- Andrew Bucholtz at Eh Game1 day ago
The Red Bull Crashed Ice ice cross downhill season kicks off this weekend in Quebec City (the team events were Friday; the individual finals start at 8:30 p.m. Eastern on Sportsnet 360 and redbullcrashedice.com), and there's a particularly interesting new addition this year; a full international women's division, with women's races at every stop on the four-stop tour (which will have events in Germany, Finland and the U.S. as well as this one in Canada) and a women's world championship. There's been a Canadian women's division since 2010, but it's new to see it go international. Race director Christian Papillon told Eh Game Canadian athletes played a key role in the decision to have a full women's division.
- Neate Sager at Eh Game1 day ago
Once in a great while, a team whose quarterback throws the ball a country mile and has a football mind just as long-range as Michael O'Connor's turns university football inside-out and upside-down.
The UBC Thunderbirds, on the wings of O'Connor's arm strength and a timely tip-drill interception by defensive back Kevin Wiens near midfield with 1:19 left in a deadlocked Vanier Cup, gave the more seasoned Montreal Carabins comeuppance with an 26-23 last-play victory on Saturday. Led by O'Connor going 31-for-51 for 389 yards and a touchdown pass, the 19-year-old became the first rookie in 49 years to be the winning quarterback of record in the the Canadian Interuniversity Sport football championship game. The transfer from Penn State, who chose and the West Coast over several major-college teams that wanted his talents, led UBC out to 16 and 13-point leads. In the final minute, after A.J. Blackwell deflected the final pass of Carabins QB Gabriel Cousineau's career, Wiens intercepted and O'Connor coolly manoeuvred UBC on a 53-yard drive that set up Quinn van Gylswyk to kick a 12-yard field goal with no time on the clock.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game1 day ago
MLB's Winter Meetings are still over a week away but that hasn't stopped the Blue Jays from being active early during hot stove season.
They've already made three moves to address their starting pitching as they prepare to move forward without David Price.
Friday night Toronto announced they had signed left-hander J.A. Happ to a three-year, $36 million contract. The Blue Jays also re-signed Marco Estrada to a two-year deal and swung a trade with Oakland for right-hander Jesse Chavez.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game2 days ago
Aleksandra Wozniak's return to action last August, after nearly a year on the shelf, was low key, with a debut in Winnipeg and appearances at several other smaller ITF events in North America.
But when 2016 begins, the 28-year-old from Blainville, Que. will be back in earnest.
Eh Game has learned that Quebec City's Pierre-Luc Tessier, who was named the new tournament director of the WTA Tour event in Quebec City in September after longtime boss Jack Hérisset retired, is Wozniak's new coach.
An official annoncement has yet to be made, although the two are currently working a training block in Florida.
Tessier, who turns 38 in January, was the coach of Wozniak's longtime rival and Fed Cup teammate Stéphanie Dubois from 2011-2013. He also briefly worked with American player Maria Sanchez. In addition to his duties with the Coupe Banque Nationale tournament, the Brossard, Que. native also works with some of the young junior boys in the Canadian developmental system.
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman at Eh Game2 days ago
In a twisted and torturous way, Connor McDavid’s injury has been a silver lining for the Edmonton Oilers.
The Oilers are 2-6-1 since the super-duper rookie broke his collarbone. They’re last in the NHL with a 7-14-1 record, all but quashing any chance at a postseason berth – again – considering they were nine points off the pace at American Thanksgiving.
McDavid was on a great run before he fell awkwardly into the boards, and was only getting better. The 18-year-old recorded 12 points in 13 games and almost certainly would have won the Calder Trophy.
But here’s the issue – despite McDavid acting as likely the Oilers’ best player, his play wasn’t impacting results. The Oilers won just five of their first 13 games.
After nearly a decade of failing to reach the playoffs, the hope was for the Oilers to show signs of progress under new coach Todd McLellan. But returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2006 was always a long shot. The Oilers earned 62 points last year and the average cutoff in the Western Conference over the past five seasons was more than 93. That’s a hefty increase for one season.Mon, 30 Nov7:30 PM ESTEdmonton at TorontoPreview Game
- Gavin Day at Eh Game2 days ago
By Gavin Day
As 2015 winds its way to a close, the end-of-year sporting award season approaches, and all the controversy and debate that goes along with it.
