- Kaitlyn McGrath at Eh Game4 hrs ago
Just like how NHL players hit the road, so too do hockey wives. While the Toronto Maple Leafs were off playing on the road, some of the significant others took the opportunity to jet off to Mexico, which is where we begin on this week’s episode of Hockey Wives.
Martine Forget, engaged to Jonathan Bernier, Taylor Winnik, married to Daniel Winnik, Keshia Chanté, dating Ray Emery and guest star Sarah, dating former Leafs player Shawn Matthias are in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico lounging on the beach. But wait — are the wives really free of their other halves or is that Bernier walking toward them right now holding a tray of drinks?
“You are literally the Mexican version of her (points to Martine) fiancé,” Chanté says to a man who slightly resembles the Leafs goaltender, mostly because of his slicked back hair. Taylor isn’t buying the comparison either.
“Just because he has slicked back hair doesn’t make him a Mexican Jonathan Bernier. That’s so ridiculous,” she says.
- Chris Young at Eh Game16 hrs ago
Over the winter, Toronto baseball fans mourned the departure of Munenori Kawasaki.
Well, hello Joe Biagini.
The Blue Jays reliever picked up his first win Tuesday night -- and the torch left behind by Kawasaki, whose marginal on-field contributions were eclipsed by his contributions off it interacting with fans, clowning in the dugout and in postgame media scrums.
Getting stuck out in the bullpen means the first two items may be hard to come by for Biagini but off the evidence of his postgamer Tuesday, he has the kind of playful wit to get us through the dog days of summer and into the fall.
“I just wish the Raptors weren’t playing so we could have all the attention - but no, I’m kidding.”
There were four of those “just kidding” assurances in his standup Tuesday, which combined deadpan cluelessness and leave-em-hanging:
Reporter: Who was the first person who called or texted after the win?
Biagini: Uh, I had an incident with the team in the bathroom, it was kind of a celebratory tradition -- so I haven’t really been able to tell anybody. They don’t like to watch so I have to text them individually … I’m just kidding. No, I haven’t had a chance to yet.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game1 day ago
TORONTO – The Raptors’ long-awaited return to the second round of the playoffs will be remembered for two things: Kyle Lowry’s shot and Kyle Lowry’s shooting.
First, the shot: Lowry launched a desperation half-court heave to beat the buzzer, tying the score 90-90, and sending a game that looked like it was lost into overtime. A half-empty Air Canada Centre crowd, with most of the fans already in their cars or headed to the subway, went crazy.
The joy was brief. The Miami Heat scored the first eight points of overtime, ultimately outscoring 12-6 Toronto, to take Game 1 102-96 on Tuesday night.
As for the shooting, Lowry went 3-for-12 from the field in regulation and 0-for-1 in overtime. His shooting percentage through eight playoff games is 30.6 per cent, the worst mark by a player with a minimum 100 shot attempts in the last 50 years.
Worst FG pct in single postseason, last 50 years (min. 100 att) 2016 Kyle Lowry: 30.6 2006 Larry Hughes: 31.9 2005 Lindsey Hunter: 31.9Thu, 5 May8:00 PM EDTMiami at TorontoPreview Game
- Kaitlyn McGrath at Eh Game1 day ago
TORONTO — The story was going to be all about his shooting, but then he made that shot.
With the Toronto Raptors down 90-87 with just over two seconds left on the clock in Game 1 of their second round playoff series against the Miami Heat, Kyle Lowry — the same Lowry that couldn’t buy a basket all game — hit a shot from half-court, tying and sending the game into an improbable overtime on Tuesday night.
It could have been a fairytale ending, one the Raptors and Lowry would have gladly taken following four shaky quarters of basketball. But the Heat opened the five minutes of extra time with an 8-0 run and the Raptors couldn’t erase the deficit, falling 102-96 to drop the opening game of the second-round series.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
For two sets, even though he won the first, Canadian Milos Raonic was outplayed Tuesday by mercurial Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov.
But after losing the second set tiebreak in large part due to his own errors, and heading off court for a bathroom break, an incensed Raonic turned his anger into a positive.
The 25-year-old from Thornhill, Ont. rolled through the third set, his big serve virtually unreturnable, and defeated Dolgopolov 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-2 to move into the third round of the Mutua Madrid Open.
Raonic fired just four of his 17 total aces in that deciding set. But his first-serve percentage checked in at 83 percent; he lost just one point on his first serve and he just wrestled the outcome of the match right out of Dolgopolov’s hands.
