Shannon Ryan,

Shannon Ryan

Chicago, IL, United States

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  • The Morning Call
  • The Baltimore Sun
  • Sun Sentinel
  • Hartford Courant
  • Orlando Sentinel
  • Los Angeles Times

Past articles by Shannon:

‘Such a validating and exciting endorsement:’ Q&A with Chicago Sky owner Michael Alter on bringing in Candace Parker and the WNBA’s growth — and possible expansion

Despite setbacks from COVID-19 restrictions, Chicago Sky principal owner Michael Alter — at the helm since its inaugural 2006 season — sees continued growth for the WNBA and the Sky. → Read More

Is Illinois ice hockey still in the works? Are athletes required to get vaccinated? 4 takeaways from AD Josh Whitman’s annual roundtable.

Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman hit on a range of topics — from financial implications of COVID-19 to athletic department vaccination rates to a possible restart on developing an ice hockey program — during his annual roundtable conversation with reporters. → Read More

Illinois announces plan to welcome full capacity at Memorial Stadium for 2021 season — and a bump in ticket sales

Illinois football announced Friday it will open the 2021 season at full capacity following a season without fans for Big Ten football games because of COVID-19 protocols. → Read More

Derrick Gragg is introduced as athletic director at Northwestern — which got a 2nd chance at the wish-list candidate after a month of turmoil

When Northwestern first reached out to Derrick Gragg to request an interview for its athletic director vacancy, he passed, preferring to concentrate on his fairly new job with the NCAA. After Mike Polisky resigned only nine days after his hiring was announced, it gave Northwestern another shot at Gragg. This time, he reconsidered. → Read More

Stefanie Dolson is back with the Chicago Sky — and hopes to help them end their losing streak — after helping the U.S. 3-on-3 national team qualify for the Olympics

Stefanie Dolson said she learned valuable lessons from 3-on-3 Olympic qualifying with the U.S. national team to help her give the Chicago Sky a much-needed boost. → Read More

Derrick Gragg is Northwestern’s new athletic director, taking over the role weeks after Mike Polisky’s resignation

Northwestern has tapped NCAA administrator Derrick Gragg as its new athletic director. → Read More

Chicago Marathon expecting 35K runners this year — with some COVID-19 safety measures — after last year’s event went virtual

After empty streets in 2020, the Chicago Marathon is scheduled to resume on Oct. 10, 2021. Race officials announced the marathon expects to register 35,000 participants. → Read More

Chicago Sky lose their 5th straight on a 3-point buzzer-beater as Candace Parker sits out again with a lingering ankle sprain

The Chicago Sky fell 84-83 to the Phoenix Mercury on Tuesday on a 3-point buzzer-beater. The Sky — who have lost five straight — again were without Candace Parker, who missed her sixth consecutive game with an ankle sprain. → Read More

‘Let’s see if we can make this bigger’: Black college basketball coaches are encouraged by a significant uptick in hires — including 51% of offseason vacancies

Black coaches are encouraged by what appears to be a significant uptick in hires in college basketball. And they’re cautiously buoyed not only by the numbers, but also by seemingly important changes in the range of candidates. → Read More

Chicago Sky fall 82-79 in overtime to the Los Angeles Sparks for their 4th straight loss — with Candace Parker still out

The Chicago Sky lost their fourth straight game Sunday, dropping to 0-4 at home this season with an 82-79 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Sparks. → Read More

WNBA opens an investigation into an official’s ‘boy’ comment to Chicago Sky coach James Wade, who said it was ‘disrespectful and has no place in our league’

Chicago Sky coach James Wade said the WNBA informed him it was investigating a complaint he filed about a “disrespectful” comment an official made about him to a player during Tuesday’s game. → Read More

Chicago Sky file a complaint with the WNBA office after coach James Wade says an official referred to him with a racially derogatory term during Tuesday’s loss

The Chicago Sky filed a complaint Tuesday night with the WNBA after coach James Wade said an official referred to him as “boy” during the team’s 90-83 loss to the Atlanta Dream at Wintrust Arena. → Read More

Illinois’ home Big Ten football game vs. Maryland is moved to a Friday

Illinois will play on a Friday this season, hosting Maryland on Sept. 17, the Big Ten announced. → Read More

Northwestern community keeps pressure on after athletic director Mike Polisky resigns over cheerleading scandal: ‘This is only just the beginning’

Although Mike Polisky stepped down as Northwestern University's athletic director after being swept up in a wave of protests, the difficult questions provoked by his selection are anything but settled. → Read More

Candace Parker will miss her home debut with the Chicago Sky with an ankle injury

The home debut for Candace Parker on the Chicago Sky will have to wait. → Read More

The Chicago Sky will make their home debut with Candace Parker tomorrow. Here’s what to know about their season mission to win the WNBA championship.

The Chicago Sky make their home debut Sunday at Wintrust Arena against the New York Liberty. Here’s what you should know about the Sky heading into what could be a landmark WNBA season. → Read More

Stephen Gentry accepts a job with Gonzaga, the 3rd top assistant to leave Brad Underwood’s staff at Illinois

Illinois has lost three of its top men’s basketball assistants since the season ended with Stephen Gentry announcing Friday he accepted a position at Gonzaga. → Read More

Northwestern is set to play Nebraska in Dublin to kick off the 2022 season, heading to Ireland for the 1st game outside the U.S. in team history

Northwestern will play its first overseas game in 2022 when it travels to Ireland for a Big Ten West game against Nebraska. → Read More

Mike Polisky resigns: The timeline of events that led to the Northwestern AD’s departure after less than 2 weeks

Embattled Northwestern athletic director Mike Polisky resigned only nine days after he was announced to his new post. → Read More

Mike Polisky resigns as Northwestern athletic director as criticism continued to mount against his hiring

Mike Polisky on Wednesday stepped down from his newly appointed role as Northwestern athletic director as criticism continued to mount against his hiring. → Read More