- Kaitlyn McGrath at Eh Game1 day ago
TORONTO — The right guy, at the right time. That’s how Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons described the situation in the bottom of the eighth inning when, with two on and two out, Jose Bautista came up to bat.
On a 2-0 pitch right down the middle of the plate, the right fielder didn't miss, hitting a three-run blast into the left field stands, giving the Blue Jays the 3-0 lead against the New York Yankees on Saturday afternoon. It was a lead they would not relinquish, earning themselves back-to-back wins to open the final homestand of the regular season at the Rogers Centre.
" Looks like he’s heating up at the right time," Gibbons said in his post-game press conference. "Jose, he’s been known to do some things at key spots. I was sitting there on the bench with DeMarlo (Hale), and I mentioned that to him. You know, right guy, right time basically."Mon, 26 Sep7:07 PM EDTNY Yankees at TorontoPreview Game
- Kaitlyn McGrath at Eh Game2 days ago
TORONTO — In the marathon that is a major league baseball season, we’ve entered the final sprint to the finish.
Over the course of six months — spanning three separate calendar seasons — teams play 162 games, but it’s often the last few that end up mattering the most.
That’s where we stand with the Toronto Blue Jays. Entering Friday’s game against the visiting New York Yankees, the Blue Jays were in possession of the top wild-card spot with 10 games remaining. But a lot can happen in 10 games.
Ten games could determine whether the Blue Jays will win the American League East division — unlikely — whether they’ll host or hit the road for the AL wild-card game or whether they’ll miss the post-season entirely. Each of these scenarios is possible. It could get crazy, these last 10 games.
But the first of those, which kicked off the Blue Jays final homestand of the regular season, went relatively smoothly as Toronto beat the visiting New York Yankees 9-0 on a Friday that felt like the first cool night at the Rogers Centre in ages.
- Chris Young at Eh Game2 days ago
Bob Cole received his Order of Canadaon Friday. At this point, the honours seem almost redundant: for so many years now, Cole has been the voice of Canada, the soundtrack to our ongoing national obsession with hockey. And the man can tweet. In his own. Voice!
Now. When you get The Order of Canada. You get in there. In the room. They bang the big gavel. They call the Order. Then you get the Order.
At 83, Cole is English Canada’s answer to Vin Scully, both of them having gone from heirs to a tradition to gold standards -- in Scully’s case, taking over from legendary baseball voice Mel Allen, while Cole has been the follow-on from Foster Hewitt (trivia note: while Hewitt was winding up his career by calling Henderson’s goal in the ‘72 Summit Series nearly half a century ago, Cole was doing the same for CBC Radio as he moved along the road that took him eventually in the late 1980s to lead duties on Hockey Night in Canada).
On the occasion of this bestowal, there’s really one thing to say: “Oh baby!” does he deserve it.
- Gavin Day at Eh Game2 days ago
It’s taken 10 years but Toronto FC is finally within touching distance of its first home playoff game.
After the initial excitement of the club faded with season after season of poor results, Toronto is now rolling to new heights and hope to re-capture some of that lost excitement in the city.
“I don’t know what to expect. It’s never happened but I would think that it would be amazing,” said Jonathan Osorio, Toronto native and graduate of the TFC Academy. “It’s probably beyond whatever I would think so I really hope that it can happen and we’re in a good position to do so.”
Added head coach Greg Vanney: “To be able to fill the stadium with our fans in a game that is ultra-meaningful towards trying to win a championship and do something that the club has never done, the city has never seen, I look forward to that day.”
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game3 days ago
Those heady days in July, when he reached the Wimbledon final, seemed just the starting point for Milos Raonic’s ambitious goals for 2016.
Instead, it feels as though it was the last tournament in which the 25-year-old Canadian really played to the level of his abilities.
After being off the court for more than three weeks in the wake of a head-scratching defeat to American Ryan Harrison in the second round of the US Open (and after missing last weekend’s Davis Cup tie against Chile), Raonic returned to action Thursday night in St. Petersburg.
With a first-round bye, he had waited 4-5 days to play after arriving in Russia. The result was a tough defeat, 2-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4 to veteran Mikhail Youzhny.
It was a combination of some inspired, throwback play from the 34-year-old Russian when his back was to the wall, and an inexplicable collapse from Raonic.
The Canadian breezed through the first set with barely the loss of a point on his serve, breaking Youzhny twice.
He served for the match at 5-4 in the second set, then again at 6-5, but was broken on both occasions. He was up 5-1 and serving in the second-set tiebreak … before losing seven of the next eight points to force a decider.