He will face the winner of No 7 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France and Spain’s Albert Ramos-Viñolas in the third round, with world No. 1 Novak Djokovic possibly looming next.
- Chris Zelkovich at Eh Game1 day ago
``This town needs an enema."
-- The Joker, Batman
``This country needs a psychiatrist."
-- Chris Zelkovich, Yahoo
I'm not saying that Canadians are all crazy, but there is strong evidence that something is definitely off with the psyche of this country. Like, the rest of the world is Barack Obama and we're Donald Trump.
Prime evidence is the weekend TV ratings report, which presents a strong case for some sort of psychiatric intervention.
The most damning evidence involves the Toronto Raptors and the equivalent of a televised bingo game.
The Raptors set a record for NBA basketball in Canada on Sunday by averaging 1.53 million viewers on Sportsnet for their victory over the Indiana Pacers. That's good news, especially for a team that has struggled to draw viewers despite an impressive product.
But here's the part that makes you wonder about us: The Raptors game was not the most-watched sports event on TV last weekend. That honour, by about 40,000 viewers, went to the NHL Draft Lottery.
No, not the draft. The draft lottery. An incredibly long, drawn-out bit of television tedium. Unisom featuring guys in a 50 shades of grey suits.
- Andrew Bucholtz at Eh Game1 day ago
Canada has devoted fans for sports from hockey to football to basketball to curling and well beyond, but all of those sports are contested at a high level nationally where they don't draw much attention.
That would be Canadian Interuniversity Sport, which has 56 member universities from coast to coast with 11,500 athletes, and regulates national competition in 12 different sports (men's football, women's rugby and field hockey, and men's and women's basketball, cross-country, curling, hockey, soccer, swimming, track and field, volleyball and wrestling; many universities also compete in other sports on more regional levels). CIS has produced countless highly-successful Olympians and other professional athletes, and its competitions make for great viewing at a cheap price, but they're off the radar for many Canadian sports fans.
- Chris Young at Eh Game1 day ago
The intersection of technology and sports has brought us a number of innovations, and we've only just started going down that road beyond replay review and fantasy games to virtual reality, eSports and of late, even drone fishing.
But Argentine soccer club Atletico Tigre is going more than skin-deep with this one, inviting season ticket holders to acquire a 'Ticket Pasión' that functions much like those microchips you can have implanted in your dog in case they get lost -- but in this case, it allows for entry into the stadium and dispenses with the need for ID or a season ticket.
Ahora, podés llevar a tu club adentro...De verdad ! pic.twitter.com/ojfAt1jZrq
Club general secretary Ezequiel Rocino told ABC News he had one of the chips implanted in his arm, just under the tattoo of the club's logo in the picture at the top here, and riffing quite literally, as the tweet notes, on team supporters' "I carry you inside me" terrace anthem.
- Chris Young at Eh Game1 day ago
Leicester City’s rise, from barely avoiding relegation a year ago to Premier League champions this season, has established a new standard for longshot glory. At the start of the season they were quoted at 5,000-to-1 odds to win the league against their well-heeled rivals. And Monday they clinched the title with two weeks to spare, sparking hosannas from all corners no matter what the allegiances because all the world loves an underdog (excepting perhaps the British bookies, on the hook for record payoffs).
Proud of you Spurs! But Leicester... What an inspiration, the best fucking story ever! Congratulations!!!! X
Leicester City have won the Premier League. The biggest sporting shock of my lifetime, and it's only my team.
- Chris Young at Eh Game2 days ago
If the Raptors winning a playoff series and the Leafs getting lotto-lucky amount to the earth turning over on Toronto’s scruffy pro sports acreage, perhaps they’re best seen as mere aftershocks from last Oct. 14 and Jose Bautista’s bat flip heard 'round the 6, and beyond.
Bautista’s emphatic hoist after launching a Sam Dyson pitch into history was a lot of things: a game and series winner, an eraser of Toronto’s ongoing narrative of sporting disappointment, a maker of memes and legends, the craziest exclamation point on what’s been called the craziest inning in baseball’s playoff history, and if you’re of a Goose Gossage vintage, everything that is wrong with baseball in 2015.
And of course, there was this.
If you were anywhere near Toronto -- or watching on TV across Canada, among the record audience -- it was the stuff of which dreams are made. And ugly Christmas sweaters.Thu, 5 May7:07 PM EDTTexas at TorontoPreview Game