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Gender wage gap: The pay disparity in athletics

By Nicole Sedivy

A Medill Newsmakers Report

This episode of Medill Newsmakers explores the gender wage gap in athletics present at the collegiate and professional level.

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Draft Town day 3: Mother nature isn’t a football fan

By Nicole Sedivy

Rain or shine, the draft must go on.

Day three of the NFL Draft took place outdoors at Selection Square in Draft Town. But the weather didn’t cooperate. The National Weather Service reported an afternoon temperature of 47 degrees and rain. That didn’t stop every fan from attending. Some die hard football fanatics braved the weather to see their team pick the next future stars.

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Moving on? The windy city hosts the 2016 NFL Draft

By Nicole Sedivy

In 2015, the NFL Draft moved to Chicago after its 50 year run in New York City.

Now in its second year in Chicago, the draft celebration is bigger and better than last year. But NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said a change may be made.

Photo at top: NFL fans traveled from across the country to take part in Draft Town. (Nicole Sedivy/MEDILL)

NFL Draft Town: Fans line up for three days of football fun

By Nicole Sedivy

NFL fans lined up to get inside Draft Town Thursday. Located in Grant Park, the gates to the football playground opened around noon.

The three-day festival is for all ages and admission is free. Fans can race the clock in a 40-yard dash, kick a football through the uprights, take a ride on the new ferris wheel and even snap a picture with the historic Lombardi Trophy.

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Milwaukee Admirals vs. Grand Rapids Griffins Series Preview

By Nicole Sedivy

Milwaukee, it’s time for playoff hockey.

The first round of 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs begin this week. The Admirals will battle the Grand Rapids Griffins in a best of five series starting Friday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

Chicago’s best neighborhood to ‘live well’

By Nicole Sedivy

Real estate website, Trulia, named Rogers Park the best Chicago neighborhood to ‘live well’.

The neighborhood met three criteria to earn the top spot in Chicago: the amount of quiet streets, places to play and the number of care facilities in the area. Residents say Rogers Park is kid friendly and welcoming to everyone.

Photo at top: Rogers Park is rich with colorful murals from local artists. (Nicole Sedivy/MEDILL)

Batter up: Wrigleyville businesses are swinging for the fences

By Nicole Sedivy

Hey Chicago what do you say?

The 2016 Major League Baseball season is underway, and the Chicago Cubs open up at home against the Cincinnati Reds. The first pitch from Wrigley Field this season is at 7:05 p.m. Monday evening. But before all of the excitement, local business owners are working around the clock to prepare for the big day.

Apparel stores are loading up on the newest jerseys, hats, flags and more while bars and restaurants around the stadium are creating Cubs themed food and drinks for the fans to enjoy. Wrigley may be under construction, but there is no doubt the city of Chicago is ready for Cubs baseball.

Photo at top: Sports World proudly displays Cubs sign and city flag from the ceiling. (Nicole Sedivy/MEDILL)

Yoda to young fencers: Strong, the force is

By Nicole Sedivy

Whether they’re using sabers or “lightsabers”, the children at Lincoln Square Fencing enjoy hitting each other with their weapons.

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Could these tiny judokas follow in grandpa’s Olympic footsteps?

By Nicole Sedivy

On a recent evening, three little Cohens-in-training – all wearing judogi uniforms – were sticking their tongues out at each other, falling down, laughing and bouncing against the mats on the wall.

The kids just want to have fun: Strangulation, arm bars and pins can wait a few years.

But not forever. After all, their grandpa, Irwin Cohen, was a 1972 Olympian and five-time gold medalist at the Maccabiah Games. Their great-uncle, Steve Cohen, competed at the 1988 Olympics and coached Team USA at the 2000 Olympics. Their uncle, Aaron Cohen, 34, was a U.S. national champion. And their dad, R.J. Cohen, 37, was a U.S. silver medalist.

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The road to Rio: Music and meditation help prepare woman wrestler for the Olympic Qualifiers

By Nicole Sedivy

Just 25 seconds before the women’s freestyle finals were about to begin, Sarah Hildebrant was still pacing around the mat in her red Team USA singlet, with “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC blasting through the headphones that covered her messy French braids. Her adrenaline was rushing. She felt the rage.

Hildebrandt, the two-time Pan American Championships gold medalist, said to herself, “You’re the best. You just step on the mat and put on a show.”

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