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  • 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.

  • Delle Donne, Catchings fight illness, injury Jun 27, 2014 7:09 PM
    Besides championships, fame and fortune, there’s probably nothing more important to elite athletes than their “own terms.” In other words, they want to dictate where they go, how long they stay, and when they finally say goodbye for good. No one wants to be pushed around, or worse yet, pushed out by someone or something else. Just ask Sky forward Elena Delle Donne, who’s got to be wondering if she will ultimately get to navigate her WNBA career on her terms, or if her Lyme Disease and its nasty flare-ups will have the final say. Meanwhile, Indiana Fever forward and former Chicago suburbanite Tamika Catchings has been fighting her own debilitating demon this season, which has led to some understandable questions about her “terms.”

  • Delle Donne opens up about battling Lyme disease Jun 20, 2014 4:44 PM
    Chicago Sky star Elena Delle Donne is facing down another scary flare-up of her Lyme disease. She talks to the Daily Herald about the challenges and treatment she receives and why she's working hard to help others battle the disease.

  • Struggling Prince trying to find answers Jun 7, 2014 9:35 PM
    Patricia Babcock McGraw sits down with Sky all-star guard Epiphanny Prince to talk about why she is still sitting out, by choice. Prince, who is mentallly exhausted from year-round basketball, says she needs to get her mind right.

  • Bandits ready for NPF home opener in Rosemont May 30, 2014 5:14 PM
    The Chicago Bandits begin their 10th season as a professional softball team this weekend when they host the Akron Racers at The Ballpark at Rosemont.

  • Quite a run by Northwestern lacrosse May 23, 2014 11:58 PM
    Northwestern was again representing at the NCAA women's lacrosse championships. The Wildcats played in their 10th straight Final Four on Friday. In other news, DePaul women's basketball coach Doug Bruno will again be coaching with USA women's basketball and former Sky forward Swin Cash returns to Allstate Arena on Saturday.

  • For Sky’s Fowles, it’s time to slow down May 16, 2014 6:27 PM
    Center Sylvia Fowles, out recovering from hip surgery, is anxious to get back on the court for the Sky this summer. She just might spend less time on the court elsewhere from now on.

  • Extended power surge from Grant’s Noda, Lucas is no surprise May 15, 2014 9:20 PM
    What seemed like a neat coincidence back on a Monday afternoon in late March turned out to be a big-time case of foreshadowing. Seniors Ryan Noda and Simeon Lucas, Grant’s Division I dynamic duo, both hit home runs for the Bulldogs in an 8-6 season-opening win over host Barrington.

  • Moe takes lead role at Grayslake Central May 12, 2014 10:12 PM
    Grayslake Central boys basketball coach Brian Moe is trading in his whistle after six years at the helm to become the school's new athletic director. He's hoping to help his coaches become important mentors in their athletes' lives.

  • Sky’s Gatling ready to start her WNBA journey May 10, 2014 1:01 AM
    Chicago Sky rookie Markeisha Gatling is hoping to eventually be one of the best centers in WNBA history. She'll need to be good right out of the box as she'll likely get a lot of minutes while filling in for Sylvia Fowles, who is out until mid-June while she recovers from off-season hip surgery.

  • Grayslake North’s Mikusa, DiProva keeping expectations low May 8, 2014 10:28 PM
    How low can they go? If this were the Limbo, Andrew Mikusa and Dom DiProva would be inches from the ground. As pitchers, that’s about how low their earned run averages are this season. And as they try to get wins on the mound for Grayslake North, which is gunning for its first regional title in school history this spring, they’re both shooting for even lower.

  • Sky has its sights focused on WNBA title May 7, 2014 3:17 PM
    Chicago Sky head coach Pokey Chatman has put her goal for the season out there for all to see. A picture of the WNBA championship trophy hangs on the wall of the Sky's practice facility to remind the players what they are shooting for. The Sky will open the season without star center Sylvia Fowles, who is out for at least a month to recover from hip surgery.

  • Sky’s Chatman says veteran Cash will be missed May 7, 2014 3:17 PM
    Chicago Sky head coach and general manager Pokey Chatman said veteran Swin Cash, a three-time WNBA champion, will be missed but the two sides couldn't agree on the length of a new contract.

  • NU tennis team roars into NCAA action May 2, 2014 5:19 PM
    The Northwestern women's tennis team used a big, enthusiastic crowd to defeat Michigan for the Big Ten championship last weekend. The Wildcats are hoping to get similar support next weekend when they host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

  • Picket/McLoughlin era drawing to a close at Mundelein May 1, 2014 9:07 PM
    Nearly 100 years of coaching will walk out the dugout door at Mundelein when longtime coaches Fred Picket and Neil McLoughlin retire at the end of the season.

  • Gymnast jumps at chance to become a trainer Apr 25, 2014 7:24 PM
    Northern Illiinois gymnast Kim Gotlund, a high school star at Warren, was a warrior during her college career. For the last three years, she competed in every event of every meet for the Huskies. Now she was to pursue a career as an athletic trainer

  • Prather clan proud to play for Antioch’s Petty Apr 24, 2014 8:58 PM
    The Prather family has a long history with the Antioch baseball team, and with head coach Paul Petty.

  • Sky coach optimistic surgery won’t stop Fowles Apr 18, 2014 8:03 PM
    The Chicago Sky opens the season against the Indiana Fever on May 16 and will be without star center Sylvia Fowles, who is out indefinitely with a hip injury.

  • Guryn’s staying focused on pitching excellence Apr 10, 2014 9:02 PM
    Grayslake Central junior pitcher Justin Guryn was focused right out of the gate this season. In two outings, he already has a no-hitter and 26 strikeouts in 16 innings.

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