The Raptors got that taken care of in Game 3, beating Cleveland 99-84 on Saturday, the combination of their All-Star backcourt finding their offensive groove, role players stepping up, and poor shooting by Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love leading to a relatively easy win.
That was supposed to be all they would get. LeBron James and the Cavaliers entered the series 8-0 in the playoffs and weren’t expected to drop more than one against Toronto before finishing their methodical march to the finals.
Yet, here were the Raptors, up by 18 points as Game 4 neared halftime on Monday night, in what looked like a repeat of what took place on the same court 48 hours earlier.
- Kaitlyn McGrath at Eh Game1 day ago
During his three seasons playing with the Toronto Raptors, Jalen Rose likely had some time to explore the city he called his temporary home. Apparently, Rose, now an analyst with ESPN, has fond memories of the city’s transit system.
During halftime of the ESPN broadcast of Game 4 between the Toronto Raptors and the Cleveland Cavaliers, Rose began talking about Toronto’s subway system.
“Downtown Toronto on Yonge Street, they have a rapid transit system,” Rose explains to the U.S. audience. “It’s underground, Sage, and it’s elevated for railroad lines. You can get picked up on Bloor or Scarborough or Eglinton. That’s what they’re doing.”
It’s unclear why Rose was prompted to talk about the TTC, though his enthusiasm for it suggests he doesn’t actually take the over-extended (and often delayed) line all that often.
- Kaitlyn McGrath at Eh Game1 day ago
TORONTO — Not many people were putting their money on the Toronto Raptors to advance to the NBA Finals. They lost Games 1 and 2 to the top-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers by a combined 50 points and headed home in a 0-2 hole in the Eastern Conference finals.
In fact, ahead of the series, only three of ESPN’s 18 writers predicted the series would go to six games, with most picking the Cavaliers to win it in five. That, however, will not be the case as the Raptors won Game 4 105-99, tying the series 2-2 and ensuring it goes at least six games. (That also means the Toronto crowd will get to witness at least one more playoff game on Friday).
With the win, the series heads back to Cleveland for Game 5 on Wednesday night. But before that, here’s three takeaways from Game 4:
The Cavaliers beat up on the Raptors in Cleveland. The Raptors beat up on the Cavaliers in Toronto. Home court has proven to be a significant advantage in this Eastern Conference final, now tied 2-2.
Wrist issues may hamper Eugenie Bouchard in her French Open first-round match against Laura Siegemund TuesdayStephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
PARIS – If it's not one thing, it's another for Genie Bouchard.
The 22-year-old Canadian arrived in Paris after displaying some encouraging good form at the big leadup tournament in Rome. And she may well step on the court Tuesday against 28-year-old German Laura Siegemund and play well enough to win. But in the last few days, it has been apparent that she is not 100 per cent physically.
Bouchard hasn't practiced at the actual French Open site since last Thursday, when she hit with Russian Daria Kasatkina and won, at most, one of the nine games they played. During that hit, she occasionally rubbed her left wrist during changeovers.
Friday, she had an hour with Andrea Petkovic at the nearby practice centre, but cancelled her scheduled afternoon practice on site in favour of doing some fitness.
Saturday, after a long on-court discussion with coaching mentor Nick Saviano, Bouchard took the court at the practice centre for an hour but spent most of her scheduled court time hitting slice backhands and drop shots, and working on her net game.