A poor serving day and a solid, feisty opponent combine to send Eugenie Bouchard home from the US Open in the first roundStephanie Myles at Eh Game2 hrs ago
NEW YORK – Genie Bouchard had never lost in the first round at the US Open. And while she ruefully said afterwards that there was a first time for everything, being out of the final Grand Slam of the 2016 season on the first Tuesday was not part of the plan.
Bouchard’s 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 loss to No. 72-ranked Katerina Siniakova on a steamy hot day was not short on heart. Far from it; time and time again she was in trouble, and most often she was able to escape.
What Bouchard, who was really downcast after the loss, most regrets was the level of her tennis.
“I feel like I didn’t really play well. My opponent played really well, I think. I tried my best, I fought my hardest. I have no regrets in that sense. But I wish I could have had better feeling on the court, served better, things like that,” a downcast Bouchard said in a packed small interview room afterwards. “I thought (Siniakova) was really going after it, and very consistent while doing that.”
The first set really came down to one awful game while on serve at 3-4. Four forehand unforced errors from Bouchard gifted the break of serve to the 20-year-old Siniakova, who closed it out.
- Chris Zelkovich at Eh Game5 hrs ago
Sometimes big events like the Olympics aren't really good for television.
Sure, ratings soar during the Games but once they're over, promoting non-Olympic fare is a lot like trying to force cheesecake on your dinner guests after a seven-course meal. There's a post-Olympic hangover that tends to send people as far from their televisions as possible, especially in summer.
But sometimes the Olympics act to stimulate the appetite for high-performance sports, which apparently is what has happened this summer.
Both the Toronto Blue Jays and the CFL, which saw ratings take a little dip during the Rio goings-on, bounced back in a big way over the weekend.
Despite a rather unattractive opponent in the lowly Minnesota Twins -- and there's no truth to the rumour that the team wants to change its name to the Lowly Minnesota Twins --- the Blue Jays drew huge audiences on the weekend.
The three-game series averaged 1.3 million viewers per game, the kind of numbers normally reserved for pennant runs and rivals like Boston and New York.
While last season's miracle drive looked like a once-in-a-decade sort of thing, it's possible that this year's Jays could do even better.
- Chris Young at Eh Game6 hrs ago
Over the course of a long career in football, Jason de Vos has filled a lot of roles: standup central defender, captain, winner, licensed coach and popular media analyst and critic. In every one of them, he’s been someone who wasn’t afraid to speak up -- to get stuck in, as the game’s vernacular puts it.
Now, with international soccer’s transfer window poised to shut, de Vos is the Canadian Soccer Association’s prize signing to a new position as the organization's first Director of Development. In a country where regional interests in the sport have historically gotten in the way of the greater good, it’s hard to imagine a more credible, made-in-Canada face to put in this role, or one who comes in more prepared or more eager for the task ahead.
“It’s a big change in my life, but I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to put words into action,” de Vos said Tuesday in a phone interview. “That’s what excites me the most. I now get to start living some of the principles I’ve been preaching about.”
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Eh Game12 hrs ago
We all know that Georges St-Pierre has been training regularly throughout his nearly three year long hiatus from the UFC. What we didn't know, was that he's been training with the one and only Steven Seagal.
Don't expect to see GSP throwing front kicks like the ones Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida used after spending some time with the Hollywood actor. Instead, St-Pierre and Seagal trained in the art of choreographed hand-to-hand combat in "Killing Salazar."
If you're wondering why you've never heard of this film before, it's because it was so bad it went straight to DVD. Take a look for yourself.
Fans may be excited to see the former UFC welterweight champion make his long awaited return to the Octagon, it's safe to say not many of those fans want to see him return to the big screen. Sorry, small screen in this case.
If only someone on set had gone up to St-Pierre after that shoot to express how disappointed they were in his performance the way he did to Matt Hughes.
- Kaitlyn McGrath at Eh Game12 hrs ago
TORONTO — Matthew Tkachuk didn’t mind that his summer was a little short. In fact, he wouldn’t have had it any other way
Tkachuk and his London Knights teammates enjoyed a deep run at the Memorial Cup that went well into May, with the team capping off their season by claiming the championship on the 29thday that month when Tkachuk tapped in the puck 7:49 minutes into overtime to beat the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.
The win capped off a dominating season for the Knights and Tkachuk , a Calgary Flames prospect, is hoping he can carry over some of that winning momentum into his first NHL training camp.
