- Andrew Bucholtz at Eh Game2 hrs ago
The International Olympic Committee's decision Sunday not to impose a blanket ban on Russian athletes over the country's massive state-sponsored doping program but instead leave it up to individual federations has received plenty of criticism around the world, with the likes of U.S. Anti-Doping Agency president Travis Tygart, English champion rower Sir Matthew Pinsent, and Scottish Olympian-turned-journalist Susan Egelstaff amongst those bashing them. There are plenty of Canadians upset about this too, with one of the strongest takes coming from Olympic hurdler turned CBC analyst Perdita Felicien. Felicien expressed strong disappointment on CBC Sunday morning:
- Kaitlyn McGrath at Eh Game4 hrs ago
TORONTO — Most Canadian tennis fans, even the casual ones, will be familar with the big four — Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal — along with Canada's Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil. But when the Rogers Cup comes around, many of the world top players travel to Canada to play in the Masters 1000-level event. While there has been a number of withdrawals at the tournament this year, such as three of the top four players, there are plenty of other captivating players at the event this year. Here's a list of five must-see players you may not be all too familair with.
Denis Shapovalov: This Toronto teen is being tapped as the next Canadian tennis star, following in the footsteps of Milos Raonic. The 17-year-old Shapovalov recently won the Wimbledon boys’ singles title and has won the U.S. Open boys doubles title with fellow up-and-coming Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime. Like his idol Roger Federer, Shapovalov plays with a one-handed backhand. He’s a hard server who’s not afraid to approach the net. He was awarded a wild card into the Rogers Cup main draw, where he’ll be making just his second ATP tour appearance after playing in Washington last week.
- Chris Zelkovich at Eh Game18 hrs ago
OAKVILLE, Ont. - No matter where he eventually ends up in this tournament, and no matter where he goes after it, Jared du Toit's performance at the 2016 RBC Canadian Open will be remembered for a long time - if not forever.
Even if the 21-year-old product of Kimberley, B.C., double-bogeys his first three holes and falls into the pond at the fourth hole at Glen Abbey on Sunday, he will have accomplished something special.
Despite a shaky start, the amateur who received an exemption into the tournament from Golf Canada will tee off in the final pairing on Sunday at Glen Abbey Golf Club at 8-under par, a mere stroke behind PGA veteran Brandt Snedeker and tied with world No. 2 Dustin Johnson.
"It's been a fairy tale so far," an excited du Toit said moments after sinking a 40-foot eagle putt that brought down the house around the 18th green and sparked an impromptu rendition of O Canada. "It probably hasn't set in ... It's an unbelievable feeling."
- Kaitlyn McGrath at Eh Game1 day ago
TORONTO — The Rogers Cup draw has been decided, and if Milos Raonic wants to win the tournament, he’ll have to go through world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals to get there.
While a dream final for the tournament, which has been depleted of stars over the last week, would have been a Djokovic-Raonic blockbuster, the draw shake out to include some potential enticing match-ups for Canadians.
But what the draw didn’t include was the second- through fourth-ranked players in the world. With the proximity to August’s Rio Olympic Games, the Toronto field has dwindled with some of the biggest men’s tennis stars, such as Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal withdrawing from the event earlier this week. Nadal cited recovery from a left wrist injury, while both Murray and Federer listed similar reasons for needing rest after hectic schedules (all three are scheduled to play in Rio).
Other missing players include Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, David Ferrer, Roberto Bautista Agut and Pablo Cuevas. With those absences, the field is without three of the top four players and includes only six of the top 10.LiveSeattle0 - 1TorontoFollow Game
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
If hometown favourite Genie Bouchard is going to make a run at the Rogers Cup next week, she'll have to get past a significant hurdle from the get-go.
The 22-year-old from Westmount, Que. drew Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic for her first-round match, already scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.
Fellow Montrealers Aleksandra Wozniak and Françoise Abanda, both in the main draw on wild cards, fared a little better. Wozniak will play Italy's Sara Errani, better known for her prowess on the clay courts although she is a solid player on any surface. At a career high of No. 5 two years ago, Errani currently is ranked No. 25.
