Retired tennis legend Justine Henin to be inducted into the Rogers Cup Hall of Fame in Toronto Aug. 16Stephanie Myles at Eh Game1 hr ago
The guest of honour for this year's Rogers Cup in Toronto will be two-time champion Justine Henin, who will be inducted into the Rogers Cup Hall of Fame on semifinals day.
The Belgian with the glorious backhand retired after the 2011 Australian Open – for the second time. She was just 28. Henin first retired in May, 2008, while ranked No. 1, just before the French Open only to return for the 2010 Australian Open and reach the final, losing to Serena Williams.
Henin played Toronto four times, and Montreal twice. She won the tournament in Toronto in 2007, the last time she played. That was a monster year for Henin, who took 10 titles in just 14 tournaments that season and became the first woman to top $5 million in earnings for one season.
She also won Toronto in 2003, a year with a severely watered-down field, beating No. 38 Lina Krasnoroutskaya 6-1, 6-0 in the final.
Cramping, overcome by the steamy conditions, Vasek Pospisil still wins in his return to action in AtlantaStephanie Myles at Eh Game16 hrs ago
Canadian Vasek Pospisil has always struggled physically in the heat and humidity.
So the next two weeks, in Atlanta and Washington, D.C. as he returns to action for the first time since Wimbledon, are going to be a test even though he has made some inroads via changes in nutrition.
But Wednesday in Atlanta, with the temperature hovering around 35C (even more with the humidex), he had issues breathing, suffered from cramps and even fell over after his serve a couple of times.
Somehow, though, he managed to overcome the conditions and a tricky opponent in Yen-Hsun Lu of Taipei to prevail 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals of the ATP Tour event.
He will face Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus on Friday, giving him an extra day to recover.
“Very tough conditions; very, very tough conditions. I was just happy to get through somehow," Pospisil told the media in Atlanta. “These are rare conditions, there aren’t conditions like this on the Tour very much. There are maybe just a handful of tournaments that can get this hot. I managed it well.”
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game17 hrs ago
MONTREAL – Two-time Rogers Cup champion Roger Federer has decided not to celebrate his birthday in Canada this year.
The world No. 2 has withdrawn from the Rogers Cup in Montreal.
“I am disappointed that I won’t be playing in Montreal because it’s a tournament and a city that I really enjoy and has incredible fans. My family and I have always received first class treatment from Tournament Director, Eugène Lapierre, and his team," was the quote from the world No. 2 in Tennis Canada's press release.
Federer reached the final last year in Toronto, losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. He has played the tournament 11 times, but skipped it in 2012 and 2013 as he shortened the challenging summer hard-court season to give himself the best opportunity to make a big run at the US Open. With another big Masters 1000 tournament scheduled for the very next week in steamy Cincinnati, it's a tough stretch – especially for a player who will turn 34 on Aug. 8.
He even made it in 2009, just a few weeks after his twin girls were born and when there was every expectation that he would withdraw.
- Neate Sager at Eh Game21 hrs ago
Winning trust — and wins along the way — is job one for Patrick Grandmaître, who will helm the University of Ottawa's relaunch of men's hockey once a break stemming from a sexual assault scandal concludes.
Nearly all questions posed to the young coach at his introduction on Wednesday focused on the ins and outs of building from scratch for the Gee-Gees' return to Ontario University Athletics play in 2016-17. The real question, though, is about effecting a culture change in the wake of why the team was suspended last season and will not play games this winter. The wheels were put in motion, after all, when university president Allan Rock suspended the program in March 2014 once staff were informed by Thunder Bay, Ont., police about a sexual assault investigation involving players. The misbehaviour occurred during a boozy hotel party while the team was on the road at the school's expense, acting as its representatives. Two former players were eventually charged. Coach Réal Paiement was also fired.
- Chris Zelkovich at Eh Game2 days ago
There's nothing like a little Canadian content mixed with a shot at making history to drive television ratings.
With David Hearn apparently poised to become the first native son to win the Canadian Open since 1954, an average of 500,000 viewers tuned in to Sunday's final round at Glen Abbey Golf Club. While Hearn didn't deliver, he stayed in contention long enough to push TV ratings 36 per cent higher than they were the previous year.
That pales in comparison with what the tournament drew during the early days of Tigermania -- 1.5 million watched the final round of Woods' victory in 2000 -- it's an indication that better days lie ahead for Canada's national open.
The Open likely will never see those Woodsian numbers again, partly because it was a once-in-a-generation rise of a superstar (pre-9-iron) and partly because the tournament's new position in the PGA firmament limits the quality of the field. Sanwiched between the British Open and the PGA Championship, the Canadian tournament will likely never see all of the top names in golf again.
