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Shapovalov climbs to career-best 20th in world tennis rankings

April 1, 2019 • By

Canadian teen Denis Shapovalov has cracked the highest 20 of the ATP Tour rankings for the primary time.

The 19-year-old from Richmond Hill, Ont., jumped to a career-best 20th from 23rd on Monday after reaching the semifinals of the Miami Open final week.

WATCH | Shapovalov eradicated by Federer as Seinfeld appears on:

Roger Federer superior to the Miami Open Closing after defeating Canadian Denis Shapovalov in straight units on Friday. 1:30

Fellow Canadian teen Felix Auger-Aliassime made a good larger leap. The 18-year-old from Montreal improved 24 spots to No. 33 after additionally making it to the semifinals in Miami.

Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., stays the highest Canadian at No. 15, down one from the earlier rankings.

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic stored his No. 1 spot. He is adopted by Rafael Nadal of Spain, Alexander Zverev of Germany, Miami winner Roger Federer of Switzerland and Dominic Thiem of Austria.

On the ladies’s aspect, Bianca Andreescu improved one spot to No. 23 within the WTA Tour rankings.

The 18-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., reached the fourth spherical in Miami.

Japan’s Naomi Osaka stays No. 1. The highest 5 is rounded out so as by Simona Halep of Romania, the Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova and Karolina Pliskova and Germany’s Angelique Kerber.


Bob Cole, the soundtrack of Saturday night time, prepares remaining sign-off

March 30, 2019 • By

Bob Cole does not know the place his signature catchphrase “oh baby” got here from.

“I think I use that around the house. At home if I spill something I shouldn’t have spilled, ‘Oh baby,'” Cole advised The Nationwide‘s Ian Hanomansing. “You know, it’s just a thing, and then Mario brought it to the fore with that beautiful goal where he just blew everybody away with his ability.”

That play — when Mario Lemieux slipped by a pair of Minnesota North Star defenders earlier than deftly deking out the goalie — is only one of numerous moments that Cole helped relay to hockey followers. He’ll log out from Hockey Evening in Canada for the ultimate time on April 6 after 50 years within the sales space.

“Mario always has a smile on his face and a lovely glint in his eye,” the 85-year-old stated. “He’s a lovely man, and what a talent. I guess he made the game look easier than anybody I can remember.”

Watch Lemieux’s iconic objective, augmented by Cole’s name:

Mario Lemieux’s iconic objective from the 1991 Stanley Cup Closing elicited a now-famous ‘oh child’ from Bob Cole. 0:12

That is Cole’s essence as a broadcaster — fast to deflect consideration from himself and onto the sport he cherishes so deeply.

“That’s my job: to make sure that whoever is tuned in today is enjoying the game, and never mind me or whomever broadcasting, enjoy the game,” Cole stated. “I’ve gotten quite a lot of assist and quite a lot of criticism too, after all, that occurs in something singular like what I am doing.

“I really like the sport. Interval.”

Hip Examine: Bob Cole will get standing ovation at remaining Toronto broadcast 1:04

Memorable moments

Each hockey fan seemingly has a favorite Cole name — that is the sort of factor that occurs over half a century behind the microphone.

“He supplied the soundtrack for a few of the biggest hockey occasions over a four-, five-decade interval, and for that he’s to be saluted and counseled,” stated Jim Hughson, who’s the first play-by-play announcer for Hockey Evening in Canada.

Because of the nature of their work, their interactions have been restricted to airport run-ins and the occasional seminar, however Hughson stated he is “like most Canadians” with regards to his relationship to Cole.

“Even once I was younger, and dealing within the enterprise and doing the identical sort of job at a unique stage, my acquaintance with Bob is popping on the tv,” Hughson stated.

Cole was readily available when the Canadian males’s crew ended its 50-year Olympic drought with a gold-medal win over the U.S. on the 2002 Winter Video games in Salt Lake Metropolis.

“You would minimize it with a spoon, the stress was so thick, and we did not know with three minutes left who was going to essentially win this hockey sport,” Cole stated.

Canada’s males’s hockey crew ended its 50-year Olympic gold-medal drought with a win over the U.S. on the 2002 Winter Video games. 0:18

Cole and Foster Hewitt, the legendary broadcaster he idolized, concurrently known as Paul Henderson’s objective that led Canada to victory over the Soviet Union within the 1972 Summit Collection — Hewitt on tv, Cole on CBC Radio.

