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  Women's pro soccer draft Nov. 12

The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) announced that the 2020 NWSL Expansion Draft, featuring Racing Louisville Football Club, will take place Thursday, Nov. 12. The trade/waiver window beginning the expansion draft process will close Oct. ...


  World Rugby bans trans women players

International body World Rugby ruled Oct. 9 that transgender women may not participate in elite and international women's rugby, Reuters reported. In new guidelines, World Rugby said the naturally acquired physical benefits that trans women receive ...


  Red Stars add new player, lose finale and are part of national camp

The Chicago Red Stars announced the signing of Ella Stevens. The club selected Stevens with the 24th pick in the 2020 NWSL Draft. She made her first appearance for the Red Stars on a short-term contract ...


  Chicago Sky's Courtney Vandersloot named to All-WNBA First Team

Chicago Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot was named to the 2020 All-WNBA First Team. It marks the second straight All-WNBA First Team selection for Vandersloot, who also made the First Team in 2019. This season Vandersloot became ...


  Nominations open for Chicago Red Stars' #SHEINSPIRESME Award

The Chicago Red Stars announced that nominations are now open for the 2020 #SHEINSPIRESME Award. The Chicago Red Stars #SHEINSPIRESME Award is an annual award that is presented to women who exemplify leadership, practice social responsibility, ...


  Lendale Johnson, excelling on and off the tennis court

Some would say that Lendale Johnson has accomplished enough in being one of only two male openly gay professional tennis players. (Johnson's part of the International Tennis Federation. It is separate from the Association of Tennis ...


  Red Stars tie Washington 1-1

Savannah McCaskill scored in the 72nd minute as the Chicago Red Stars played to a 1-1 tie against the Washington Spirit on Sept. 26. For the second straight game, Sarah Luebbert earned an assist with her ...


  AIDS Run & Walk Chicago returns with reformatted 2020 event

AIDS Foundation of Chicago's annual AIDS Run & Walk Chicago has been reformatted and expanded so community members can participate in the fundraiser while still social-distancing and adhering to public-safety guidelines. While an event at Soldier ...


  Red Stars' season tickets now available

The Chicago Red Stars have announced that 2021 season ticket memberships are now available. After a breakout 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup that saw the Red Stars reach their second consecutive championship match, Chicago looks to continue ...


  Red Stars rout Sky Blue 4-1

In a National Women's Soccer League match, the Chicago Red Stars had three different players score as they defeated Sky Blue FC 4-1 in the home team's first game at SeatGeek Stadium (in Bridgeview, Illinois) in ...


  Sky's season ends with loss to Connecticut

The Chicago Sky's season came to an end Sept. 15 with a 94-81 loss to the Connecticut Sun in the single-elimination first round of the 2020 WNBA Playoffs at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. When asked ...


  Big 10 decides to start football season Oct. 24

On Sept. 16, The Big Ten conference (which includes schools such as Northwestern University, the Ohio State University and the University of Michigan) announced it will kick off its football season the weekend of Oct. 24, ...


  Out Illinois State coach dives into new position

Logan Pearsall, an accomplished college diver who has since transitioned into master's level diving, was competing at the 2017 FINA World Masters Championships in Budapest, Hungary. He was doing a challenging inward dive from a one-meter ...


  Red Stars lose opening Fall Series match

The Chicago Red Stars fell to the Washington Spirit 2-1 in their NWSL Fall Series opening match. Chicago's lone goal came from Sarah Luebbert, who would score her first professional goal. The former University of Missouri ...


  Red Stars player making history as part of men's team

Forward Yuki Nagasato is heading to Japan, where she will make history as the first woman playing professionally for Hayabusa Eleven, an amateur men's club, as part of the Kanagawa Prefecture League. Nagasato arrived in Chicago ...


  Red Stars to play on CBS and CBS All-Access Sept. 26

The National Women's Soccer League released the remaining games of the 2020 NWSL Fall Series. The Chicago Red Stars will host the Washington Spirit on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 12 p.m. CT live on CBS and ...


  Quigley becomes Sky's all-time leading scorer, team has donated $17K

During the Chicago Sky's Sept. 2 game against the Minnesota Lynx in Bradenton, Florida, Allie Quigley surpassed Sylvia Fowles for first on the Sky's all-time scoring list. She also reached 3,000 career points in the fourth ...


  Local LGBTQ players deliver message with social-justice T-shirts

David Rill and a few friends joined a new team this summer in the abbreviated Open Sunday Softball League, run by the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association (CMSA), and they needed jerseys for the Howard Brown Weakened ...


  Sky release Blake statement; Bears distance from Urlacher tweet

On Aug. 27, in light of the Jacob Blake shooting, Chicago Sky owners Michael Alter and John Rogers issued a joint statement supporting the WNBA players' decision to not play that evening's games—which is echoed by ...


