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  SOCCER Lloyd scores five goals as U.S. women rout Paraguay

Scoring five goals in a soccer match can be called a glut or even a "repoker." Whatever it's called, Carli Lloyd accomplished that incredible feat as the U.S. women's national team routed Paraguay 9-0 in Cleveland ...


  Gay Games XI postponed because of pandemic

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the upcoming Gay Games XI have been moved from November 2022 to November 2023, Outsports reported. "Given the ongoing uncertainty regarding the state of travel restrictions internationally and in Hong Kong, ...


  USWNT national soccer team slams contract offer

The United States Women's National Team Players Association (USWNTPA) is calling the U.S. Soccer Federation's offer of identical contracts for its women's and men's national teams a publicity stunt, according to Yahoo! Sports. On S ...


  SPORTS Sky come up short vs. Mystics

At Wintrust Arena on Sept. 12, the Chicago Sky lost to the Washington Mystics 79-72. Sky center Azura Stevens scored a season-high 18 points in the Sky's loss. Earlier this season, the former first round pick ...


  Three Red Stars join USWNT for upcoming games against Paraguay

Three Chicago Red Stars will join the United States Women's National Team (USWNT) later this month as the squad takes on Paraguay Sept. 16 and 21. Defenders Casey Krueger and Tierna Davidson will be joined by ...


  SPORTS Blackhawks tickets available Sept. 14; Pride Night on April 12

The Chicago Blackhawks announced that single-game tickets for the team's 2021-22 regular season at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 12 p.m. ...


  Chicago Red Stars open nominations for 2021 #SHEINSPIRESME Award

--From a press release

CHICAGO — Nominations are now open for the Chicago Red Stars' 2021 #SHEINSPIRESME Award. #SHEINSPIRESME is an annual award presented to women who exemplify leadership, practice social responsibility and who inspire and uplift their community. T ...


  SPORTS Sky clinch playoff spot with Sept. 5 win

The Chicago Sky officially secured a ticket to the postseason. By virtue of the team's 92-84 victory over the Las Vegas Aces at Wintrust Arena on Sept. 5, the Sky will advance to the 2021 WNBA ...


  WNBA names 25 greatest players in history

On Sept. 5, the WNBA commemorated its landmark 25th season by announcing the selection of "The W25"—a collection of the 25 greatest and most influential players in WNBA history, according to a press release. The unveiling ...


  Baseball player Bryan Ruby comes out as gay

Bryan Ruby has become the only active professional baseball player at any level to be publicly out, according to USA Today. He's a professional baseball player—a member of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, an Oregon team that's a ...


  Las Vegas Aces defeat Chicago Sky

Against the Las Vegas Aces, the Chicago Sky came up short Sept. 2, losing 90-83 at Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas. Sky forward Candace Parker finished with 30 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and two ...


  HOCKEY Canada edges U.S. to win women's championships

Marie-Philip Poulin scored the golden goal at 7:22 of the first overtime period to give Canada a 3-2 win over the United States, according to the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) website. It was Canada's first ...


  SPORTS Chicago Sky fall to Phoenix Mercury

At Phoenix's Footprint Center, the Chicago Sky fell to the Phoenix Mercury 103-83 on Aug. 31. The loss followed a 32-point win over the Seattle Storm on Aug. 29. Chicago once again had balanced scoring, with ...


  SPORTS Chicago Sky have record-breaking win over Seattle

At the Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, Washington, the Chicago Sky had a record-breaking win Aug. 29 when they routed the Seattle Storm 107-75. The Sky's 32-point win over the Seattle Storm is the ...


  Chicago Red Stars defeat Kansas City 3-0

Sarah Woldmoe scored a brace (meaning two goals) and Katie Johnson added another to give Chicago a 3-0 victory over Kansas City (2-11-4) on Aug. 28 at SeatGeek Stadium. Woldmoe's performance earned her an emphatic Player ...


