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Sky Thu Sep 04 2014

Chicago Sky Roll Past Indiana to WNBA Finals

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for chicago sky logo.gifIt took 10 years until after the WNBA came into existence to get a Chicago franchise in 2006. The team debuted to a raucous crowd at the UIC Pavilion, but could only muster a 5-29 record during their inaugural season. In 2013, they finally made it to the playoffs for the first time, finishing first in the Eastern Conference during the regular season (their first above .500 record), but losing to Indiana in the first round. Now just a year later, despite barely reaching the playoffs with a 15-19 record, the Sky are heading to the WNBA Finals after avenging last year's playoff elimination to Indiana.

The Sky fell behind in their three-game series with the Fever 1-0, but fought back to tie it up with a thrilling 86-84 double overtime victory in Game 2 back on Monday. Last night, they didn't bother waiting for extra periods. DePaul grad Allie Quigley led the Sky with 24 points on 7-of-9 shooting including four three pointers, while former number two overall pick Sylvia Fowles added 17 points and seven rebounds en route to 75-62 series clinching win.

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Chad Ruter

Sky Tue Jul 02 2013

Sky's Stars Starting To Align

Chicago Sky logoThe Sky's starting five have combined for eight All Star appearances (add three more to this tally once this year's roster has been announced), three Olympic gold medals, and if you remove decorated veteran Swin Cash -- zero WNBA playoff appearances. The starters are All Stars, and recently, chemistry has held this team in orbit on their latest three-game winning streak.

Elena Delle Donne has been named Rookie of the Month in June and come September her name will surely be tossed around in league MVP discussions. She's shooting 94 percent from the charity stripe, 44 percent from downtown, and averaging two blocks a game. Nobody in either basketball association can claim a stat line that unique.

Sylvia Fowles, who is day-to-day with an ankle sprain, is leading the WNBA in rebounds at 12 per game. Epiphanny Prince's 18 points a night are good enough for second on the team (when Prince is your second best scoring option, your team has an embarrassment of riches.) Courtney Vandersloot is a no-thrills game manager who manages to go from the top of the key into the lane with ease. The aforementioned Cash's eight points and five rebounds per are a luxury item in this stacked lineup. The Sky's starters boast a balanced attack that keeps getting aggressive while figuring out how to win with each other.

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Donny Rodriguez

Sky Wed Jun 19 2013

Prince to Return Sooner than Expected to Struggling Sky

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for chicago sky logo.gifAfter winning their first three games by an average of 18 points, the Sky have gone 1-2 in their last three tilts (their lone win was by a two-point margin.) Epiphanny Prince has been playing for team Russia in the EuroBasket Tournament during that period, but after the team was unexpectedly eliminated by going 1-2 in the first round, Prince will return to the Sky sooner than expected. The timing couldn't be more perfect. Instead of desperately trying discover ways to win without their leading scorer for six more games, they can get back to working on their foundation as a complete team.

Offense was hard to find for the Sky over the last three contests. Elena Delle Donne did her part in picking up the slack by posting monster numbers over the last three games. She's averaging 21 points a game while shooting 25-for-27 from the charity stripe. The rookie understood that the team needed more from her and she stepped up to the challenge, which earned her the second spot on this week's Race to the MVP power rankings via

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Donny Rodriguez / Comments (1)

Sky Thu Jun 06 2013

Sky Rockets To Best Start In Franchise History

Thumbnail image for chicago sky logo.gifAfter having their way with the Phoenix Mercury in front of a nationally televised audience on Memorial Day (it was highest rated WNBA game on ESPN 2 in nine years), the Sky have continued to steamroll their foes and are off to their best start in franchise history at 3-0. The hoops community outside Chicago is starting to take notice, too. Maxwell Ogden of Bleacher Report even shared a tweet by yours truly when breaking down the Sky's 22-point win in Phoenix to start the season. There's a lot to get excited about with a team who's average margin of victory is 18 points, especially since it's against the likes of Brittney Griner, Skylar Diggins and last year's WNBA MVP Tina Charles. Chicago's own trio of stars are getting it done, and they're just getting started (all three made the WNBA's top 10 MVP power rankings this week).

