Shannon Ryan,

Shannon Ryan

Chicago, IL, United States

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Recent articles by Shannon:

Lovie Smith, Brad Underwood and Josh Whitman take voluntary 10% temporary pay cuts at Illinois, with the savings going to a COVID-19 student fund

Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman, football coach Lovie Smith and men's basketball coach Brad Underwood — along with university Chancellor Robert Jones and five vice chancellors — volunteered to take a 10% pay cut for six months to help offset the financial fallout from the coronavirus. → Read More

Column: Sports teams are speaking up on social media about racial injustice. But now — this time — they really need to back it up.

Actions speak louder than words. And as history has shown, when it comes to sports, it’s the athletes who lead the way with their direct outspokenness and pointed demands for racial justice. → Read More

Stephen Bardo’s love of basketball and lineage brought him to Africa. And there’s still so much the former Illini star wants to do there.

Former Illinois star Stephen Bardo plans to be a color analyst for the NBA-backed Basketball Africa League, which was postponed because of the coronavirus. He has traveled to three African countries in two years. "I fell in love," he said. → Read More

Bobby Roundtree suffered a spinal cord injury last year. But the Illinois football player vows to walk again: ‘Every day he continues to break down another barrier.’

Illinois defensive end Bobby Roundtree injured his spinal cord in a swimming accident last season. He said he has defied doctors' expectations with his improvement. → Read More

Illinois will allow some athletes to return to campus in early June, starting with football and men’s basketball

Athletes in select sports will return to Champaign in phases as early as June 3 and enter a period of quarantine with antibody and viral testing before workouts with coaches resume, the university announced Friday. → Read More

Early NBA draft entrants — like Ayo Dosunmu, Kofi Cockburn and Paul Reed — are playing the waiting game: ‘I’m just trying to stay ready every day’

The NBA draft lottery and combine were pushed back because of the coronavirus pandemic. Now, players who declared early entry into the draft are trying to stay in shape and prepare. → Read More

Ken Burmeister, a Loyola basketball coach in the 1990s, dies at 72

Ken Burmeister compiled a 40-71 record at Loyola, though the Ramblers steadily improved in each of his four seasons. Burmeister also oversaw the team’s move into Gentile Arena in 1996. → Read More

‘Our movement man,’ a fixture at Chicago protests, loses life to COVID-19

When Donald Kuss showed up at protests for equality and justice around Chicago, some wondered about the small-statured, bespectacled, balding man who did not shudder in the face of a police line or in front of the mayor’s home. → Read More

Ahmaud Arbery’s shooting death — and fears of racial profiling — weigh heavily on Chicago’s black running community: ‘The danger feels more and more personal’

Some black runners in Chicago say they wear bright clothes or try to stay in familiar neighborhoods while running to avoid being profiled. → Read More

Kameno Bell, a former Illinois running back, is on the frontlines of New Jersey’s fight against the coronavirus. ‘It kind of wakes you up,’ the ER physician says.

Kameno Bell, a Young alumnus, was a standout running back with Illinois. He studied for medical school while in camp with the Dolphins. Now, he's an emergency room physician caring for coronavirus patients. → Read More

Javon Freeman-Liberty is getting guidance from his uncle Marcus Liberty — while forging his own path after transferring to DePaul

Javon Freeman-Liberty hopes to receive a hardship waiver from the NCAA that would allow him to play for DePaul immediately after transferring from Valparaiso, where he averaged 19 points and was an All-Missouri Valley Conference selection. → Read More

Loyola’s 1963 NCAA championship team will be the subject of a documentary released later this year

Loyola’s run to the 1963 national basketball championship had all the qualities of a stirring movie: drama, adversity and ultimately glory. And now it will be one. → Read More

A Chicago woman temporarily shut down her Edgewater bakery to go back to nursing amid the coronavirus pandemic: ‘There’s a lot of death. A lot of loneliness. I wish that for nobody.’

Kate Merrill, who owns an Edgewater bakery, is back at Mount Sinai Hospital to help treat coronavirus patients as a member of the surgical intensive care unit. She is one of a multitude of former health care workers who returned to their trained profession during the pandemic. → Read More

Ranking the 15 best sports movies to watch with kids

If you've given up on limiting screen time, use your homebound experience to bond with your kids through classic age-appropriate sports movies. → Read More

Valparaiso’s Javon Freeman-Liberty — a former Young star who was an All-MVC selection as a sophomore — is transferring to DePaul

Valparaiso sophomore Javon Freeman-Liberty said he is transferring to DePaul to be closer to his grandmother. The Chicago native and nephew of former Illinois star Marcus Liberty helped lead Young to a high school state championship. → Read More

Kate Achter is out to ‘turn the ship’ at Loyola. The women’s basketball coach — and mom of 10-month-old Reese — also wants to change the way people think about Down syndrome.

Women's basketball coach Kate Achter is working to "turn the ship" at Loyola. She often brings her 10-month-old daughter, Reese, to practices and games. → Read More

Northwestern’s Joe Gaziano set to sign with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent, while Illinois’ Oluwole Betiku Jr. also goes unpicked

Northwestern all-time sacks leader Joe Gaziano was finalizing a free-agent deal with the Chargers on Saturday evening. "I'm ready to play ball," he said. → Read More

NFL draft tracker: Tracking area and state players. Panthers trade up to pick Southern Illinois safety Jeremy Chinn with last pick of 2nd round.

The Chicago Tribune is tracking where players from Illinois high schools and colleges as well as Notre Dame were selected in the 2020 NFL draft. → Read More

Morgan Park’s Adam Miller officially signs with Illinois: ‘This is going to be the perfect setting for me’

Adam Miller, a Morgan Park senior who recently won the Mr. Basketball award for 2020, signed his letter of intent with Illinois. → Read More

Illinois was a month away from officially adding an ice hockey program, but now AD Josh Whitman says they’ve ‘hit the pause button’

A project almost three years in the making to add a Division I men’s ice hockey program at the University of Illinois has “hit the pause button,” athletic director Josh Whitman told reporters Monday. → Read More