Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz keeps job, leads team to best season ever

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By Lena Blietz Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz entered the year on the hot seat after a 7-6 football season in 2014. Ferentz responded by leading the team to its first 12-0 regular season. He was named Big Ten Coach of the Year as Iowa made its first appearance in the conference championship game. The Hawkeyes fell to Michigan State, but […]

Northwestern basketball loses forward Vic Law for the season

Vic Law at Northwestern Basketball Practice

By Lena Blietz Northwestern’s 6-foot-7 sophomore forward Vic Law will miss the season with a torn left labrum that needs surgery, the Wildcats announced on Wednesday. “This hurts the Wildcats in the short run,” ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla said in a phone interview. “But this only ensures that the next couple of years beyond this, […]

Charles ‘Peanut’ Tillman shares childhood experiences in new book (Video)

Peanut Tillman Book Signing

By Lena Blietz An estimated 75 people, many in Bears and Panthers jerseys, showed up to a Skokie Walmart at 4 p.m. on a Tuesday to see former Bears cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman. The current Carolina Panther returned to Chicago to greet fans and sign copies of his new children’s book. The Middle School Rules of […]

Largest LGBT sports organization in the Midwest celebrates community (Video)

CMSA Women's Flag Football

By Lena Blietz Positive changes have occurred in the last two decades at the LGBT-focused  sports league, the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association, said coach and former player Linda Horwitz. “There are certainly more children around as more lesbians are choosing to have children. I also think we are more trans-inclusive. In the past when my […]

Video: Food truck pays tribute to the Negro Leagues with soul food

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By Lena Blietz The Chicago American Giants disbanded in the 1950s, but Negro Leagues baseball can be seen around Chicago in a traveling tribute. The Southern Pitch Food Truck honors the legacy of pre-integration baseball with a vehicle wrapped in images of former star players serving soul food named after them. ↑ Above: Lena Blietz […]

Video: Northwestern’s Chris Collins ‘upset’ by death of mentor Flip Saunders

Northwestern coach Chris Collins

By Lena Blietz Chris Collins said he “really got upset” when he learned that longtime mentor, Minnesota Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders had died. The Northwestern men’s basketball coach briefly played for Saunders when Collins attended Timberwolves training camp after college. Despite being cut, Collins and Saunders remained close throughout their coaching careers. Collins credits Saunders with teaching him […]

Video: NU women’s basketball team talks about the upcoming season

By Lena Blietz The Northwestern Women’s Basketball team looks forward to the season after coming off its best season of the decade. With 23 wins last season, the Wildcats made their first NCAA tournament appearance since 1997. In our video, senior Maggie Lyon and junior Nia Coffey discuss their season predictions and give advice as upperclassmen. The […]