Bob Cole known as Paul Henderson’s Summit Collection-winning objective on CBC Radio in 1972. 0:13

There was additionally the notorious 1976 sport when Philadelphia Flyers bullied the visiting Pink Military crew into leaving the ice in protest, which led to Cole exclaiming “they are going dwelling!”

“I believed I had misplaced my job that day,” Cole said about that Sunday afternoon at the Spectrum. “There is no rehearsing that. That simply occurred.”

In the course of the remaining sport of Tremendous Collection ’76, the Pink Military crew left the ice in protest of the Philadelphia Flyers’ abrasive play. 0:20

Then there are the tales that do not make it to air, like what occurred after the Edmonton Oilers’ Stanley Cup victory in 1987 when Mark Messier approached him following Recreation 7.

“Mark stated, ‘The place are you going, Bob?’ I stated ‘I am attending to the resort and, you understand, it has been a protracted sequence … and heading dwelling tomorrow,'” Cole stated.

“‘No you are not. You are coming downtown, we received a spot downtown, you are coming with us.’ So when Mark Messier says ‘you are coming with us,’ you are coming with us,” Cole laughed.

Bob Cole displays on when Mark Messier invited him to have fun with the Edmonton Oilers after the crew received the Stanley Cup in 1987. 0:55

Studying from a legend

It is becoming that Cole’s remaining name will characteristic two of hockey’s most storied franchises: the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens. The groups have been part of Cole’s life since was a boy in St. John’s recovering from a damaged leg he sustained enjoying soccer.

“The radio was my every thing. There was no TV on the time and Foster Hewitt was broadcasting after all out of Toronto,” Cole said. “I had all the photographs of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens, 8x10s, by Quaker Oats box-tops that had been saved up by the neighbours for younger Robert who received damage and he is bedridden.

“So I made my own rink in my bedroom listening to Foster, and learning his idiosyncrasies, and how he brought the game alive and what he did and so on. It was heaven for me.”

Later, as an aspiring broadcaster, Cole simply wished an opportunity to get some suggestions from the person who had “that magic touch.” He received his probability in 1956 whereas driving by Toronto after a street journey to New York Metropolis. He remembered the five-minute tape he all the time carried with him and went to drop it off with Hewitt’s receptionist.

Watch Cole talk about his first assembly with Foster Hewitt:

Bob Cole discusses the affect legendary broadcaster Foster Hewitt had on him as a younger hockey fan and, later, an aspiring broadcaster. 2:26

“She said, ‘Just a moment,’ she called and before I had a chance to stop her, she said, ‘Mr. Hewitt wants you to come in. Follow me.’ Oh my,” Cole stated.

“I made it down the corridor in some way and sat down with Mr. Foster Hewitt. We talked for practically two hours. He stated, ‘Why do not we return and hearken to the tape now, and we’ll each hearken to it?’ So then he started speaking about how he perceived broadcasting hockey, so I made quite a lot of psychological notes and hopefully I sort of received it going in order that possibly sometime I would get an opportunity.

“And I did.”

Watch Ian Hanomansing’s full interview with Bob Cole on The Nationwide on CBC Tv on Sunday at 10 p.m. ET.


Duke, schmook – Hokies, after win, shrug off hype

March 28, 2019 • By

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Duke Blue Devils often is the headliner on the Washington D.C. Regional, however Friday’s opponent is not star struck.

Virginia Tech beat Duke final month — albeit with freshman star Zion Williamson on the sideline. And when requested concerning the rematch, the Hokies weren’t concerned with build up Duke’s model.

“My three out of four years here at Virginia Tech, we’ve beaten Duke,” stated guard Justin Robinson, who additionally missed the Hokies’ 77-72 win on Feb. 26. “I don’t think we’re excited for the moment. I think it’s just another game for us.”

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Teammate Ahmed Hill then leaned into his microphone to supply a affirmation: “100 percent.”

The Hokies’ gamers exited the dais at Capital One Enviornment joking concerning the hype surrounding Duke, regardless of Virginia Tech’s success.

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In fact, the win final month comes with a big asterisk, as Williamson was sidelined with a knee harm. Since returning to motion within the ACC event, he has averaged 27.6 factors and eight.eight rebounds per sport, and Duke is 5-0.

How may Williamson influence the rematch?

“Our game plan stays the same,” Hill stated. “Yeah, he’s a tremendous player. But it is what it is. We’re going to not let the ball get in the paint … make him shoot long, contested 3s and force turnovers. We’re going to limit our turnovers and get great shots.”