  Women's pro soccer to resume Sept. 5

The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) announced that its season will resume Saturday, Sept. 5, according to a press release. Following the Challenge Cup that recently took place, there will be a televised NWSL Game of ...


  CGHA scholarship fundraiser Sept. 12

The Chicago Gay Hockey Association (CGHA) will hold its Skate for Scholarships fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 12. Proceeds will help the Inner-City Education Program, which is focused on helping children from ...


  Reds announcer suspended for anti-gay slur

The Major League Baseball team the Cincinnati Reds suspended broadcaster Thom Brennaman after he used an anti-gay slur on air Aug. 19, prompting the team to apologize for the "horrific, homophobic remark," reported. Brennaman used ...


  Bears not planning on fans in stadium this season

The Chicago Bears are not planning on having fans at games at Soldier Field this season because of concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, The Chicago Tribune reported. After discussing a plan with Chicago health officials, the ...


  World Rugby's proposed ban on transgender women sparks outcry

Citing recent research, a 38-page World Rugby transgender working group draft document is proposing a ban on transgender women from playing women's rugby. An anonymous leaked the draft document to The Guardian. Windy City Times was ...


  Big 10 postpones fall sports season

The Big 10 conference—which includes schools such as the University of Michigan, Northwestern University and Indiana University—is postponing all fall sports. According to the official statement at, " The ...


  SHOWBIZ Sarah Paulson, The B-52s, NBA player, Issa Rae, Ryan Reynolds

Actress Sarah Paulson will be involved on Ryan Murphy's new spinoff series American Horror Stories—but not necessarily on-screen, Deadline noted. "What can I say?," said the Emmy and Golden Globe winning actress at a TCA Netflix ...


  SPORTS Lindsay Frounfelkner takes over Chicago LGBTQ+ sports league

Lindsay Frounfelkner joined the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association (CMSA) in 2008 to play in the Open Sunday Softball League with one of her best friends, Brian Frazee, on the Just Us League team (now the Sausage ...


  Sky end Mystics' undefeated season

On Aug. 1, the Chicago Sky ended the Washington Mystics' status as the WNBA's lone undefeated team by stopping them 88-86. Among other achievements, the Sky shot 48 percent from the three-point line, and Chicago's bench ...


  Blackhawks ban Native American headdresses at games

The NHL team the Chicago Blackhawks announced that they are barring headdresses from their home games at the United Center as part of their pledge to honor the Native American community, according to USA Today. While ...


  Chicago Sky players to donate $10 to social justice for every point scored

--From a press release

CHICAGO — The Chicago Sky players will donate $10 for every point team scored, $100 for every win, and $50 for any loss throughout the 2020 WNBA season under a newly-unveiled social justice initiative called #SkyTakesAction, ...


  HBO to air 'Seeing America with Megan Rapinoe' Aug. 1

HBO Sports will air Seeing America with Megan Rapinoe—a conversation hosted by out women's soccer star Megan Rapinoe—on Saturday, Aug. 1, 9-9:30 p.m. CT, exclusively on HBO. Rapinoe will lead a conversation with U.S. Rep. Alexandria ...


  Chicago Sky come back to down Vegas

On July 26, the Chicago Sky (1-0) staged a comeback to defeat the Las Vegas Aces (0-1) 88-86 in their joint WNBA opener. Chicago closed out the game on an 11-0 run, proving as the final ...


  Red Stars stopped in championship match

The Chicago Red Stars fell to the Houston Dash 2-0 in the NWSL (National Women's Soccer League) Challenge Cup Championship on July 26. The Red Stars played 27 players throughout the NWSL Challenge Cup—the most out ...


  Red Stars reach championship

Bianca St. Georges, Rachel Hill and Savannah McCaskill score as the Chicago Red Stars advance to the NWSL Challenge Cup Final with a 3-2 victory over Sky Blue FC in the NWSL (National Women's Soccer League) ...


  Chicago Marathon cancelled for second time in history

For the second time in its history, the Chicago Marathon has been cancelled, The Chicago Tribune reported. Organizers announced the 43rd running of the race, scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 11, will not proceed because of the ...


  SPORTS Amazin LeThi: On journeys of emotional and physical strength

Amazin LeThi was a young adult in London when she hit rock bottom: She was homeless, living in and out of shelters for a couple years. She was suicidal and battling mental health issues. LeThi told ...


  Chicago Sky hosts 'Unapologetically You' Pride virtual panel

In honor of Pride month, the Chicago Sky held a virtual panel "Being Unapologetically You" June 23 focused on success stories from three local LGBTQ leaders. E3 Radio Founder and CEO Anna DeShawn moderated the eent. ...