  HOCKEY U.S. women's team routs Japan to advance to semis

In Canada, the defending champion United States scored five first-period goals en route to a 10-2 quarterfinal thrashing of Japan on Aug. 28 in Calgary, noted. U.S. scoring leader Hilary Knight led the way with ...


  TENNIS Svitolina wins inaugural Chicago Women's Open title

Top seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine took home her first WTA (Women's Tennis Association) singles title of the season by defeating number-nine seed Alize Cornet of France 7-5, 6-4 to win the inaugural Chicago Women's Open ...


  TENNIS U.S. Open to celebrate Pride on Sept. 1

Rainbow flags will be flying at the USTA (United States Tennis Association) Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Wed., Sept. 1, as the USTA celebrates and welcomes the LGBTQ+ community to the first-ever Open Pride ...


  SPORTS Chicago Sky defeat Seattle 73-69

Chicago Sky forward Kahleah Copper, just mere hours from her birthday, scored a game-high 26 points en route to the Sky's comeback victory over the Seattle Storm (18-9) on Aug. 27 in Seattle. The Sky (13-12) ...


  U.S. falls to Canada in women's world hockey championships

At the women's world hockey championships, Canada stunned the United States 5-1 on Aug. 26, reported. Jamie Lee Rattray scored twice for the Canadian team as the U.S. squad's win streak ended at 29 games. ...


  SPORTS Blackhawks launch first NFT collection

The Chicago Blackhawks announced the team's first officially licensed non-fungible token (NFT) collection composed of 12 hockey character cards and 2,000 digital tickets, all inspired by retro 8-bit gaming graphics. ...


  SPORTS Chicago Sky defeat Atlanta 86-79

On Aug. 24, the Chicago Sky secured its first win on its most-recent five-game road trip with an 86-79 victory over the Atlanta Dream. Those scoring in double digits for the Sky included Candace Parker (18 ...


  SPORTS Venus Williams bounced out of Chicago Women's Open Tournament

Venus Williams was on the South Side for the Chicago Tennis Festival this week, reported. Williams was competing in the Chicago Women's Open Tournament at XS Tennis in the Washington Park neighborhood. However, according to ...


  SPORTS Red Stars teaming with Univision for Sept. 25 game

The Chicago Red Stars of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and Univision Chicago—part of Univision Communications Inc., the leading Spanish-language media and content company in the country—announced a first-time ...


  Trans woman and cancer survivor makes her debut at SEA BLUE Prostate Cancer Walk & Run

Among all the men, Iris Farley—a prostate cancer survivor and trans woman—will be running in Us TOO's SEA Blue Prostate Cancer Walk & Run on Sept. 26 in Lincoln Park. Farley, a Chicago resident, is the ...


  SPORTS U.S. blanks Finland in women's hockey championships

In the 2021 Ice Hockey Women's World Championship, the defending champion U.S. team blanked 2019 silver medalist Finland 3-0 in Aug. 22 at Calgary's WinSport Arena, according to the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) website. Power ...


  SPORTS Chicago Sky fall to Lynx 101-95

In WNBA action, the Chicago Sky fell to the Minnesota Lynx 101-95 at WinTrust Arena on Aug. 21. Courtney Vandersloot and Allie Quigley put on dominant offensive performances, combining for more than half of the Sky's ...


  SPORTS Red Stars tie Racing Louisville 1-1

Kealia Watt scored in the 57th minute as the Chicago Red Stars drew level with Racing Louisville 1-1 in National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) play on Aug. 19. Morgan Gautrat made her return to the Red ...


  GLAAD, RespectAbility highlight at least 23 out LGBTQ Paralympic athletes, a new record

--From a press release

(August 18, 2021) GLAAD is highlighting the participation of out LGBTQ athletes in this year's Paralympic Games in Tokyo. This year, the number of out LGBTQ athletes (23) is nearly double the amount that competed (12) ...


  Chicago Red Stars fall to N.C. Courage

Goalkeeper Emily Boyd returned to the Chicago Red Stars starting core for the first time in two years. However, Chicago fell to the North Carolina Courage in Cary, North Carolina, 1-0 on Aug. 15. Boyd's 2021 ...


