- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game10 hrs ago
WIMBLEDON – Eugenie Bouchard was a Wimbledon finalist last year, and Milos Raonic was a semi-finalist on the men’s side.
With those credentials, even in the face of Bouchard’s struggles and Raonic’s uncertain health, you probably didn’t expect the last Canadian standing in singles to be … Vasek Pospisil.
But the 25-year-old from Vancouver is left to carry the flag alone. He will play arguably the biggest match of his career outside Davis Cup on Saturday, on the No. 1 Court at the All-England Club, against a Brit.
Luckily for Pospisil, that Brit is not named Andy Murray. Instead, he will face wild card James Ward, a rather more approachable endeavour.
It’s a huge opportunity for both, not only to move on at Wimbledon but also in terms of prize money and, most urgently, ranking points.
Ward has already jumped into the top 100 for the first time in his career on the basis of his results this week He’s inside the top 90 and if he beats Pospisil, would gain another 10 spots.
- Special to Yahoo! Canada Sports at Eh Game13 hrs ago
By Chris Lomon
It has all the makings of a Canadian thoroughbred racing fairytale: a handsome-looking horse seeking the same Queen’s Plate glory his late father achieved some 12 years ago.
When trainer Mike Keogh walks by Sweet Grass Creek’s stall in his barn every day on the Woodbine backstretch, he can’t help but notice, at least aesthetically speaking, the similarity between the three-year-old colt and his sire, Wando, the country’s last Triple Crown champion.
“He’s not as big as his father, but there are moments when you look at him, and you can see ways in which they really do look quite alike,” said Keogh of Sweet Grass Creek. “But, Wando had a very laid-back demeanor, while he’s more aggressive.”
It was 2003 when Wando, owned by longtime horseman Gus Schickedanz, was front-page news, literally, reaching sporting star status in his run to an eventual sweep of the Plate, Prince of Wales, and Breeders’ Stakes.
The multiple stakes winner died of a heart attack January 22,2014, at Schomberg Farm near Nobleton, Ontario. The son of Langfuhr was 14.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game13 hrs ago
Canada Basketball announced its tryout roster for the upcoming Pan Am Games and it looks like the stars won't be shining in red and white just yet.
Head coach Jay Triano had hoped to use the Pan Ams as a tune-up for the Olympic qualifying tournament that tips off in Mexico City two months from now. However, Andrew Wiggins and Tristan Thompson were notably absent from the 16-player list released Friday, as are Cory Joseph, Nik Stauskas, and Kelly Olynyk.
Wiggins and Olynyk are in line to play at the FIBA Americas and will rest until then after a long NBA season. Thompson and Joseph were left off because they are either finalizing or negotiating their next NBA contracts but are also expected to join Canada later on. Point guard Tyler Ennis is out for the entire summer after undergoing shoulder surgery in May.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game13 hrs ago
WIMBLEDON – The right sleeve wasn’t the right sleeve at Wimbledon on Friday, as Canadian Milos Raonic was dispatched in the third round by a player sporting a Raonic-like sleeve on his left arm whose game has similarities to his, but whose personality and demeanour are on the opposite end of the spectrum.
Raonic defeated Aussie Nick Kyrgios a year ago here in the quarter-finals. In this Wimbledon third-round rematch, the 24-year-old Canadian essentially was betrayed by his own body in a 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (3), 6-3 defeat.
“I didn't want to lose again, I lost to him twice at Grand Slams. I thought it was a good day. I played some really, really good tennis,” said Kyrgios, who had a few unnecessarily dramatic moments on court – including a racquet that bounced off the grass surface and into the third row of the stands – and some petulant moments during his press conference.
Raonic had a list of physical challenges – all of them, he said, instigated by the procedure he had done six weeks ago on his right foot to remove a Morton’s Neuroma.
Which body part bothered him the most?
- Neate Sager at Eh Game19 hrs ago
For the sheer prospect prurience of it all, the Toronto Blue Jays signing Domincian slugging prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is nearly unprecedented.
It's not simply that the Jays, ever accountable to the Rogers accountants, handed out a $3.9-million signing bonus to a 16-year-old who has "such hitting ability and power" rarely seen in a player that age. Or that he comes with the cachet of being the spitting-image son of former Montreal Expos star and American League MVP Vladimir Guerrero, at a time when big-time sports are starting to see second-generation stars who have inherited the genetic makeup that is 99 per cent of the battle and have had access to specialized coaching (see Stephen Curry or Andrew Wiggins). It's just that Guerrero Jr., brings all that, and that swing captured in scouting videos is baseball incarnate. Just look at the swingSat, 4 Jul1:08 PM EDTToronto at DetroitPreview Game
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
WIMBLEDON – Every tennis fans and expert wanted to be the first to predict that exact moment Rafael Nadal’s career would start sliding down the other side of the impossible high hill he has climbed.