Holding Williamson out of the paint has been a tricky activity for Duke opponents this 12 months, however Virginia Tech may also get a lift from Robinson’s return to motion. The purpose guard missed the final month of the season and the ACC event earlier than returning final weekend for the NCAA event.

“We played 12 games without [Robinson],” Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams stated. “It is controversial, however I feel he is actually essential to what we do. I do know that is not the storyline right this moment. However he has, for certain, made an influence within the development of our program.

“Nevertheless it’s laborious to say what the distinction is aside from two groups have each added two actually essential cogs to the roster.”


Kingsbury — Rosen matches offense; no No. 1 name but

March 26, 2019 • By

PHOENIX — The concept that Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen would not slot in new coach Kliff Kingsbury’s offense is wrong, Kingsbury mentioned Tuesday on the NFL’s annual assembly in Arizona.

“No question,” Kingsbury mentioned. “Folks have mentioned plenty of issues which might be misconceptions, if you’ll. However Josh is an incredible participant, I’ve at all times thought, watching him at UCLA. He performed his finest soccer in a variety system, some similarities to what we do. He is an incredible thinker, very cerebral, can throw it with anyone, and we take plenty of pleasure in constructing a system round a quarterback.

“For somebody to say he would not match our system, it would not make sense.”

Kingsbury would not reveal the content material of his conversations with Rosen however mentioned NFL quarterbacks “should have thick pores and skin” and an understanding of “the circus that comes with this place.”

Rosen can do each, Kingsbury added.

“He is a assured younger man, and that is what you like about him,” Kingsbury said. “He is acquired very thick pores and skin. All of this type of falls off his again and he is able to go show what he can do.”

Kingsbury mentioned with the primary choose comes “tons of chatter.” And each phrase that he says concerning the No. 1 choose and former Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray has been dissected each doable approach.

“I do not really feel that approach, I do know that,” Kingsbury said. “However, I do know you all get bored with listening to it, however we aren’t any nearer to a [final] resolution than the final time we spoke. You must get all the knowledge, it’s a must to meet with all of the gamers, after which you have to get the most effective reply you possibly can provide you with.”

With lower than a month till the primary spherical of the NFL draft, the Cardinals, who personal the primary total choose, are nonetheless within the “information-gathering course of,” Kingsbury said Tuesday. Arizona’s personnel department will reconvene from after weeks on the road next week and will “begin having these discussions closely,” Kingsbury mentioned.

One speaking level will likely be who the Cardinals will draft at No. 1.

“I am undecided when that call will likely be made,” Kingsbury said. “It is my first time via it. However there’s a lot to speak about.”

Specifically, whether or not the Cardinals will or will not draft Kyler Murray first total.

Kingsbury, who recruited Murray to Texas A&M when he was the offensive coordinator in 2012 after which to Texas Tech after changing into the top coach there in 2013, heaped heavy reward on Murray on Tuesday, calling him “one of many higher dual-threat gamers to ever play.”

“I do not know if I’ve seen one that may do each issues in addition to he does,” Kingsbury said. “You see the operating skill, Mike Vick involves thoughts, that kind of explosion and escapability. He is a real drop again passer when he needs to be. He is a troublesome mixture.”

With regards to the Air Raid, Kingsbury mentioned “there is not any match” when it comes to a specific type of quarterback he’d prefer or needs. But Kingsbury wasn’t sure if the Cardinals’ thoughts on Rosen had evolved since he said Rosen was “our man” in February.

“You simply wish to be sure you are thorough when you could have that primary choose,” Kingsbury said. “That is a choose that may change your group for a few years to return. For those who’re not doing all of your due diligence doable, then I believe it is a mistake. [General manager] Steve [Keim] and [team president] Michael [Bidwill] really feel the identical approach. It has been an intensive course of, from the Mix and going out and seeing all these folks, and I really feel like we’re doing a superb job gathering info.”


Braves to have two rookie starters in rotation

March 24, 2019 • By

The Atlanta Braves optioned right-handed pitching prospect Touki Toussaint to Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday, however two different rookie pitchers can be within the defending Nationwide League East champion’s opening rotation.

Proper-handers Bryse Wilson, 21, and Kyle Wright, 23, will comply with Julio Teheran within the rotation for the opening collection towards the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday, the group introduced.

Wilson and Wright, ranked because the 51st and 22nd general prospects in baseball by ESPN’s Keith Legislation, are scheduled to pitch Saturday and Sunday at Citizen’s Financial institution Park. Wilson has a 3.29 ERA in 5 appearances this spring whereas Wright has a 7.11 ERA in 5 appearances. Wright, nevertheless, has struck out 18 batters in 12 2/Three innings pitched.