  Chicago Sky edge Seattle in overtime

The Chicago Sky defeated the Seattle Storm 87-85 in overtime on Aug. 15—the team's first overtime win this season. It's also Chicago's first overtime win at Wintrust Arena since Sept. 13, 2016. On his birthday, Chicago ...


  SPORTS Red Stars fall to Orlando 2-0

On Aug. 8, the Chicago Red Stars battled, but ultimately fell to the Orlando Pride 2-0 in Bridgeview, Illinois, in women's soccer action. Tatumn Milazzo led the team in touches (58) and interceptions (four), and tied ...


  WORLD Ghana's bill, Pride events, Gay Games, race-car driver

Ghanaian lawmakers are facing backlash over a bill before Ghana's parliament that aims to make LGBTQ-rights advocacy illegal, Voice of America reported. Eight lawmakers are sponsoring the bill, which would impose a maximum 10-year prison sentence ...


  Olympics roundup for Aug. 7-8: U.S. women set the gold standard

At the Tokyo Olympics, the United States ended up edging China for the most gold medals won during the event (39 to 38). Below are a few reasons why, courtesy of how U.S. women performed Aug. ...


  Canadian becomes first out trans athlete to win Olympic medal

Canadian soccer star Quinn became the first openly transgender athlete to ever win an Olympic medal following their team's gold medal-winning win over Sweden on Aug. 6, NBC News reported. Canada's 3-2 win in penalty kicks ...


  Olympics roundup for Aug. 6

—Hoop, there it is: The U.S. men's basketball team captured the gold medal with a tight 87-82 victory over France, avenging an earlier loss in the tournament. Kevin Durant (who, hours before the game, had agreed ...


  Olympics: U.S. women's basketball team advances to semis

At the Tokyo Olympics, the U.S. women's basketball team advanced to the semifinals thanks to a 79-55 victory over Australia on Aug. 4. Last month in Las Vegas, the Australians stunned the Americans in an exhibition ...


  Olympics: U.S. women's soccer team wins bronze-medal game

The United States women's national team beat Australia 4-3 to win the Olympic bronze-medal match Aug. 5, with Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd each scoring twice, reported. It was a record-breaking evening for Lloyd, who ...


  Olympics: Shot-putter's mother dies

Clarissa Saunders—the mother of out silver medal-winning shot-putter Raven Saunders—died Aug. 3, noted. The death was confirmed to The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier by her longtime coach and ...


  Olympics: Transgender weightlifter exits competition early

New Zealand transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard was knocked out of the women's 87+-kilogram competition early after failing on all three of her attempts, according to Yahoo! Sports. Hubbard was the only one of the 13 ...


  Biles takes bronze in final gymnastics event of Tokyo Olympics

Simone Biles ended her 2020 Tokyo Olympics with a bronze medal on the balance beam—the last event of the women's gymnastics competition. Biles missed the finals on vault, uneven bars and floor exercise, as well as ...


  DaBaby apologizes for 'misinformed' comments about AIDS, LGBTQ people

After his headlining sets at Lollapalooza, Governors Ball and Day N Vegas festivals were canceled within 24 hours of each other, rapper DaBaby issued another apology to the LGBTQ community, Variety reported. "Social Media moves so ...


  Olympics: IOC investigating out shot-putter for protest gesture

U.S. shot-putter Raven Saunders—a Black, LGBTQ athlete—has explained what the gesture she made following her silver medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics meant, according to She raised her hands and crossed them in an X ...


  Olympics: U.S. women's soccer team loses, must play bronze-medal match

At the Tokyo Olympics, Canada stunned the United States 1-0 in the women's soccer semifinals to advance to the gold-medal match on Aug. 2. According to, the USWNT has now failed to reach the final ...


