- Israel Fehr at Eh Game4 hrs ago
The Blue Jays’ latest accomplishment isn’t worthy of a parade, but they’re on a streak that harkens back to the time the franchise won back-to-back World Series.
A 4-1 win on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre means Toronto has won five straight series against the New York Yankees – the first three series of this season and two series last September – and have won 12 of the last 16 head-to-head games. Kevin Pillar drove in the winning run in the seventh inning off with a single off Dellin Betances in this latest triumph after Justin Smoak had tied the game with a solo shot in the fourth. J.A. Happ pitched six innings allowing one run for as he recorded his 10th quality start in 11 outings.
It’s the Blue Jays’ best run over the Yankees since a six series stretch that started in 1992 and went until the middle of the 1993 season. Those seasons, of course, both ended with the team winning the championship.Wed, 1 Jun7:07 PM EDTNY Yankees at TorontoPreview Game
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game10 hrs ago
PARIS – As the 2016 French Open is slowed to a crawl by the rain – or backstroke, take your pick – It has already been nicknamed the “Drench Open” and earned a new Twitter parody account called “RainlandGarros”.
On Tuesday, after a complete washout Monday, the long waits and muddy tracks led to some startling upsets.
Here are four quotes about the conditions. See if you can pick the winners and losers.
“I’m just so surprised and angry, that, you know, we have to play in the rain. I mean, it's not a 10,000 tournament. It's a Grand Slam. How can you allow players to play in the rain? I cannot play in that conditions. I mean – So, well, I'm just pissed."
- Chris Zelkovich at Eh Game12 hrs ago
Maybe with the Toronto Raptors out of the way, Rogers might be able to salvage this year's Stanley Cup final. But, considering the way the series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks started, maybe not.
With ratings down from 2015, this isn't the kind of news Rogers needs. Monday's opener averaged 1.7 million viewers on CBC, which was the most-watched program in the country.
But that was about 10 per cent below last year's opener between Chicago and Tampa Bay, the lowest-rated series in six years.
However, there are signs of hope that Rogers' big gamble on the NHL might be saved from the ignominy of yet another record for futility. For one, the audiences for the playoffs are trending upwards.
Round 3 averaged 1.1 million viewers on CBC and Sportsnet, a 35 per cent increase over Round 2. And, as the 2.2 million who watched last Thursday's deciding game between Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay proved, a competitive series can draw big numbers.Wed, 1 Jun8:00 PM EDTSan Jose at PittsburghPreview Game
- Chris Zelkovich at Eh Game15 hrs ago
When the most recent federal budget included a few extra million dollars for the CBC, there was no doubt a lot of cheering at the corporation's Toronto headquarters -- or at least as much cheering as its government-dictated mandate allows.
But the CBC should be allowed a moment of celebration after all the cuts previous governments have forced on it, cuts that played a big role in the corporation losing its lifeblood NHL contract to Rogers.
While reclaiming hockey isn't in the cards -- at least for another decade -- the added funding could help CBC get back into the game as something more than a broadcaster of Olympics and Olympic-related sports.
CBC Sports head Greg Stremlaw emphasizes that any added federal dollars aren't part of his plan yet, but that they certainly could help beef up the corporation's somewhat depleted sports lineup.
``We've tabled a business plan and a budget not based on us being reliant on any of those moneys," he said in an interview with Yahoo Sports. ``I think that's important."
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
PARIS – The general reaction to the news that Milos Raonic is adding tennis legend like John McEnroe to his team on a short-term basis has been that it’s a great move that can only help as the ambitious Canadian tries to put the final pieces of the puzzle together and reach the very top of the game. But is it? Maybe.
It could also be overkill.
How many coaches – how many voices – are too many?
This is a player who, not long ago, praised his coaching tandem of Riccardo Piatti and Ivan Ljubicic for being two parts of the same whole. This was a big thing for Raonic at the time: that the team, the message and the routine be seamless regardless of which coach was on duty that particular week.
