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  SPORTS Bulls end losing streak against Cleveland

The Chicago Bulls (28-15) ended their four-game losing streak with a sorely needed 117-104 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers (27-19) on Jan. 19 at the United Center. DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vucevic combined for 54 points, ...


  NCAA updates trans-related policies

The NCAA has adopted a sport-by-sport approach for transgender athletes, bringing the organization in line with the U.S. and International Olympic Committees (IOC), POLITICO reported. Under the new guidelines, approved ...


  Texas' anti-trans youth sports law goes into effect

A new Texas law bars transgender student athletes from competing on school sports teams that align with their gender identity, Houston Public Media reported. House Bill 25 is one of several laws that went into effect ...


  SPORTS Bulls and Blackhawks both lose

Jan. 17 was not a good night for Chicago's NBA and NHL teams. The Chicago Bulls (27-15) lost their fourth straight game, 119-106 to the Memphis Grizzlies (31-15) in Tennessee. After snacking on teams with weaker ...


  Blackhawks win fourth straight; Bulls lose third consecutive game

The Chicago Blackhawks (15-18-5) defeated the Anaheim Ducks (19-15-7) 3-0 at the United Center on Jan. 15. It was Chicago's fourth consecutive victory. There were 73 combined shots between the Blackhawks and the Ducks—the most in ...


  LaVine injured in Bulls' blowout loss to Golden State

The Chicago Bulls (27-13) haven't been together as an entire team in a while because of injuries and COVID-19 health protocols. According to The Chicago Tribune, the latest injury occurred roughly 3� minutes into the Jan. ...


  Blackhawks beat Canadiens; DeBrincat named to All-Star team

The Chicago Blackhawks (14-18-5) skated to their third consecutive win on Jan. 13, defeating the Montreal Canadiens (7-24-5) 3-2 in a game marked by a pre-event tribute to Andrew Shaw, who played for both teams. Dominik ...


  SPORTS Chicago Bulls lose to the Brooklyn Nets

One night after beating the Detroit Pistons by 46, the Chicago Bulls (27-12) lost to the Brooklyn Nets (26-14) 138-112 at the United Center on Jan. 12. The Nets have several superstars on the team, including ...


  SOCCER Three Red Stars join USWNT's January training camp

Three Chicago Red Stars will join the United States Women's National Team (USWNT) next week for the team's annual January training camp taking place Jan. 19-28. Defender Tierna Davidson, goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher and forward Mallory Pugh ...


  Bulls win by 46; Blackhawks also prevail

The Chicago Bulls (27-11) got back on the winning track Jan. 11, routing the Detroit Pistons (9-31) 133-87 at the United Center. The Bulls only led 61-52 at the half. However, Chicago outscored Detroit 36-14 in ...


  SPORTS Chicago Red Stars see return of Yuki Nagasato

The Chicago Red Stars announced a trade with Racing Louisville FC that will see fan favorite Yuki Nagasato return to the club for the 2022 season. In exchange for Nagasato, the Red Stars are sending their ...


  SPORTS Bears fire Nagy and Pace

The Chicago Bears fired coach Matt Nagy and General Manager Ryan Pace on Jan. 10, ending his tenure after the team posted a 6-11 record this season, according to and ABC 7 Chicago. Nagy was ...


  Bears fall in season finale to Vikings; Bulls' win streak ends

—In what was possibly head coach Matt Nagy's last game with the Chicago Bears, the team fell to the Minnesota Vikings 31-17 on Jan. 9. It was a tale of two halves, as the Bears led 14-3 at halftime. The Bears ...


  Non-binary skater makes history as part of U.S. Olympic team

Timothy LeDuc, a figure skater who identifies as non-binary, and partner Ashley Cain-Gribble won the pairs event at the 2022 U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Jan. 9 in Nashville, reported. This was their second time ...


  Bulls extend win streak to nine games on fourth Pride Night

The Chicago Bulls now have their longest win streak since 2011. The team (26-10) beat the Washington Wizards 130-122 at the United Center on Jan. 7 to extend their win streak to nine games. Zach LaVine ...


