- Don Landry at Eh Game9 hrs ago
Curling's advancing broom technologies, unbridled for the most part over the game's history, almost certainly need to be leashed in the near future.
That's the general feeling permeating the game's corridors after a great leap forward in brush ingenuity; an ingenuity that has led to what one noted curler referred to as an ability to guide the rock "with a joystick." It's all come to a head this season - in fact it really boiled over this past weekend - as a group of world class curlers held a meeting during a Toronto bonspiel to see what could be done to even the competitive balance and slow the arms race.
Players, officials and manufacturers are all contemplating the question: How far is too far? We may have already reached that point.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game17 hrs ago
A return to doubles form with partner Jack Sock means a busy few days for Vasek Pospisil in China, where he has to move quickly froma doubles title in Beijing (over Davis Cup partner Daniel Nestor) on Sunday to both singles and doubles in Shanghai on Tuesday.
The penultimate Masters 1000-level event on the ATP Tour this season is an opportunity for both Pospisil and countryman Milos Raonic to try to make moves, in an effort to qualify for the year-end finals in London next month.
Pospisil and Sock currently stand ninth in the Road to London standings, with the top eight teams qualifying. The rest of the pack is several hundred points behind the top eight, but there are 1,000 points available to the winners in Shanghai, and another 1,000 for the champions at the Paris Masters in a few weeks. So the race is a long way from being decided.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
Vasek Pospisil and Daniel Nestor have teamed up often for their country, with great success.
But they haven't often found themselves on opposite sides of the court.
The final at the China Open in Beijing Sunday was only the second time it has ever happened. And it was the second time Pospisil, 25, prevailed over the 43-year-old Nestor as he and American partner Jack Sock defeated Nestor and French partner Édouard Roger-Vasselin in the final.
The 3-6, 6-3, [10-6] victory was the Can-American team's second title of the season, their first since winning Indian Wells back in March.
"We really turned it up in the second set,” Pospisil told the media in Beijing. “I don’t think we missed a ball from the middle of the set until the end of the match. We enjoyed our whole week here, and that’s the main thing when you’re playing well.”
- Neil Acharya at Eh Game2 days ago
A point lost? Or a point earned?
The Toronto Maple Leafs justifiably viewed their 5-4 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators on Saturday evening as the latter.
Mike Hoffman scored the shootout winner to end the affair in which Mike Babcock’s team fought back from being down 3-0 early in the second period and 4-3 late in the third period to notch their first point in the standings after losing twice to start the season.
Both teams had their first taste of the new 3-on-3 overtime format and despite plenty of opportunites, could not score in sudden death.
“When things go bad, we seem to feel bad and we seem to be fragile and we just don’t keep playing,” said Babcock. “I thought tonight we kept playing…. you’d love to win that game but from where we were, I thought it was positive.”
After a strong first period where his team outshot and more importantly out-chanced their opposition, the wheels came off to start the second.
Kyle Turris netted his third goal in two games under a minute into the period to start a powerplay onslaught by the visitors.
- Neil Acharya at Eh Game3 days ago
Leafs ’65 is a departure from the past work of award winning journalist Stephen Brunt.
Known nationwide for his cross-platform insights and contributions with Sportsnet, Brunt has also authored several non-fiction books including Searching for Bobby Orr , Gretzky’s Tears and Facing Ali.
In his latest release slated for Oct. 10, he writes a 31-page essay to begin a photobook containing long lost images of the 1965 Toronto Maple Leafs training camp taken by Canadian artist Lewis Parker. Parker, who died in 2011 was far from a traditional sports photographer, aside from using the same tool of the trade - a Graflex camera.
The backstory as Brunt explains, is that Parker was assigned by Maclean’s Magazine to accompany one of their writers and take photos at camp in Peterborough, Ont., which featured the likes of Dave Keon, Carl Brewer, Bob Baun and Johnny Bower and other key players on a Maple Leafs team that was just one season removed from winning the Stanley Cup for a third consecutive time.
- Special to Yahoo! Canada Sports at Eh Game3 days ago
By Devin Gray
The tallest player at Detroit Pistons training camp bends down low, holds his shorts at the knees while he catches his breath and looks down at his shoes for motivation. There, scrawled in the curve of the swoosh, are the letters M and K, for his wife Malia and his son Kawika, which is Hawaiian for David.
