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  • Geneva’s Navigato picks Buffalo Sep 17, 2014 10:13 PM
    Some who’ve seen Geneva’s Nate Navigato play basketball believe the senior forward may be too unselfish. He’s not too unselfish for Bobby Hurley.

  • Montini transfer Jakaitis gives experienced St. Charles North boost Sep 15, 2014 7:24 PM
    St. Charles North girls basketball coach Sean Masoncup knows exactly when the first official preseason practice begins. “November 3rd,” said Masoncup, who wasted little time answering my question. Not that he is looking forward to it or anything.

  • Atlanta Hawks apologize for racially charged comments Sep 13, 2014 2:16 PM
    The Atlanta Hawks have released an open letter of apology to the team, fans and city of Atlanta, saying the organization “did not do the right thing” to correct racially inflammatory words and innuendos. The apology, signed by CEO Steve Koonin, was released on Saturday, one day after the team announced general manager Danny Ferry was taking an indefinite leave of absence following his racially charged comments about Luol Deng.

  • Sky hangs tough, but Mercury claims title Sep 13, 2014 12:07 AM
    The Phoenix Mercury wins its third WNBA championship in eight years by sweeping the Sky and winning Game 3 at UIC Pavilion on Friday night, 87-82.

  • Bulls’ new facility ‘unlike any around the league’ Sep 12, 2014 7:47 PM
    The Bulls officially opened their new practice facility, the Advocate Center, on Friday. Considerably larger than the Berto Center, the new building is located one block east of the United Center. After 30 years of being headquartered in Deerfield, the Bulls are back in the city.

  • Mercury sweep Sky out of playoffs. 87-82 Sep 12, 2014 10:39 PM
    Diana Taurasi and Candice Dupree scored 24 points each and the Phoenix Mercury, playing without star center Brittney Griner, beat the Sky 87-82 Friday night to complete a three-game sweep of the WNBA Finals for their third championship.

  • Hawks GM Ferry takes indefinite leave of absence Sep 12, 2014 4:59 PM
    Under fire for making racially charged comments about a player, Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry took an indefinite leave of absence Friday. Hawks CEO Steve Koonin has resisted calls for Ferry to be dismissed, but said the GM asked for the leave. Ferry made inflammatory comments about former Bull Luol Deng during a conference call with the Hawks’ ownership group in June as he team was pursuing the free agent.

  • Illinois loses point guard Abrams to ACL tear Sep 11, 2014 4:59 PM
    Illinois starting point guard Tracy Abrams is out for the season with an anterior cruciate ligament tear, coach Jon Groce confirmed Thursday. Abrams tore the ACL in his right knee during preseason practice. Surgery hasn’t yet been scheduled on the senior. “Tracy worked hard in the offseason to put himself in great position heading into his senior year, so he’s obviously disappointed and we are for him as well,” Groce said. “But Tracy personifies toughness; he has the heart of a champion and I know that he will only come back stronger from this experience when he returns to the court next year.”

  • Sky owner: Return to Pavilion strange, weird, surreal Sep 11, 2014 7:12 PM
    Chicago Sky owner Michael Alter is coming full circle, back to the UIC Pavilion where he launched a fledgling WNBA explansion team. Nine years later, the Sky is vying for a WNBA championship and will host Game 3 of the WNBA Finals at the UIC Pavilion at 7 p.m. on Friday.

  • Thankfully, ‘The Decision’ for Brunson stayed on point Sep 11, 2014 3:31 PM
    The days of quietly making a college decision are gone. If you are a high-profile high school basketball or football player then there is virtually no secrecy to what’s going on in your recruiting process.

  • DePaul basketball dismisses McKinney Sep 10, 2014 10:25 PM
    DePaul dismissed guard Charles McKinney from the basketball team for violating team rules. The school did not specify why he was kicked off in a news release on Wednesday. McKinney was charged with three counts of misdemeanor simple battery following an incident with school security at his dorm early on Aug. 30, Chicago police news affairs officer Bari Lemmon said.

  • Sky looks to find its game at home Sep 10, 2014 7:41 PM
    The Chicago Sky needs to act like it belongs in the WNBA Finals, says Sky guard Epiphanny Prince. The Sky is down 2-0 to Phoenix in the best-of-5 championship series. Game 3 is Friday in Chicago. Also, more Sky notes from the WNBA Finals, including the battle of the bigs between Sylvia Fowles and Brittney Griner.

  • Stevenson’s Brunson makes his choice — it’s Villanova Sep 10, 2014 9:14 PM
    The master of slick moves came up with a new one to announce his college choice. Jalen Brunson penetrated a mob of friends and classmates, including football players wearing pads, faculty and staff, and reporters and cameras inside a cramped room in Stevenson’s district building Wednesday. He took a seat at a table, joining his parents, Rick and Sandra, his smiling kid sister Erica, grandmother and Stevenson basketball coach Pat Ambrose. Brunson thanked them all, including his teammates, AAU family and even his middle-school coach. Then he announced he will play his college basketball at Villanova.