Elena Delle Donne looks unafraid and borderline dominant. You have to guard her at the three-point line (6-for-8 from deep), and she's basically a mismatch in either size or speed when the defense tries to go at her one-on-one. She loves drawing contact and getting to the line (9-for-9 from the charity stripe). But most impressive of all, she spreads the floor for her more than capable teammates. She creates offense for herself with ease, and in doing so, she's opening space for Sylvia Fowles down low, or Epiphanny Prince up top to score. To nitpick, she settles on jumpers too frequently, but she'll figure that out if the Sky ever play a tight game in the fourth quarter... if.

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Donny Rodriguez

Sky Mon May 27 2013

Comparing Chicago Sky Players to Chicago Neighborhoods

chicago sky logo.gifThere's no need to wait for next year to get your basketball fix; there's another underdog-team in this city with championship aspiration perhaps even more legitimate than those of the Chicago Bulls, it's the Chicago Sky. The Sky have never had a winning record in their seven years of existence (let alone a playoff appearance), but with the addition of rookie scoring machine Elena Delle Donne, the Sky could become Eastern Conference champions overnight (although returning champions, the Indiana Fever, might have something to say about that). They've just singed a new five-year television deal, and have earned two nationally televised games on ESPN2, including today's season opener against the Phoenix Mercury. The Sky and the All-State Arena will abuzz all Summer long (you can take the Blue Line to the Rosemont stop and hop on the Pace Bus Route 222 to any home game).

Back in December I compared each Bulls player to a Chicago neighborhood. To help introduce a lot of Chicago sports fans unfamiliar with Chicago's professional woman's basketball team, I'm going compare the ladies of the Sky to neighborhoods in this city.

Swin Cash = Bucktown
Go ahead, think of this savvy veteran as too old. Sure she's not as electric and as young as Wicker Park as she once was, but she can still hang. Age is just a number, and this 33-year-old can still put up numbers on any given night (10 points, five rebounds a game averages in 2012). Bucktown is filled with urban professionals who enjoy eating inspired but unpretentious food and will still go out drinking on a Tuesday night out, Cash's play is no different -- inspired, unpretentious, and getting it done even at her age.

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Donny Rodriguez / Comments (4)

Sky Mon Jul 16 2012

WNBA Duo Set to Represent Chicago in Olympics

chicago sky logo.gifBefore the final WNBA game before a month-long Olympic break, the Chicago Sky took time Friday night to honor its two London-bound stars.

Forward Swin Cash and center Sylvia Fowles received roses and a standing ovation from their teammates, coaches and fans. The cheers and whistles of the crowd reverberated through Allstate Arena so loudly that the announcer could barely be heard as he presented Chicago's newest Olympians.

Cash is a recent addition to the Sky lineup, having been traded from Seattle in January. She first competed in the Olympic Games in 2004 in Athens, where she claimed 44 points and her first gold medal. After helping lead Detroit and Seattle to championships (and winning big at UConn as well), she has been a great addition this season.

Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot described Cash as a leader and source of encouragement. "Swin's always the one to bring us together when times are bad, and when times are good," Vandersloot said after Friday's game.

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Janna Dons

Sky Sat Oct 08 2011

Sylvia Fowles Debuts in ESPN Mag's Body Issue

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ESPN The Magazine

Announced last week as the WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, Chicago Sky center Sylvia Fowles is making headlines for a different reason with her inaugural appearance in ESPN The Magazine's annual Body Issue. The 26-year-old all-star joins Blake Griffin, Jose Reyes, Hope Solo and two dozen other pro athletes who posed nude (with everything strategically covered up).

Stripping down for a desert photo shoot was a new experience for Fowles, but she told ESPN she's eager to show the sports world that women's basketball has sex appeal. "It's not just about the baggy shorts."

(Ed's note: I think SI Swimsuit Issue model Lauren Jackson, 2010 ESPN Body Issue cover girl Diana Taurasi and others got that point across already.)

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Jim Reedy / Comments (1)

Sky Wed Aug 11 2010

Sky Best Phoenix Mercury for the First Time...Ever

Since their first match up in 2006, the Chicago Sky have never beaten the Phoenix Mercury. Until now. Despite the latter team's superior record (they were the 2009 WNBA Champions), and following Chicago's positively dismal 87-22 loss to Minnesota, the Sky were able to pull ahead of the Mercury to win 91-82 in a thrilling and contentious game tonight at the Allstate Arena.

In the words of the basketball sages, it was a tale of two halves. After a patchy first quarter, the Chicago Sky let the Mercury get into a second quarter rhythm that brought the Mercury to a 44-35 lead. Some theatrics on the Sky's part couldn't compete with the Mercury's consistency and superior ball movement.