  SPORTS Red Stars announce partnerships with local broadcasters

The Chicago Red Stars entered into a new broadcasting partnership with Univision Chicago and The U, WMEU, Channel 48.1 and WCIU, Channel 26.2 that will see the local stations broadcast select Red Stars games during the ...


  SPORTS Bulls now have eight-game win streak

DeMar DeRozan scored 29 points and Zach LaVine added 27 as the Chicago Bulls (25-10) extended its win streak to eight with a 102-98 victory over the Orlando Magic (7-31) on Jan. 3 at the United ...


  SPORTS Bears top Giants 29-3; Blackhawks lose again

With their offense and defense working together, the Chicago Bears (6-10) jumped to a quick 14-0 lead and cruised to a 29-3 drubbing of the New York Giants (4-12). "They didn't let up all day," said ...


  Bulls win streak reaches seven; 'Hawks, Notre Dame lose

The Chicago Bulls (24-10) extended their win streak to seven with a 120-119 victory over the Washington Wizards on Jan. 1. Bulls star DeMar DeRozan hit a buzzer-beating, game-winning three-pointer for the second consecutive night. He ...


  Nothing but net: Swish creates space where BIPOC queer athletes can 'feel good in their bodies'

Swish—a basketball club for BIPOC queer and trans casual players—came into being because Jamiece Adams wanted a less competitive, more supportive space to play a sport she picked up in high school. She also wanted a ...


  SPORTS Bulls win fifth consecutive game; Sky's Parker honored

Zach LaVine had 25 points and Nikola Vucevic had 20 rebounds as the Chicago Bulls (22-10) won their fifth consecutive game by defeating the Atlanta Hawks (15-19) 131-117 at the United Center on Dec. 29. It ...


  Bears stage comeback win over Seattle; Bulls beat Indiana

The Chicago Bears (5-10) rallied from a 24-14 fourth-quarter deficit in snowy Seattle to score a dramatic 25-24 victory over the Seahawks (5-10) at Lumen Field on Dec. 26, a press release noted. Trailing 24-17, quarterback ...


  SPORTS Sin City Classic announces Ken Scearce Leadership Award

The Sin City Classic Sports Festival Presented by Lexus, called the largest annual LGBTQ+ sporting event in the world, announced the creation of the Ken Scearce Leadership Award. The Sin City Classic organizers created the award ...


  Bears fall to Vikings; Bulls win again

—Quarterback Kirk Cousins tossed two touchdown passes as the Minnesota Vikings (7-7) beat the short-handed Chicago Bears (4-10) 17-9 at Soldier Field on Dec. 20. Bears quarterback Justin Fields threw a touchdown pass to Jesper Horsted ...


  SPORTS Bulls edge Lakers and LeBron in first game in eight days

DeMar DeRozan scored 38 points—including 19 in the fourth quarter—as the Chicago Bulls scored a gritty 115-110 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers (16-15), completing a season sweep of that team, per The Bulls (18-10) ...


  Out actress Kelly McGillis to join flag-football teams in Key West tourney

Teams of women and girls from around the world are to meet for sporting events and activities Jan. 24-31, 2022, during the 30th annual Kelly McGillis Classic International Women's & Girls' Flag Football Championship, according to ...


  Blackhawks defeat Caps in OT, settle with Kyle Beach

—The Chicago Blackhawks scored their second victory over the high-flying Washington Capitals in the last 14 days on Dec. 15, 5-4 in overtime at the United Center. Chicago had three goals in a 34-second span in ...


  SPORTS Sky's Parker reveals she's married, she and wife expecting

Candace Parker, a star on the WNBA's Chicago Sky, announced she was expecting her second child with her wife, Anna Petrakova, on their anniversary, USA Today reported. Parker—who already has a 12-year-old daughter—said in an Instagram ...


  USA Gymnastics, USOPC reach $380M settlement with abuse victims

On Dec. 13, a federal bankruptcy court in Indianapolis confirmed a $380-million settlement between USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee with hundreds of victims of former national team doctor Larry Nassar, among others, ...


