- Israel Fehr at Eh Game22 days ago
VANCOUVER – Even if the majority of the fans at B.C. Place were rooting for the United States to win Women's World Cup final on Sunday, Sydney Leroux is the only American player that can truly say she won the World Cup at home.
Leroux, 25, was born in Surrey, B.C., about 35 kilometres away from where she lifted the trophy alongside her victorious U.S. teammates after a resounding 5-2 victory over Japan.
She saw action in four of the U.S.'s seven games at the tournament, including a stoppage time appearance in the semifinal win against Germany, but did not play in the final.
"I could not be happier," said an emotional Leroux after the game. "I know I didn't get the minutes but it took 23 of us. I couldn't stop crying because it's something I gave up a long time ago and it has been a hard road."
- Chris Zelkovich at Eh Game22 days ago
David Hearn has yet to record a victory on the PGA Tour, but he says what happened on Sunday at the Greenbrier Classic has convinced him that a win isn't far off.
In the end, the native of Brantford, Ont., was simply a runner-up. He settled for a bogey on the second playoff hole to lose by one to New Zealand's Danny Lee. But sinking a nerve-wracking birdie putt on the first extra hole to extend the playoff has him thinking positively.
"I'm real proud of the way I played," the 36-year-old Canadian told the Golf Channel. ``I played the way that I know I can win here ... soon."
<blockquote lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Super proud of the way I played this week! Only took me 2 tries to make that one on 18, but I know I will make one to win soon.</p>— David Hearn (@HearnDavid) <a href="https://twitter.com/HearnDavid/status/617835379169886209">July 5, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game22 days ago
WIMBLEDON – Venus and and Serena Williams will meet on Centre Court Monday at Wimbledon in a fourth-round match.
That's a long way from their early days, when it seemed they would only meet in finals. But given the scarcity of these encounters these days, somehow there's a lot more emotion attached to them than there used to be, at least from the fans side.
For one thing, they won't be around forever, even if it seems they already have been around forever. For another, their fortunes have changed considerably in the last 15 years, with little sister the undisputed No. 1 and big sister now a sympathetic figure who has persevered through some health woes and still, at 35, is playing great tennis.
Serena Williams said herself over the weekend that she expected everyone to cheer for Venus. In fact, she would probably cheer for her, too.
Venus Williams has had a fairly uneventful path to Manic Monday, when all the fourth-round matches on both the men's and women's side will be played at Wimbledon, after the Sunday break.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game23 days ago
WIMBLEDON – Top Canadian junior Charlotte Robillard-Millette was no different than most tennis players in that she was really looking forward to her first Wimbledon experience.
She spent a lot of it on her derrière.
But the 16-year-old from Blainville, Que/ got up, dusted herself off and despite being just two points away from going out in the first round of the girls’ singles, managed to pull off a 6-3, 4-6, 9-7 victory over the far more grass-experienced Naiktha Bains of Australia.
At 17, this was Bains’ fourth trip to junior Wimbledon (and the warmup event at Roehampton that precedes it). This was Robillard-Millette’s first.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game23 days ago
VANCOUVER – Facing the same team they beat back in 2011 to win the Women's World Cup, Japan heads into Sunday's final against the United States four years later intent on retaining their status as reigning champions.
"I think we are in our best form," said Japan's head coach Norio Sasaki. "We are in a very good condition to play against the U.S. If we can play our own game and stick to our plan I think we will have an opportunity to win."
For all the legacy talk on the side of the Americans and the rock star status and notoriety of the their big names, there's just as much as stake for the Japanese, if not more.
Winning back to back World Cup titles would put this group of Japanese players in a special class. They could become the second women's team to repeat as champions. Germany won the tournament in 2003 and again in 2007. In the long history of the men's tournament only Italy (1934, 1938) and Brazil (1958, 1962) have accomplished that feat.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game23 days ago
WIMBLEDON – When he’s done, Canadian Vasek Pospisil will look back on his career and appreciate the fact that so many of his “firsts” have come on the hallowed grounds of Wimbledon. There really is no better place.