Then, late in the third quarter, all hell broke loose. Sky center Sylvia Fowles suddenly couldn't miss, and a flustered Mercury entered the fourth quarter devoid of all previous precision. A newly hopeful Sky pulled ahead by as much as 16, when, with three minutes left in the game, Fowles was hit with a double technical after overreacting to a series of questionable fouls. Her ejection only served to invigorate the rest of the Chicago squad, and the visibly frustrated Mercury could do little more than trade fouls with the Sky. Adding insult to injury, Mercury star player Diana Taurasi, already carrying a technical foul from earlier in the game, was ejected after a charge and then a hard shove to the Sky's Mistie Bass earned both players a technical foul, Taurasi's second. All this drama, which effectively stopped play for over a minute as the teams regrouped, occurred with only 29.1 seconds left in the game.

This win marked the end of a five-game losing streak for the Sky, whose record is now 13 and 17. A decent crowd of 4,089 was on hand to witness the win.

Marissa Flaxbart

Basketball Sat Jul 17 2010

Sky Pull Down Big Win, 80 Points Against L.A.

Okay, Chicago basketball fans. We're past the LeBron madness, Redick is staying in Orlando, and you've reacquainted yourself with Kyle Korver. Meanwhile, across town, the Chicago Sky have been inching ever closer to a .500 season. This is more significant than it might sound; right now, the WNBA is an open field, and the Sky are on target to earn a playoff spot in the challenging Eastern Conference. Especially if they keep playing like they did last night at the Allstate Arena against the L.A. Sparks.

The only lead for L.A. came early in the game; after Chicago pulled away in the final minutes of the first quarter, L.A. just couldn't catch up. The Sky outscored the Sparks 22-14 in the first, and nearly repeated the feat in the second quarter, scoring 21 points to L.A.'s 16. Despite more even scoring throughout the second half, the Sparks couldn't close the gap. The sky scored an impressive 80 points to L.A.'s 68.

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Marissa Flaxbart

Sky Tue May 11 2010

Sky Best Diminished Fever in Final Preseason Game

The Chicago Sky took on the Indiana Fever last night at Allstate Arena, in the final preseason game for both teams. Neck-in-neck for much of the first quarter, the Sky was able to break away in the final minute of the quarter, creating an eight-point lead that the Fever was never able to fully recover. The final score was 84-71.

One big statistic of the night was the Fever's 25 turnovers to the Sky's 16. This can be chalked up in part to tough, scrappy defense and determined blocking attempts by the Sky, but perhaps the Sky's biggest asset was the absence of most of the Fever's starting lineup.

Four of Indiana's five projected starters -Tamika Catchings, Katie Douglas, Ebony Hoffman, and Tamara Sutton-Brown - are currently playing each other's teams in Turkey's championship series. The return of the players in time for the start of the regular season this weekend will be determined by the continued dominance of Hoffman and Sutton-Brown's team (Fenerbahçe), who currently lead Catching's and Douglas's team (Galatasaray) 2-0 in the best-of-five series. Regardless of the outcome, the Sky won't be able to take advantage of the typically dominant Fever's missing starters for long; even if Sutton-Brown et al aren't in play when the Sky next meet the Fever at the Sky home opener on May 22nd, the four are looking certain for the Fever home opener on May 23rd...against the Sky.

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Marissa Flaxbart

Sky Wed Apr 07 2010

Big Three-Way Trade, Upcoming Draft Kickoff WNBA Season for Chicago Sky

2009 wasn't a banner year for Chicago's professional sports teams, and that goes for the ladies as well. Last year was the Chicago Sky's best season yet, but the WNBA's second-youngest team still couldn't extend their average to .500. Now, as the Sky and the rest of the WNBA gear up for the league's fourteenth season, a host of free agents, trades, and a guard-heavy draft are poised to change things up. Today saw some big moves for the Sky, as a three-way trade with the New York Liberty and the Phoenix Mercury netted them two new star players.

WNBA All-Star forward Shameka Christon is the cornerstone of this trade from the Sky's perspective. Christon, who scored an average of 16.1 points per game last year (11.6 is her career average), is ranked #2 in the league for three-point field goals made. She also has an impressive .81 career field goal percentage. She's played with the Liberty for her entire professional career, since 2004. Her addition to the team boosts the Sky's WNBA All-Star count to three, along with center Sylvia Fowles and guard Jia Perkins.

