Can Shapovalov court lasting success?

Canada’s emerging tennis star showed plenty of dynamism at the Rogers Cup, but greatness will be only be conferred if he can repeat that success

Can Shapovalov court lasting success?We have seen the future of tennis and his name is Denis Shapovalov. Okay, that might be an exaggeration. But the emergence of the 18-year-old player on the national consciousness over a few steamy nights in August was enough to get the imaginations of Canadians racing. To tennis people, Shapovalov is no mystery. He’s been…

A Bolt of lightning seared into our memories

Usain Bolt, the greatest sprinter the world has ever seen, has retired but his legacy will endure. He defined great in every sense of the word

A Bolt of lightning seared into our memories“Now you will not swell the rout Of lads that wore their honours out, Runners whom renown outran And the name died before the man.” – To An Athlete Dying Young,  A.E. Housman Usain Bolt did not die on Saturday on London. It just felt like it. The greatest sprinter the world has even seen…

Target practice: finding the right golf rangefinder

Hand-held laser units and wrist watches that give distances dominate the market. We tested both technologies to see which best serves the needs of golfers

Target practice: finding the right golf rangefinderThere’s a story – probably apocryphal – about the notoriously fastidious German golfer Bernhard Langer. According to the legend, Langer asked his caddy for a distance on a shot he was about to make. “It’s 145 yards from the sprinkler head,” replied the caddy. “Is that 145 yards from the front of the sprinkler head…

The Blue Jay way: to sell or persevere?

If a post-season berth is unlikely for Toronto, it may be time to dump aging, costly players and begin building for the future

The Blue Jay way: to sell or persevere?Last spring, Rogers Communications had a big problem. In the first year of its massive new National Hockey League deal, not one Canadian team made the playoffs. Television and online ratings tanked, fans tuned out, and sponsors had to be massaged. Lots of people lost their jobs. It was the worst possible start for the…

Pitchers’ careers balance on a thin ligament

Baseball teams and their medical people have reduced workloads, refined mechanics and changed diets to get the most out of their pitchers. To no avail

Pitchers’ careers balance on a thin ligamentWhen I was a kid, my baseball hero was Mickey Lolich, the MVP of the 1968 World Series for the Detroit Tigers. Lolich was something less than a fitness fanatic – he loved donuts – who learned to throw left-handed when he broke his right shoulder as a child. When his teammate Denny McLain faltered…

CFL: The Dark League Rises (again)

The three-down football league seems to move from one episode of crisis to another. But every spring it emerges again, despite its critics – and itself

CFL: The Dark League Rises (again)Like the Batman franchise, the Canadian Football League has had many faces and plenty of near-death experiences. And like the caped crusader, the CFL has familiar nemeses, predictable plot lines and a miraculous escape at the end of every story line. So working up alarm for the CFL is pointless. It was here when we…

Multi-millionaire LeBron James embraces victimhood

The absurdity of a man worth hundreds of millions of dollars playing the race card is truly dismaying

Multi-millionaire LeBron James embraces victimhoodAs Game One of the NBA Finals turned into a runaway, ABC/ESPN (owned by Disney Corp.) decided to liven things up with a teaching moment. The otherwise excellent reporter, Doris Burke, was summoned court-side to remind everyone that LeBron James’s home had been spray-painted with the N word. James had already opined to media: “It goes…

Bad to the bone: why the NHL can’t clean up its act

The league just can’t help itself. Despite pledges to free up the game, we endure reform and recidivism on flow of play, minor fouls, major fouls, video reviews

Bad to the bone: why the NHL can’t clean up its actIn criminology they call it recidivism – the tendency of criminals to re-offend, revert to the norm, as it were. While there’s much noise about rehabilitation, a certain percentage of the usual suspects end up precisely where we found them. Bad to the bone. So recidivism might be the best way to explain the National…
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