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  • Chicago Sky player Elena Delle Donne, right, talks with St. Matthew preschool students from Emily Horbus, left, Caitlin Ruley and Sophia Krueger at the start of Tuesday’s Hoops for Health program in Hawthorn Woods.

    Chicago Sky brings Hoops for Health program to Hawthorn Woods schoolApr 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Team members of the Chicago Sky WNBA team brought their Hoops for Health program to St. Matthew School in Hawthorn Woods on Tuesday. Students particpated in exercises, relays and learned about healthy eating.

  •  WNBA basketball player Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky has spent a lot of her offseason working with kids at clinics like this one held at Loyola University Chicago. While helping grow the Sky brand, Donne also has a new role as global ambassador for Special Olympics.

    No easy offseason for Sky’s Delle Donne Feb 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Elena Delle Donne is extremely busy despite the fact that she's not playing overseas during the WNBA off-season.

  •  Former Hersey High School standout Megan Rogowski (21) and her DePaul teammates will welcome teams from the new Big East to Chicago in March for the annual conference tournament.

    DePaul to host Big East tournament in March Jan 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    Conference tournament time will be here soon, and Chicago is playing host to the Big East women's tournament.

  •  Candace Parker, the Sparks superstar who picked up MVP trophies for the WNBA regular season and the 2013 all-star game, no doubt is eager to hear if WNBA President Laurel Richie can secure a buyer for the Los Angeles franchise.

    Can WNBA survive without L.A. Sparks? Jan 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    It's jarring that the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA closed its doors last week, but past history says that might not spell doom for the league, as Patricia Babcock McGraw explains in today's Women's Watch column.

  •  The emergence of Elena Delle Donne (11) changed the fortunes of the Chicago Sky, which made the WNBA playoffs for the first time and posted the franchise's first winning season.

    For women’s sports, 2013 loaded with great storiesDec 27, 2013 12:00 AM
    Patricia Babcock McGraw reviews the top women's sports stories of 2013, touching on international soccer, the LPGA, the WNBA, college volleyball, pro tennis and college basketbal.

  • Michael Cooper

    Atlanta Dream picks Cooper as new coach Nov 21, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Atlanta Dream named former NBA star Michael Cooper as its new head coach on Thursday, hoping he can lead the team to a WNBA championship after three winless trips to the finals.

  •  Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore (23) has the intensity and skills to will her team to victory in the WNBA playoffs. Moore was named the WNBA Finals MVP after leading her team to its second title in three years.

    To get to finals, Sky roster needs help Oct 11, 2013 12:00 AM
    It would be great if the Chicago Sky could add forward Maya Moore, the MVP of the WNBA Finals, for 2014. But since that probably won't happen, the Sky must be smart with free agency in the off-season. Because some tweaks are needed if the Sky expects to advance past the first round of the playoffs next year.

  •  Minnesota’s Rebekkah Brunson shoots as Atlanta’s Erika de Souza defends during Game 3 of the WNBA Finals Thursday in Duluth, Ga.

    Moore, Brunson lead Lynx to WNBA title sweep Oct 10, 2013 12:00 AM
    Maya Moore scored 23 points, Rebekkah Brunson had 15 points and 12 rebounds and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Atlanta Dream 86-77 on Thursday night to win their second WNBA title in three years.

  •  The Minnesota Lynx’s Maya Moore, center, is one of the most impressive WNBA players that Patricia Babcock McGraw has seen this season.

    Some free advice to WNBA on bizarro scheduling Oct 4, 2013 12:00 AM
    Only in a fantasy world would the WNBA want to put its marquee event, the WNBA Finals, up against NFL football. And yet, that's exactly what is happening on Sunday when the Minnesota Lynx hosts the Atlanta Dream in Game 1 (7:30 p.m., ESPN). The WNBA needs to re-evaluate the way it schedules its season.

  • Sky forward Elena Dell Donne takes a shot over the defense of Indiana Fever guard Karima Christmas during Game 2 of the WNBA Eastern Conference semifinals.

    Lack of playoff experience may have been Sky’s undoingSep 27, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Chicago Sky's lack of playoff experience made for a quick postseason exit. What else, who else, is there to blame? Patricia Babcock McGraw looks back at what went wrong after a terrific regular season.

  •  Chicago Sky forward Swin Cash (8) is fouled by Indiana Fever guard Shavonte Zellous (1) on her way to the basket during the first half of Game 2 of the WNBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinal series, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in Indianapolis.