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Marissa Flaxbart

News Thu Aug 27 2009

Short Hops

  • The Hawks' Patrick Kane and his cousin plead guilty to a noncriminal charge in their incident with a Buffalo cab driver. While he breaths a sigh of relief, his teammate Jonathan Toews is a little nervous while practicing for the Canadian Olympic team.
  • The Cubs' Milton Bradley is not happy. So what else is new? Besides, he's now the Ricketts family's problem.
  • The White Sox have lost four in a row and five of their last six. The Bleacher Reporter ask if they're heading in the wrong direction. Hmmm...let me think about that one.
  • Don't let Jay Cutler's cool demeanor fool you. According to ESPN he's a little jittery about returning to Denver as a member of the Bears this Sunday. Elsewhere on the Bear beat, Matt Forte is looking for balance and Dusty Dvoracek is looking at a doctor this Friday.
  • As if running a triathlon (like the Chicago Triathlon this weekend) wasn't difficult, try throwing cold, rainy weather into the mix. Here at some tips for coping with that.
  • While the state debates video poker, the real thing is going on in a tournament in Arlington Heights tonight. Wanna play? Ante up here.
  • The Chicago Sky host a benefit this Friday to promote breast cancer awareness.
  • Chicago - home to the next generation of cricket superstars?
  • Chicago - home to the next generation of dodgeball superstars?
  • No matter what you think about the Lingerie Football League, one fact remains: It's football. Played in lingerie.
  • With their season unceremoniously over, the Chicago Bandits wave bye-bye to pitcher Kristina Thorson, who is leaving to play for an Italian pro softball team.

Ken Green

Sky Mon Aug 17 2009

Sky High on Move to Allstate Arena

wnbaball.gifIt's going to take a little more effort for local Chicago Sky fans to see their favorite WNBA team. They announced today that the team will move to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont for the 2010 season. The front office and President and CEO Margaret Stender trumpeted the decision, saying, "The Allstate Arena is a great choice for our team and our fans as we enter our next stage of growth. The central location and benefits of our new home will help our Sky family continue to expand." The move is a fan-friendly one in that the Sky will not raise tickets prices for their new digs. In addition, the team will host a couple of "housewarming" parties for fans to welcome them to their new home.

Ken Green

Sky Tue Jun 30 2009

Sky High

Posting the best home start of their short existance, the Chicago Sky will try to push their UIC Pavilion record to a perfect 5-0 when they take on the Sacramento Monarchs tonight at the arena, Harrison and Racine.

The Sky are 5-3 and in second place in the Eastern Conference of the WNBA. The Monarchs, with a 1-7 record, look to be an easy mark for the Sky, but have a 4-2 record against the hometown team and won two games at the Pavilion.

Below are highlights from the Sky's 68-63 victory over the Washington Mystics Saturday.

Ken Green

News Wed Jun 10 2009

Short Hops

  • It was a rough start for the Chicago Sky in their season opener, but top rookie Kristi Toliver is taking it one game at a time.
  • ESPN Chicago muses on the White Sox young "saviors", recent call-ups Gordon Beckham and Aaron Poreda.
  • Meanwhile, the Sox newest draft picks still have that new car smell.
  • On the other side of town, the Cubs' top pick says he was hoping they would select him all along because he admires their history...
  • ...which, as a Tribune article states, has been well documented on film.
  • A golf foursome with Ben Roethlisberger, Justin Timberlake and Michael Jordan? Somebody pinch former Chicago cop Larry Giebelhausen, because he must be dreaming.
  • Chicago's long history of heavyweight boxing add another chapter as Frez Oquendo takes on Gonzalo Basile in a June 26 bout.
  • Fire fan favorite C.J. Brown looks back on 12 years with the team.
  • Add Mike Ditka to the Not-Crazy-About-Jay-Cutler (Anti)Fan Club. Did this guy kick a puppy or something?
  • It may be too late to register as an individual for the 2009 Chicago Marathon, but you can still get in under the wire by joining a team.
  • Finally, meet the man who motivated Michael Jordan to greatness (by beating him out for the last spot on their high school basketball team): Leroy Smith. (If he looks a little like Charlie Murphy, that's purely coincidental, we're sure.)