  Red Stars provide update on search for new coach

-- From a press release

CHICAGO, IL. (Dec. 13, 2021) — The Chicago Red Stars are well underway in the search process for a new head coach, which will include the perspectives and opinions of multiple stakeholders. The search committee is ...


  SPORTS Bears lose to archrival Packers in wild game

The Chicago Bears (4-9) outscored the Green Bay Packers (10-3) 24-21 during an entertaining and exciting second quarter on Dec. 12 at Lambeau Field to take a 27-21 halftime lead. However, the Packers came back at ...


  Chicago Red Stars set roster ahead of 2022 NWSL expansion draft, NWSL draft

--From a press release

CHICAGO—The Chicago Red Stars announced their current team roster ahead of the 2022 National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) Expansion Draft and the 2022 NWSL Draft. All players, with the exception of Zoey Goralski, are contracted by ...


  Chicago Sky unveil 2022 regular-season schedule

The defending WNBA champion Chicago Sky will begin their 2022 regular season on Friday, May 6, at Wintrust Arena. "Each year when the new schedule comes out, we really start to feel the excitement and anticipation ...


  SPORTS Pena upsets lesbian fighter Nunes in MMA action

Julianna Pena achieved a huge upset Dec. 11, when she made Amanda Nunes submit to claim the women's bantamweight title in the UFC 269 co-main event at Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena, according to USA Today. Pena ...


  Billie Jean King, Tom Brady honored at Sports Illustrated Awards

Legendary tennis player/activist Billie Jean King was among those honored at the 2021 Sports Illustrated Awards (SI Awards) presented by Pepsi Stronger Together, held Dec. 7 at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock & ...


  SPORTS Lesbian tennis director, Rapinoe, losses by local teams

—Amelie Mauresmo, an out lesbian and former top-ranked professional tennis player, has been named the newest director of the French Open. According to, Mauresmo, who succeeds Guy Forget, is the first woman to hold the ...


  Biden announces diplomatic boycott of 2022 Beijing Olympics

The Biden administration will not send an official U.S. delegation to the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Beijing, starting a "diplomatic boycott" aimed at criticizing China over what the United States said is the Asian ...


  Chicago Red Stars sign multiyear contracts with U.S. Women's National Team players

--From a press release

CHICAGO, IL. (Dec. 6, 2021) — United States Women's National Team (USWNT) players Tierna Davidson, Casey Krueger, Alyssa Naeher and Mallory Pugh have signed multi-year contracts with the Chicago Red Stars. All players will be par ...


  SPORTS Bears fall to Cardinals; Blackhawks win

—The Chicago Bears fell to 4-8, thanks to a 33-22 loss to the Arizona Cardinals at Soldier Field on Dec. 5. The Bears offense committed turnovers on its first two possessions and the defense allowed touchdowns ...


  Minoso elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

On Dec. 5, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced that Chicago White Sox legend Minnie Minoso was one of four players the Golden Days Era Committee selected for induction, NBC Chicago noted. Along with Minoso (1925-2015), ...


  SPORTS Bulls, Blackhawks victorious in Dec. 2 games

—DeMar DeRozan scored 34 points as the Chicago Bulls improved to 15-8 with a 119-115 win over the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden. Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic each added 27 as the Bulls ...


  Chicago Red Stars announce roster moves ahead of expansion draft

--From a press release

CHICAGO, IL. (Dec. 2, 2021)—The Chicago Red Stars announced a number of roster moves ahead of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) expansion draft. The moves prioritize and honor the wishes of select players, while also ...


  Billie Jean King to receive Muhammad Ali Award on Dec. 7

Tennis icon Billie Jean King will be honored with the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award presented by Alkaline88 at the 2021 Sports Illustrated Awards on Tuesday, Dec. 7. The honor celebrates individuals whose dedication to the ideals ...


  SPORTS Bulls improve to 14-8 with latest win

The Chicago Bulls took the latest battle of the Ball brothers (Chicago's Lonzo versus Charlotte's LaMelo), riding a stellar performance by Nikola Vucevic to a 133-119 victory over the Charlotte Hornets at the United Center, ...