“I’m one of the few guys that was on a winning team this past year,” he said. “I just think that I have that mindset where I know how to play big in those types of games and be on a winning team.”
Since hoisting the Memorial Cup in Red Deer, Alta., the 18-year-old left winger has been spending much of his time skating and working out in Toronto (and hanging out with friends because he is 18, after all). With his reduced summer, he skipped Team USA's world junior camp and has instead made sure he is “ re-energized and refocused for training camp. "
- Chase Kell at Eh Game13 hrs ago
Canadian IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe isn't scared of racing along tight tracks at speeds of 230 mph, but what really scares him might be learning how to salsa.
The mayor of Hinchtown is putting on his dancing shoes as Hinchchliffe has announced he will join the cast of 'Dancing with the Stars' for its 23rd season.
"Well, I can honestly say this will rank just above the Indy 500 as one of the most nerve-racking things that I've ever agreed to do," Hinchcliffe told the . "Normally I'm used to working under pressure in front of a live audience, but I can't see them, so this should be a totally new experience for me and especially as someone with no ability to dance whatsoever.
"My partner definitely has her work cut out for her because the last IndyCar driver that did this (Hélio Castroneves) did pretty well, and so my goal has to be to match that or else I'm going to get a ton of crap from everybody back in the paddock."
Castroneves had set the bar quite high, taking the top prize nearly a decade ago in the fifth season of 'DWTS.' Thankfully, Hinchcliffe isn't afraid to ask for a little help.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
NEW YORK – With both players firing on all of their considerable cylinders, a matchup between Milos Raonic and Dustin Brown, though short on rallies, could have produced some crowd-pleasing fireworks before a well-refreshed evening crowd on Court 17 Monday night.
In the end, though, Raonic’s first-round form – a long way from where he plans for that form to be by the end of the fortnight – was far too good for Brown’s effort in his first match back after suffering a devastating ankle sprain in the first round of the Olympic event.
The magic was not to be. Raonic moved through, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 and righted the ship after a few serving issues in the first set. But in the end, all he really had to do was navigate calmly because the physically compromised Brown had to go for broke.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
NEW YORK – If Vasek Pospisil’s major post-victory celebration Monday at the US Open seemed a little over the top after a first round, there’s a back story.
Routine first-round victories – victories, period – have been rare gems for the 26-year-old Canadian this season. The 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Josef Kovalik of Slovakia, a lucky loser ranked No. 126, was Pospisil’s first in a best-of-five set match since his surprise run to the Wimbledon quarterfinals in July 2015.
That’s a full round of all four Grand Slam tournaments without a singles victory to show for it, And Pospisil was even more pleased with his effort, desire and execution than he was with the final score.
“I played much better than I’ve been playing, regardless of who my opponent was. I’ve played some weaker opponents and didn’t play anything close to the level I played today,” Pospisil said. “Today was honestly just kind the way I’ve been playing the last three years, just kind of my level, not like I was playing something incredible. But it was nice to play well again, for a change.”
- Chris Young at Eh Game1 day ago
Into every TFC season a little rain must fall.
At least it does seem that way for a Toronto FC that a week ago took over first place in Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference for the latest time in its 10-year history, but now faces a month without talisman Sebastian Giovinco.
The reigning MLS MVP was bundled down by Montreal defender Laurent Ciman and limped off the BMO Field pitch a little over an hour into Saturday night's 401 Derby renewal. A club release said that quadricep and adductor strains will keep Giovinco out for four weeks, which would mean that TFC will be missing their star attraction for at least three of their seven remaining regular-season games.
It's the first significant injury time for Giovinco since he came to Toronto from Juventus at the start of last season, during which he missed but one match, a 2-1 loss at Seattle. Giovinco's 22-goal, 16-assist haul last season was unprecedented in MLS history, but as Elias Sports Bureau notes, he's picked up from there and is on a pace this year to set another standard.
- Don Landry at Eh Game1 day ago
I don't get it.
I mean, I get it... but I just don't get it. The long held tradition of the hat trick - a hockey staple for decades and decades and decades, has made its way into the world of baseball. And that's not the part I don't get either, because it happens in Toronto, where every sporting event can somehow be related to the Leafs or the sport of hockey in one way or another. Hockey traditions are so embedded, they're bound to cross over. So, when Blue Jays' third baseman Josh Donaldson hit not one, not two, but three home runs in Sunday's sweep win over the Minnesota Twins, the hats came flying out of the stands.