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  • Stunning documentary ‘Red Army‘ a gift from Chicagoan Polsky Mar 4, 2015 7:26 PM
    Gabe Polsky's love of hockey may not hav led to a career in the NHL, but his passion for hockey lived on, as did his gift for telling a story, as few ever have, with pictures and words. Now Polsky’s gift to us is “Red Army,” a stunning documentary about the sport in the Soviet Union, where a dynasty arose while the rest of the world looked on with a sense of unfulfilled curiosity.

  • Winds force early end to Norge ski-jumping competition Jan 25, 2015 6:02 PM
    Weather conditions have never forced the cancellation of the Norge Ski Tournament in the event’s 110-year history, but Sunday came close. Organizers were forced to cut the competition short Sunday as high winds — at times gusting over 30 mph in the region — made conditions at the Fox River Grove event unsafe for jumpers.

  • Constable: Push to keep ‘special’ in these Olympics Jan 18, 2015 7:30 AM
    The Special Olympics provide plenty of wonderful moments for young athletes with developmental and intelectual disabilities. While figure skaters such as Abby Stanton of Lake in the Hills worry about the future of their sport after glitches following a change in venue, Dave Breen, president of Special Olympics Illinois, promises the organization is dedicated to solving the problems and seeing skating thrive.

  • Good week for the McCaskeys Jan 10, 2015 7:45 AM
    It took until the final days of 2014, but with just one sentence uttered by her son George, Virginia McCaskey took the title as Chicago’s most intriguing sports figure of the year.

  • 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.

  • Bob Frisk: Best Sports Quotes of 2014 Dec 26, 2014 10:58 AM
    “Discipline? Those morons (the Bears) don't know even know to spell the word.” Bob Frisk, who spent 50 years covering sports for the Daily Herald, offers up his annual column of favorite quotes from the world of sports. Here's his 2014 version of funny, witty and sarcastic quotes.

  • Constable: South Elgin High School junior makes Deaflympics team Dec 7, 2014 9:19 AM
    Hearing impaired since birth, Derek Struwing starting playing hockey at age 3. The South Elgin High School junior made the U.S. Hockey Team and will compete at the 2015 Deaflympics in March in Russia.

  • Champion female bobsledder awaits male crew Nov 21, 2014 5:36 PM
    Kaillie Humphries is getting ready for a new sort of run. The two-time Olympic gold medalist in women’s bobsled will make her World Cup debut in the four-man bobsled next month in Calgary. She has set Dec. 20 as the target date for her first World Cup race as a four-man pilot with an all-male crew.

  • Brown, Gold among elite skaters at Sears Centre this weekend Oct 24, 2014 5:26 AM
    Some of the top figure skaters in the world, including suburban Olympians Gracie Gold and Jason Brown, will compete at Hoffman Estates' Sears Centre Arena this weekend at the 2014 Hilton HHonors Skate America, the first major skating competition held in the Chicago area since 1946.

  • ’Blade Runner’ Pistorius gets 5 years in prison Oct 21, 2014 10:12 PM
    Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, completing a transformation from an acclaimed sprinter at the 2012 Olympics to a convicted criminal led away in a police van with barred windows.

  • Shaun White bringing action sports to Rose Bowl Oct 17, 2014 6:03 PM
    Shaun White is bringing a two-day festival featuring action sports, music, fashion, art and food to the Rose Bowl on Feb. 21-22. The Olympian announced Friday that he will participate in snowboarding and skateboarding exhibitions at Air + Style, which White will host and produce through his own company.

  • Prosecutor wants 10 years in prison for Pistorius Oct 17, 2014 9:08 AM
    The chief prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorius trial urged the judge on Friday to send the Olympic athlete to prison for at least 10 years, calling it the minimum acceptable term and noting the horrific nature of the shooting death of Reeva Steenkamp. Judge Thokozile Masipa is expected to announce Pistorius’ sentence on Tuesday.

  • Steenkamp cousin: Pistorius apology not genuine Oct 16, 2014 6:01 PM
    Oscar Pistorius must “pay for what he’s done” and his apology to the family of the girlfriend he killed was not sincere, a cousin of Reeva Steenkamp said Thursday as testimonies wrapped up.

  • Hong denies Biles 3rd gold at gymnastics worlds Oct 11, 2014 6:48 PM
    Hong Un Jong of North Korea won the vault event on Saturday, denying Simone Biles of the United States a third gold medal at the gymnastics world championships. Hong received 15.599 points to secure North Korea’s first medal at the meet. Biles, who won her second all-around title on Friday and also won gold from the team event, took silver with 15.554 points. Mykayla Skinner of the United States was third with 15.366 points.

  • Police: Phelps’ eyes, speech affected at DUI stop Oct 1, 2014 5:37 PM
    Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps registered .14 percent on a blood-alcohol test after he was stopped on a speeding violation, according to charging documents released Wednesday. The legal limit for intoxication in Maryland is .08. Phelps, 29, was charged Tuesday with driving under the influence, excessive speed and crossing double lane lines in the Fort McHenry Tunnel on Interstate 95 in his native Baltimore, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority Police.

  • Olympian Michael Phelps apologizes for DUI arrest Sep 30, 2014 6:56 PM
    Michael Phelps’ comeback has been sidetracked by more trouble away from the pool. The Olympic champion was arrested for the second time on DUI charges early Tuesday in his hometown of Baltimore, another embarrassment for a swimmer who came out of retirement this year with his sights set on competing at the Rio Games.

  • Pistorius could get 15 years for culpable homicide Sep 12, 2014 11:10 AM
    A South African judge on Friday found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp but declared him not guilty of murder. Prosecutors said they were disappointed by the ruling but would decide on whether to appeal only after sentencing. Judge Thokozile Masipa said there was not enough evidence to support the contention that Pistorius intended to kill Steenkamp.

  • Pistorius not guilty of murder but was negligent Sep 11, 2014 7:23 PM
    During his trial, Oscar Pistorius sometimes retched and sobbed. The double-amputee Olympian sobbed again on Thursday, this time in apparent relief as a judge said the evidence did not support a murder conviction for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The judge could still convict Pistorius of a negligent killing — a crime that can carry a lengthy jail term or just a suspended sentence and fine — when she likely finishes reading her lengthy conclusions in court on Friday.

  • Phelps dealing with defeat in comeback Aug 16, 2014 3:57 PM
    Michael Phelps has always fed off adversity. Not that the most decorated Olympian has faced much in the pool. Until now. Phelps lost all four of his races at the recent U.S. national championships. Hardly shocking for a guy who is four months out of retirement, but somewhat surprising for someone who already owns 53 national titles.

  • Rio organizers: 1st Olympic test event successful Aug 9, 2014 6:30 PM
    Rio organizers say the sailing competition that marked the first test event for the 2016 Games was “a great success.” Organizers said all objectives were “successfully reached” in the seven-day event that ended Saturday. Nearly 330 athletes from 35 countries participated in the regatta, the biggest ever held in Brazil. In a statement, local organizers made no direct reference to water pollution at the bay, a topic that has attracted a lot of negative attention after officials admitted they will not be able to completely clean the site until 2016.

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