- Special to Yahoo! Canada Sports at Eh Game3 hrs ago
By Ben Knight
The debate over concussions in pro sports has never been an easy one, as coaches, managers and executives try to balance player health with the need to have them playing in the game.
But in an intriguing new development, researchers at the Orlando Regional Medical Center in Florida have announced a new way to diagnose concussions: using a blood test.
"It’s something that’s very objective,” says Linda Papa, an emergency physician and the centre’s director of clinical research.
"This would be a nice way of validating symptoms, and being able to give patients an objective measure of the severity of injury they’ve had."
Just last month, a federal court in Minneapolis released some 2011 emails from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.
Bettman, in a conversation on fighting and concussions with deputy commissioner Bill Daly, wrote:
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game4 hrs ago
A little less than a month after Canadian tennis star Genie Bouchard retired from her second-round match in Charleston against Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain with a recurrence of her abdominal injury, she return to action at the joint WTA-ATP Tour tournament in Madrid, Spain this coming week.
But she will do it without coach Thomas Hogstedt.
Eh Game has learned that the relationship with Hogstedt, who was an enthousiastic, steadying influence as the 22-year-old returned from the concussion suffered at the US Open last September, is over.
In fact, the amiable Swede has a new gig lined up;he is already the new coach of American Madison Keys, according to reliable source. Keys is also working with Bouchard's former trainer, Scott Byrnes.
- Gavin Day at Eh Game5 hrs ago
It may simply have been an incident of squad rotation with three games in a week, but the Montreal Impact used Thursday’s 1-1 draw with NYCFC to include an almost unheard-of four Canadian players in the starting XI.
Montreal had captain Patrice Bernier and Kyle Bekker in the midfield along with academy product Maxim Tissot and Wandrille Lefevre on the backline as Montreal set the mark for most Canadians in a starting XI for the season.
When MLS first came to Canada with Toronto FC it was hoped that the league would be a boon for Canadian players and for the national team but that still really hasn’t happened on either front. Rare as these instances may be, if you’re a fan of the Canadian national team, the hope is that this becomes the norm rather than a rare event.
Vancouver also played Thursday night and had two Canadians in the starting lineup and Toronto regularly has Will Johnson and Jonathan Osorio included. It’s certainly a question to ponder: how many Canadians starting regularly for the Canadian pro teams is enough to be considered progress?
- Chris Young at Eh Game6 hrs ago
If you can't beat 'em, copy 'em.
That would seem to be the m.o. of the Indiana Pacers' marketing department, whose "Gold Out" playoff campaign added a little extra for the official T-shirt for Friday's Game 6, and it looks familiar -- for Raptors fans, perhaps too familiar.
Note that "tickets available" tag. The Indy Star's Gregg Doyelhas a pretty good idea who's going to be coming in for those:
Canada is coming, Pacers fans. They're coming with their black shirts and white towels. They want to buy your tickets and watch the Raptors end your season and then parade back to Toronto to present Drake with a love offering: the Pacers' season on a stick.Fri, 29 Apr7:30 PM EDTToronto at IndianaPreview Game
- Andrew Bucholtz at Eh Game1 day ago
This past decade has seen an incredible surge in Olympic interest amongst many Canadians, starting with the leadup to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and then continuing with London 2012, Sochi 2014 and the run-up to this summer's Rio Olympics. The Canadian Olympic Committee has done its best to keep that interest strong with ad campaigns such as 2012's "Give Your Everything" and 2014's "We Are Winter," and their latest one, "Ice In Our Veins," brings the Canadian climate-focused approach of "We Are Winter" to the Summer Games in combination with the athlete-focused approach of "Give Your Everything," showing Canadian Olympians in their athletic gear in the middle of ice and snow.
- Gavin Day at Eh Game1 day ago
For 27 years, Lynne Fox knew her big brother’s death was no accident.
