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  Sky, Red Stars, Fire and White Sox all win; Cubs do not

The Chicago Sky (25-8) extended their franchise record with their 25th victory, defeating the Connecticut Sun (22-11) 94-91 on Aug. 7 at Wintrust Arena in a game that was nationally televised on ABC. Courtney Vandersloot led ...


  WORLD Zelensky, French position, UK drag-queen shows, triathlons

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed he will ask Ukraine's government to look into legalizing same-sex marriage after the war with Russia ends, PinkNews reported. Ukraine's constitution defines marriage as between a man and a woman. Last ...


  Sky, Cubs and White Sox all win

The Chicago Sky (24-8) defeated the Washington Mystics (20-13) 93-83 at Wintrust Arena on Aug. 5. The Sky tied a franchise record with 24 wins in a single season—a record set during the 2013 WNBA regular ...


  Brittney Griner found guilty, sentenced to nine years

On Aug. 4, a Russian court found out WNBA star Brittney Griner guilty of drug smuggling and possession charges—and sentenced her to nine years in prison. The widely expected verdict came after a monthlong trial ...


  The Chicago Sky launch The Net: A Mental Health Initiative

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (Aug. 3, 2022)—As issues of mental health make headlines in sport—and women's sports in particular—the WNBA championship team Chicago Sky launched "The Net," (A Network of Mental Health Support in ...


  Cubs keep Contreras, Happ; White Sox win; Sky lose

In the wake of a 6-0 loss at the St. Louis Cardinals (55-48) on Aug. 2, the Chicago Cubs (41-61) did not trade catcher Willson Contreras or outfielder Ian Happ, WGN-TV noted. Both were listed in ...


  Chicago Sky's James Wade named WNBA Coach of the Month for second straight time

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (Aug. 2, 2022)—Chicago Sky General Manager/Head Coach James Wade has been selected as the WNBA Coach of the Month for July, the league announced. This is the second month in a row Wade has won ...


  Courtney Vandersloot named WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week

-- From a press release

CHICAGO—The Chicago Sky's Courtney Vandersloot was named WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week, the league announced. This marks the second time this season and eighth time in Vandersloot's 12-year career to receive the honor. Vandersloo ...


  Vandersloot reaches mark in Sky win; MLB teams split

Courtney Vandersloot dished out 12 assists—passing Lindsay Whalen to become number three all-time on the WNBA assists list—as the Sky (23-7) edged the Connecticut Sun (20-10) 95-92 in overtime at Mohegan Sun Arena on July 31. ...


  WORLD Cuban referendum, Gay Games, Berlin attacks, Indian trans men

Cuba's parliament announced that the country will hold a referendum on the legalization of same-sex marriage and surrogate parenthood, Deutsche Welle reported. The referendum on the new family law is scheduled to be held Sunday, Sept. ...


  Lesbian fighter Amanda Nunes recaptures UFC title

On July 30, Amanda Nunes—a Brazilian lesbian who's considered one of the best mixed martial-arts fighters of all time—recaptured the UFC women's bantamweight title from Julianna Pena in a match in Dallas' American Airlines Center, ES ...


  Red Stars lose; Fire tie Atlanta; Cubs fall but White Sox split

On July 30, the visiting Chicago Red Stars (5-3-5) lost to the first-place San Diego Wave (7-3-4) 1-0. Jaedyn Shaw scored for the Wave. Vanessa DiBernardo took home Star of the Match, per a press release. ...


  Sky notch 22nd win; Cubs, White Sox have mixed results

Kahleah Copper recorded her third career double-double (16 points and 11 rebounds) for the Chicago Sky (22-7) as the team scored an 89-81 win over the New York Liberty (10-18) on July 29 at Wintrust Arena. ...


  Chicago Red Stars midfielder Alyssa Mautz to retire following July 30 match

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (July 29, 2022)—Alyssa Mautz, a longtime Chicago Red Stars midfielder, announced today her plans to retire following the team's match Saturday, July 30, at Soldier Field. The Red Stars will hold a ceremony prior to ...


  Biden reportedly offers arms dealer in exchange for Griner, Whelan

After months of internal debate, the Biden administration has offered to exchange Viktor Bout, a convicted Russian arms trafficker serving a 25-year prison sentence in Illinois, as part of a potential deal ...


