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  • Expect feisty Hammon to prove naysayers wrong Aug 8, 2014 7:17 PM
    The blowback directed at Becky Hammon is tired and cliche. And unfair. Of course a woman can coach men. Also news of the Chicago Sky, Chicago Bandits and the Chicago Red Stars.

  • Leon, Red Stars soar to road win ove Sky Blue FC May 28, 2014 11:27 PM
    The Chicago Red Stars notched a pair of first-half goals en route to a 2-0 victory over Sky Blue FC in National Women’s Soccer League action Wednesday night. Midfielder Adriana Leon scored what proved to be the game-winner in the 27th minute, then she assisted on captain Lori Chalupny’s goal in the 35th minute as the second-place Red Stars improved to 6-2-1 with 19 points after their fourth straight road victory.

  • Professional sports teams kick up fun factor in suburbs May 25, 2014 7:54 AM
    It's not all big-money, big-city baseball when it comes to summer sports. Locally, you can take the family to minor-league games, professional women's sports and more — all offering hours of activities that go beyond what's happening on the scoreboard. A giant squirt gun fight, concerts, tailgate parties and the chance to run the bases are just some of the fun that local sports teams are offering this summer.

  • Red Stars’ big second half beats Breakers May 18, 2014 10:04 PM
    Tied 1-1 at halftime, the Chicago Red Stars exploded for 3 goals after intermission en route to a 4-1 win over the Boston Breakers, completing a two-match sweep in four days. Scoring for the Red Stars were Michelle Wenino, Jen Hoy (assist Adriana Leon), Lori Chalupny (assist Vanessa DiBernardo), and Zakiya Bywaters.

  • Red Stars open with win Apr 20, 2014 12:19 AM
    The Chicago Red Stars got their 2014 season off to a good start, defeating the Western New York Flash 1-0 in Saturday’s season opener.

  • Red Stars rally to earn tie Jul 14, 2013 8:13 PM
    The Red Stars scored a pair of goals over the final minutes to rally from a 3-1 deficit and tie FC Kansas City 3-3 Sunday afternoon in Lisle.

  • Olympian Shannon Boxx finds a new happiness Jul 9, 2013 11:03 PM
    Shannon Boxx is a decoracted U.S. soccer star that is just figuring out how to be happy with doing what she loves once again. Despite her three Olympic Gold Medals and her FIFA recognition as one of the best female players in the world in 2005, Boxx spent a decade feeling along, frustrated and confused.She has Lupus and Sjogren's Syndrome, two chronic autoimmune disorders. She hid them from the world from 2002 until 2012. Now, after announcing her disorders publicly, Boxx can enjoy her career again.

  • Red Stars storm back for victory Jun 16, 2013 8:54 PM
    It was a slow start for the Chicago Red Stars, allowing an early KC goal, but they persisted and overcame the early deficit to earn a 3-1 win against FC Kansas City. Inka Grings and Sonja Fuss had their first NWSL league goals, while Ella Masar contributed another. Lori Chalupny proved clutch with an assist, while Taryn Hemmings added an assist.

  • Red Stars’ two-game winning streak snapped Jun 13, 2013 10:52 PM
    The Chicago Red Stars saw their two-game winning streak snapped Thursday when they dropped a 2-0 decision to FC Kansas City in Lisle. Casey Loyd and Courtney Jones scored for FC Kansas City. Loyd converted a penalty kick in the 26th minute after Sonja Fuss was called for a foul.

  • Red Stars play to draw as new women’s league begins play Apr 14, 2013 9:26 PM
    For the first game in a new league with an uncertain future, the Chicago Red Stars' 1-1 draw Sunday afternoon in Lisle against the Seattle Reign seemed appropriate.

  • New women’s soccer league plans to get it right Jan 11, 2013 7:25 PM
    Women's Watch explores the relaunch of a women's professional soccer league in the United States, and talks with Chicago Red Stars head coach Rory Dames about the business model behind the new National Women's Soccer League.