  • Scrappy Sky still no match for Mercury, lose 97-68 Sep 9, 2014 11:37 PM
    Brittney Griner shook off two blows to the face to finish with 19 points, Diana Taurasi added 18 and the Phoenix Mercury made it two straight routs in the WNBA Finals with a 97-68 win over the Sky on Tuesday night. The underdog Sky were far more aggressive after being blown out in Game 1, fighting Phoenix for every inch early on while leaving Griner with a scratch on her eye and a bloody mouth.

  • Rose getting ever closer to being back for Bulls Sep 9, 2014 9:01 PM
    Derrick Rose took a step in the right direction in Tuesday's Team USA win over Slovenia, finishing with 12 points and 5 rebounds. He hadn't played well in the first six games of the tournament, but that's hardly cause for concern.

  • Lindfors commits to basketball future at Southeast Missour State Sep 8, 2014 4:41 PM
    Amber Lindfors started playing basketball competitively in the fourth grade. “But my parents and siblings (Jake and Courtney) had me shooting and bouncing a basketball since I was a toddler,” Amber said. “My whole family played, and watching my siblings play I just wanted to go out there and do exactly what they did.” She succeeded just fine.The 6-foot-4 Elk Grove center recently made a verbal commitment to play for Southeast Missouri State.

  • New and improved Quigley a big asset for Sky Sep 8, 2014 7:59 PM
    Sky reserve guard Allie Quigley has put her 'Plan B' career plans on hold for now; she's got a home in Chicago as one of the most improved players in the WNBA this summer. Quigley, the WNBA's Sixth Woman of the Year, is a big reason the Sky is in the WNBA Finals.

  • Chicago Sky routed in Game 1 of WNBA Finals Sep 7, 2014 5:33 PM
    Brittney Griner set the tone for a dominating Phoenix performance with a playoff record eight blocked shots, five in the first quarter, and the Mercury routed the Chicago Sky 83-62 on Sunday in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals. Griner also had 12 points and seven rebounds. Candice Dupree made her first 10 shots and scored 26 for the Mercury in their 19th consecutive home victory. Diana Taurasi added 19 points and 11 assists. Phoenix shot a finals record 58.5 percent from the field, Chicago 31.9 percent. Sylvia Fowles scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Chicago but was just 8 of 20, usually against Griner in a matchup of the last two WNBA defensive players of the year. Elena Delle Donne only played 11 minutes because of a bad back. She finished with two points and didn’t play in the second half with the game already out of reach. Game 2 of the best-of-5 series is Tuesday night in Phoenix. Alley Quigley, who was the league’s sixth woman of the year, scored 13 points for the Sky. She missed 11 of her 15 shots. Phoenix led from the opening basket, was up by 22 at the half and by as many as 30 in the third. Griner’s five first-quarter blocks broke the playoff record for a half. She finished with six at halftime. Meanwhile, Dupree couldn’t miss, going 9 for 9 in the first half, capped by a layup on a halfcourt pass from Taurasi just before the buzzer to put Phoenix up 42-20, the largest halftime lead in WNBA Finals history. Griner dominated Fowles, blocking three of the Chicago center’s first four shots and holding her to 2 of 9 shooting in the first half. Phoenix shot 64.5 percent in the first half (20 for 31) to the Sky’s 8 of 36 (22 percent). Chicago, the No. 4 seed in the East, trailed just 17-12 after Fowles’ inside basket with 8:53 to go in the second quarter, then Phoenix outscored the Sky 25-8 the rest of the half. DuPree scored six in a 10-0 run that made it 27-12 with 6:45 to go in the half, and Chicago never got closer than 12 again. Chicago rallied from a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit in the deciding first-round game against the East’s top seed Atlanta. But there was no such comeback against the Mercury. Phoenix scored the first eight of the second half to lead 50-20. Notes: The Mercury won the title in 2007 and 2009, Chicago is in the finals for the first time. ... Phoenix’s only home loss was May 23 against San Antonio, the Mercury’s third game of the season. ... The previous record for largest halftime lead was 20 points by Los Angeles against Detroit in 2003. ... Phoenix is 3-0 against Chicago this season. ... The previous record for blocks in a game was seven by Lisa Leslie on three occasions, twice in 2001, once in 2002.

  • ‘It takes a team,’ Garth Brooks tells kids at Elk Grove High School Sep 6, 2014 4:59 PM
    Whether it's on a basketball court, in a concert venue or in life, you can't find success without good teammates, country music star Garth Brooks told kids Saturday at a basketball camp in Elk Grove Village. “Love one another. Have fun. Play your sport,” Brooks said.

  • Spellman’s Scorecard: My math says 10-6 for Bears Sep 4, 2014 10:18 PM
    If my math doesn't fail me, and it hasn't in more than three days, the Bears will go 10-6 and be playoff-bound.

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