For Jordan Bachynski it’s a reminder to keep pushing for that NBA roster spot, and of the dedication it’s taken to get him this far.
“I’m going to be the guy who guys look to for support,” Bachynski said recently during a phone conversation. “Obviously I’m going to keep working hard to be the best I can be on the floor but wherever I go I want to make my teammates better on the court, cheering from the bench or in practice working with players and frustrating them to make them better.”
- Neil Acharya at Eh Game5 days ago
Call it patchwork.
In his first regular-season game as captain of the Montreal Canadiens, Max Pacioretty certainly led by example on the ice.
In front of a stellar goaltending performance by Carey Price who stopped 36 of 37 shots, Pacioretty’s two goals, including the insurance marker into an empty net with 31 seconds remaining in regulation, paced the visitors to a 3-1 opening night victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.
Alex Galchenyuk scored the winning goal with under eight minutes remaining in the third period, whacking in a long rebound to break a 1-1 deadlock.
Pacioretty did not want to focus on his new title but after deflecting the initial questions on the matter, did acknowledge that the sensation he experienced prior to the game was unique in some way this time around.
“Definitely at first (coming out on to the ice), I felt different,” said Pacioretty, who was formally introduced as the team’s 29th captain on Sept. 18 after being voted into the role by his teammates. “As the game started I kind of relaxed.”Tue, 13 Oct7:00 PM EDTMontreal at PittsburghPreview Game
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game6 days ago
Wuhan? Withdrawal just before her first-round match
Beijing? Retirement early in the second set of her first-round match.
Hong Kong? Withdrawal.
Genie Bouchard's Asian swing, which under normal circumstances would have been an opportunity to build on the momentum regained during the US Open, is officially a disaster.
The 21-year-old from Montreal tried, but both in Wuhan and in Beijing suffered recurrences of concussion symptoms, in the wake of the notorious locker-room accident at the US Open Sept. 6.
Unless she looks for a wild card at one of the final WTA Tour events of the season the following week in Luxembourg or Moscow, her season from hell is done. The Hong Kong tournament will take place next week.
There are smaller events – $125,000 WTA tournaments, and ITF events with smaller prize money (two of them in Canada) remaining on the schedule. But Bouchard's year-end ranking in 2014 is simply too high to be eligible to compete, even if she had an interest.
- Chris Lomon at Eh Game6 days ago
“Just like the old days,” says Tex Thomas with a big smile as he slips a Toronto Blue Jays baseball hat into a red bag and hands it to the middle-aged man. A return to the playoffs as the American League East Division champions has the city buzzing and businesses like Pro League Sports booming.
"It's been unbelievable,” Thomas said a couple of days after the Blue Jays clinched their first division title in 22 years. “The phone hasn't stopped ringing since they clinched the division title. People are looking for just about everything.
"On Thursday morning, I picked up 28 AL East Champs T-shirts, the exact ones they were wearing in the clubhouse after they won, and 18 were gone about an hour after I opened the store."
To quote the late Yogi Berra, it’s déjà vu all over again for Thomas, who opened Pro League Sports – an apparel and memorabilia store in The Beach on Toronto’s east side – in 1991. That was the year the Blue Jays went to the American League Championship Series but were ousted by the eventual World Series champs, the Minnesota Twins, in five games.
But, things would get better for the Jays. And, for Thomas, too.
- Chris Zelkovich at Eh Game6 days ago
Sportsnet has been on one heck of a ratings ride the past couple of months thanks to the Toronto Blue Jays (you thought maybe it was the World Poker Tour?)
But that baseball-infused ride may be slowed by a couple of speed bumps.
The network's push for record ratings may be stalled this week thanks to a playoff schedule that is anything but Sportsnet-friendly. With two afternoon games to start the Jays' first playoff series in 22 years, ratings will almost surely suffer.
Oh, they're still going to be good. Witness last weekend's disappointing series in Tampa Bay, which still averaged 1.5 million viewers per game.
But unless every baseball fan in Canada decides to call in sick or take vacation days Thursday and Friday, the numbers won't be where they would be had the games been scheduled in prime time.
The opener of the best-of-five ALDS against Texas will be played at 3:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, a time when soap opera addicts and shut-ins are the only ones watching TV. Game 2 is slated for 12:30 p.m. ET on Friday, an even worse slot.