  Sky lose Cup final; Cubs, White Sox win

At Wintrust Arena on July 26, the Chicago Sky (21-7) fell to the Las Vegas Aces (20-8) 93-83 in the final of the Commissioner's Cup. A $500,000 prize pool went to Las Vegas, giving an estimated ...


  Lightfoot offers Soldier Field proposals, but Bears are unmoved

On July 25, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced proposals for renovations of Soldier Field, the current home of the Chicago Bears. These proposals stemmed from considerations and recommendations made by the Mayor's Museum Campus Working Group. ...


  Sky lose; Cubs win; White Sox split; Minoso's Hall of Fame induction

In NYC on July 23, the WNBA's Chicago Sky (21-7) lost to the New York Liberty (10-17) 83-80 at the Barclays Center. Chicago only had 14 points at the end of the first quarter (on a ...


  Registration for the 31st Annual AIDS Run & Walk only $24 for 24 hours on July 24

-- From a press release

(Chicago, IL) AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) announces the return of its popular $24 for 24 promotion on July 24 for discounted registration for the 31st annual AIDS Run & Walk Chicago (ARWC) taking place Oct. 2 ...


  Playoff-bound Sky win again; Cubs easily win but White Sox lose

On July 22, the Chicago Sky (21-6)—who clinched a playoff spot earlier this week—scored an 89-83 victory over the Dallas Wings (11-15) at Wintrust Arena. It was the second meeting in less than a week between ...


  Quidditch organizations cite Rowling's anti-trans statements in acquiring new name

Major League Quidditch, the real-life semi-pro league inspired by the magical contests played by wizards in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels and their film adaptations, now has a new name. ...


  Sky score historic win; Chicago's Title IX honorees

On July 20, the Chicago Sky (20-6) defeated the Seattle Storm (17-9) 78-74 at Wintrust Arena. It marked the fourth time Chicago has had 20 wins in one season—and there are still several games left to ...


  U.S. women's soccer team qualifies for Olympics

The U.S. women's soccer team qualified for the 2024 Paris Olympics by beating Canada 1-0 in the CONCACAF women's championship final on July 18, NBC Sports reported. The final score was the reverse of the Tokyo ...


  Pro Russian woman tennis player says she's in same-sex relationship

Russia's highest-ranked women's tennis player, Daria Kasatkina, said in a video interview released July 18 that she is dating a woman, according to ESPN. The 25-year-old French Open semifinalist's comments come as the Russian parliament discus ...


  Sky win again; Red Stars and MLB teams lose

At College Park Center, the Chicago Sky (19-6) defeated the Dallas Wings (11-14) 89-81 on July 16 in WNBA action. It was the first matchup between the Sky and Wings this season. Kahleah Copper and Emma ...


  Cubs slide while White Sox win; Wrigley Field suit; Sky continue to roll

The Chicago Cubs (34-55) fell to the New York Mets (56-34) 8-0 at Wrigley Field on July 14, showing the chasm between the teams. It was the Cubs' seventh consecutive loss. The Mets won for the ...


  Laura Ricketts reportedly considering investing in the Chicago Sky

Chicago Cubs co-owner and out lesbian Laura Ricketts has had preliminary conversations with Sky principal owner Michael Alter about becoming a potential investor in the WNBA team, The Chicago Tribune reported. One source said Ricketts and ...


  Sky win; mixed results for MLB teams; Duncan Keith retires

The Chicago Sky improved their record to 17-6 after beating the Atlanta Dream (10-13) 90-75 at Wintrust Arena on July 12. Candace Parker led Chicago with 31 points and passed Lisa Leslie (6,264) for ninth on ...


  Red Stars tie N.C. Courage, name #SHEINSPIRESME winners

The Chicago Red Stars come back to tie the North Carolina Courage 2-2 on July 10, thanks to late goals from Sarah Griffith and Amanda Kowalski. The Red Stars are now unbeaten in nine matches. It ...


  Sky's Quigley wins contest; White Sox score win but Cubs lose

Chicago Sky player Allie Quigley won the WNBA 3-point contest for a record fourth time on July 9, putting together a perfect final rack, ESPN reported. The WNBA All-Star Weekend (July 8-10) is taking place in ...


