Caroline Cameron with Sportsnet talks Australian Open with Perry Solkowski and Randip Janda, beginning with Roger Federer and his court-side interview with Ron Burgundy, we mean Will Ferrell. Milos Raonic looked unfit, but not injured. That may be a surprise but it's not necessarily bad news unless there's a bigger story. Genie Bouchard had an outlier year in 2014. Is Denis Shapovalov part of the "next next" generation to take over from the tour leaders like Federer? Maybe not if you consider bananas.
One of the world's all-time top female hockey players, Hayley Wickenheiser joins Perry Solkowski and Randip Janda to talk about her efforts to support the growth of the sport around the world, including in India with the Ladakh Women Ice Hockey Foundation. She believes in empowering and educating women as a force for societal good. Sport is one avenue to do to that, says the trailblazer, and she has a lot of influential help in her efforts.
It was April, 1990 and on his first day on the job at the Park Lawn Cemetery in West Toronto, Jeff Marek buried Harold Ballard. He said of the former Toronto Maple Leafs owner, "Everybody in the city always complained about him but only one person in the city did something about it." He admits it was a little morbid. They also talk present-day hockey and his new podcast, 31 Thoughts, with Elliotte Friedman.
Isabelle Kurshudyan with the Washington Post calls in to preview the Canucks visit with the Capitals later today and how T.J. Oshie predicted Brock Boeser would excel. The pair hang out. They've been buds since playing together at the University of North Dakota. The power of Boeser's shot is that it's hard but also flat and, bonus, the player is big. "That makes me think of Ovechkin, too." She also talks defence and Madison Bowey.
The NFL reporter for Yahoo! Sports calls in to talk about the NFL wildcard games, starting with the Jaguars win over the Bills that was just as ugly in person as it was on TV. He can't dismiss the Jags' excellent defence or fans' next-level tailgaiting. Jacksonville's owner Shad Khan is unique in U.S. sports and he describes why. They beat the Pittsburgh Steelers if they create lots of turnovers.