The thing is, most figured it would be his body that would let him down, that the wear and tear of his signature grinding style on those balky knees would eventually be his downfall, probably before his time and certainly long before his heart and desire ever wavered.
So the shocking and somewhat unexpected thing is, at age 29 and healthy, it is Nadal’s mind, his will, his confidence, that are betraying him instead.
And the shocking thing about the Spaniard’s 7-5 3-6 6-4 6-4 loss to flashy serve-and-slasher Dustin Brown of Germany in the second round at Wimbledon Thursday was that it wasn’t even THAT much of a shock. It almost seemed that if Nadal did turn it around and come back to win, it would be because Brown faltered at the finish line and not because Nadal himself would flip the switch.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
WIMBLEDON – In looking ahead to his second-round match against Fabio Fognini, Canadian Vasek Pospisil said the mercurial Italian was a good player. But if he served well and just took it to him, he could definitely beat him.
That’s exactly what the 25-year-old from Vancouver did Thursday, upsetting the No. 30 seed 6-3, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 to advance to the third round at Wimbledon for the first time in his career.
“I played well, served well, brought the intensity today right from the first point, and that made the difference,” Pospisil said. “I think my serve is getting better and better, so it was just a good serving day for sure. And that was obviously crucial part of the win today.”
As he looks ahead to his next match, and can even have fleeting thoughts of making the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time, Pospisil can thank Spain for a hefty assist.
- Andrew Bucholtz at Eh Game1 day ago
The ongoing FIFA corruption scandal has several key connections to Canadian soccer figures, and it will undoubtedly have an impact on Canadian soccer, but an underexplored element of it is the involvement of Canadian banks. The most prominent connection is with the Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank), which became the lead sponsor of CONCACAF (the North American and Caribbean confederation of FIFA, and the one at the centre of many of the allegations of bribes and kickbacks) in 2014, but as Reuters reported this week, divisions of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and the Royal Bank of Canada are also facing questions about their involvement in some of the transactions mentioned in the FIFA indictments, with a CIBC FirstCaribbean officer allegedly flying to New York to personally collect a cheque and take it to the Bahamas and RBC having business ties to a Caribbean firm listed in the indictments . Investigations of the past are one thing, but it's notable that Scotiabank is actively pushing for CONCACAF reform and threatening to withhold its sponsorship payments until reforms are made. Reuters' Euan Rocha and John Tilak reported this past week that the bank wants specfic reforms before it hands over another cheque:
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game2 days ago
Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri has made one thing very clear with his decisions at the draft and on the first day of free agency: last season's defensive issues will not stand, especially on the perimeter.
For all the good that came from Toronto's 2014-15 campaign, a defence that allowed 104.8 points per 100 possessions and ranked 23rd in the league was simply not going to cut it going forward.
Ujiri recognized this problem and by agreeing to terms Wednesday with free agent swingman DeMarre Carroll on a 4-year, $60 million deal the Raptors showed the strength of their intent in rectifying it. Carroll, soon to be 29, had a breakout year with the Atlanta Hawks averaging a career-high 12.6 points per game and shooting 39.5% from three-point range. Most importantly though, he's a lockdown perimeter defender that will undoubtedly improve Toronto's play on that end of the floor thanks to his toughness and energy.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game2 days ago
WIMBLEDON – Canadian doubles legend Daniel Nestor, who has had inconsistent results with new partner Leander Paes since the veteran pair (both 42) teamed up in April, had no trouble moving into the second round Wednesday.
Leander and Paes easily dispatched the Serbian pair of Viktor Troicki and Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-4, 7-5.
Meanwhile, as the first round of doubles stretches out over at least four days, Pickering, Ont.'s Adil Shamasdin hasn't even played yet, while another Canadian, Vasek Pospisil, played his first-round match with American partner Jack Sock Monday.
Shamasdin and Australian partner Rameez Junaid get under way Thursday against the unseeded pair of Dominic Inglot and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.
The advantage Shamasdin and Junaid may have is experience; they have been playing together much of the season, while Inglot and Roger-Vasselin are a first-time pairing.