  Olympics: U.S. women's basketball team tops France

A'ja Wilson scored 22 points and Breanna Stewart added 17 to help the U.S. beat France 93-82 in women's Olympic basketball play Aug. 2, reported. The win was the 52nd in a row for the ...


  Women's soccer roundup: Injured player in Olympics match, Red Stars win

United States women's national team (USWNT) and Chicago Red Stars player Alyssa Naeher was forced off with an injury in the first half of the USWNT's Olympics semifinal against Canada on Aug. 2, according to ...


  OLYMPICS Out U.S. shot-putter wins silver medal

Even in the glittery celebrity-laden world of track and field, U.S. shot-putter Raven Saunders stands out—and now she has a medal. Sporting multicolored hair, Saunders won the silver medal with a toss of 19.79 meters (64.9 ...


  OLYMPICS U.S. fencers protest teammate accused of sexual assault

Three fencers on the men's U.S. Olympic team wore pink masks during their match against Japan to protest a teammate accused of sexual assault, The Hill noted. Jake Hoyle, Curtis McDowald and Yeisser Ramirez wore their ...


  OLYMPICS U.S. women's basketball team wins, but there are concerns

The U.S. beat Japan 86-69 on July 30, three days after beating Nigeria by nine in the opener, according to That was the first time a team had come within single digits of the U.S. team in the Olympics since ...


  Olympics: U.S. women's soccer team advances to semis

The United States women's national team are through to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic soccer semifinals after a penalty shootout win against Netherlands, following a 2-2 draw after extra-time, noted. Vivianne Miedema, who was making her ...


  Olympics: Tennis player apologizes for anti-gay slur

Italian tennis player Fabio Fognini apologized for yelling at himself with an anti-gay slur during a loss in the Olympic tennis tournament, reported. Fognini used the offensive Italian word repeatedly during a three-set loss to ...


  Olympics: U.S. women's 3x3 basketball team wins gold

The U.S. team of Stefanie Dolson, Allisha Gray, Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young won the first women's gold medal in the new Olympic sport of 3x3 basketball, The Chicago Tribune reported. Plum scored all five of ...


  9/11 Memorial Stair Climb and Walk taking place at Soldier Field

In remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, members of the public will join area firefighters to climb the stairs of Soldier Field in honor of the 343 firefighters from the FDNY who ...


  Olympics: Japan tops U.S. in gold-medal softball game

In the Olympics, host country Japan beat the United States 2-0 to take the gold medal on July 27. Softball was added to the games at host country Japan's request, and from the moment it became ...


  NBC Sports apologizes for misgendering Olympian; GLAAD responds

GLAAD responded to media coverage of the first several days of the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo, including the misgendering of Team USA skateboarder Alana Smith. Smith made Olympic history July 25 as the first ...


  Olympics: Women's soccer team advances to quarterfinals

United States women's national team (USWNT) forward Alex Morgan had a goal disallowed as the squad settled for a 0-0 tie with Australia in its final game of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics group stage, noted. ...


  Gay British diver wins Olympic gold

The British team of Tom Daley and Matty Lee narrowly won the 10-meter synchronized diving competition on July 26 at the Tokyo Olympics, upsetting favored China and keeping the diving powerhouse from any chance of a ...


  Chicago Red Stars fall to Gotham 2-1

The Chicago Red Stars' Makenzy Doniak scored in the second half's stoppage time—but the team ultimately lost to NJ/NY Gotham FC 2-1 at Harrison, New Jersey, on July 25. Allie Long and Midge Purce scored for ...


  Women's soccer: U.S. Olympic team bounces back with 6-1 win

Days after Sweden snapped the U.S. women's national team's (USWNT's) 44-game win streak with a deflating 3-0 loss, the U.S. team scored a 6-1 victory over New Zealand on July 24, The Sporting News noted. The ...


  Women's soccer: Sweden snaps United States' 44-game win streak

In women's soccer, Sweden dominated the United States 3-0 on July 20 in Tokyo, snapping the Americans' 44-game winning streak in convincing fashion, Yahoo! Sports reported. The U.S. team entered this event as heavy favorites to ...