But for now, he has work to do.
The 25-year-old from Vancouver, who won his first Grand Slam title here a year ago in doubles with American Jack Sock, has reached the second week of a major in singles after he defeated British wild card James Ward – and the partisan crowd on Court 1 – 6-4, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 8-6 Saturday.
After the traditional off-day on Sunday, Pospisil will have another golden opportunity to go even further as he meets No. 22 seed Viktor Troicki in the round of 16 Monday.
“My first one. I’m excited, and not done yet. So I’m still really focused and have a pretty good opportunity now again,” Pospisil said. “It’s going to be a tough match again, but a good opportunity for both of us.”
In a section of the draw that originally contained No. 8 seed David Ferrer and two-time champion Rafael Nadal, you can’t ask for much more.
- Neate Sager at Eh Game23 days ago
One reason the 100 metres is the alpha event of the summer Olympics roster is that there's still a part of it that cannot be coached, inculcated from an early age and high performance centred until the athlete is a machine with a heartbeat.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game24 days ago
WIMBLEDON – The title defence of the team they call Pospisock was certainly in peril after Jack Sock fractured his finger during a first-round singles loss to Aussie Sam Groth.
But Vasek Pospisil and Sock have carried on, moving into the third round of the men's doubles after a surprisingly routine 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (4) victory over Colin Fleming and Eric Butorac.
Sock didn't grimace a whole lot, nor did his opponents seem to target his backhand at an excessive rate. So that was the good news.
They will find out the identity of their next opponents Saturday, but obviously won't play until at least Monday because of the quiet middle Sunday.
Meanwhile, doubles specialists Adil Shamasdin and Gabriela Dabrowski teamed up for the first time in mixed doubles Friday, losing 6-4, 6-3 to the all-French team of Alizé Cornet and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.
It was the first time since 2009 that two Canadians teamed up at a Grand Slam, since Daniel Nestor and Aleksandra Wozniak played the Australian Open together.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game24 days ago
WIMBLEDON – Eugenie Bouchard was a Wimbledon finalist last year, and Milos Raonic was a semi-finalist on the men’s side.
With those credentials, even in the face of Bouchard’s struggles and Raonic’s uncertain health, you probably didn’t expect the last Canadian standing in singles to be … Vasek Pospisil.
But the 25-year-old from Vancouver is left to carry the flag alone. He will play arguably the biggest match of his career outside Davis Cup on Saturday, on the No. 1 Court at the All-England Club, against a Brit.
Luckily for Pospisil, that Brit is not named Andy Murray. Instead, he will face wild card James Ward, a rather more approachable endeavour.
It’s a huge opportunity for both, not only to move on at Wimbledon but also in terms of prize money and, most urgently, ranking points.
Ward has already jumped into the top 100 for the first time in his career on the basis of his results this week He’s inside the top 90 and if he beats Pospisil, would gain another 10 spots.
- Special to Yahoo! Canada Sports at Eh Game24 days ago
By Chris Lomon
It has all the makings of a Canadian thoroughbred racing fairytale: a handsome-looking horse seeking the same Queen’s Plate glory his late father achieved some 12 years ago.
When trainer Mike Keogh walks by Sweet Grass Creek’s stall in his barn every day on the Woodbine backstretch, he can’t help but notice, at least aesthetically speaking, the similarity between the three-year-old colt and his sire, Wando, the country’s last Triple Crown champion.
“He’s not as big as his father, but there are moments when you look at him, and you can see ways in which they really do look quite alike,” said Keogh of Sweet Grass Creek. “But, Wando had a very laid-back demeanor, while he’s more aggressive.”
It was 2003 when Wando, owned by longtime horseman Gus Schickedanz, was front-page news, literally, reaching sporting star status in his run to an eventual sweep of the Plate, Prince of Wales, and Breeders’ Stakes.
The multiple stakes winner died of a heart attack January 22,2014, at Schomberg Farm near Nobleton, Ontario. The son of Langfuhr was 14.