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  •  Chicago Sky forward Elena Delle Donne, center, credits forward Swin Cash, right, with helping her adjust to the WNBA. Delle Donne and Sylvia Fowles, left, have led the Sky to first place in the Eastern Conference.

    Cash’s leadership role paying off for Sky Sep 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    With her leadership and her support with rookie Elena Delle Donne, WNBA veteran forward Swin Cash has paid big dividends this season for the Sky. In an interview with Patricia Babcock McGraw, Cash and Delle Donne explain how the focus has helped to transform the team.

  •  Wauconda coach Dave Mills talks to players’ parents before Tuesday night’s practice at the school.

    At Wauconda, it’s open season on winning Sep 13, 2013 12:00 AM
    Wauconda football coach Dave Mills has taken the unusual step of having weekly chalk talks with the parents of his varsity football players in an effort to get a united approach behind the team.

  • Sky's Twin Towers create a big problem Sep 6, 2013 12:00 AM
    Voting for the WNBA's postseason awards is turning into a dilemma this year. Having covered the Chicago Sky from Day 1 and through the many downs and now the incredible ups of this franchise, Patricia Babcock McGraw says she's having a difficult time choosing between Sylvia Fowles or Elena Delle Donne for the league's top honor. And she wants your help.

  •  Warren quarterbacks Andrew, left, and Jay Nickell.

    Happy days for Warren football’s Nickell package Sep 5, 2013 12:00 AM
    Andrew Nickell, a 6-foot-1 senior, is Warren’s starting quarterback. Jay Nickell, a 6-foot-1 junior, is Andrew’s back-up. They spent the entire summer battling for the top slot, but everybody's happy after the Blue Devils' triple-OT victory at Lyons in Week 1.

  • WNBA player’s remarks ignite Twitter firestorm Aug 30, 2013 12:00 AM
    Women's Watch, with Patrica Babcock McGraw, explores the latest Twitter fire storm: WNBA star Sophia Young taking nasty heat for her views on same-sex marriage.

  •  TJ Edwards is prepared to make a winning impression as he tries to Lakes in a repeat of last year’s success.

    Lakes’ Edwards prepares for a big senior season Aug 29, 2013 12:00 AM
    Lakes senior quarterback TJ Edwards recently committed to Western Michigan and is showing he's one of the top high school football players in Lake County.

  •  Marion Bartoli, of France, smiles as she holds the trophy after winning the women’s Wimbledon singles final in July. With her body aching after another loss, Bartoli decided to retire from tennis Wednesday.

    Bartoli retires just 6 weeks after Wimbledon triumph Aug 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    There’s something to be said for knowing when to say when in sports. Too many athletes leave broken and gasping, literally limping off on their last leg. Marion Bartoli apparently wanted no part of that. Just six weeks ago, the French tennis star was on top of the world, celebrating a championship at Wimbledon. It was the first Grand Slam title of her successful 13-year career. She surprised reporters earlier this week by retiring after her loss in the second round of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.

  • Sky make statement with OT win over Lynx Aug 11, 2013 12:00 AM
    The term “statement game” was thrown around a lot Sunday night in the Chicago Sky locker room. And as cliché as it may have sounded, the fact is the Sky might have made its biggest statement in franchise history with a 94-86 overtime victory over the visiting Minnesota Lynx.

  •  Enjoying their experience at Doug Bruno’s basketball camp this summer were, from left, Brooke Karpinske, Liz Schram, Kelsey McGraw, Gabby Rogalovich and Mercedes Uribe.

    Doug Bruno Camp a rite of passage for generations of basketball players Aug 4, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Doug Bruno girls basketball camp is essentially a Chicago institution, a rite of passage for multiple generations of young area players. Bruno, the longtime women’s basketball head coach at DePaul, has been running his summer basketball camps for 37 years now with his business partner David Rosengard, the athletic director at Niles West High School.

  •  Chicago Sky forward Elena Delle Donne will miss the WNBA All-Star game on Saturday while recovering from a concussion.

    Delle Donne to miss all-star contest Jul 26, 2013 12:00 AM
    Sky star forward Elena Delle Donne will miss Saturday's WNBA All-Star Game, which is a shame considering she was the top vote-getter. Patricia Babcock McGraw talks with the Sky's Pokey Chatman about the setback for Delle Donne.

  •  Sky forward Elena Delle Donne, center, celebrates with center Sylvia Fowles, left, and forward Swin Cash against the Washington Mystics last week. Delle Donne, a rookie, led balloting for the WNBA all-star game.