  Azura Stevens, Courtney Vandersloot to compete in 2022 WNBA All-Star Skills Challenge

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (July 8, 2022) — The Chicago Sky's Azurá Stevens and Courtney Vandersloot will participate in the 2022 WNBA Skills Challenge on Saturday, July 9 at McCormick Place in Chicago, the league announced today. They will ...


  Chicago Sky defeat Indiana; LaVine stays; MLB teams lose

On July 7, the Chicago Sky (16-6) defeated the Indiana Fever (5-19) 93-85 at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. The Sky officially clinched home-court advantage at the Commissioner's Cup after beating the ...


  Sky's Allie Quigley to make fifth appearance at WNBA MTN DEW Three-Point Contest

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (July 7, 2022) — Chicago Sky guard Allie Quigley is set to participate in the WNBA MTN DEW 3-Point Contest at McCormick Place in Chicago. The event will take place Saturday, July 9, at 2 ...


  Brittney Griner pleads guilty in Russian court

Out WNBA basketball star Brittney Griner pled guilty to drug charges in a Moscow court on July 7, NBC News reported. This development leaves her facing the prospect of up to 10 years in prison as ...


  A League of Their Own series slides into Prime Video

Inspired by the 1992 film A League of Their Own, a new eight-episode series of the same name is set to premiere on August 12, 2022, on Prime Video. ...


  Sky's win streak snapped; Cubs and White Sox prevail

The Minnesota Lynx (6-18) surprised the Chicago Sky (15-6) 81-78 on July 6 at the Target Center. The loss ended the Sky's five-game winning streak. The Lynx's Aerial Powers had a double-double, leading both teams with ...


  Chicago Sky's James Wade named WNBA Coach of the Month

-- From a press release

CHICAGO (July 5, 2022) — Chicago Sky General Manager/Head Coach James Wade has been selected as the WNBA Coach of the Month, the league announced. Wade led the Sky to a 9-2 record throughout the month ...


  Red Stars defeat Gotham; Cubs and White Sox also win

On July 2, the Chicago Red Stars (5-1-4) defeated the visiting New Jersey/New York Gotham FC (2-5-1) 3-0. Goals from Vanessa DiBernardo, Sarah Luebbert and Ella Stevens secured three points for Chicago and sent them to ...


  Sky drop Mercury; Red Stars add team replacement players

On July 2 at Wintrust Arena, the Chicago Sky (15-5) defeated the Phoenix Mercury (9-13) 91-75. Allie Quigley led Chicago with 19 points, while Skylar Diggins-Smith had 25 for Phoenix. The game featured a matchup between ...


  CBS Sports Radio guest host pulled after anti-LGBTQ+ tweets become known

In the sports world, plans to have Dan Sileo guest-host the Jim Rome Show on July 5 on CBS Sports Radio (Audacy Property) were canceled when Sileo's past anti-LGBTQ+ tweets were publicized. An individual named Brian ...


  U.S. men's soccer team qualifies for 2024 Olympics

The U.S. men's soccer team has qualified for the 2024 Olympics. This will mark the first time since 2008 that the U.S. men will participate in the Olympics, Sports Illustrated noted. The men's U-20 team clinched ...


  UCLA, USC to join Northwestern, Michigan in Big 10

The name "Big 10" will be even more of a misnomer as two West Coast schools—USC and UCLA—have announced plans to leave the PAC-12 and join the collegiate sports conference as early as 2024. That will ...


  White Sox celebrate Pride Night

On June 23, the Chicago White Sox held their annual Pride Night. The Baltimore Orioles were that night's opponent. During the White Sox celebration of Pride Night, presented by Vizzy, wives and significant others of the ...


  ACLU files case against Indiana's anti-trans law

On July 1, a law banning transgender girls from playing on girls' sports teams in schools went into effect. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has asked for an injunction on the law, WTHR reported. On ...


  Sky win fourth straight; Fire prevail on Pride Night; Cubs win, White Sox lose

The Chicago Sky (14-5) defeated the Connecticut Sun (13-7) 91-83 on June 29 at Wintrust Arena, scoring their fourth consecutive win. A scorching start helped Chicago. The Sky set a new WNBA shooting record in a ...