  SPORTS Red Stars defender loaned to Australian team

The Chicago Red Stars announced the loan of defender Kayla Sharples to Adelaide United Football Club of the Australian A-League Women. The Naperville native will be with the Australian club until March 28, 2022, after which ...


  WORLD Queer mountaineers, race-car driver, Australian bill, German reforms

At the end of this year's mountaineering season, a group of climbers raised LGBTQ+ symbols on top of Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Western Europe, as part of the Pink Summits campaign, a press release ...


  Bulls lose to Miami 107-104

A day after crushing the Orlando Magic in Florida by more than 40 points, the Chicago Bulls (13-8) lost to the Miami Heat (13-7) at the United Center 107-104. The Bulls committed 23 turnovers, with Miami ...


  froSkate creates safe space for BIPOC queer skaters to 'fall, laugh, shake it off'

The organization froSkate—which hosts skate park meet-ups for the "non-traditional skate community"—launched in spring 2019 after a group chat of BIPOC queer skateboarders "got too big," according to founder Karlie ...


  SPORTS Bulls, 'Hawks win; former Bear arrested

—The Chicago Bulls (13-7) got back on the winning track—and remained in first place in the NBA's Central Division—with a 123-88 victory over the Orlando Magic on Nov. 27 in Florida. DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points ...


  Blackhawks to host 'Hockey Fights Cancer' game Nov. 28

The Chicago Blackhawks and the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation will host "Hockey Fights Cancer" night at the United Center on Sunday, Nov. 28, as the team takes on the San Jose Sharks. This special evening is supported ...


  Chicago Bears score Thanksgiving win over winless Detroit

In his first start in 10 weeks, quarterback Andy Dalton looked sharp with no signs of rust in helping the Bears edge the Lions 16-14 on Thanksgiving Day in Detroit. Replacing the injured Justin Fields, the ...


  SPORTS Bulls get walloped by Indiana

The Chicago Bulls—and their fans—probably didn't see this one coming. Indiana (8-11) came into the United Center on Nov. 22 and defeated the Bulls (12-6) 109-77. noted that Domantas Sabonis scored 21 points, and Malc ...


  SPORTS Report: Now-former Red Stars coach accused of abuse

Chicago Red Stars head coach Rory Dames stepped down from his position one day after the team played in the NWSL title game—and a new report seems to be the reason why. According to the Chicago ...


  SPORTS Northwestern wins first national title in field hockey

In Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Northwestern University field hockey team made school history by winning its first national title, shutting out the Liberty University Flames 2-0, The Daily Northwestern reported. In a tightly contested match between ...


  SPORTS Bulls, Blackhawks continue winning ways; Bears falter again

Two of Chicago's men's professional sports teams won their games Nov. 21, while a third snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. The Blackhawks got back into the win column with a 1-0 win over Vancouver ...


  SPORTS Chicago Red Stars coach steps down

A day after the Chicago Red Stars fell short in the NWSL title game, losing 2-1 to the Washington Spirit in overtime, head coach Rory Dames resigned. "For 11 years, I have dedicated myself to help ...


  SPORTS Red Stars lose NWSL title game in overtime, 2-1

The Chicago Red Stars were, oh, so close. The team fell just short of capturing the NWSL title, falling 2-1 to the Washington Spirit in overtime Nov. 20 at Lynn Family Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky. It ...


  Spain to host Gay Games in 2026

After months of preparations and a final presentation before the Federation of Gay Games (FGG) in the seaside city of Brighton East Sussex, Valencia, Spain was chosen to host the 2026 edition of the Gay Games. ...


  SPORTS Blackhawks beat Seattle Kraken to win fourth straight game

The Chicago Blackhawks are still undefeated under their new coach. The Blackhawks earned their first road win of the season in their inaugural meeting against the expansion team the Seattle Kraken on Nov. 17, 4-2. Marc-Andre ...


  Chicago Red Stars announce 2021 player award winners

--From a press release

CHICAGO — The Chicago Red Stars announced the winners of the 2021 season player awards. The winners of each category were decided by votes from fans, players, owners and front office staffers. Multiple players were nominated ...


