West Side to dedicate new land: West Side won’t just be kicking off a new season’s home schedule under a new manager on Friday, August 26. He will also celebrate the opening of his new football pitch with a pitch dedication. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. before the Cougars kick off against Calumet New Tech at 7 p.m.
Sky Drop Playoff Opener: Sabrina Ionescu had 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists, Natasha Howard also had 22 points, and seventh-seeded New York Liberty beat defending champion Chicago Sky 98-91 on Wednesday night in the season opener. WNBA playoffs. New York scored the final 13 points of the fourth quarter as Chicago missed 10 of its last 11 shots. Ionescu made a 3-pointer and a jumper from the free-throw line on the run, and Marine Johannes underlined the push with an over the shoulder pass to Howard. New York, which won its first playoff game since Sept. 23, 2015, will play Game 2 of the best-of-three series in Chicago on Saturday. Betnijah Laney added 17 points and Stefanie Dolson scored 13 points for New York, which set a franchise scoring record in the playoffs. Dolson, a center, made 3 of 4 3-pointers to help the Liberty go 11-for-25 from range. Kahleah Copper led second-seeded Sky with 21 points. Allie Quigley scored 18 points, Candace Parker had 17 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, and Courtney Vandersloot added 13 points and 10 assists. Chicago took its first lead of the second half, 74-73, with a second left in the third quarter on Emma Meesseman’s layup. Quigley sank a 3-pointer while being fouled and she made the free throw to give Chicago an 85-81 lead, and Parker added a drop on Sky’s next possession for a six-point lead. with 6:36 to go.
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