    It’s a landslide, in Sky rookie Delle Donne’s favor Jul 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    Sky rookie forward and newly minted all-star Elena Delle Donne has not only met expectations, she's exceeded them.

  •  Detroit Shock’s head coach Bill Laimbeer reacts after his team was assessed separate technical fouls during the first quarter of a WNBA basketball game against the Washington Mystics, Friday, July 18, 2008, in Washington. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

    WNBA not so bad for former Bad Boy Jul 5, 2013 12:00 AM
    Former Detroit Bad Boy Bill Laimbeer is enjoying coaching in the WNBA.

  • New York Liberty's Katie Smith, center, tries to hold on to the ball between Seattle Storm's Tina Thompson, right, Tanisha Wright, left, and Temeka Johnson in the second half of a WNBA basketball game Friday, June 28, 2013, in Seattle. New York won 67-62.

    Thompson's long ride about to endJun 30, 2013 12:00 AM
    Women's Watch for Monday on the retirement of the seemingly ageless Tina Thompson, who is playing in her 17th WNBA season this summer. Thompson, a forward with the Seattle Storm, is the only player to have played in all 17 WNBA seasons.

  • Kimberly Stevens, who won state championships at Hinsdale Central and Big Ten titles at Iowa in swimming, will take part in her fourth Swim Across America event to raise funds in the fight against cancer.

    Obstacles aplenty, but Evanston resident making quite a splashJun 21, 2013 12:00 AM
    Former swim star Kimberly Stevens, who won championships at Hinsdale Central and the University of Iowa, is now competing to raise funds for cancer research. The 47-year-old cancer survivor shares her story with Patricia Babcock McGraw in today's Women's Watch column.

  • Chicago Sky's Epiphanny Prince (10) smiles as she celebrates a win over the Phoenix Mercury with rookie Elena Delle Donne (11) and veteran Sylvia Fowles (34). The Sky defeated the Mercury and rookie center Brittney Griner 102-80.

    Will Sky crack the playoffs in Year 8? May 30, 2013 12:00 AM
    As the Chicago Sky prepares for its home opener on Friday against the Connecticut Sun at Allstate Arena, Patricia Babcock McGraw uses this early edition of Women's Watch to assess the strengths and needs of the Sky roster with the help of head coach and general manager Pokey Chatman.

  • Associated Press The WNBA is touting Skylar Diggins, left, Elena Delle Donne and Brittney Griner as the ‘3 to See’ this season. Griner, Delle Donne and Diggins were drafted 1-2-3 in April.

    Sky’s opener features two of WNBA’s ‘3 to See’ May 26, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Sky takes on the Phoenix Mercury in its season opener on Monday and the game will feature two of the WNBA's brigthest young stars: Sky rookie Elena Delle Donne and Merucury rookie Brittney Griner.

  • NU women’s lacrosse team thinks outside the box May 25, 2013 12:00 AM
    Women's Watch on how the Northwestern lacrosse team is using boxing to keep its edge.

  •  Stevenson’s Zach Novoselsky is a Division I football prospect but has always had a love for baseball, where he’s excelled at designated hitter for the Pats this spring.

    Novoselsky ready for action, as designated May 23, 2013 12:00 AM
    Stevenson's Zach Novoselsky is having a big impact as the baseball team's designated hitter this spring, but he may have a long-term future in football. His father, Brent Novoselsky, played tight end in the NFL for seven seasons.

  •  Elena Delle Donne, the Chicago Sky’s top draft pick this season, draws strength and perspective from her strong family relationships.

    Sky’s Delle Donne relies on strong family ties May 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    Sky rookie Elena Delle Donne doesn't need to look far for a source of inspiration.

  •  Wauconda shortstop Brandon Gibis waits to bat during the North Suburban Conference baseball championship game Thursday.

    Gibis, Wauconda baseball take winning to a new level May 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    What are the signs of a good team? Well, some good signs, for starters. The Wauconda baseball team put up two signs at its field in recent weeks, both of which signify, in their own ways, success and prosperity. The latest one is a biggie, and has become the team’s pride and joy. On Tuesday, the Bulldogs closed out their dominant run through the North Suburban Conference Prairie Division with a perfect 12-0 record, a feat that head coach Bill Sliker believes has never been done before in either the Prairie Division or the Lake Division. After defeating visiting Antioch 13-5 for that precious 12th win, the players were presented with a gift that perfectly captured the moment.

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