Ken Green

News Fri Jun 05 2009

Short Hops

Ken Green

Sky Tue Jun 02 2009

You Gotta Have A Gimmick

wnbaball.gif(Editor's Note: The Sky's game against the E-League was held Tuesday night, and will not be held on Saturday as indicated. The Sky will open their regular WNBA season on Saturday at Minnesota and host their first home contest on June 12. We apologize for the error.)
While it does have its staunch supporters, the WNBA hasn't really become the must-see sporting event it hoped to be when it was launched in 1997 under the catchy slogan "We Got Next". Individual franchises like the New York Liberty or Los Angeles Sparks may pull in decent sized crowds, but for the most part the rest of the league has audiences on a par with the old CBA in their best days. According to one website, Women's Basketball Online, seven of the league's 14 franchises saw a drop in attendance in 2008. Since its inception, the league has seen five franchises fold and two relocate (though there is still talk of expansion to places like Nashville and Toronto).

Those lackluster attendance numbers are not for lack of quality talent. While the initial crop of WNBA stars boasted such talent as Rebecca Lobo, Lisa Leslie and Sheryl Swoopes, the current list of league stars might just be the best female basketball stars ever, with former Naperville Central star Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks but out on maternity leave) getting Michael Jordan-like praise as the possible savior of the league.

But there are still those sparse arenas, those gimmicky attempts to get butts into the seat. Which is why the Chicago Sky will be playing actor Michael Clarke Duncan in a basketball game tonight at 7pm at the UIC Pavilion.

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Ken Green

Sky Wed Apr 29 2009

Sky High Lineup

chen_nan_inside.jpgMontana may officialy be known as "Big Sky Country" but Chicago's getting close with the addition of another towering presence in the lineup of the Chicago Sky of the WNBA. The Sky announced Tuesday the signing of Chinese National Team center Chen Nan. The 6'5" Chen will join 6'6" fellow center Sylvia Fowles to present a formidable obstacle for opponents in the middle. The Sky also have another big center in 6'5" Tye'sha Fluker. Having Chen on their side just might help the Sky over the hump. They went 12-22 last season and just missed the playoffs. (Photo from Sky website)

Ken Green

News Thu Feb 19 2009

I've Got Team Spirit

teamspirits.jpgClothing designer Novem has created the ultimate Chicago sports fan t-shirt.

Designed by Paul Deters, it features the mascots of every major league team in Chicago: a totem pole of White Sox, Cubs, Bulls, Bears and Blackhawks, with the Fire behind and Sky above.

It's available for $29 online or in their studio store at 1104 N. Ashland.

Andrew Huff / Comments (3)

News Fri Jan 30 2009

Short Hops

  • First, there was Barack Obama in the White House. Now there's Pat Quinn in the State House. Politically speaking, White Sox Nation just keeps getting bigger.

  • Speaking of the Sox, as SoxFest kicks off this weekend, Ozzie Guillen says the team will try "small ball"... again. And will Joe Crede join former Sox teammate Juan Uribe in Frisco? His potential replacement, Josh Fields, is wasting no time just in case he does.

  • Detroit WR Mike agent QB Chris Simms (son of Phil)...Super Bowl starter Kurt Warner...all rumored to be on the Bears radar. Really?

  • Does Richard Dent REALLY need someone to go to the NFL Hall of Fame committee and plead his case?

  • This is THE weekend for the Windy City Rollers, as they make their UIC Pavilion debut.

  • But don't forget to show some love to the city's other roller derby queens, The Outfit, as they host a benefit party tonight.

  • You'd think getting punched in the face and crotch, sometimes at the same time, would be high on the pain scale for a UFC star. But for one Hammond, Ind., there's something more painful: being a Cubs fan.

  • Speaking of the Cubs, they're reportedly still talking about dealing Rich Hill to the Orioles.

  • Unlike their Washington, D.C. counterparts, CPS phys ed students keep it going even in below-zero weather.

  • The Sky needs your help in sending some of their players to the Euroleague All-Star Game.

  • Wanna buy a toboggan?

Ken Green

News Thu Oct 09 2008

Short Hops

  • OK, look, baseball in Chicago in 2008 is OVER. Can't we all just get along?
  • But before we go, a final look back...
  • OK, maybe one more look, from a fan trying to come to grips with his affliction.
  • The Sky re-signs Canty and Wyckoff.
  • Feeling down after recent sporting results in Chicago? The Daily Illini has the answer.
  • Got golf fever? Snow is for quitters.
  • When it comes to the Chicago Marathon, last year is, well, so last year.
  • And to get you in the mood...