The 19-year-old Abanda, who lost to junior Usue Arconada at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. earlier this week, will meet Elina Svitolina of Ukraine in the first round.
As with Errani, Svitolina's ranking has dropped a little (from a career best of No. 14 in March to No. 20 this week). She missed being seeded by one spot.
- Dhiren Mahiban at Eh Game1 day ago
TORONTO - - For the second time in as many years Patrick Eaves walked away from the annual Smashfest Ping-Pong tournament as the champion. The Dallas Stars forward defeated Alex Burrows of the Vancouver Canucks to reclaim his title at the charity event on Thursday night.
Several current and retired NHLers participated in the event at Steam Whistle Brewery in downtown Toronto including Aaron Ekblad, Jeff Skinner, Derick Brassard and Sam Bennett.
According to Ekblad, the event showcases the brotherhood of the hockey community.
“It doesn’t matter what team you’re on, a lot of us understand that it’s great to come together whether it’s a golf tournament or Ping-Pong tournament – to be a part of something bigger than you as a player and it’s great that the guys are coming together to raise money for such good causes,” said the Panthers blue liner.
- Chris Zelkovich at Eh Game1 day ago
Another day at Glen Abbey, another disappointment for the man who was recently considered Canadian golf's great next hope.
After an error-filled opening-round 77 on Thursday, Graham DeLaet saw his chances of making it to the weekend at the RBC Canadian Open disappear into the winds at the Oakville golf course on Friday. He shot an even-par 72, good enough to save some face but nowhere near enough to join the other Canadians pursuing the ghost of Pat Fletcher on the weekend.
DeLaet's failure to make the cut comes on the heels of a second-round withdrawal last year because of a wrist injury and a missed cut in 2013 -- all at Glen Abbey. The last time the Open was played elsewhere, DeLaet finished in a commendable tie for seventh at Royal Montreal in 2014.
"I don't have a very good track record on this golf course and I don't feel super comfortable for whatever reason," said the 34-year-old native of Weyburn, Sask. "I don't know what it is."
- Chris Young at Eh Game1 day ago
TORONTO -- On Friday, Canada’s basketball women landed in what’s becoming for them a familiar place: on the precipice of an Olympic journey and getting their final introductions in front of a local audience.
Four years ago, that meant a party at a swanky fusion resto in Toronto’s King West neighbourhood. It was giddy and even a little seat-of-the-pants, the team having qualified via one of those last-chance tournaments -- on Canada Day, yet, which made the whole London trip loom like an unexpected blind date.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game2 days ago
Admittedly, there are times when Canadian tennis star Genie Bouchard doesn't help her own cause (and yes, I'm going to come to her defence here).
But given the headlines as the Montrealer returns to her hometown to try and get on a roll at next week's Rogers Cup, you can hardly blame her for, however briefly, thinking about delaying her arrival for a few days. During a week when all of her focus will be needed to navigate a tough WTA Tour Premier 5 field, it has already begun.
The legendary québécois columnist's disdain for Bouchard has been well-documented. But in this one he talks about the Rogers Cup tennis dedication of a woman who was a telephone operator at his former newspaper for 40 years and, with a little literary license, "tells" her that Bouchard "doesn't give a s..t" about her."
- Gavin Day at Eh Game2 days ago
Behind Jessie Fleming’s quiet facade lies a very bright mind that’s helped her in more than just soccer.
Fleming will head to UCLA this fall but first will have the small task of helping get Canada back on to the Olympic podium. She turned 18 years old in March and after the goal she just scored as Canada beat China 1-0 in a closed-door friendly in France on Wednesday, Fleming has made her case to be one of the players who could step to a new level in Rio.
“I just got into the 18 (yard-box), took my touch and just finished top corner,” Fleming said in a Canadian Soccer Association video of her lovely goal. Surrounded by defenders, she still managed a sublime finish from the penalty spot.
“I saw a little bit of space and I guess I just cut it past one player and had a quick second so I took my chance.”