  NATIONAL Athlete/ex-servicemember dies, Stonewall Inn, Pride attendees arrested

Angela Madsen—a member of the LGBTQ community whose remarkable life included a spell in the Marines, several medals (including a bronze in the shot put at the 2012 Paralympics in London) and record-setting rowing journeys—died at ...


  Red Stars' broadcast schedule finalized

The Chicago Red Stars' schedule in the NWSL Challenge Cup has been finalized. Chicago will kick off its tournament runwith a matchup against the Orlando Pride at 9 p.m. CT on Saturday, June 27. The Red ...


  WNBA season to resume in July

The WNBA officially announced June 15 that, in agreement with the players' union, it plans to have a 22-game regular season starting in late July, USA Today noted. The Chicago Sky is among the teams in ...


  The U broadcasting Sky games June 6, 13

The U is filling the void left by the postponed WNBA season by rebroadcasting old Sky games, The Chicago Sun-Times noted. The U, which is the Sky's broadcasting partner, started airing games May 30. Games continue ...


  CMSA refusing donations from Spyners after racist message

Two days after the owner/general manager of Lincoln Square spot Spyners received major pushback on social media for what many said was a racist message, a local LGBTQ sports organization condemned the post—and said it will ...


  Red Stars part of Challenge Cup, which starts June 27

The National Women's Soccer League announced May 27 that the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup, presented by P&G and Secret, will mark the return to action for all nine clubs, including Chicago Red Stars. The 25-game tournament ...


  Red Stars hosting virtual Pride party on May 28

The Chicago Red Stars will kick off pride month in Chicago by teaming with local businesses and talent for a virtual Pride Party presented by Illinois Bone and Joint Institute on Thursday, May 28, at 7:30 ...


  Registration open for AIDS Run & Walk Chicago

On Saturday, Oct. 3, AIDS Run & Walk Chicago plans to look beyond the current state of affairs and focuses on what the community can do to create a better future for people living with HIV and AIDS. Contact the AIDS ...


  Red Stars hire city's first woman public address announcer

The Chicago Red Stars have hired Lindsay Eanet as the team's public address announcer. In doing so, the Red Stars become the first professional sports team in Chicago to hire a female public address announcer. Eanet ...


  Billie Jean King, LGBTQ icon talks Chicago ties, tennis, out athletes

Billie Jean King could easily rest on her laurels as one of the greatest tennis players ever—and she's one of the few to have a movie made about her (the 2017 film Battle of the Sexes, ...


  Market Days hockey tourney postponed

The Chicago Gay Hockey Association (CGHA) has decided to postpone its CGHA Market Days Classic hockey tournament as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. The tournament had been scheduled for Aug. 6-9. In a note at ...


  Red Stars unveil 'Neighborhood Kit'

The Chicago Red Stars released a new custom jersey honoring their city with "The Neighborhood Kit." ("Kit," in this case, refers to sports clothing.) Chicago unveiled its secondary jersey for the 2020 National Women's Soccer League ...


  Sky player's family had coronavirus

According to, Chicago Sky player Stefanie Dolson said during the media outlet's WNBA draft broadcast on April 17 that her "whole family" tested positive for the coronavirus last month. In part, the 6'5" center said, ...


  CMSA events shut down through May 9

Because of COVID-19-related concerns, The Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association (CMSA) is expanding its suspending all game play, team practices and social events through at least May 9, noted. "We ...


  IN THE LIFE Bradshaw Wish: Yoga in the age of COVID-19

Bradshaw Wish is a yoga instructor with quite a following. However, dealing with the coronavirus pandemic has been difficult for everyone, including those involved in the health/fitness/wellness field. When asked ...


  WORLD Singapore ruling, athlete comes out, Canadian gym owner, UK Black Pride

Singapore's highest court upheld a law that criminalizes sex between men, dismissing three separate appeals that argued that the legislation was unconstitutional, Reuters reported. The ruling came after challenges last year to ...


  NCLR condemns Idaho law barring transgender girls from sports

BOISE, ID — The National Center for Lesbian Rights strongly condemns Idaho Governor Brad Little's decision to sign HB 500, a law that bars transgender girls from participating in sports. As a result of the Governor's ...


  Gay ex-NBA player Jason Collins tests positive for coronavirus

Jason Collins—a former NBA player who became, in 2014, the first openly gay player to play in the league—said that he tested positive for the novel coronavirus, USA Today noted. "I believe I got it while ...


  CMSA events shut down through May 9

Because of COVID-19-related concerns, The Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association (CMSA) is expanding its suspending all game play, team practices and social events through at least May 9, noted. "We ...