Ken Green

Feature Thu Sep 11 2008

Short Hops

  • No, we didn't expect the Bears to beat the Colts last Sunday night either. But if they're going to build on that, there are three things they must do to beat the Carolina Panthers this Sunday.
  • Even if they don't win the game, the Bears are still scoring touchdowns at the bank.
  • Arguing over who gets the last drumstick is one thing. But a Cubs-White Sox World Series could drive one family nuts.
  • REALLY old school White Sox fans will mourn the death of former manager Don Gutteridge.
  • Current White Sox star Carlos Quentin hopes to be healthy by the playoffs. Question is: will he be playing or watching?
  • Patrick Kane and Jonathan Towes, the Blackhawks' Teen Titans (OK, they're not really teens but it's not far off) get some more (inter)national publicity.
  • From Kansas City to Chicago on a bike: Are gas prices THAT high?
  • The marathon gold-medalist from this year's Olympics, Constantina Tomescu-Dita of Romania has joined the field (pdf) of runners for the 2008 Chicago marathon. Hopefully, we'll have better weather this year.
  • The Sky take on the New York Liberty in their next-to-last game of their WNBA regular season.
  • Chicago teams finished third, fourth and fifth in the 2008 North American Gay Amateur Athletic Association Gay Softball World Series.
  • You're in Lisle. You're riding your bike. You have a hankering to see a play. What are you going to do?

Ken Green

News Thu Sep 04 2008

Short Hops

  • The Chicago Sky go for their fourth win in a row, a franchise record, when they host the Seattle Storm tonight at the UIC Pavilion.
  • A Los Angeles resident tells about the great time he had seeing the Cubs at Wrigley Field recently. Of course, this was before their recent, ahem, troubles.
  • Despite their contract differences, a Sporting News writer thinks Ben Gordon and the Bulls are "destined" for each other.
  • The Bears' Kyle Orton says he's not the same QB he's been in the past. Thank God.
  • Meanwhile, another NFL quarterback with a Chicago connection, Donovan McNabb, tells of growing up a Chicago sports fan.
  • The next time your significant other complains about your obsession with sports, show them this.
  • Now that you've seen the commercials a bazillion times, you might as well go out and see that Red Bull Flugtag thing in person.
  • Got the need for speed? It's a big weekend for racing at Chicagoland Speedway.
  • Or if you like your racing a little more sedate, try model boat racing at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
  • And speaking of water (don't you love these segues?), the Big Shoulders Open Water Swim Classic is this Saturday at Ohio Street Beach.
  • Chicago has a champion on the diamond, thanks to the Chicago Maccabi softball team who took gold at the Maccabi Games.

Ken Green

Sky Tue Jul 22 2008

Fowles Check Back In

Chicago Sky fans will breath a sigh of relief tonight when star rookie center Sylvia Fowles returns to the lineup against the Indiana Fever tonight at the UIC Pavilion, 7 p.m. She blogs about her return here. Fowles isn't expected to start, but will see action. Fowles missed 17 games after injuring her left knee while blockiing a shot in a game against the Los Angeles Sparks on June 3. Small consolation for Fowles, but the play marked the first goaltending call in WNBA history. The Sky went 6-11 in her absence

Ken Green

Baseball Thu Jul 03 2008

Short Hops

  • Steve Stone joining Hawk Harrelson in the White Sox TV booth? According to the Tribune, it could happen, though the dominos have to fall in just the right way.
  • ESPN’s Scoop Jackson says the Bulls’ drafting of former Simeon High School star Derrick Rose evokes the memory another Simeon hoopster tabbed for greatness, Ben Wilson, whose murder 24 years ago stunned the city.
  • Deposed WSCR morning man Mike North says he has four deals on the table. No word on whether any of them involve dishing out extra relish.
  • A new online marketplace offers fans the chance to put in a bid for playoff and World Series tickets for the Cubs (provided they make it) from season ticket owners looking to dump them. Presumably the website will offer the same deal for (ahem) the White Sox.
  • The Chicago Rush take on the Grand Rapids Rampage (don’t you love those Arena Footbal League names?) in an AFL Divisional Round playoff game this Sunday, 2 p.m., at Allstate Arena. In other Rush news, wide receiver Donovan Morgan was named AFL Rookie of the Year
  • The Sky’s Sylvia Fowles is getting a bit antsy since being sidelined with a knee injury, as she reports on her WNBA blog.
  • White Sox catcher A.J. Piersynzki needs your help in selecting his at-bat music. Though the website lists suggestions (“Panama” by Van Halen?) , I’m sure there are more appropriate songs...right?
  • Also, the White Sox host the first Double Duty Classic, featuring the top high school baseball players from across the Midwest, on Monday, July 7, 2:30 p.m. The game will honor the legacy of the Negro Leagues and is named for legend Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe.