Thomas Steven Fox was just 21 years old on April 15, 1989, when he was one of the 96 victims killed in the crush at Hillsborough stadium, at an FA Cup semifinal between Liverpool and Nottingham Forrest in Sheffield. Ever since, families like Fox’s have been fighting for the truth to be acknowledged after years of police deceit and cover-up.
Lynne, the youngest of three siblings and a Toronto resident, was in the courtroom in Warrington, near Liverpool, on Tuesday, when a jury in an inquiry ruled that the 96 victims were “unlawfully killed” and not simply accidental deaths, which had been the ruling of an earlier, flawed inquest. The latest ruling opens the door for criminal charges that Fox and many victims’ families believe must be laid against the police responsible.
For now, though, there is satisfaction in justice finally served, and greeted by a tearful rendition of Liverpool anthem You’ll Never Walk Alone from victims’ families, including Lynne’s mother Brenda, outside the courthouse.
- Kaitlyn McGrath at Eh Game1 day ago
On this week’s episode of Hockey Wives , we were gifted the answer to a question that lingers in our collective minds: How do hockey wives — and hockey players — celebrate Christmas?
Well, NHL players need Christmas cards too. Meaning they have to collect the kids and dress them up like the rest of us, though if you’re the Getzlafs you head to your private beach to take photos as opposed to, say, your local Wal-Mart. But whether you’re sitting on white sand or posing for Tony at the Photo Centre, getting three children under the age of five to smile and stand still simultaneously is a challenge no matter what.
“As long as everyone is looking and has some sort of decent smile then I’m good,” Paige said, letting go of the idea of capturing a perfect moment.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game1 day ago
When Bismack Biyombo hit two free throws with .34 seconds left in the third quarter to bring the Raptors within 13, no one could have anticipated it would be the start of the most important run in franchise history.
Toronto's previous largest comeback in a playoff game was eight points in the first round against Detroit in 2002. They entered the fourth quarter of Game 5 on Tuesday night trailing the Pacers 90-77. It would take an unprecedented rally for the Raptors to win the game and avoid going down 3-2 in the series. The angst in the arena reflected that daunting reality.
Frank Vogel started the fourth with Paul George, George Hill, and Monta Ellis on the Pacers bench. He did the same to open the second quarter and the Raptors had responded with an 11-1 run.
Sensing an opportunity to pounce, Dwane Casey went against his regular structure and put out an unorthodox lineup consisting of Kyle Lowry, Cory Joseph, Norman Powell, DeMar DeRozan and Biyombo. It was the first time those five players took the floor together in an NBA game. Desperate times, indeed.
- Chris Young at Eh Game2 days ago
The pre-Olympic narrative typically runs to tight deadlines, questions about infrastructure, slow ticket sales and much fretting and sweating.
Then there’s Rio 2016, which with 100 days out now practically demands its own '99 Problems' remix.
Olympic and Paralympic Games have in the past largely overcome the many concerns that precede them, delivering thrills, memories and a party (the post-Games hangover and day of reckoning is part of the cycle too), and each day brings a reminder – some pleasant, some not so much – that it’s all drawing closer.
On Wednesday, to mark the milestone day in the Games’ ancient Greece home, the Rio OC president was handed the Olympic torch.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game2 days ago
TORONTO – Dwane Casey made the smart, reasonable pregame adjustment, inserting Patrick Patterson into the Raptors’ starting lineup in place of Luis Scola. DeMar DeRozan took the court, slowly worked his way into a rhythm, and finally looked like his All-Star self for the first time in this first round series.
And for the first 41 ½ minutes of Tuesday night’s Game 5, it didn’t look like it wasn’t going to matter one bit.
The progress would be completely forgotten with a loss; a loss that would send the Raptors’ season to the brink; a season that was supposed to be different than the last two.
For as good as DeRozan was, Paul George was even better. George Hill’s hot shooting carried over from Game 4. Rookie big man Myles Turner flashed his offensive potential, further justifying Frank Vogel’s decision to make him a starter in that Game 4 win.
The Pacers were rolling and it felt like it was all coming crashing down in Toronto. There was nothing Casey or DeRozan could do about it.