- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game48 mins ago
NEW YORK – Milos Raonic’s spirit was more than willing at this US Open.
But the back was weak.
The issues the 24-year-old Canadian had with his back during his second-round match against Fernando Verdasco weren’t enough to prevent him from pulling out a four-set win. But Friday against No. 18 seed Feliciano Lopez, another Spanish lefty, they were exponentially worse and Raonic’s US Open is done after a 6-2, 7-6, 6-3 defeat.
“I guess it started 20 per cent worse, and probably ended up around 60 per cent worse than other days,” a subdued Raonic said, rating his frustration an 85 on a scale of zero to 100. “It’s not enjoyable. It’s not fun. Just try to make the most of some situations and deal with it as much as you can. Obviously what I had in my capacity wasn’t enough today.”
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game3 hrs ago
After dropping their opening game at the FIBA Americas Championship in Mexico City, Canada's senior men's national team was able to get back on track quickly and is gaining steam as they head to the second round.
Canada rebounded from a 94-87 loss to Luis Scola and Argentina to start the tournament on Tuesday with decisive wins over Cuba, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico to close out the first round.
Yes, their last three opponents didn't present as much of a challenge as Scola and the Argentinians did. However, there's much to be encouraged from by Canada's play. The ball has moved better on the offensive end of the floor. The communication has been better on the defensive end. Their confidence is clearly building. For a young and internationally inexperienced squad, that's the most important development from Group B action over the last few days.
- Ian Denomme at Eh Game6 hrs ago
TORONTO – In Marcus Stroman’s own words his surgically repaired knee feels “amazing” and “great.” The Toronto Blue Jays sophomore pitcher was thought to be lost for the entire season when he tore his ACL during a routine fielding drill back in spring training.
But he was back in Toronto on Friday, in between minor-league rehab starts, professing his health and desire to suit up for the big-league team as soon as possible. Believe it or not, that presents a problem for the first-place Blue Jays, though it’s a good one to have.
There’s no doubt Stroman can contribute to the team looking to end a 22-year playoff drought. Despite his mere 130.2 innings of big-league experience Stroman’s stuff is good enough to make him a difference maker down the stretch and in the postseason.
“I’m ready. I was throwing through this entire process,” Stroman said Friday. “When I couldn’t walk, when I was still sitting down, my arm and all my pitches stayed fresh. It’s really good.”
The problem, however, is the Blue Jays are on such a roll it’s difficult to see where exactly he fits in.Sat, 5 Sep1:07 PM EDTBaltimore at TorontoPreview Game
- Chris Zelkovich at Eh Game12 hrs ago
When Greg Stremlaw took over the helm of the old Canadian Curling Association eight years ago, he faced some pretty daunting challenges.
That should prepare him for his new role as head of CBC Sports, which presents a challenge that makes what the curling body was facing look like a speed bump in comparison.
In a release issued Friday, CBC noted that Stremlaw will lead its sports department as ``it implements its sports strategy, placing emphasis on multiplatform sports journalism, amateur sports and a collaborative partnership approach to marquee events."
That's quite a shopping list, especially considering that CBC Sports has been squeezed to the sidelines in recent years and is no longer the major player it had been for its first half-century. No doubt that was part of the reason why former head Jeffrey Orridge left the CBC for the CFL.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
NEW YORK – There was no off-day for Genie Bouchard after her second-round singles win over Polona Hercog of Slovenia, as she kicked off the women’s doubles event with partner Elena Vesnina before an enthousiastic crowd on smaller Court No. 4 Thursday.
Bouchard and Vesnina, who forms one of the best teams in the world with regular partner Ekaterina Makarova (who is sitting this one out), defeated Tatjana Maria of Germany and Madison Brengle of the U.S. 7-5, 6-2 to advance to a meeting with the No. 6 seeds, Americans Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
NEW YORK – You might find a player at the US Open happier just to be here than Erin Routliffe. But you’d have to look pretty hard.
The 20-year-old, who is from Caledon, Ont., just northwest of Toronto and a member of Tennis Canada’s national centre program for several years, went the college route and has had a standout NCAA career so far in winning back-to-back national doubles titles at the University of Alabama with partner Maya Jansen.