- Dhiren Mahiban at Eh Game3 days ago
It's a role Leafs management would like to see Kadri take ownership of as well.
“It's something I've always tried to do and obviously Lou (Lamoriello) and Babs (Mike Babcock) have stressed that to me, wanted me to take on that leadership role and just be a good example for the young guys,” said Kadri following a recent informal skate. “For me, obviously I'm still learning as well. I don't know it all by any means, but I'm going to do the best I can to help out these kids and make them understand."
In addition to summer travel, which included a stop in Helsinki, Finland, for teammate Leo Komarov’s wedding, Kadri said he’s made a concerted effort to work on being more of a leader.
“I've done a lot of work this summer and tried to really wrap my head around that,” he said. “It's something I've always wanted, took a little bit of time for me to understand what exactly I need to do to take on that role. I think I've got a pretty good understanding. Whether you get a letter or not, you still have to lead by example, and that's what I intend on doing.”
What exactly did that summer work entail?
- Chris Young at Eh Game3 days ago
Remember Team Iceland at last summer's Euro?
Course you do. After qualifying for the first time as the smallest nation to ever reach a major soccer finals, the unheralded side from the Nordic island country of 330,000 got out of their group to beat England in the knockouts and finally were dispatched at the quarterfinal stage by France – but not before sending the country into delirium, winning fans around the world and introducing the VIking Clap that's since become a staple around stadiums this season.
But if you've got the FIFA 17 reboot on your fall shopping list, you won't be able to play Gylfi Sigurdsson & Co. After an offer of $15,000 U.S. from game developer EA Sports for the rights to include them for the first time, the country's FA said no thanks and had its counter-offer rejected, according to its president Geir Thorsteinsson in a BBC report:
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game3 days ago
There was, on paper, a 75 per cent chance that Canada would host its first-round Davis Cup tie in 2017, set for Feb. 3-5, 2017 immediately after the Australian Open.
The home-tie possibilities were Argentina, Belgium, France and Serbia. If Canada faced Croatia, the Czech Republic, Great Britain or Switzerland, the home ground would be decided by a coin flip.
After the draw was made Thursday morning in London, they learned their fate.
The Canadians will play Great Britain, and they will play at home.
The other matchups will be:
Italy at (1) Argentina
Belgium at Germany
Czech Republic at Australia
Switzerland at USA
France at Japan
Russia at Serbia
Spain at  Croatia
Because of the alternating nature of hosting Davis Cup ties, the majority of the nations who will get to host are the lower-seeded countries.
If Canada wins, it would face the winner between France and Japan in the quarter-finals April 7-9, 2017, right after the big tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami. (If it's France, they would host; if it's Japan, they would have to travel to Japan)
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game4 days ago
Genie Bouchard's struggles were apparent on court at the Coupe Banque Nationale in Quebec City last week.
And after flaming out in the second round against a player ranked outside the top 150, a meltdown reminiscent of her exit two summers ago at the Rogers Cup in Montreal, she's taking a break.
Bouchard has decided to skip her planned trip to China to compete in the two Premier-level events there in the coming weeks, in Wuhan (where she reached the final in 2014) and Beijing. No doubt the official reason will be an injury (the official reason for withdrawal is shin splints, which she did get taped for in New York) . But it seems wise for the Canadian to take a step back and cut through a lot of the clutter that has accumulated around her in recent months. Quite clearly it has gotten the better of her of late.
She made a positive first step last weekend, spending time with her family hiking in New Hampshire after that premature exit from the Quebec City tournament.
Bouchard also has to begin dealing with the lawsuit she has filed against the USTA in the wake of last year's concussion incident at the US Open.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game4 days ago
Several reliable sources have confirmed to Eh Game that Kelly Murumets, who was hired as the president and CEO of Tennis Canada early in 2014 and officially took office in March of that year, is resigning for personal reasons.
No doubt further details will emerge whenever the news is officially announced.
Murumets, 53, was chosen to lead the organization after a three-month search to sift through a long list of applicants. She replaced former president Michael Downey, who had left the previous fall to take on a similar job with the British Lawn Tennis Association after overseeing the launching of the national development program with its headquarters at Uniprix Stadium in Montreal.
She didn't have any sort of a tennis background, but Murumets had come from a seven-year stint as the president and CEO of Participaction, a national non-profit organization whose mission is to get Canadians active.
Murumets was a high-profile presence at some of the best Canadian moments over the last few years, including Genie Bouchard's Grand Slam performances in 2014 and Milos Raonic's Wimbledon final last year.