The 22-year-old Toussaint, ranked 26th amongst general prospects by Legislation, was thought to have a shot to make the Braves’ beginning rotation this season however struggled this spring. He was 1-2 with an 8.62 ERA in six appearances. He struck out 20 batters in 15 2/Three innings but in addition allowed 18 hits.

Reliever Dan Winkler was optioned to Triple-A on Sunday as effectively. Winkler had a robust season within the Braves’ bullpen in 2018 with a 3.43 ERA in 60 1/Three innings. However the right-hander struggled this spring with an 8.44 ERA in 5 1/Three innings pitched.

Outfielder Adam Duvall, acquired in a commerce with the Cincinnati Reds final yr, additionally was optioned. Duvall hit simply .171 in 41 at-bats this spring in his bid to make the group as a backup outfielder. As well as, the Braves acquired veteran outfielder Matt Joyce from the San Francisco Giants on Saturday.

The Braves have 35 gamers remaining on their spring coaching roster.


Francona takes Indians crew skydiving

March 22, 2019 • By

Cleveland supervisor Terry Francona went skydiving for the primary time final week, and he appreciated it a lot he persuaded a few Indians coaches to hitch him for one more bounce on Thursday.

The group posted video on Friday of Francona making his second bounce from two miles up, this time joined by bench coach Brad Mills and pitching coach Carl Willis.

Francona made his first plunge on March 14, inspired by some Navy SEALS who have been understanding at a pool with him. “It was unbelievable,” he informed

He jumped in tandem with an teacher,

“For me, to get out of the plane was the hardest thing,” Francona stated. “He’s like, ‘Pull your legs up.’ And I’m like, ‘They are!’ But they open the door and that wind comes — and you’re like, ‘Oh my god.’ “

Francona stated he did not like leaping with out a helmet, which first-time skydivers should do.

The second time round, with a helmet this time, “the free fall was just awesome,” he stated.

When Francona made the primary bounce, he joked that Mills had moved all his issues into the supervisor’s workplace. So he introduced his bench coach with him this time.

After Cleveland’s sport in opposition to the Texas Rangers in Shock, Arizona, Thursday, Francona confirmed reporters an image of Mills nearly to leap out of a aircraft.

“Millsie made it,” stated Francona. “I was really worried about that. If Millsie didn’t make it, our guys wouldn’t know where to go tomorrow.”


Bucks’ Mirotic will miss 2-Four weeks, sources say

March 20, 2019 • By


Ichiro will likely be in lineup for opener in Tokyo

March 18, 2019 • By

Regardless of his struggles on the plate which have adopted him to Japan, Ichiro Suzuki will likely be within the lineup for the beginning of the MLB season Wednesday in Tokyo.

Ichiro was hitting .080 in spring coaching and went hitless in six at-bats in two exhibition video games in opposition to the Yomiuri Giants. The Seattle Mariners play the Oakland A’s Wednesday to kick off the season.

“Ichiro is going to start for us in the first games against the A’s,” supervisor Scott Servais stated, in line with the Japan Instances. “He is taking part in effective within the outfield. Clearly he confirmed loads of arm energy tonight on that one throw to 3rd base. He’ll begin the sport and we’ll see the way it performs out from there.

“I am excited for him. It hasn’t been an incredible spring coaching for him offensively, but when there’s anyone who can flip it on for a number of days, it is definitely Ichiro.”

Ichiro confirmed that he nonetheless has a giant arm at age 45 on Monday, catching a fly ball within the third inning and firing a bullet to 3rd to ensure the runner on second did not advance. The followers on the Tokyo Dome went loopy, which is not a giant shock contemplating Ichiro has carved out the perfect MLB profession of any Japanese-born participant.

Within the first recreation Sunday, Ichiro signed autographs down the third-base line earlier than the sport after which made a effective working catch up in opposition to the wall in deep proper discipline within the first inning. However the man with 3,089 MLB hits can not seem to purchase one now.

The Mariners can accommodate Ichiro with a particular 28-man roster for the Japan go to, however they are going to revert to 25 when the season resumes in america every week later.

After that, Ichiro’s future is unsure. He stepped apart early final season, quickly retiring to turn into a Mariners particular assistant.

Servais performed down the notion that Ichiro is below strain right here to get hits.

“I do not suppose Ichiro is below any strain,” Servais said Sunday. “He is definitely earned the best to partake on this sequence.”

The Related Press contributed to this report.