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  • A return of Squirt Gun Night is among the game promotions announced recently by the Schaumburg Boomers. The defending Frontier League champs kick off their 2014 home schedule May 23 with a pennant giveaway and fireworks night.

    Schaumburg Boomers announce 2014 promotionsMar 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Ninety-eight years earlier than promised, the Schaumburg Boomers baseball team will celebrate their Frontier League championship throughout their coming third season at Boomer Stadium with a summer full of fun promotions.

  • Veteran golf writer Len Ziehm, left, chats with Mary and Mike Bavier of Barrington during an event for Daily Herald subscribers Wednesday at Golf Nation in Palatine.

    Getting into the swing of golf season at subscriber eventMar 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    With the Masters just two weeks away, Daily Herald subscribers got a jump on the golf season by taking part in a discussion Wednesday night with veteran sports writers Mike Spellman and Len Ziehm.

  • U.S. Olympian Jason Brown of Highland Park was among the competitors at the 2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America. U.S. Figure Skating announced this week that it’s chosen the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates to host this year’s Skate America, which is expected to bring 56 of the world’s top figure skaters to the suburbs for a three-day competition Oct. 24-26.

    Top figure skaters set to compete at Hoffman Estates’ Sears CentreMar 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    U.S. Figure Skating has chosen Hoffman Estates’ Sears Centre Arena as the host venue for the 2014 Hilton HHonors Skate America. Last year's event featured performances from dozens of world-class skaters, including 2014 Olympic medalists Meryl Davis, Charlie White, Jason Brown and Ashley Wagner.

  • Bob Love, Luvabulls at new Dunkin’ DonutsMar 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Chicago Bulls Ambassador Bob Love, Benny the Bull and the Luvabulls will meet and greet guests from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 29 at the grand opening of the Dunkin’ Donuts at 2089 Barrington Road in Hoffman Estates. Mayor William McLeod and members of the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce will join the group for a ribbon-cutting at noon. Travel mugs will be given away to the first 100 guests.

  • U.S. Men’s Volleyball at Sears Centre June 20-21Mar 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Chicago area will give fans of men’s volleyball four opportunities to see the U.S. National Team in action this summer as it hosts two weekends of FIVB World League action. The U.S. Men’s Volleyball Team will two matches against Bulgaria on June 20 and 21 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, one week after two matches against Serbia on June 13 and 14 at the University of Illinois at Chicago Pavilion.

  • Members of team Tropic Thunder Nick Bernardino of Cary, left, and Peyton Day of East Dundee, both 17, scoop up balls to whip at The Ball Dodgers team during Carpentersville IAFF Local 4790’s fourth annual dodgeball tournament Saturday at Dundee-Crown High School in Carpentersville.

    Carpentersville dodgeball tournament raises funds for local charitiesMar 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Forty teams competed at the fourth annual Carpentersville Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 4790 dodgeball tournament at Dundee-Crown High School in Carpentersville on Saturday afternoon. Teams comprised of six players took to four courts as 10 games were played simultaneously from 12 to 5 p.m., with winners advancing, hoping to reach the grand championship game.

  • United States’ Andrew Weibrecht passes a gate near the finish line on his way to taking the silver medal in the men’s super-G at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Sunday in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

    Andrew Weibrecht takes silver, Norway wins super-G raceFeb 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Norwegian skier earned his country’s fourth consecutive Olympic title in men’s super-G. Kjetil Jansrud continued Norway’s dominance in the Alpine skiing event, outracing two Americans and a Canadian for the Scandinavian country’s fifth super-G gold in the past seven games. Andrew Weibrecht of the U.S. earned the silver medal with a time that was less just 0.3 seconds slower than Jansrud’s, while American teammate Bode Miller and Jan Hudec of Canada tied for bronze.

  •  Members of HIP pose at the Palatine train station. The running group gathers there every Saturday.

    Runners, walkers make a date at train station in Palatine Feb 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Once a month, the Palatine Metra Station is a bustling place to be on a Saturday morning. Fourteen vendors bring the Palatine Farmers Market inside, and they’re attracting more and more customers, including Leo Tyska and his running club, HIP.

  • Wind blows snow across Plank Road just East of Route 47 Thursday. The snow forecast for Saturday is leading some event organizers not to chance it.

    Suburban events Saturday being canceled due to snow Jan 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    With a major winter storm looming Friday night, many local events planned for Saturday were being canceled. Among the cancellations announced Friday afternoon were the IHSA cheerleading sectional competitions, which have been moved to the same time Sunday in Grayslake and Rolling Meadows.

  • Boomers offer ‘21 and Over Night’ May 29 Jan 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Schaumburg Boomers are inviting their adult fans to leave the kids at home and join them for an evening of grown-up fun at the ballpark at a special “21 and Over Night” game at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 29 at Boomers Stadium, 1999 S. Springinsguth Road in Schaumburg. From live music and Jell-O shots to shot girls (and guys) serving you drinks, “21 and Over Night” will have a little something for everyone — as the name suggests — ages 21 and over.

