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  • 4 things the Chicago Sky should try to get done Sep 26, 2014 8:46 PM
    The Sky is coming off its most successful season in franchise history: a trip to the WNBA Finals. Here's an offseason to-do list that might help the Sky take that next step.

     
  • Lakes’ Balliu continues to aim high Sep 25, 2014 8:15 PM
    Lakes senior Jake Balliu isn't short on talent, or fight. The skilled wideout and sprinter is making a difference for the Eagles and isn't about to back down from a big challenge.

     
  • With McInerney and Kimpler, Libertyville’s measuring up Sep 18, 2014 8:50 PM
    There might be other upperclassmen walking the hallways at Libertyville High School that are more imposing than 6-foot-5 senior Jordan McInerney and 6-foot-6 junior Ben Kimpler. But put Kimpler and McInerney in some well-tailored football gear, position them on either side of the defensive line and turn them loose on the quarterback, and now we’re talking imposing.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Sky players pinching themselves on eve of WNBA Finals Sep 5, 2014 6:31 PM
    Believe it or not Sky fans, after nine seasons and plenty of heartache, the Sky is about to tip-off play in the WNBA Finals. Patricia Babcock McGraw, who has covered the franchise from its beginning, talks with the team's head coach and key players as they prepare for the bright lights against the Phoenix Mercury.

     
  • Mundelein happy to take the plunge — together Sep 4, 2014 9:30 PM
    Mundelein's summer team trip took them to the shores of Lake Superior on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Coach George Kaider and the players believe it'll help prepare them for the rigors of football in the North Suburban Lake.

     
  • Another big comeback keeps Sky going Sep 1, 2014 11:01 PM
    The Comeback Kids were at it again Monday. The Chicago Sky overcame another significant second-half deficit in an elimination game, this time forcing a Game 3 against the Indiana Fever in the WNBA's Eastern Conference Finals.

     
  • Fowles: Playoff series win well worth the wait Aug 29, 2014 7:19 PM
    After a long road and a long wait, Chicago Sky veteran center Sylvia Fowles is finally making a playoff run.The Sky opens the Eastern Conference Finals tonight in Indianapolis against the Fever, led by veteran Tamika Catchings.

     
  • Green, Reams extend the wideout megatrend Aug 28, 2014 8:21 PM
    Longtime friends Caleb Reams of Warren and Cameron Green of Stevenson are two of the best receivers in the suburbs. Their high school rivalry will continue in college as Reams has committed to Illinois and Green has committed to Northwestern.

     
  • Sky could be dangerous in playoffs Aug 21, 2014 10:11 PM
    Chicago Sky playoff primer: In a season that was the exact opposite of last year, Sky is hoping for opposite results in playoffs.

     
  • Cautious Sky rests stars in anticipation of playoffs Aug 17, 2014 10:00 PM
    The stars weren't shining as the Chicago Sky lost to the San Antonio Stars on Sunday at Allstate Arena, 84-72. Head coach Pokey Chatman elected to not play Elena Delle Donne, Sylvia Fowles and Epiphanny Prince in order to rest them for the playoffs, which begin on Friday.

     
  • Expect feisty Hammon to prove naysayers wrong Aug 8, 2014 7:17 PM
    The blowback directed at Becky Hammon is tired and cliche. And unfair. Of course a woman can coach men. Also news of the Chicago Sky, Chicago Bandits and the Chicago Red Stars.

     
  • Delle Donne returns, but her battle continues Aug 2, 2014 1:33 PM
    Chicago Sky forward Elena Delle Donne has endured hours of treatments over the last two months to combat what she calls a flare-up of her Lyme disease. She returned to action for the first time since June 25 on Thursday night and was happy to be back on the court. In this interview, she details detailed what her life was like before she returned.

     
  • Sky’s Delle Donne could be back Thursday night Jul 30, 2014 10:09 PM
    Sky star forward Elena Delle Donne could make a return to the WNBA on Thursday in a home game against the New York Liberty. Delle Donne, who has missed 17 of 26 games while battling a flare-up of her Lyme disease, has been practicing for the last week and will be a game-time decision.

     
  • Dunn savoring WNBA farewell tour Jul 26, 2014 5:43 PM
    On Tuesday, Indiana Fever head coach Lin Dunn roamed the sidelines in Chicago for perhaps the last time, barring a playoff matchup with the Chicago Sky. Dunn is retiring at the end of the summer after 44 years of coaching basketball. Her career includes a successful run as the head women's coach at Purdue.

     
  • Sky’s Breland basks in all-star aura Jul 18, 2014 7:13 PM
    What a year for Jessica Breland. But neither a spot in the starting lineup, better statistics, nor an all-star nod will be at the top of the list for the best and biggest moment of the year for the Chciago Sky forward, who was named a reserve for Saturday's WNBA all-star game. That will come in November, when pending good news from her doctor, she will officially be considered cancer-free, five years in remission from Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system that she discovered in 2009, prior to her senior season at the University of North Carolina.

     
  • WNBA’s Griner takes on bullying in a big way Jul 4, 2014 9:05 PM
    On the court, Brittney Griner certainly makes a difference.The 6-foot-8 center for the Phoenix Mercury, known for her dunks since her college days at Baylor, had 11 rebounds and 5 blocks Wednesday in an 87-69 win over the visiting Chicago Sky. She is averaging 15.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, and a WNBA-leading 4.1 blocks per game. Last week, she set the WNBA record for most blocks in a game with 11 against Tulsa. Off the court, Griner is trying to have just as much of an impact. She is taking on bullying, staring it down like a hated opponent.

     
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