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  • 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.

     
  • Serena Williams wins 3rd U.S. Open in row Sep 7, 2014 5:32 PM
    Serena Williams ended a difficult-for-her Grand Slam season in the best way possible, winning her third consecutive U.S. Open title by beating Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday. Williams equaled Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova with 18 major singles titles, the fourth-most in history. Williams also matched Evert’s total of six championships at the U.S. Open and became the first woman to win three in a row since Evert’s four-title run from 1975-78. Williams earned $4 million, a record in tennis — $3 million for the title, plus a $1 million bonus for having had the best results during the North American summer hard-court circuit. It was a dominant performance to cap a dominant two weeks in Flushing Meadows. Not only did Williams, ranked and seeded No. 1, win all 14 sets she played in the tournament, she never even dropped more than three games in any of them. Until the U.S. Open, though, Williams had not been at her best on her sport’s biggest stages in 2014. She lost in the fourth round at the Australian Open, the second round at the French Open, and the third round at Wimbledon, where a disoriented Williams also struggled through an odd appearance in doubles that was attributed to a viral illness. Back at the top of her game, Williams broke Wozniacki’s serve five times and compiled a hard-to-believe 29-4 edge in winners. Remarkably, until a cross-court backhand on the run in the final game that even Williams applauded, the only winners registered by the 10th-seeded Wozniacki came on a trio of aces, one in the first set, two in the second. That was, in part, a result of the Dane’s iffy play in only her second Grand Slam final — she lost to Kim Clijsters at the 2009 U.S. Open — but more due to Williams’ relentless pursuit of every ball. A few weeks shy of her 33rd birthday, making the American the oldest major champion since Navratilova was 33 at Wimbledon in 1990, Williams simply would not allow a shot to get past her. Wozniacki is the one training for the New York City Marathon, but Williams tired her out by the end. Wozniacki was not exactly an extra in this Williams highlight reel, but pretty close to it. The points were being directed by Williams, whether via serves that reached 120 mph (194 kph), forceful returns that backed Wozniacki into a corner when not producing outright winners, unreachable groundstrokes from all angles or even the occasional volley. Yes, this, as might have been expected, was really all about Williams. At times, it felt as if Wozniacki were there because, well, someone needed to be on the opposite side of the net to act as Williams’ opponent. They’ve been good pals for years, and they hung out together in Miami — heading to the beach, watching an NBA playoff game — right after both lost early at the French Open in May. Wozniacki says Williams helped her get over the end of her engagement to golf star Rory McIlroy. That friendship between Williams and Wozniacki did not matter one bit, of course, while they played Sunday with so much at stake as early evening shadows moved across the court in Arthur Ashe Stadium. As Williams put it beforehand, referring to her older sister, “If I can play Venus, I can play anybody.” Sure looked that way Sunday.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Pals Williams, Wozniacki to meet in US Open final Sep 5, 2014 7:01 PM
    Serena Williams overwhelmed 17th-seeded Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 6-1, 6-3 in the semifinals Friday to extend her U.S. Open winning streak to 20 matches. If Williams can make that 21 in a row by beating Caroline Wozniacki in Sunday’s final, the 32-year-old American will become the first woman since Chris Evert in the 1970s to win three consecutive titles at the tournament.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Sky headed to WNBA Finals after beating Fever 75-62 Sep 4, 2014 10:10 AM
    With a trip to the WNBA Finals on the line, Allie Quigley came through when her Chicago Sky teammates needed her the most. Quigley scored 24 points and hit several big shots to help lead the Sky to a 75-62 victory over the Indiana Fever on Wednesday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. She had 10 of her points in a key second quarter stretch that gave Chicago the lead for good.

     
  • Monfils beats Dimitrov, into quarters of U.S. Open Sep 2, 2014 6:06 PM
    Gael Monfils, a flashy Frenchman known more for his shot-making than results, beat Grigor Dimitrov 7-5, 7-6 (6), 7-5 on Tuesday to reach the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open for the first time since 2010. The 20th-seeded Monfils pounded his chest and extended his arms after the seventh-seeded Dimitrov double-faulted on match point.

     
  • Roger Federer back into US Open quartefinals Sep 2, 2014 9:08 PM
    Pushing forward whenever possible, Roger Federer got back to the U.S. Open quarterfinals for the 10th time in 11 years with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 victory over 17th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain on Tuesday night. The one exception in that run of Flushing Meadows quarterfinals came in 2013, when Federer lost to Tommy Robredo in the fourth round. That was part of a stretch in which the 17-time Grand Slam title winner was bounced before the quarters three times in the span of four majors. But things are different these days for the 33-year-old Federer. He’s no longer bothered by a bad back. And he’s no longer fiddling with trying to find the right racket, having settled on a new model with a larger head that he seems to be enjoying. At Wimbledon in July, he got to his first Grand Slam final in two years, and even though he lost that match to Novak Djokovic, it signaled a real resurgence. On a windy evening against Bautista Agut, Federer moved well and won the point on 35 of 52 trips to the net. “I’m happy I’m able to come forward now because ... coming to net requires a lot of agility and explosivity and all that stuff — and I have it back,” said Federer, a five-time champion at Flushing Meadows. “I’m happy I’m feeling good at net, too, because you’ve got to anticipate some and read some and it’s working really well. So I hope I can keep it up.” Federer was broken only once, part of a three-game run for Bautista Agut that took the score from 5-1 to 5-4 in the first set. But Federer had no trouble the second time he tried to serve out that set, which he ended with a pair of aces. In all, the second-seeded Federer needed less than two hours to improve to 25-1 in night matches at Arthur Ashe Stadium. This was Bautista Agut’s first such occasion in the imposing, 23,771-capacity arena. “Night session is very, very special here in New York,” Federer said in an on-court interview. Federer is 71-9 overall at the U.S. Open, tying Pete Sampras and Bill Tilden for the fifth-most match wins in tournament history behind Jimmy Connors’ 98. Federer’s .888 winning percentage is second behind the .910 of Tilden, who went 71-7 and won seven championships in the 1920s. In Thursday’s quarterfinals, Federer will play 20th-seeded Gael Monfils of France. Federer has won seven of their nine past meetings, including at a hard-court tuneup tournament in Mason, Ohio, last month. “He’s one of the most exciting and entertaining players out there,” Federer said, “so I think we can get ready for some good points — some good retrieving by him, some attacking by me.”

     
  • 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.

     
  • Fever holds off Sky 77-70 in playoff opener Aug 30, 2014 8:34 PM
    Briann January scored 19 points and Shavonte Zellous added 18 to help the Indiana Fever beat the Chicago Sky 77-70 on Saturday night in the opener of the Eastern Conference finals. Indiana took a 60-48 lead into the fourth quarter, but the Sky stormed back with a 14-3 run to open the final period and pulled within one. Allie Quigley had five points during the burst, including the lone 3-pointer made by the Sky.

     
  • Sara Errani outlasts Venus Williams at U.S. Open Aug 29, 2014 4:59 PM
    Sara Errani wagged her finger and cupped her hand to her ear for the U.S. Open fans who tried to will Venus Williams to victory. “I think I will remember forever that moment,” Errani said. Two points from defeat, the diminutive Italian rallied to force a third-set tiebreaker and outlasted Williams in a match that was both lopsided and tight.

     
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