Monday Sports News – July 17
This is just a new feature we’re running here where everyday you’ll see a compilation of the top stories in the world of sports in Canada. If you don’t see something, or feel we’ve missed something let us know and we’ll take a look.
It’s hard to believe 18 summers have passed since Shawn Green last wore a Blue Jays uniform, at least in part because the image of the outfielder always said boy, or even wunderkind. More than a few Jays have had great seasons, even great seasons as young players, but none looked as young, even boyish, as Shawn Green. And, with the possible exception of his teammate Carlos Delgado, no homegrown player held as much promise as Green did in the late ’90s. Back in the summers of ’98 and ’99 it was easy to imagine that their names and numbers would someday go up side by side on the team’s Level of Excellence. Read More
It wasn’t just one or two things that J.P. Howell was struggling with when the left-handed reliever landed on the disabled list in early June, yet to return to the big leagues level six weeks later.
The velocity on his sinker — which he used more than 60 per cent of the time in 8 2/3 innings out of the ’pen for the Blue Jays this year — was in the low-80s rather than his career average of 87 miles per hour. His sharpness wasn’t there. He wasn’t locating his pitches. He was falling off the mound. There was shoulder tightness. Read more.
Brutal defence puts pitchers in a hole, and the offence is still all or nothing. Sunday’s game in Detroit was there for the taking. Now it’s on to Fenway, with even less room for error. Read more.
The world needs more Super Vlad. Vladimir Guerrero seems to be having a whole lot of fun these days. While retired, he’s still been seen around the baseball world. He was inducted into the Canadian Baseball of Fame in June, recently watched his son participate in the Futures Games and is even showing up opposing pitchers in softball. The now-42-year-old hit 449 home runs in his career, none of them were flashier than the one he showed off in an Instagram post on Sunday. Read more.
The second half of the season was supposed to represent a fresh start for the Toronto Blue Jays, and it did for a game, before the frustrating losses kept coming. This time, the Blue Jays overcame a poor start from Marco Estrada only to lose to the Detroit Tigers in walk-off fashion, 6-5 in 11 innings. Even though Estrada didn’t make it out of the fourth, Justin Smoak, Kendrys Morales and Jose Bautista all homered and strong work from the bullpen kept the score close for a while. But J.D. Martinez homered off Danny Barnes in the eighth inning to tie the score, and Lucas Harrell walked Miguel Cabrera with the bases loaded in the 11th to win it for Detroit. Read more.
The goal is to keep viewers engaged and protect the $3.5 billion in annual TV advertising taken in by NBC, CBS, Fox, ESPN and the NFL Network. Read more.
Brian Campbell is hanging up his skates after 17 seasons in the NHL.
Campbell told WGN Radio 720 in Chicago on Monday he had retired from hockey at the age of 38. The defenceman was an unrestricted free agent this summer and coming off a five-goal, 17-point season with the Chicago Blackhawks. A four-time All-Star, Campbell won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2010.
The Blackhawks announced Campbell would be joining the team’s front office with a role in marketing, community and youth hockey initiatives. Read more.
Striker Cyle Larin was added to Canada’s men’s soccer team on Sunday for the knock-out phase of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The 22-year old from Brampton, Ont., joins the squad ahead of this week’s quarter-final match on Thursday against Jamaica, who finished second in Group C. Read more.
Never count out Roger Federer. Seems obvious, right? Especially after he won his record-breaking eighth Wimbledon championship and second Grand Slam title of this resurgent season.
There have been times, though, when folks wondered whether he was done winning major tournaments. He was getting older. He went 4 1/2 years without such a title. He was surpassed in the rankings by the other members of tennis’ Big 4 as they began accumulating Grand Slam trophies — first Rafael Nadal, then Novak Djokovic, then Andy Murray. Read more.
Oakville’s James Hinchcliffe races to podium finish for second straight year at Exhibition Place. Read more.
This week Lewis Hamilton has been riding a positively turbulent wave but that he has ended it by surfing serenely into the arms of an ecstatic and adoring crowd will feel like the ultimate vindication. He has shifted perspectives, momentum and secured a turnaround on many levels with a masterful and dominant pole to flag victory at the British Grand Prix. Read more.