  •  Fifteen teams from across the Midwest will compete Jan. 18 in a wheelchair basketball tournament hosted by the Junior Bulls at Addison Trail High School.

    NEDSRA to host wheelchair basketball tournament Jan 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Fifteen teams from across the Midwest will display their skills Saturday, Jan. 18, in a wheelchair basketball tournament hosted by the Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association’s Junior Bulls.

  • Winter dodgeball championships in Schaumburg Dec 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    The National Amateur Dodgeball Association (NADA) and dodgeball enthusiasts will take over the Schaumburg Park District’s Sport Center during the Winter Nationals Indoor Dodgeball Championships Jan. 3 and 4. The youth competition will begin at 4 p.m. Jan. 3 and the adult competition at 10 a.m. Jan. 4.

  • Boomers launch ‘12 Days of Giveways’ Dec 6, 2013 12:00 AM
    Beginning Dec. 12, the Schaumburg Boomers will announce a daily "mission" for your chance to win a unusual prize in its “12 Days of Giveaways.” These include such opportunities as lunch with the 2013 Frontier League Championship Trophy, having the Boomers grounds crew mow your lawn, marching with Coop in a Fourth of July parade, participating in batting practice before a 2014 game and having an autographed game-used base from the stadium.

  • Schaumburg Boomers seeking on-field emcee Nov 29, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Schaumburg Boomers professional baseball team is seeking a fun, outgoing and energetic individual to serve as on-field emcee during the 2014 season. The club is soliciting 60-second YouTube video auditions from applicants. Interested parties who are able to commit to all 51 home games in 2014, comfortable interacting with fans and quickly adaptable to changes should submit their videos to Mike Kline at

  • Vista Health oncologist Dr. Nilesh Mehta says the game of carrom is similar to pool. Mehta is vice president of the U.S. Carrom Association and a champion himself.

    Local doctor a cancer buster and carrom champNov 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    Trying to defeat cancer is what Lake County oncologist Dr. Nilesh Metah does for a living. In his free time, he's a national doubles champion in his boyhood game of carroms. “In my house, we didn't play this to fool around. You played to win,” remembers Mehta, who often did. “I was the carrom champ throughout my medical school.”

  • Grayslake North High School junior Parker Lawson, center, and fellow zombies torment runners Saturday along the route during Grayslake’s inaugural zombie run.

    Runners dodge zombies for charity in Grayslake Oct 12, 2013 12:00 AM
    When does a light sprinkling of rain actually enhance a sporting event? One example would be Saturday’s inaugural Dead Last 5K Zombie Run in Grayslake to benefit The Oasis teen center. “We like the somber notion of it,” said Grayslake High School District 127 Superintendent Catherine Finger, a founding member of The Oasis and the creator of Saturday’s fundraiser.

  •  Marathon runners Danielle Steimel, left and Carrie Gasik, both of Aurora, take a short run as they train for the Chicago Marathon on Sunday.

    Suburban runners: Boston not deterring us from Chicago Marathon Oct 11, 2013 12:00 AM
    Runners vow not to let the Boston Marathon bombings scare them away from the Chicago Marathon on Sunday. Likewise, Chicago Marathon organizers vow to make the large, world-renowned marathon as safe as possible. “I haven’t met a soul yet that says, ‘I’m not doing it (because of Boston),’” said Christine Kickels, a reference librarian at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. “If anything, it’s spurred more people to run it.”

  •  The Harlem Globetrotters exhibition basketball team heads to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont for two shows on Friday, Dec. 27. Tickets go on sale to the public on Monday, Oct. 7.

    Globetrotters return to Rosemont Oct 1, 2013 12:00 AM
    Tickets for the Harlem Globetrotters' "Fans Rule" World Tour show on Friday, Dec. 27, at the Allstate Arena go on sale to the public on Monday, Oct. 7.

  • Volunteer Coordinator Kelsey Knapp, left, speaks with vendors outside the volunteer hospitality tent at the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest. Volunteers are a crucial part of tournament operations, organizers say.

    BMW volunteers unsung heroes of tournamentSep 11, 2013 12:00 AM
    While much of the focus at the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest is on the golfers, the unsung heroes of the event are the 1,600 volunteers. This year's volunteer staff comes from 23 states and two foreign countries, Knapp said, though the majority are from the Midwest. “We have a good number of North Shore residents,” she said.

  • A corporate hospitality chalet offers a prime view of the 18th green at Conway Farms in Lake Forest in advance of the BMW Championship tournament, which kicks off Thursday.

    BMW Championship suites taking shape at Conway Farms Sep 9, 2013 12:00 AM
    Dozens of massive hospitality tents have popped up at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest in anticipation of this weekend's BMW Championship. And even though “farm” is in the name of the venue, those who are lucky enough to have a ticket into one of the tents will hardly be roughing it. “It's not your normal pop-up circus tent you might see at a state fair,” said Vince Pellegrino, vice president of tournaments for the Western Golf Association.

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