  Hockey prospect makes history by coming out

Just weeks after the first active pro-football came out as gay, a professional hockey prospect has done the same. Nashville Predators prospect Luke Prokop has come out as gay, becoming the first active player under contract ...


  Trans model makes history with SI Swimsuit cover

On July 19, Sports Illustrated (SI) Swimsuit announced this year's cover models: rapper Megan Thee Stallion, tennis player Naomi Osaka and model/actress Leyna Bloom—each making history in her own way. A press release sent to Windy ...


  Chicago Red Stars net 3-1 victory over OL Reign

Vanessa DiBernardo and Kealia Watt celebrated league milestones as the Chicago Red Stars defeated the OL Reign at home (SeatGeek Stadium) on July 18. DiBernardo reached the 10,000th minute mark in her NWSL (National Women's Soccer ...


  Billie Jean King part of group inducted into Tennis Hall of Fame

Lesbian trailblazer and icon Billie Jean King was one of 12 people inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on July 17, according to the hall's website. The Class of 2021 includes coach Dennis Van ...


  More than 140 LGBTQ athletes slated to be at Tokyo Olympics

At least 142 publicly out LGBTQ and non-binary athletes are headed to Tokyo for the Summer Olympic Games—more than double the number who participated at the 2016 Rio Games, according to Outsports. The number of publicly ...


  Chicago Sports Alliance continues to help combat gun violence

The Chicago Sports Alliance—a collaboration between the Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs andWhite Sox that began in 2017—announced it will move forward for a fourth year to combine the reach and resources of the franchises in ...


  SPORTS Sky's Parker among cover athletes for video game NBA 2K22

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic, Chicago Sky.WNBA standout Candace Parker and Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant are among the players who will be featured on the next NBA 2K video-game release, per an NBA press statement. ...


  Sky's Quigley wins three-point contest

Chicago Sky guard Allie Quigley made nine of her last 10 shots to win her third WNBA MTN DEW Three-Point Contest title at halftime of AT&T WNBA All-Star 2021 at Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay ...


  Chicago Red Stars defeat Houston 2-1, thanks to two own-goals

On July 11 in SeatGeek Stadium, the Chicago Red Stars staged a unique comeback—with two own-goals—to defeat the Houston Dash 2-1. After a scoreless first half, Houston scored when Veronica Latsko netted a goal in the ...


  Soldier Field sued for allowing anti-LGBTQ+ slurs

Four men—Jordan Penland, Karl Gerner, Edward R. Burke and Paul C. Burke—are suing Chicago's Soldier Field, saying they were subjected to anti-LGBTQ+ slurs during a 2019 soccer game there and stadium personnel did nothing to stop ...


  Chicago Sky lose to Mystics in overtime thriller

At Chicago's Wintrust Arena, the Chicago Sky lost to the Washington Mystics 89-85 in an overtime matchup on July 10. Chicago had five players (Kahleah Copper, Stefanie Dolson, Courtney Vandersloot, Allie Quigley and Candace Parker) score ...


  Chicago Sky guard to take part in three-point contest

Chicago Sky guard Allie Quigley has been selected to participate in the WNBA MTN DEW 3-Point Contest at Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, in Las Vegas. The event will take place live ...


  SPORTS Krueger joins U.S. women's soccer team as full member

After previously being named as one of four alternates to the 2020 U.S. Olympic women's soccer national team (UWSNT), Chicago Red Stars defender Casey Krueger is now a full member of the United States' 22-player roster ...


  Chicago Fire FC extends win streak to three games

Chicago Fire FC (3-7-2, 11 points) came from behind to defeat Orlando City SC (6-3-3, 21 points) 3-1 at Soldier Field on July 7, getting its third consecutive victory, according to a press release. Three different ...


  SPORTS Sprinter Richardson now off relay team as well

Banned sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson was not on the Olympic roster released July 6 by USA Track and Field, reported. This decision means her positive test for THC will cost her a chance at running on ...


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