  LGBT Hall of Fame bowling fundraiser on April 4 UPDATE

Update: This event has been postponed. The Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame, now entering its 30th year, announced that it will hold its annual fundraising event—the Dick Uyvari Memorial Celebrity Bowl—Saturday, April 4, at Waveland Bowl, ...


  Debbie Pacchioni, from soccer to renewable energy industry

Soccer has been in Debbie Pacchioni's blood since she was a 4-year-old girl watching her father suit up for his first practice. "I started playing in the streets with the boys in my Sao Paulo, Brazil, ...


  Women to report, produce Blackhawks match on March 8

International Women's Day is on Sunday, March 8—and NBC Sports Network will celebrate by using an all-female crew to broadcast and produce game coverage of the match between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks, Deadline ...


  NBA, WNBA figures take part in dinner, talk at Center

Former NBA and WNBA players and members of the NBA/WNBA family recently participated in a conversation with LGBTQ youth and allies from the Center on Halsted. Among the current and former athletes were Horace Grant, Jason ...


  Red Stars announce preseason schedule

The Chicago Red Stars announced its 2020 preseason schedule. The team will face the University of Wisconsin at Breese Stevens Field on March 25 prior to its participation in the Portland Thorns Invitational on March 29-April ...


  Chicago Gay Hockey Association participating in Blackhawks Pride Night

The CGHA (Chicago Gay Hockey Association) is participating in the first official Chicago Blackhawks Pride Night at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St. CGHA athletes and select individuals will be playing in a friendly game ...


  Women to report, produce Blackhawks match on March 8

International Women's Day is on Sunday, March 8—and NBC Sports Network will celebrate by using an all-female crew to broadcast and produce game coverage of the match between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks, Deadline ...


  Four Red Stars players invited to SheBelieves Cup camp

The United States Women's National Team announced its 26-player roster for the upcoming SheBelieves Cup training camp. Chicago Red Stars defenders Tierna Davidson, Julie Ertz and Casey Short, as well as goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, were invited ...


  WORLD Croatian couple, Church of England, detained in Mauritania, tennis

In Croatia, the Social Welfare Center in Zagreb again rejected the foster care application submitted by Ivo Segota and Mladen Kozic, who are life partners in the country, Total Croatia News reported. By doing so, the ...


  Batter up: Softball tourney coming to city during Pride weekend

Pride Week next June is getting a bit more sporty. The inaugural Chicago Pride Softball Classic, run by the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association (CMSA), will be played June 26-27 at Horner Park on Chicago's North Side, ...


  'Positive reactions' follow local hockey player coming out

Anthony Arnoni is the senior skating king for the co-op Leyden Eagles, a four-year varsity hockey player in jersey No. 22 who shoots left-handed and plays defense. The 17-year-old Franklin Park resident attends East Leyden High ...


  SHOWBIZ Bi comedian, 'Ugly Betty,' Aaron Hernandez, women's sports news

NBC crowned comedians Franqi French and Rene Vaca as the winners of its 16th annual StandUp NBC competition, the network's annual nationwide search for comedians of diverse backgrounds, a press release noted. French (who happens to ...


  First woman coach in MLB history hired

On Jan. 16, Alyssa Nakken became the first female coach in Major League Baseball (MLB) history when she was named an assistant under new San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler, media outlets reported. Nakken played softball ...


  Red Stars acquire Hill, draft five others

The 2020 National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) Draft has concluded, with Chicago acquiring forward Rachel Hill and making five selections. Among other things, the Red Stars began the draft by acquiring the second and third overall ...


  Chicago Bulls hold Pride Night

The Chicago Bulls hosted the organization's second annual Pride Night in partnership with BMO Harris Bank on Jan. 4, when the team took on the Boston Celtics at the United Center. (The Bulls lost 111-104.) The ...


  Bulls to host Pride Night Jan. 4

The Chicago Bulls will host the organization's second annual Pride Night in partnership with BMO Harris Bank on Saturday, Jan. 4th, when the team takes on the Boston Celtics at the United Center. The night will ...


  Olympian, LGBTQ+ icon Adam Rippon to campaign for Elizabeth Warren

Charlestown, MA — On Sunday, Jan. 5, Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon will campaign for Elizabeth Warren in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rippon will kick off Nevada for Warren's latest field office opening event and host a ...


  Former Blackhawk Roenick suspended for comments

NBC Sports suspended former Chicago Blackhawk Jeremy Roenick indefinitely for comments he made about co-workers Kathryn Tappen and Patrick Sharp (another ex-Blackhawk), noted. While on Barstool Sport's Spittin' Chiclets ...


  Chicago Red Stars' Brooke Elby retires

Chicago Red Stars player Brooke Elby has announced her retirement from her professional playing career, accepting a role as the co-executive director for the National Women's Soccer League Players Association (NWSL). Elby, 26, made 54 career ...


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