  IOC announces framework for trans, intersex athletes

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced a new framework for transgender and intersex athletes, dropping controversial policies that required competing athletes to undergo "medically unnecessary" procedures or treatment, NBC News ...


  SPORTS Bulls beat Lakers 121-103

DeMar DeRozan scored a season-high 38 points and Zach LaVine added 26 as the Chicago Bulls defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 121-103 in California on Nov. 15, according to In addition, Lonzo Ball had a ...


  Chicago Red Stars win 2-0, will play in NWSL title game

While Chicago's men's pro sports teams have largely languished (with the Bulls being a current exception), the women's teams have excelled. Weeks after the Chicago Sky won the WNBA title, the city's women's soccer team is playin ...


  National groups to NCAA: include protections for trans athletes in new rules

--From a press release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Athlete Ally sent a letter to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) President Mark Emmert and NCAA governance calling on the ...


  SPORTS Bulls win again, push record to 8-3

Lonzo Ball made seven of Chicago's 15 three-pointers and Zach LaVine scored 23 points, powering the Bulls to a 117-107 victory over the Dallas Mavericks (one of the NBA's quality teams) on Nov. 10 at the ...


  SPORTS Bears come up short against Pittsburgh, lose fourth straight

On Nov. 8, the Chicago Bears rallied from a 20-6 deficit entering the fourth quarter with three touchdowns, ultimately taking a 27-26 lead before falling 29-27 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Bears fell to 3-6, losing ...


  SPORTS Blackhawks win first game with new coach

The Blackhawks scored a 2-1 overtime win over the Nashville Predators on Nov. 7 in the first game under interim head coach Derek King. The game's lone regulation goals came 1:50 apart in the second period, ...


  SPORTS Red Stars score playoff win, advance to play Thorns

The Chicago Red Stars, behind a second-half goal thanks to Sarah Woldmoe and Mal Pugh (who scored), defeated Gotham FC 1-0 at SeatGeek Stadium and advanced to the NWSL semifinal next week versus Portland. Pugh scored ...


  SPORTS Blackhawks fire coach after 1-9-2 start

The Chicago Blackhawks have relieved Jeremy Colliton, Tomas Mitell and Sheldon Brookbank of their coaching duties and have named Derek King the interim head coach, effective immediately. The Blackhawks are currently 1-9-2 this season, with the ...


  SPORTS Aldrich's name crossed off Stanley Cup

The Hockey Hall of Fame has crossed out the name of former Chicago Blackhawks' video coach Brad Aldrich on the team's 2009-10 Stanley Cup—at the team's request, reported. Former Blackhawks player Kyle Beach has accused ...


  Bulls continue strong start by topping Celtics

After trailing by 19 points in the third quarter, the Chicago Bulls stormed back to beat the Boston Celtics 128-114 on Nov. 1—on the road. The Bulls remain on a 70-win pace, and now have the ...


  Kane makes history as Blackhawks win first game

On Nov. 1, the Chicago Blackhawks turned things around. The team beat the Ottawa Senators 5-1 at the United Center, as co-captain Patrick Kane took sole possession of third in all-time franchise goals (408) and moved ...


  Chicago Red Stars open voting for 2021 Player Awards

--From a press release

CHICAGO — The Chicago Red Stars opened voting today for the club's 2021 Player Awards. Starting today, fans can visit to cast their vote for players in seven categories: Rookie of the Year, Newcomer of ...


  WORLD Italian senate, Polish bill, LGBTQ+ Afghans, soccer player

Italy's senate killed a bill that would have made violence against LGBTQ+ and disabled people, as well as misogyny, a hate crime, The Guardian reported. The 315-member senate voted 154 to 131 to block the debate ...


  Blackhawks: Anti-gay photo, another loss, Cup request

A photo from Stanley Cup celebrations in 2010 shows the Chicago Blackhawks using a homophobic joke weeks after team officials reportedly covered up a player's sexual assault allegations, Yahoo! News reported. The photo of Blackhawks stars ...


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