    Sky eliminated from playoffs Sep 22, 2013 12:00 AM

  • The Soapbox Sep 21, 2013 12:00 AM
    Daily Herald editors offer thoughts on suburban topics from a memorable sports season to a lifesaving police officer.

  • Chicago Sky rookie Elena Delle Donne, right, had 20 points against the Fever in Game 1, but it wasn't enough to get the win. The Sky faces elimination in Game 2 Sunday at Indianapolis, where the Sky is 2-15 alltime.

    Can Sky rebound against Fever?Sep 21, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Chicago Sky is facing elimination from the playoffs Sunday in Indianapolis against the defending champion Indiana Fever. Watch the game live at 2 p.m. on ESPN2. Patricia Babcock McGraw has more in her scouting report.

  •  Indiana Fever center Erlana Larkins, left, guards Chicago Sky center Sylvia Fowles during the second half in Game 1 of the WNBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinal series on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, in Rosemont, Ill. The Fever won 85-72.

    Sky can’t run with FeverSep 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Indiana Fever still has the Sky's number: Fever get 85-72 win over Sky at Allstate Arena in Game 1 of Eastern Conference semis.

  • Indiana Fever center Erlana Larkins, left, guards center Sylvia Fowles during the second half in Game 1 of the WNBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinal series on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, in Rosemont, Ill. The Fever won 85-72.

    Sky fall to Fever in playoff opener, 85-72 Sep 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    Shavonte Zellous scored 20 points to lead the defending-champion Indiana Fever in an 85-72 victory over the Sky in the opener of their Eastern Conference semifinal series Friday night. Briann January and Karima Christmas had 16 points each, Erlana Larkins added 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Tamika Catchings scored 11 points for the Fever. Elena Delle Donne scored 20 points to lead Chicago after receiving the league's Rookie of the Year award before the game. Epiphanny Prince had 19 points

  • FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2013, file photo, Chicago Sky's Elena Delle Donne, left, is guarded by Connecticut Sun's Allison Hightower during the first half of a WNBA basketball game in Uncasville, Conn. Delle Donne led Chicago to its first postseason berth in franchise history and hopes to help the Sky defeat defending WNBA champion, Indiana Fever, in the opening round. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

    Sky’s Delle Donne named WNBA’s Rookie of Year Sep 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    Sky forward Elena Delle Donne got all 39 first-place votes to easily win the WNBA’s rookie of the year award Friday. The second overall draft pick and part of a heralded class of first-year players, Delle Donne was presented with the trophy by WNBA president Laurel J. Richie before the Sky’s playoff opener against the Indiana Fever.

  • Sky looks to solve Fever in first round Sep 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    For the Chicago Sky: How to solve the problem that is the Indiana Fever.

  •  Naperville native Candace Parker, left, of the Los Angeles Sparks has won the 2013 MVP award, according to a WNBA source. Parker edged Minnesota's Maya Moore and Chicago Sky rookie Elena Delle Donne for the top honor. Parker also won the award as a rookie in 2008.

    Source: Naperville’s Parker wins WNBA MVP Sep 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker has won the WNBA MVP, said a person familiar with the situation. Parker, a star player at Naperville Central and the University of Tennessee, will receive the award Thursday night in Los Angeles before the Sparks play the Phoenix Mercury in the opener of their Western Conference playoff series, the person said. The 27-year-old Parker edged out Minnesota’s Maya Moore and Chicago rookie sensation Elena Delle Donne in one of the closest ballots in league history, the person told the AP. Parker finished with 234 points, Moore had 218 and Delle Donne 189. It’s the closest the top two players have been in the voting since Sheryl Swoopes edged Lauren Jackson by two points in 2005.

  • Chicago Sky rookie Elena Delle Donne (11) will open the WNBA playoffs Friday against the Indiana Fever at Allstate Arena. Delle Donne, Sylvia Fowles and Epiphanny Prince are the top three scorers for the Sky.

    Sky's winning ways rather intriguingSep 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Chicago Sky, which will play its first WNBA playoff game in franchise history on Friday night in Allstate Arena, became an appealing sports story this summer. Yes, even for someone who previously never found women's basketball particularly appealing.

  • Chicago Sky guard Elena Delle Donne (11) protects the ball against Minnesota Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson (32) in the first half of a WNBA basketball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

    Sky-Fever matchup leads WNBA playoff storylinesSep 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    Elena Delle Donne has already led Chicago to its first postseason berth in franchise history. Now the 6-foot-5 budding young star will try and help the Eastern Conference’s top team keep the run going in the playoffs. Delle Donne, the overwhelming favorite to win rookie of the year, said she and her teammates are looking forward to the challenge.

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