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  • Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin's centre, cuts down the net after the Badgers' win over Arizona (AP)

    To get to the Final Four, the Wisconsin Badgers first spent a long night in the Ravens' Nest.

    Outside of a few mentions on Twitter last Saturday when the Badgers got by Arizona in the Elite Eight, very few seemed to play up the fact that one of the last four teams standing lost to the 10-time CIS champion Carleton Ravens by double digits in August, with now three-time Canadian player of the year Phil Scrubb going off for 30 points and 12 assists in a 95-82 game that wasn't that close. It was, granted, an exhibition game between teams from two vastly different collegiate hoops solar systems, with Carleton boasting a veteran squad that can practise together all summer due to CIS rules and Wisconsin coming in with three new starters and playing with an unfamiliar 24-second shot clock. Yet the fact is a game that isn't listed on the UW men's basketball site and wasn't mentioned by TSN's analysts during the Badgers' Elite Eight win — is Carleton's coach Dave Smart now Voldemort now that Sportsnet is the CIS rights holder? — got Wisconsin on a new path. It gave the Badgers a window into their potential to become a more up-tempo team, instead of replicating the slowdown style long attributed to Bo Ryan teams.

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  • Genie Bouchard had on-court coaching help from Nick Saviano, but she really didn't need it as she cruised to victory (from tennistv.com)

    Montreal's Genie Bouchard quickly put the disappointment of an early exit from the Sony Open in Miami behind her Tuesday, trouncing Alla Kudryavtseva 6-2, 6-0 in 58 minutes at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C. to move into the third round.

    Her possible opponent on Thursday? Venus Williams.

    Williams suffered the ignominious tennis bagel in the second set against Czech opponent Barbora Zahlavova Strycova Tuesday before prevailing 6-3, 0-6, 7-5.

    That was a first-round match for Williams, who is the No. 11 seed in the tournament; the top eight seeds, including No. 6 Bouchard, had first-round byes.

    She will play Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa on Wednesday for the right to face Bouchard.

    We use the word "possible" because nothing is certain in tennis. Williams's little sister Serena, who just won the big tournament in Miami, was topped by little-known Slovak Jana Cepelova 6-4, 6-4 in her first match Tuesday night. Williams was hobbled by a left leg strain, and told reporters afterwards she was just "just dead," and needed a few weeks off where she didn't think about tennis to regroup for the upcoming European clay-court season.

    Read More »from Eugenie Bouchard moves on at Family Circle Cup, could face Venus Williams
  • London free Press reporter Morris Dalla Costa was asked to leave an NBL game Tuesday night.

    Perhaps the management of the Windsor Express is afraid someone will take them for a professional franchise.

    Hard to imagine just what they were (or more to the point weren't) thinking when they asked veteran London Free Press reporter Morris Dalla Costa to leave the building before tip-off between the London Lightning and Windsor Express.

    Big game. Game seven between the two heated rivals and there's apparently been some bad blood, even a bit of a reported chippiness before tip-off.

    Dalla Costa, a longtime sports reporter for the Free Press and a regular on the National Basketball League Canada beat, was apparently asked to leave just before Tuesday night's game was about to begin, announcing that it was so on Twitter, although he seemed to believe it was an April Fool's prank.

    No joke, however and then reality

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  • Only 391,000 tuned in to the Blue Jays' opener against the Rays.

    What a difference a year makes.

    Way back in 2013, the Toronto Blue Jays started the season as favourites not only to get back to the playoffs for the first time in 20 years but to bring Canada its third World Series. Fans and media alike wondered why the season was even being played.

    As students of history will recall, things didn't quite work out that way.

    But the anticipation was something we hadn't seen in two decades with TV ratings shooting through the roof. In fact, Opening Day itself drew an average audience of 1.4 million -- a record for Sportsnet and the kind of numbers baseball hadn't seen in, well, 20 years.

    Flash forward to 2014 and things aren't looking quite so rosy. Nobody is expecting the current version of the Jays to win anything -- the same people who picked them for first last season have them last this time around -- and that certainly was reflected in the Opening Day audience of 391,000 on Sportsnet.

    To be fair, the game was essentially over by the fifth inning

    Read More »from The Great Canadian Ratings Report: Opening dud and low expectations cost Jays viewers
  • Randy Ferbey at the 2009 Olympic Curling Trials. (CP)

    Another decoration is coming Randy Ferbey's way.

    The retired skip, already with two places in the Canadian Curling Hall Of Fame, is having his name added to the roster of honoured members at the World Curling Hall Of Fame.

    The announcement was made by World Curling Federation (WCF) President Kate Caithness.

    "We are delighted to announce that Randy Ferbey, Patrick Huerlimann and Eigil Ramsfjell are being inducted into the World Curling Hall of Fame," said Caithness. "All of these athletes have been ambassadors of our game, both on and off the ice."

    Huerlimann (1998 Olympic gold medallist) and Ramsfjell (three-time world champion) are indeed worthy of this honour, but it is clearly Ferbey who is the star of this class.