  Courtney Vandersloot named WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CHICAGO—Chicago Sky's Courtney Vandersloot was named WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week, the league announced. This marks the seventh time in Vandersloot's 12-year career to receive the honor. Vandersloot is the ...


  Russian trial for Brittney Griner to begin July 1

More than four months after she was arrested at a Moscow airport for alleged cannabis possession, a Russian court has set the start date for the trial of U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner for Friday, July ...


  Sky, Cubs and White Sox all score narrow victories

On June 26, the Chicago Sky (13-5) defeated the Minnesota Lynx (5-14) 88-85 at Wintrust Arena. The matchup was the 23rd head-to-head meeting between the Sky's Candace Parker and the Lynx's Sylvia Fowles—the No. 1 overall ...


  U.S. House passes resolution urging Griner's release

The U.S. House passed a bipartisan resolution calling on the Russian government to immediately release WNBA star Brittney Griner, CNN reported. "Not a day goes by that we aren't thinking of Brittney and working to get ...


  Chicago Wolves win Calder Cup; Cubs, White Sox lose

The Calder Cup (for minor-league professional ice hockey teams) has been awarded again—and the Chicago Wolves are back on top of the American Hockey League, TSN reported. The Wolves secured their first Calder Cup championship since ...


  'Hawks to hire new coach; Cubs blank Cardinals; White Sox lose

Luke Richardson is expected to become the new head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks, an NHL source confirmed to ESPN. Richardson would replace interim coach Derek King, who went 27-33-10 after taking over for Jeremy Colliton ...


  Rugby league bans trans women from international competition

Rugby has banned transgender players from women's international competition until further notice, following global swimming's decision to restrict trans athletes' participation at the elite level, Reuters reported. The International Rugby ...


  Chicago Red Stars hire Morinao Imaizumi as assistant coach

-- From a press release

CHICAGO, Ill. (June 24, 2022) — Today, the Chicago Red Stars announced the addition of Morinao Imaizumi to the club's coaching staff as an assistant coach. Imaizumi joins the club for the remainder of the 2022 ...


  Gov. Pritzker expands state license plate options to include Chicago Sky, Red Stars and Fire

-- From a press release

CHICAGO — Governor JB Pritzker signed HB4434 into law today, expanding the options of professional sports team license plates Illinoisans can choose from at the Secretary of State. The change, which adds the Chicago Fire, the ...


  Parker makes history in Sky victory; Cubs, White Sox lose

On June 23, Chicago Sky player Candace Parker made history as the first WNBA player with three career triple-doubles in Chicago's (12-5) 82-59 win over the Los Angeles Sparks (6-10) at Arena. An audience of ...


  Human Rights Campaign celebrates 50-year Anniversary of Title IX

-- From a press release

WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) issued a press release recognizing the 50-year anniversary of Title IX. HRC Interim President Joni Madison said in a statement: "Title IX has had a transformative impact on our ...


  Candace Parker named 2022 WNBA All-Star starter; Griner named honorary All-Star

Candace Parker has been selected as a starter for AT&T WNBA All-Star 2022, the league announced. She will once again take a frontcourt spot in the star-studded match-up, this year at her team's home arena in ...


  Sky erase 28-point deficit to win; White Sox prevail; Cubs continue slide

In WNBA action, the Chicago Sky (11-5) came back from 28 points down to defeat the Las Vegas Aces (13-3) 104-95 at Michelob Ultra Arena on June 21. This game—a preview of the Commissioner's Cup match-up ...


  White Sox unveil details for Pride Night, June 23

-- From a press release [UPDATE]

White Sox's Pride Night is presented by Vizzy and will be held Thursday, June 23, when the Chicago White Sox take on Baltimore at 7:10 p.m. CT at Guaranteed Rate Field. The first 10,000 fans (ages ...


  Fever rally to beat Sky; Cubs and White Sox also fall

At Indiana Farmers Coliseum on June 19, the Indiana Fever (5-13) overcame a 15-point deficit to edge the Chicago Sky (10-5) 89-87. Kahleah Copper led Chicago (playing without Candace Parker for the second consecutive game) with ...