  • New look for women’s soccer league Dec 17, 2012 12:13 PM
    It will be called the National Women's Soccer League, and the U.S. Soccer Federation will help finance and direct the eight-team league, which will include the Chicago Red Stars franchise. The USSF unveil its new logo and the name of the league Saturday night as the women's national team wrapped up its season with a closing victory over China. The NWSL will start play next spring and replaces the Women's Professional Soccer league, which folded in May after three seasons. Its predecessor, Women's United Soccer Association, lasted only three seasons, from 2001-03.

  • Buczkowski, Sitch to play for Red Stars Mar 9, 2012 7:10 PM
    The Chicago Red Stars have signed two local soccer stars, Jen Buczkowski and Julianne Sitch, for the 2012 WPSL Elite season. Buczkowski, a 26-year-old midfielder from Elk Grove Village, starred at Notre Dame before playing in the WPS and WPSL. Sitch is a former DePaul star.

  • Walk-off homer beats Cougars Jul 31, 2011 10:58 PM
    Chris Edmondson rocketed a 2-2, two-out pitch onto the right-field deck in the bottom of the ninth, breaking up a pitchers duel and giving the Quad Cities River Bandits a 3-1 victory over the visiting Kane County Cougars on Sunday in Davenport, Iowa.

  • Scouting the Women’s Premier Soccer League championship Jul 29, 2011 8:43 PM
    An at-a-glance look at the Women's Professional Soccer League championship this week in Lisle:

  • Red Stars will call Benedictine U. home Apr 25, 2011 7:53 PM
    The Chicago Red Stars on Monday confirmed they will play this season in the Women’s Premier Soccer League, using Benedictine University in Lisle as their home turf.