    With three World Championships and four Brier titles to his credit (he won two more Briers and another World Championship as a third for Pat Ryan), Ferbey is perhaps the greatest skip to ever play the game. Or, at least, the greatest manager of championship teams, as it

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  • MLB predictions — Picks for the 2014 Blue Jays, standings, playoffs and more

    Even though the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks played two regular season games in Australia last week, the real opening day in baseball is on Monday when 26 teams begin the 2014 season.

    Last season, the Boston Red Sox went from worst to first, winning the American League East and then beating the St. Louis Cardinals in six games to win their third World Series in nine years. Can the Toronto Blue Jays pull off a similar feat? The Blue Jays finished a disappointing 74-88 and finished last in the AL East. They hope better luck and better health will be enough to put them over the edge in 2014.

    So what's going to happen in 2014? Yahoo Canada Sports baseball writers Ian Denomme and Israel Fehr are here with their picks for each division, the playoffs and some individual awards. Join us as we offer predictions and forecast the season ahead.

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  • Team Jones and The Sheepdogs on pebbled ice.

    The adventures of a gold medal winning curling team continue.

    While they weren't chosen to carry the flag at the closing ceremonies at The Olympics, the Canadian women's undefeated roll to victory at Sochi has since sent skip Jennifer Jones and her team on a whirlwind of talk show appearances, celebratory receptions and civic announcements.

    With Jones and her teammates Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer and Dawn McEwen being from Manitoba and this year's Juno Awards being held in Winnipeg, a confluence of events has led to a grudge match between Jones' rink and Saskatchewan rockers The Sheepdogs.

    Earlier this week, the band tweeted out to its fans that they were on the way to Winnipeg for Sunday's awards show. Before the awards, they said, they had some business to attend to:

    Then, they decided to get a little

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  • TORONTO – DeMar DeRozan and Amir Johnson have a better idea than anyone about what it's been like to play for the Toronto Raptors.Together, they've been in game after game as the franchise continuously failed to distance itself from the self-burdened expectation of losing basketball. Together, DeRozan and Johnson helped change that this season.

    The deafening roar from the Air Canada Centre crowd as the buzzer sounded Friday night was the confirmation of that change. A missed jump shot by Celtics forward Jared Sullinger ensured the inevitable - the Raptors will return to the playoffs for the first time since 2007-08, as they held on for a 105-103 win over Boston and officially ended the longest playoff drought in the Eastern Conference.

    Those six years in between postseason berths for Toronto were far from pretty. DeRozan and Johnson, the two longest-tenured Raptors, have been there for five of them. Clinching a playoff spot is the high point in their careers to date.

    “It just sums up

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  • Baseball's back in Montreal - but the uniforms are all wrong, with the Blue Jays playing the Mets at Olympic Stadium in exhibition play this weekend. (CP FILE PHOTO/Chris Young)MONTREAL – It is, in its own way, reminiscent of a high-school reunion – 20 years on from when everyone was young, full of hope, with a full head of hair, when life's tribulations, wrinkles, and heartbreaks were still to come at some point in the distant future.

    And as the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets take the field Friday night and Saturday afternoon before expected crowds of 40,000-plus at much-maligned old Olympic Stadium, all the talk and the memories will be of another uniform, another logo, another time.

    The pair of meaningless exhibition games is merely the ruse, the backdrop for what this weekend is really about – a 20-year celebration of The Best Team in Baseball™, the young and hugely successful 1994 Expos squad that was robbed of a shot at the franchise's best chance at a The French-language Journal de Montréal put out a special 32-page section Thursday.World Series by the baseball strike that August.

    The Journal de Montréal put out a 32-page special section Thursday (worth nothing, of course, that the Canadiens did not play the previous night). La Presse had one page.

    The English-language Montreal Gazette, which unlike the French media continued to follow the team on the road until the bitter end back in 2004, had one small story. Another story, about the Blue Jays' final spring-training cuts, actually took up more space.

    TSN 690 afternoon drive host Mitch Melnick, as dedicated a baseball fan as you'll find in the city, has devoted much of his airtime this week to the sport that is, always will be, his great passion.

    Blasts from the past have been making their way to town the last few days to celebrate that team. Former players who have since become icons of a sort, as the city's baseball fans needed something to grab onto during those final, painful, incomprehensible years.

    Read More »from For a weekend, Montreal is a major-league baseball town again
  • Team Virtue at the 2013 Saskatchewan championship. From left to right: Virtue, Moskowy, Schille and Kidby.

    More dominos have tipped, in curling's remarkable end-of-season string of changes.

    Vice Braeden Moskowy has announced he is leaving Brock Virtue's Regina-based team. Along with second Chris Schille's departure, this means Virtue has a couple of holes to fill.

    Moskowy, the 2011 Canadian Junior Champion, tells the Regina Leader-Post's Murray McCormick that he's hopeful of latching on with another team in time for next season:

    "We've heard of a few of the (roster) moves, but we still won't know a lot of them until after the Players' Championship at the end of April. If the right opportunity comes along tomorrow, then I would commit to that. I'm not exactly rushing into the first thing that comes my way due to the fact it's a huge commitment on my part and it could potentially be the next four years of my life."

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