Ken Green / Comments (1)

Sky Tue Jun 03 2008

Parker, Fowles in WNBA Showdown

It’s a homecoming for one and a chance to become a hometown hero for the other.

The WNBA’s top two rookies, Naperville native Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks and Sylvia Fowles of the Chicago Sky, will try to show why they went one-two in this year’s draft when the two teams meet at the UIC Pavilion tonight, 7 p.m.

It’s the only appearance of the Sparks (3-1) in Chicago this season and represents a big test for the Sky (1-3), who showed signs of improvement last season and suffered a couple of close losses this season.

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Ken Green

Sky Tue May 27 2008

Things Looking Up for Sky?

It’ll be somewhat of a minor achievement, but the Chicago Sky will try to move above .500 for only the third time in their existence when they take on the Minnesota Lynx Thursday night, 7 p.m., at the UIC Pavilion.

The Sky (1-1) won the first home opener in their three-year history this past Thursday when they defeated Sacramento 87-77. In that game, Sky guard Armintie Price, who picked up her WNBA Rookie of the Year award before the game, scored a career-high 22 points, along with four steals and four assists. Forward Candice Dupree added 22 while rookie center Sylvia Fowles chipped in with 11 point and seven rebounds. (Fowles blogs about her first year in the WNBA along with other top league rookies here.)

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Ken Green

Sky Thu May 15 2008

Sky Deals Center Ngoyisa

With the addition of highly-touted rookie center Sylvia Fowles, the writing was apparently on the wall for Bernadette Ngoyisa. The former Sky center was traded to the Indiana Fever for veteran guard K.B. Sharp.

Ngoyisa missed the entire 2007 WNBA season with an injured shoulder. In the 2006 season, she averaged 10. points per game and 5.7 rebounds per game.

In Sharp, the Sky get a veteran guard who appeared in all 37 games last season. She averaged 3.2 ppg and 1.4 apg. Howeverr, during the 2007-08 offseason, Sharp played in France and averaged 11.4 ppg.

Ken Green

Sky Wed May 14 2008

Sky On The Air

It worked for the Blackhawks so why not the Sky?

So low on the radar that some people wondered if they were still around, the Blackhawks saw their profile rise when they (finally) arranged to have home games televised on a regular basis. And having a decent season with some up-and-coming youngsters didn’t hurt either.

Now the Chicago Sky, the city’s WNBA franchise, is hoping for the same results after signing a new TV broadcast deal with WWME-TV, Channel 23.

The seemingly ubiquitous Me-TV will broadcast eight regular season Sky home games beginning with the May 22 home opener against Sacramento. Eric Collins will provide play-by-play while former Bull Stacey King will be the color analyst.

The Sky will continue to have their games broadcast on radio on WVON-AM, 1690 with local broadcast legend Les Grobstein as play-by-play man and Tauja Catchings as analyst.

The complete TV broadcast schedule is: May 22, Sacramento 7 p.m.; May 29, Minnesota, 7 p.m.; June 3, Los Angeles, 7 p.m.; June 13, Washington, 7:30 p.m.; June 28, Detroit, 7 p.m.; July 22, Indiana, 7 p.m.,; September 4, Seattle, 7 p.m.; September 14, Houston 3 p.m.

Ken Green

Sky Thu May 08 2008

Sky's The Limit with Fowles

No. 1 vs. No. 2 is always a big draw, particularly in sports. Think Ali vs. Frazier in boxing. Navratilova vs. Evert in tennis. Bird vs. Magic in the NBA. Kobayashi vs. Joey Chestnut in hot dog eating.

Soon, we may be able to add Parker vs. Fowles.

That’s Candace Parker, the No. 1 over all pick in this year’s WNBA draft by the Los Angeles Sparks vs. Sylvia Fowles, the No. 2 pick in the draft by the Chicago Sky. The two superstars-in-training will meet for the first time as pros tonight, 7 p.m. at the Sears Centre, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway in Hoffman Estates in the last preseason game for both teams before the WNBA regular season begins.

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