The heavy burden of sports stardom

From Auston Matthews to Antonio Brown, the spotlight never seems to waver. Making a mistake can be very costly

The heavy burden of sports stardomIt doesn’t take much to send Toronto Maple Leafs nation into a tizzy. As the 2019-2020 season dawns, the supporters of the acer saccharum are consumed with whether their young franchise star Auston Matthews should be the club’s next captain. Distilled into a single sentence: can Auston wear the C when he’s acted like an…

Andreescu poised for even more greatness

Young Canadian tennis phenom’s skill, poise, determination, power and athleticism suggest a bright future awaits

Andreescu poised for even more greatnessCanada has had some great moments in sports, from Tommy Burns winning the heavyweight boxing title in 1906 to the Toronto Raptors winning this year’s National Basketball Association championship. One more name can be added to the list: Bianca Andreescu. The 19-year-old Mississauga, Ont., native’s meteoric rise in tennis has taken the country by storm.…

For the indomitable Andreescu, it’s mind over matter

The precocious Canadian tennis star sets herself apart through her powerful will to win. Ask Serena Williams

For the indomitable Andreescu, it’s mind over matterThere was a time when it didn’t take much to get Canadians excited. In 1976, the nation nearly imploded when Greg Joy finished with a silver medal in high jump at the Montreal Olympics. In 1972, Karen Magnussen became a legend in Canada by winning silver in women’s figure skating at the Sapporo Olympics. When…

Bianca Andreescu proves she’s adept on and off the court

Canada’s rising tennis star managed to turn Serena Williams’ injury into a moment to cherish

Bianca Andreescu proves she’s adept on and off the courtBianca Andreescu learned many valuable lessons in winning the title at the Canadian Women’s Tennis Association championship last weekend in Toronto. She leaned that she has more than enough game to win at the top level. She learned that her conditioning will be a vital piece of her success. She learned that the Canadian media…

Serena Williams: The epitome of poor sportsmanship

There isn’t any sport – played by men or women – in which Williams’ behaviour at the U.S. Open would or should be tolerated

Serena Williams: The epitome of poor sportsmanshipSerena Williams wanted an apology from Carlos Ramos. It should’ve been the other way around. Ramos was the chair umpire in the U.S. Open women’s tennis final last Saturday. The match pitted Williams against a young upstart from Japan named Naomi Osaka. Ramos is widely recognized as one of pro tennis’s best umpires, one of…

Full meal deal: sports world serves up plenty of intrigue

What does 2018 hold? Forgettable Olympics, NHL incompetence (followed by NFL incompetence), Blue Jay uncertainty and golf mysteries, for a start

Full meal deal: sports world serves up plenty of intrigueThe 2018 sports year begins with a bowl (of the college football variety) but the full table setting lies ahead. What courses are being prepared? Let’s look at some of the most challenging stories ahead. Dents in the shield In 2017, the National Football League fought Donald Trump and President Trump won. Okay, the American…

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…

Tremendous triplets: three Canadian athletes make their sporting marks

Golfer Adam Hadwin, figure skater Patrick Chan and tennis player Milos Raonic all made their marks on Canadian sports this week

Tremendous triplets: three Canadian athletes make their sporting marksCALGARY, Alta. Jan. 24, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Maybe Canadians are a little touchy lately, what with all the talk about renegotiating NAFTA and sealing borders. You can see why some might have been upset with their American neighbours when they turned on NBC's Golf Channel on Saturday hoping to see Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C.,…

Raonic has the makings of a tennis champ

Canada is on the cusp of becoming a great tennis nation, but the path to glory needs a champion, not another also-ran

Raonic has the makings of a tennis champTORONTO, Ont. July 12, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Canadians have recently had a great deal to cheer about in – of all sports – tennis. Eugenie Bouchard’s magical run to the 2014 Wimbledon women’s final caught our attention. Meanwhile, Milos Raonic’s surprise appearance in this year’s Wimbledon men’s final took this country by storm. There…