  • Ranking the top 10 women’s sports stories of 2010 Dec 31, 2010 8:57 PM
    It’s that time of year again. Let’s recap the top 10 women’s sports stories of 2010. Best wishes for 2011! 10. Tournaments and trades: Some of the most interesting local hoops stories happened last spring. Within a span of a few weeks, the Northwestern women’s basketball team ended years of futility while the Chicago Sky ended its relationship with its first draft pick in franchise history. The Wildcats earned a berth in the WNIT, marking their first postseason appearance in 13 years. They went on to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. Meanwhile, the Sky parted ways with forward Candice Dupree as part of a blockbuster WNBA trade that grabbed headlines. The Phoenix Mercury sent Cappie Pondexter to the New York Liberty, the Sky sent Dupree to Phoenix and got Shameka Christon and Cathrine Kraayeveld in return from New York. 9. Seeing red: In December, soccer fans in Chicago got some bad news. The Red Stars suspended operations for the 2011 Women’s Professional Soccer season because of a lack of capital and investors. Team officials explained that they are hoping the hiatus is temporary and that the Red Stars will be back in action in 2012. 8. Sky-lights: The 2010 season wasn’t a particularly memorable one for the Chicago Sky. For the fifth straight year, the franchise failed to nab its first playoff berth. However, there were a couple of other interesting developments. In July, center Sylvia Fowles was named the most valuable player of the WNBA All-Star Game. She went on to be named first-team all-WNBA. And in October, the Sky announced that former LSU coach Pokey Chatman had be chosen as its new head coach. Chatman took LSU to multiple NCAA Final Fours and is now coaching a Russian women’s basketball team that is one of the most successful in the Euroleague. 7. Griner is good: In January, 6-foot-8 Baylor center Brittney Griner wowed us with her athletic dunking. Real dunking. She became just the second player in the history of the women’s game to throw down two dunks in an NCAA game. Only a freshman at the time, Griner was already being compared to the best women’s basketball players of all time. Her luster took a bit of a hit in March when she punched a player from Texas Tech in the face. She served out her suspension and picked up right where she left off when she came back. 6. Deep-sixed: The third one was a charm. And so was the fourth and the fifth. But No. 6 didn’t turn out so great for the Northwestern lacrosse team. In May, Maryland upended Northwestern in the NCAA championship game 13-11, stopping the Wildcats’ streak of consecutive national championships at five. Still, what an awesome run. Hats off to the ’Cats. 5. Farewell to Finch: In August, Chicago Bandits softball star Jennie Finch bid adieu to the game she loves. Only 29, she said she could still play at a high level but that she was ready to add to her family with husband Casey Daigle, a pitcher for the Houston Astros. The couple already has a son, Ace. Finch’s whirlwind career included an NCAA national championship, an Olympic gold medal, a professional title and many personal records along the way. Finch still plans to be involved with the Bandits as they look to up their profile in 2011 by playing in a new stadium in Rosemont. 4. Bowlin’ with the boys: Bowler Kelly Kulick grabbed national headlines in January when she became the first woman to earn a PBA tournament title by winning the tour’s signature event of the season, the Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas. She ousted former PBA player of the year Chris Barnes 265-195 in the championship match to win the $40,000 first prize and a two-year PBA Tour exemption. “I played my ‘A’ game the entire tournament. I didn’t have to manufacture any shots or change anything,” said Kulick, a New Jersey native who bowled for the first time at age 6 and started winning junior tournaments shortly thereafter. 3. Out on top: It wasn’t an earthquake that sent shockwaves throughout Mexico in April. It was Lorena Ochoa’s announcement that she was retiring from golf at 28. Ochoa, who hails from Mexico, was the No. 1-ranked golfer in the world at the time and had sat atop the LPGA rankings for the previous three years. But she said she was ready to give it all up to start a family with her husband. 2. Volleyball victors: The Penn State volleyball team knows perfection. In 2008 and 2009, the Lady Lions won back-to-back NCAA national championships to close out undefeated seasons. The 2010 season wasn’t as neat and tidy. At times, the Lady Lions struggled and even lost a few games in the Big Ten. They also saw their 109-game winning streak end in September. But by November, Penn State was sitting in a familiar spot. For the fourth year in a row, the Lady Lions won the NCAA national championship. They swept California in three sets in the title game. 1. UConn-gratulations: Yes, the streak is over. But what a ride it was. The Connecticut basketball team won 90 games in a row, including the NCAA title game in April, before Stanford put an end to the streak Thursday with a dramatic win over the top-ranked Huskies in Palo Alto, Calif. Connecticut’s streak will be tough to match. The Huskies climbed to the top by surpassing a nearly 40-year-old record set by the UCLA men’s basketball team. The Bruins had won 88 straight in the early 1970s. By the way, Stanford’s win over Connecticut might just mean that DePaul is the best team in women’s basketball. The Blue Demons destroyed Stanford by 20 points in a game in Lincoln Park in December.

  • Red Stars suspend season due to lack of investors Dec 13, 2010 3:43 PM
    After two seasons of play in Women’s Professional Soccer, Chicago Red Stars officials announce Monday the team is planning would suspend operations and not play for the 2011 season. They remain hopeful, however, of rejoining the league in 2012 if financial commitments can be secured.

  • Red Stars have one month to secure local investors Nov 16, 2010 4:10 PM
    The clock is ticking for the Chicago Red Stars. On Tuesday, the Red Stars and Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) announced that the Chicago franchise has been granted a Dec. 15 deadline to secure investment toward the league’s reserve funding requirement for participation in the 2011 season.

  • Two Red Stars named to U.S. National soccer team Nov 12, 2010 2:21 PM
    U.S. Women's National Team head coach Pia Sundhage named her 24-player preliminary roster on Friday for a two-game playoff against Italy and two Chicago Red Stars players made the squad. Red Stars midfielder Megan Rapinoe and goalkeeper Jillian Loyden were named to the roster as the U.S. heads to Padova, Italy, for the first leg on Nov. 20, followed by the potential qualifying clincher on Nov. 27 at Toyota Park for a berth in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.

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