Expos Nation well represented in Cooperstown, as former Expos Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson are inductedStephanie Myles at Eh Game2 days ago
Two buses carrying about 100 Montreal baseball fanatics made the five-hour trek to Cooperstown, New York last weekend, to see two former favourites join Gary Carter and Andre Dawson as inductees into baseball's Hall of Fame.
Among them was Montreal mayor Denis Coderre, an enthousiastic supporter of the campaign to get major-league baseball back in Montreal (too bad he's not a billionaire).
Actor-musician Annakin Slayd, among the group, tells Eh Game there were probably another 200 Expos' fans who got there on their own.
As you can see from the photo, Martinez was pretty stoked that they made the trip. The longtime Boston Red Sox ace has never made a secret of his eternal affection for both the city, and its fans. You can imagine how what likely were multiple Red Sox PR flacks on hand felt about that development. :-)
The Nation also got some face time with another former Expos' great, Vladimir Guerrero.
(Nice watch, Vlad).
The Expos Nation is hoping to make at least one more trip down in the next few years, to celebrate Tim Raines' long-hoped-for induction. They also are hoping, by then, that the game might be headed back to the city it left nearly 11 years ago.Thu, 30 Jul7:10 PM EDTChi White Sox at BostonPreview Game
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game2 days ago
After nearly six months without an official coach, Montreal's Françoise Abanda will now have a mentor to guide her who could very well prove to be worth the wait.
Antonio Van Grichen, who is based in Delray Beach, Fla., will arrive in Montreal next week and is set to help put the 18-year-old's career back on track.
The 36-year-old from Portugal has an impressive resumé. He began coaching Victoria Azarenka a decade ago, when she was the top junior in the world but outside the top 200 in the WTA rankings. When Azarenka left for Sam Sumyk five years later, she was in the top 10.
"When she stopped with Simon (Larose), we wanted someone appropriate who wiould really have an impact. In my opinion, she's a real treasure chest (of potential), hopefully someone can open it," Fed Cup captain told Eh Game.
"Time will tell. I would have preferred he were available sooner, but it was worth the wait, rather than take someone who would have had less of an impact, but was available."
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman at Eh Game3 days ago
Deservedly so, Canadian athletes garnered most of the attention at the 2015 Pan Am Games.
Not only were the Games on home soil, but there were some memorable performances like Ellie Black’s five gymnastics medals, Andre De Grasse’s dominance on the track, a bizarre walk-off men’s baseball gold and the women’s basketball team taking it all.
Yes, Canadians did just fine over the past two and a half weeks.
But they weren’t the only ones.
Athletes from other countries had their share of great moments too, ones that could provide a harbinger of things to come at the Rio Olympics in a year.
Laura Zeng, United States, rhythmic gymnastics
While Ellie Black cleaned up in artistic gymnastics, it was a woman from south of the border that dominated in the rhythmic portion. Laura Zeng not only won the all-around individual component, she did so by claiming all four events – hoop, ball and clubs and ribbon. Now that’s something.
Allison Schmitt, United States, swimming
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game3 days ago
Johnny Cueto and Scott Kazmir are off the market, but the Toronto Blue Jays still have plenty of options to choose from when it comes to starting pitchers believed to be available by trade.
In fact, there are at least 10 starters out there that would give Toronto the rotation upgrade they desperately need. With Aaron Sanchez joining the bullpen, there's now less emphasis on bringing in a high-profile reliever. Here are the names the Blue Jays have been linked to and how likely they are to acquire them before the trade deadline hits at 4 p.m. ET on July 31.
BETTER THAN GOOD
RHP Jeff Samardzija, Chicago White Sox (3.91 ERA, 3.52 FIP, 2.5 fWAR)
Samardzija has been one of few bright spots on the South Side of Chicago this season, but could be on the move because of his pending free agency. Based on his talent (a notch below the game's best) and what it would take to acquire him (a couple prospects), he seems like the most likely candidate to be wearing a Blue Jays uniform after the deadline.Thu, 30 Jul7:07 PM EDTKansas City at TorontoPreview Game
- Andrew McKay at Eh Game3 days ago
Who doesn’t love a good closing ceremony? The crowd is pumped up, the volunteers are exhausted, the athletes have already been partying for an hour, or three, or 48. Whether it’s the Olympics, or the Commonwealth Games, or, in this case, the final night of the 2015 Pan Am Games, it’s a party.
This party has an undertone, of course: is it all a tuneup for a 2024 Olympic bid? If it was, it’s hard to argue that it was anything but a resounding success. Over a million tickets were sold to Pan Am Games events, and selling a million tickets to anything is a lot of tickets sold. For an event that got half-assed support from the city’s media in the run-up to the games, it’s a miracle.