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  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Sloane Stephens upset in U.S. Open 2nd round Aug 27, 2014 5:48 PM
    Once a sure bet to stick around for a while at Grand Slam tournaments, Sloane Stephens suddenly can’t even win there. The 21-year-old American stumbled to her earliest loss at the U.S. Open, upset in the second round Wednesday by 96th-ranked Johanna Larsson.

     
  • Whoa! Sky upset No. 1 seed Dream with 20-point rally Aug 26, 2014 11:51 PM
    Despite trailing by 17 early in the fourth quarter, the Chicago Sky weren't ready to give up on their season. Instead, they kept their focus and pulled off the biggest fourth-quarter comeback in WNBA playoff history. Elena Delle Donne scored 17 of her 34 points in the final period, including the winning jumper with 8.4 seconds left, as the Sky rallied from 20 points down to beat the Atlanta Dream 81-80 on Tuesday night and advance to the Eastern Conference finals. "I just know that when we were in huddles and I was talking to the team, everyone had that look in their eye like we were not done yet — we were not ready to go home," Delle Donne said.

     
  • Bouchard on track again with victory at U.S. Open Aug 26, 2014 4:54 PM
    Back on the Grand Slam stage, Eugenie Bouchard returned to her winning ways. The seventh-seeded Bouchard routed Olga Govortsova 6-2, 6-1 on Tuesday in the first round of the U.S. Open. The last time she played at a major tournament, the 20-year-old made history: the first Canadian to reach a Grand Slam final.

     
  • Sky can’t close out Dream at home Aug 24, 2014 11:27 PM
    Pouring in a game-high 39 points, Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry relentlessly willed her team to a 92-83 victory that ties the three-game playoff series at 1-1. The Chicago Sky won the series opener Friday in Atlanta, which is where the closer will be Tuesday.

     
  • Sky win first playoff game in nailbiting fashion Aug 22, 2014 11:42 PM
    Courtney Vandersloot hit the game-winning jumper from the top of the key with 20 seconds left to lead the Sky to an 80-77 win over the Dream in the first game of their WNBA playoff series. Chicago is the No. 4 seed in the East, and Atlanta is No. 1, but the Sky didn't look like underdogs while limiting the Dream's fast break to two points. "We call the first five seconds 'quick strike,' and they're the best team in the league," Sky coach Pokey Chatmon said. "Part of that is when we shoot 47 percent, that gives us two seconds to get back on defense."

     
  • 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.

     
  • Bandits fall 2-1 in tournament opener Aug 21, 2014 12:30 AM
    Coverage of Chicago Bandits fastpitch softball:\ Jessica Garcia doubled to drive home 2 runs in the sixth inning, and Lisa Norris pitched a complete game to lead the Akron Racers to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Bandits in the opening game of the NPF Championship Series at Hoover Met Stadium on Wednesday night. Game 2 of the best-of-three series is today at 8 p.m. on CBSsports.com.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Catchings scores 25 to lead Fever past Sky, 71-67 Aug 16, 2014 8:56 PM
    Tamika Catchings scored 25 points and Briann January added 14 to help the Indiana Fever beat the Chicago Sky 71-67 Saturday night, securing the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

     
  • WNBA players Griner, Johnson engaged Aug 15, 2014 8:40 PM
    Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner has proposed to the Tulsa Shock’s Glory Johnson and posted it on social media.

     
  • Abbott, Bandits edge Racers Aug 14, 2014 10:51 PM
    Coverage of Chicago Bandits fastpitch softball: The Chicago Bandits capitalized a couple of miscues by the Akron Racers to earn a 2-1 win Thursday night in Rosemont.

     
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