  Governing body restricts trans swimmers; HRC responds

On June 19, swimming's world governing body, FINA, voted to restrict the participation of transgender athletes in women's events and will look into creating an "open competition" category, Yahoo! News reported. FINA members voted 71.5% in ...


  Red Stars tie Kansas City; White Sox and Cubs win

The Chicago Red Stars extend their unbeaten streak to six matches after tying the Kansas City Current 2-2 at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas on June 18. The Red Stars walked away with one ...


  Sky outlast Dream in OT; Cubs end two streaks; Sox lose big

On June 17, the Chicago Sky (10-4) defeated the Atlanta Dream (7-8) 104-100 in overtime at Wintrust Arena. Kahleah Copper had 23 points to lead Chicago. The Dream's Cheyenne Parker, who spent her six seasons as ...


  WNBA player and lesbian icon Sue Bird to retire

WNBA legend Sue Bird, who's with the Seattle Storm, will retire after this season, NPR noted. "I've decided this will be my final year," Bird said in a post on her Instagram and Twitter accounts. "I ...


  Russia extends Brittney Griner's detention again

On June 14, prosecutors in Russia were granted another extension in the case of U.S. women's basketball player Brittney Griner, ESPN reported. The extension is a procedural move that was expected and should have little effect ...


  Sky and Red Stars win; Yankees crush Cubs; White Sox lose

In WNBA action, Courtney Vandersloot and Emma Meesseman each scored 20 points to lead the Chicago Sky (9-4) to an 88-86 win over the New York Liberty (5-9) in the Big Apple on June 12. It ...


  Cubs lose in 13 while White Sox win; Sky edge Sun

Facing the New York Yankees (42-16) on June 10 at Yankee Stadium, the Chicago Cubs (23-34) fell 2-1 in 13 innings. Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo was zero for four in his first game against the ...


  Red Stars tie; Sky's win streak snapped; White Sox lose

On June 8, the Chicago Sky tied the Washington Spirit in a scoreless game in Bridgeview, Illinois. In what felt like an evenly fought match, the Red Stars were outshot by Washington 13 to eight. However, ...


  Cubs, White Sox and Sky to hold Pride nights in June

In keeping with Pride Month, Chicago's pro sports teams will celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in June. The Chicago Cubs will hold its Pride Night on Wed., June 29 as well as Out at Wrigley on Sunday, ...


  Sky top Mystics; Cubs lose again; White Sox beat Rays

On June 5, Kahleah Copper had 15 points to lead the Chicago Sky (7-3) over the Washington Mystics (7-5) 91-82 at Wintrust Arena. The Sky remain undefeated in Commissioner's Cup games this season (4-0), and it's ...


  Cubs split doubleheader; White Sox win; Red Stars prevail

On June 4, the Chicago Cubs (23-31) split a doubleheader with the St. Louis Cardinals (31-23) at Wrigley Field. Chicago won the opener 6-1 but lost the nightcap 7-4 in 10 innings. In the first game, ...


  Vandersloot makes history in Sky win; Cubs, White Sox lose; NU softball

In WNBA action, the Chicago Sky (6-3) defeated the Atlanta Dream (6-4) 73-65 on June 3 in College Park, Georgia. The Sky are still undefeated (4-0) in Commissioner's Cup games. Courtney Vandersloot passed Allie Quigley to ...


  Red Stars tie again; Cubs win, White Sox lose; NU softball; ex-Bear dies

The Chicago Red Stars battled the Washington Spirit to a 1-1 tie on June 1 at SeatGeek Stadium. The Red Stars' previous game, against the Portland Thorns, also resulted in a tie (2-2). An early header ...


  Sky edge Phoenix; Cubs win while White Sox lose

In WNBA action, Courtney Vandersloot scored 18 points as the Chicago Sky (5-3) edged the Phoenix Mercury (2-7) 73-70 at Wintrust Arena on May 31. The game was a rematch of the 2021 WNBA Finals in ...


  Trans swimmer Lia Thomas answers critics in interview

Two months after becoming the first transgender athlete to win an NCAA Division I national championship, transgender former University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas responded to some of the criticism she has received for competing in ...


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