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  • Bandits make four-player trade with Rebellion Jan 20, 2015 6:26 PM
    The Chicago Bandits traded outfield starters Megan Wiggins and Andi Williamson to the Pennsylvania Rebellion in exchange for twin sisters Tatum and Taylor Edwards.

     
  • Babcock McGraw: Top women’s sports stories Jan 2, 2015 4:01 PM
    Patricia Babcock McGraw takes a look back at the top women's sports stories of 2014 and offers her annual ranking.

     
  • Harvick wins Homestead to claim 1st Sprint Cup championship Nov 16, 2014 6:44 PM
    NASCAR’s new championship format gave Kevin Harvick his long sought-after first Sprint Cup title, as he capped a magical first season at Stewart-Haas Racing with a victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Harvick, who had to win last week at Phoenix just to advance into the Sunday’s final four, had a decent car early but seemed to fade behind Denny Hamlin when the sun went down. Then a debris caution with 20 laps remaining forced the four championship contenders to make tough strategy decisions that ultimately decided their fate. Joe Gibbs Racing decided not to pit Hamlin, which moved him to second on the restart. Richard Childress Racing gave Ryan Newman four tires, while Harvick crew chief Rodney Childers made a risky call for four tires. Team Penske had also planned to give Joey Logano four tires, but a problem with the jack destroyed Logano’s chances and he plummeted from sixth to 21st, ending his championship bid. Harvick restarted 12th with 15 laps to go and not much time to pick his way through traffic. But there’s a reason he’s been nicknamed “The Closer” the last few years. Harvick, aided by a series of cautions, nailed every restart to drive his way through the field. Harvick gained multiple positions on every restart and got by Hamlin for the lead with seven to go. But one more caution forced him to defend the looming victory, and he held off Newman’s charge then pulled away for the title. Newman, winless on the season, finished second. Hamlin faded to seventh and Logano was a distant 16th. Harvick’s wife, DeLana, sobbed on the pit stand and buried her head in her hands when Harvick crossed the finish line. She hugged crew chief Rodney Childers, who dabbed his eyes, before she made it down to the victory celebration. She met team owner Tony Stewart, who had retired from the race earlier with a car problem and was in street clothes, for an embrace and kiss before holding her son for the victory celebration. Harvick hugged Childers and showered his jubilant crew with Budweiser, the beer company that followed him this year from Richard Childress Racing to Stewart-Haas. Harvick spoke with a catch in his voice, trying to compose himself when it was his turn to hold 2-year-old Keelan. “I’m glad you’re awake,” Harvick told him. “Are you happy you’re awake? Can you say, ‘I believe daddy won? Say it. Really loud.’” Keelan had no comment. Stewart threw his arms around Harvick and the close friends and teammates held each other tight for several moments. It was Stewart who in 2012 convinced Harvick that if he left RCR when his contract expired at the end of 2013, he could help Harvick win his first title. Stewart, co-owner Gene Haas, and Childers, who left Michael Waltrip Racing for the chance to build Harvick’s team, delivered. “They gave us all the resources we needed,” Harvick said. “We never talked about money, we talked about building a team.”

     
  • Chicago Marathon champion Jeptoo fails doping test Oct 31, 2014 6:07 PM
    Leading female marathoner Rita Jeptoo of Kenya failed a doping test a few weeks before winning her second consecutive Chicago Marathon, her agent and national federation said Friday.

     
  • Hill’s profile of courage inspires many Oct 31, 2014 5:29 PM
    #ChicagoSky forward #ElenaDelleDonne is so moved by the heart-wreaching story of Lauren Hill that she plans to go cheer on Hill in person at her very last basketball game on Sunday.

     
  • Gold, Brown earn bronze at Sears Centre Oct 26, 2014 10:16 PM
    Chicago area skating phenoms Gracie Gold and Jason Brown earned bronze medals in their respective events at the 2014 Hilton HHonors Skate America competition at the Hoffman Estates’ Sears Centre Arena over the weekend. Gold, 19, who is the U.S. ladies champion, finished third in the Skate America women’s competition on Sunday behind two-time world junior champion Elena Radionova and Elizaveta Tuktamysheva of Russia. “I just feel I’m on the brink of breaking into that gold and silver medal,” said Gold

     
  • Strong finish for Wheaton’s Streelman Oct 21, 2014 6:01 PM
    Chicago’s golf season may be in its final days as far as 2014 goes, but you wouldn’t know it by developments over the last few days. Len Ziehm takes a look at the PGA Tour, where Wheaton’s Kevin Streelman made a final-round charge in the Shriners Hospital for Children’s Open in Las Vegas on Sunday. Ziehm also has the latest on the LPGA's International Crown event coming in 2016 to Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove.

     
  • Morgan hurts ankle again as U.S. beats Guatemala Oct 18, 2014 12:34 AM
    Alex Morgan reinjured her left ankle, just four months after returning to action following a long layoff. The American star forward got hurt in the 37th minute of Friday night’s 5-0 win over Guatemala in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship in South suburban Bridgeview.

     
  • Kenya's Kipchoge, Jeptoo win Chicago Marathon Oct 12, 2014 6:02 PM
    Kenyans ruled the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, with Eliud Kipchoge leading a 1-2-3 men's sweep and compatriot Rita Jeptoo repeating as the women's winner. Kipchoge pulled away over the last two miles for his first major marathon victory, finishing in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 11 seconds. Jeptoo was timed in 2:24:35 in winning her fourth straight major marathon. She also captured the 2013-14 World Marathon Majors points championship and took the Boston Marathon in April.

     
  • U.S. wins first major women’s volleyball title Oct 12, 2014 6:14 PM
    Kimberly Hill led the United States to its first major women’s volleyball title, scoring 20 points in a 3-1 victory over China on Sunday in the world championships. Hill had the final kill, and captain Christa Dietzen added 15 points in the Americans’ 27-25, 25-20, 16-25, 26-24 victory before 12,600 fans at the Mediolanum Forum in Milan.

     
  • Bekele to make his Chicago Marathon debut Oct 10, 2014 5:15 PM
    Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia, one of the greatest track and cross country runnesr of all time, heads the field of Sunday’s 37th running of the Chicago Marathon (7-11 a.m., NBC). The women’s elite field is led by defending champion Rita Jeptoo, who ran her first career sub 2:20 in last year’s race.

     
  • Big Ten still soaring high in volleyball Oct 3, 2014 7:37 PM
    Once again, the Big Ten is one of the best conferences in the country for volleyball. No. 16 Illinois is playing as well as any team right now, with four consecutive 3-0 sweeps on the books. The Illini welcome No. 6 Wisconsin into noisy Huff Hall on Saturday.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Solo makes history as U.S. team beats Mexico 8-0 Sep 14, 2014 1:18 AM
    In the waning moments of the U.S. women’s rout of Mexico, the crowd behind Hope Solo’s goal began chanting her name. They knew she was on the verge of making history. With the 8-0 U.S. victory, Solo collected her record 72nd shutout with the national team.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
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