Air Canada got the ball rolling Thursday when they announced the finalists for the 2015 Air Canada Athlete of the Year Award are Derek Drouin (Athletics-High Jump), Shawnacy Barber (Athletics-Pole Vault), and Mark de Jonge (Canoe/Kayak Sprint).
All three men had remarkable years as they won gold medals at this summer’s 2015 Pan American Games while Drouin and Barber were world champions at the World Athletics Championships held in Beijing, China.
But in a year where Canada hosted the largest women’s single-sport event in the world, the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, it’s a bit of a surprise that not only are there no soccer players on the list, but no women either.
- Chris Lomon at Eh Game2 days ago
It’s going to be a unique turn, so to speak, on the 2016 Woodbine thoroughbred horse racing calendar, with a new twist being added to just over two dozen of the track’s turf racing events.
Traditionally, races in North America, including on the main track, are contested in a counterclockwise direction. Next year, however, the Toronto racetrack will card 25 races on the world-renowned E.P. Taylor Turf Course that will be run clockwise.
“At first, I think everyone thought I was crazy,” said Jim Lawson, Woodbine’s president and chief executive officer, in a Toronto Star article written by Jennifer Morrison. “But why not? We are in a very competitive world for that sports, entertainment and wagering dollar. We need to have innovative ways to attract fans, more horses and more horse people to Woodbine.”
So, the mantra of "turn left," at least in some instances, will be replaced with "turn right," once the track’s grass-racing season gets underway, typically in the third week of May. The 2016 live thoroughbred season opens April 9.
- Neate Sager at Eh Game3 days ago
UBC Thunderbirds coach Blake Nill has been party to a watershed moment in Canadian university football; now he's trying to create another one.
The university games goes in cycles in terms of which conference monopolizes the Vanier. This is the era of Quebec, as the Montreal Carabins of Danny Maciocia aim to make it back-to-back national titles when they try to stymie phenom quarterback Michael O'Connor and the rather prolific T-Birds passing game on Saturday (12:30 p.m. ET /9:30 a.m. PT, Sportsnet/Sportsnet 360).
It's convenient to flash back to Nill's first Vanier as a head coach, which was also the Rouge et Or's first and was the last one of the last century. People who were around that week in 1999 before Laval shaded Saint Mary's 14-10 for the first of its now eight championships couldn't help but notice the contrast in resources between the well-bankrolled arriviste from Quebec City and the traditionally powerful Huskies, and in how they practised and prepared.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game3 days ago
Tristan Thompson couldn't ask for a better ally in the game of basketball than LeBron James. As Thompson squared off with the Cavaliers in contract negotiations this summer that caused the 24-year-old power forward from Brampton, Ont., to miss training, James remained firmly on his side.
The two share an agent, Rich Paul, but the bond definitely goes deeper than that. James, a four-time MVP, two-time champion, and by acclaim one of the greatest players in the history of basketball, recognizes the value Thompson brings to a Cavaliers team that's the favorite to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals.
“I’m not going to go to them and tell them what they should do,” James said a few weeks before Thompson signed a five-year, $82 million deal with Cleveland. “That’s their job. They know how to do it very well, and they’ve done that to this point. They’ve brought in and did what they had to do for us to be a contending team. Tristan is a big part of that run we want to make.”
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game3 days ago
Welcome to Bring Your Eh Game, the Yahoo Canada Sports podcast. It is hosted by Israel Fehr and focuses on the sports stories that Canadians care about.
It's a pretty jammed-packed first episode. CFL.ca columnist and Eh Game contributor Don Landry and the man that powers the 55-Yard Line blog Andrew Bucholtz come to us live from Grey Cup week in Winnipeg with their insights on the Ottawa Redblacks vs. Edmonton Eskimos matchup and predictions for Sunday's game. Sportsnet's Faizal Khamisa also joins the podcast to discuss Drake Night 3.0, the Raptors' play through the first month of the season, and his simmering feud with Tim and Sid.
Here's a rundown of the entire show: • Intro • What makes Grey Cup week so special? Don Landry explains that and much more • Andrew Bucholtz follows with more Grey Cup information, including why he thinks it'll be a close game • Faizal Khamisa admits to dancing in the Hotline Bling box and has strong words for Tim and Sid