It’s not as though the Canadian was in a far different position then. He was a consistent top-10 player throughout that period and was for the most part losing only to the very best. He was a French Open quarter-finalist, losing to Novak Djokovic and a Wimbledon semi-finalist, losing to Roger Federer in 2014.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game1 day ago
TORONTO – Captain Christine Sinclair and fellow veterans Melissa Tancredi, Diana Matheson, and Rhian Wilkinson will once again lead Canada into a major international tournament. They will be joined at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August by a number of players who were not at the 2012 Games, or even at last year’s World Cup.
The roster that will face Brazil in exhibitions on June 4 in Toronto and June 7 in Ottawa is the same as the one that coach John Herdman fielded for a friendly in the Netherlands last month, with the addition of goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan.
Milos Raonic exits in the fourth round in Paris; will now take on the grass with McEnroe in his cornerStephanie Myles at Eh Game2 days ago
PARIS – There may have been a question mark about Milos Raonic’s left hip, a remnant of his third-round match Friday.
And the weather conditions Sunday at the French Open couldn’t have been less favourable for the 25-year-old Canadian: wet, slow, soggy – dead.
Still, the only player Raonic has lost to this season who wasn’t named Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray was Aussie Nick Kyrgios, and losing to Kyrgios these days hardly qualifies as a bad loss.
This straight-sets defeat at the hands of No. 55 Albert Ramos-Viñolas of Spain in the round-of-16 can’t be called anything other than a bad loss.
The dream of a quarter-final matchup against defending French Open champion Stan Wawrinka died on Court Suzanne-Lenglen amid threatening skies and with Raonic’s dual coaching consultant combo of Carlos Moyá and John McEnroe on hand.
It went 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 and after Raonic coughed up an early 2-0 lead in the second set, the way he was playing, there didn’t seem to be much hope for a dramatic comeback.
- Neil Stevens at Eh Game2 days ago
BUFFALO — The players didn’t know what to expect last summer when Rush owner Bruce Urban moved them from Edmonton, where they’d just won the NLL championship, and dropped them into the pro lacrosse wilderness of Saskatoon so they have been absolutely thrilled with the ton of love that has been heaped on them by Saskatchewan sports fans.
Winning helps, of course, and a 13-5 regular season led to capacity crowds in excess of 15,000. Now, three playoff wins later, the Saskatchewan Rush are just one win from achieving what they’ve craved: rewarding their new fans by hoisting the Champion’s Cup in SaskTel Centre.
A 11-9 Rush victory over the Buffalo Bandits in Game 1 of the best-of-three championship series Saturday night sends the teams to Saskatoon for Game 2 this Saturday (TSN 2, 9:00 ET).
Saskatchewan’s Aaron Bold made 43 saves and Buffalo’s Anthony Cosmo made 41 saves. Bold’s two-goal edge in saves and a 2-1 Rush edge in defence-to-attack transition goals was the difference.
“We didn’t completely take away their transition game, that’s almost impossible to do, but we limited it,” said Rush coach Derek Keenan.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game4 days ago
TORONTO – All season long the Raptors answered challenge after challenge. Two players in a hometown All-Star game? Check. Best regular season in team history? Check. Getting past the first round for the first time since the Vince Carter days? Yep, that too. It took until the Eastern Conference finals – a place the franchise had not gone before – for them to meet their match.
On their third try this series, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers figured out how to win in Toronto, beating the Raptors 113-87 on Friday night to clinch a spot in the NBA Finals and bring to an end one unbelievable basketball season in the north.
- Kaitlyn McGrath at Eh Game4 days ago
TORONTO — As the clock wound down late in the fourth quarter, the game all but decided in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ favour, the crowd at the Air Canada Centre, as they had all postseason long, began to chant, “Let’s Go Raptors.”
They chanted into the dying seconds and they chanted when the clock ran out, and the season — this historic season — was over, decided by a 113-87 Cavaliers win in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
During LeBron James’ post-game interview with ESPN’s Doris Burke, the fans — the inhabitants of the North, if you will — continued to celebrate their beloved Toronto Raptors, despite the loss.
“First of all,” James says to Doris Burke, “do you hear this? Unbelievable respect and much respect to these fans, to this country – this is unbelievable. I’ve never been a part of something like this in my 13-year career. This is special and I really appreciate what this team did.”