On Saturday, after winning four matches at the US Tennis Association’s national US Open wild card playoff (and more earlier in the summer at a regional qualifier), Routliffe and Jansen hopped the train from New Haven, Conn., alit at Grand Central station in midtown Manhattan, checked in at the official hotel next door, and began their US Open experience.
The tennis side was probably as expected; they drew experienced No. 6 seeds Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears, both 15-year pros in their 30s, and were beaten 6-2, 6-1.
But as they hopped a flight back to Birmingham to catch up on their missed schoolwork, they had, as Routliffe’s partner said, “the experience of a lifetime.”
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
NEW YORK Toronto’s Adil Shamasdin faced one of the most accomplished teams he’s ever played against in his career on Thursday, on one of tennis’s biggest stages and with a partner he was joining forces with for the very first time.
Not a great recipe for success.
But Shamasdin and tall, big-serving Austrian Philipp Oswald make quick work out of the No. 10 seeds, Alexander Peya of Austria and Bruno Soares of Brazil, in a 6-3, 6-3 first-round win. Their vastly more experienced opponents were as high as No. 3 in the world at this time a year ago, winning five ATP Tour titles and reaching five other finals together in 2014
But on this day, everything clicked.
“I think we just played solid; we didn’t do anything too crazy, we didn’t really force anything, We played within ourselves. We had a tactic coming into the match and we execute it. I think that was the main thing,” Shamasdin told Eh Game. “We came out to a 4-1 lead, double break, I was like, ‘What’s going on here?’. We weren’t thinking too much about the score. I don’t know if they weren’t playing that well or we were playing well. But I felt pretty comfortable.”
- Neate Sager at Eh Game1 day ago
Graham Brown knows from leading a national sports organization out of obscurity. True believers and cynics alike would say that makes him well-suited to helming Canadian Interuniversity Sport.
The new chief executive officer of CIS had to pull together stakeholders spread from coast to coast across his decade-plus with Rugby Canada. Now Brown is taking the reins of the overseer of university sports, which has reach into nearly every major city but is overshadowed in almost all of them.
"I see CIS as being already on an escalator," Brown, who replaces Pierre Lafontaine, who resigned early in the year after fewer than two years on the job, said at a news conference in Toronto on Thursday. "We have an opportunity to make sport at the CIS level relevant. The student-athlete will always be paramount, but we will create a higher level of awareness. The time is right.
Two more Canadians out former Wimbledon champs Pospisil and Sock ousted in the first round of doublesStephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
NEW YORK – They certainly had their chances to put it away in straight sets, and they certainly made every effort to come back in their first-round match Wednesday at the US Open.
But the 4-6, 7-6 (8) 7-5 loss to Leonardo Mayer of Argentina and Joao Sousa of Portugal was another disappointment for the doubles team of Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock Wednesday at the US Open.
The 2014 Wimbledon champions, seeded No. 11 here, are out in the first round – and Pospisil is out of the tournament altogether after losing his first-round singles match in dramatic fashion. You have to think that the possibility of taking part in the year-end championships is getting rather remote.
Pospisil and Sock never go down without a fight, though. As they did at WImbledon this year when they went down two sets and pushed it to the limit against the team of Jamie Murray and John Peers, they came back. Pospisil and Sock were down two breaks of serve early in the third set at 0-3, got it back to 5-5, but then the comeback petered out.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game2 days ago
NEW YORK – When this happened Wednesday afternoon, you wouldn't have given too much for Milos Raonic's chances in the second round of the US Open against Fernando Verdasco.
But the 24-year-old Canadian managed. He took a medical timeout to have it worked on before the back spasmed out, and had a couple of other rubdowns later on. The tournament physician came out with a painkiller. He barely sat down on changeovers, preferring to stretch out the back as much as he could.
Somehow, Raonic did more than enough to get past Fernando Verdasco 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6(1) and move into the third round of the US Open, where he will face another veteran Spanish lefty in Feliciano Lopez.
"When I saw that I was able to hold serve, I guess I was always going to give myself some kind of a chance. There were sometimes doubts, should I keep going or not. The worst part was it was sort of getting worse and worse," Raonic said. "It is what it is. Deal with it and move on."