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Gifts for the fitness guru

Here are some gifts for the active ladies (even if they think they have it all). Click on “View Gallery” to see the guide. …

Gift ideas for the old-school sports nut

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Shopping for your favorite sports nut can be as simple in 2013 as point-and-click, but it can also be much more of an adventure. Sports-nut basics, such as official game day gear, are relatively easy to find. A number of shops such as Clark Street …

Gotham Girls All-Stars win WFTDA Championship

The Women's Flat Track Derby Association held its 2013 international roller derby championships at the U.S. Cellular Arena, in downtown Milwaukee, on Friday, Nov. 8 through Sunday, Nov. 10. Current two-time champions, Gotham Girls Roller Derby of New York City, locked in its third straight …

The fight for first: Gotham Girls Roller Derby of New York City vs Texas Rollergirls of Austin

2013 WFTDA Championship play-by-play recap Championship bout Gotham Girls Roller Derby of New York City vs. Texas Rollergirls of Austin WFTDA Championships regulars - the Gotham Girls All-Stars and the Texecutioners - played a high-level strategic championship game on Sunday, Nov. 10 at the 2013 WFTDA roller …

Third-place showdown: Bay Area Derby Girls of San Francisco vs Denver Roller Dolls of Denver

B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls of San Francisco vs Denver Roller Dolls of Denver  2013 WFTDA Championship play-by-play recap In the game to determine the bronze at the 2013 WFTDA Championship, B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls took a quick lead. Denver caught some fire but trailed behind …

Women's roller derby championships roll into Milwaukee this weekend

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The best women's flat track roller derby teams in the world will compete for the sport's top honor in the 2013 Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) Championships Nov. 8-10 in Milwaukee, Wisc., hosted by the Brewcity Bruisers. Watch fiercely talented skaters compete for women’s …

Chicago Red Hots fast roller derby ablaze for national title

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Dakota Prosch is what some could call a trailblazer in the one of the world's fastest growing sports, roller derby. And it's a fitting label. The jammer known to some by the derby name Kola Loka, seven-year veteran of the sport, possesses her own lightning …

Chicago Wushu redefines martial arts

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Chicago Wushu is a humble storefront on Clark Street just north of Montrose Avenue. If not for the sign, you wouldn’t know a martial arts school was there at all. This harkens back to the Shaolin Temple and Jing Mo: places also that lacked the …

Say Om: yoga at any age

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WENDY CITY MOM · the parenting column · Bloom Yoga Studio, located on Rockwell Street in Chicago, offers yoga classes to women during every stage of their lives.

Winning present ideas for your favorite sports enthusiast

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Chicago is known as a city of major sports. With collegiate teams, two roller derby clubs, two Major League Baseball teams and our other major teams such as the Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks, Chicago shoppers can find plenty of sports goodies. In fact, you’re likely …

Ways to winterize your workout

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Just because the season has changed, it doesn’t mean that you have to give up on your workout routine. Here are a few winter workout tips from Aaron Ruth, strength and conditioning coach at St. Vincent’s Sports Performance in Indianapolis, which works with more than …

Cycling enthusiast Todd Rickets, part owner of Cubs, launches Wrigley Field Road Tour

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Todd Ricketts is known by most in Chicago as a member of the family that owns the Cubs, and as a member of the team's board. However, not everyone knows about his other passion: biking. It all started when he was a kid in Omaha. …

Revolutionary Tennis Explorers clinic introduces tennis to toddlers

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The 2012 Summer Olympics may have passed, but a fever is still in the air and on the court, especially with the US Open in full swing, for tennis enthusiasts in Chicagoland. Recognizing this, the Chicago-based Midtown Athletic Clubs knows it's never too early to …

Fitness for golfers

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If you are trying to improve your golf game, it can seem like everyone is trying to sell you something – equipment, accessories, even lessons. But trainers say the first step starts with you. Your body, which controls every aspect of your swing, may be …

Simulate Tour de France with local hills

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Take on a faux Tour de France with recommended riding in the Chicago area and its surrounding states.

Does golf make you mental? 5 tips to break 90

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Some golfers get so frustrated with their skills that they throw in their clubs, never able to hit the magic score of 90 or under. That does not have to be you, area golf pros say.

Art of Futbol gallery showcases the beauty of the game

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Soccer, the world's biggest sport, is constantly going on around us. Kids are always kicking a ball in a park somewhere both in the city and suburbs, from the fields of Buffalo Grove to the slums of Brazil. More than just the ball, there is …

Cyclist asks church members to ride bikes to worship

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Surely Jesus would approve if parishoners cycled or walked to church. It's healthier for body and soul and the environment, and that's the thinking behind Rob Bollendorf's goal of getting members of St. Margaret Mary Parish to get to mass under their own steam more often.

How to choose a winning football helmet

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In the game of football, athlete protection should remain top-of-mind among parents, coaches and the public, making a player's helmet selection a crucial step prior to the upcoming season.   Ongoing research shows the benefits of helmet innovations and protective enhancements. For example, Virginia Tech recently …

Professional soccer player Josha Krueger leaves a lasting impression on local athletes

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I turned 40 a few weeks ago, and I am in good shape for my age. As a lifelong soccer player in the body of a klutz, I would joke that, by age 40, I would be unstoppable. Learning skills - in sports and elsewhere …

Ed Farmer, voice of the Chicago White Sox, opens up about the kidney transplant that saved his life 

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Ed Farmer has been a voice of the Chicago White Sox for more than two decades now. He's currently sharing the radio booth for a 12th season with Darrin Jackson, also a former Major League ball player. Roaring into the 2012 season on the way …

Vintage roller derby dame reminisces about her life on the banked track 

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On March 31, 90-year-old Chicagoan Madelyn DeVincent was reacquainted with her old love. This retired nurse didn't reencounter an old high school crush or dote on out-of-town grandkids. Rather, DeVincent, a former skater, came to the UIC Pavilion to enjoy a night of her old …

Recreational athletes are laid up by bum knees, too

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No golfer likes it when a shot lands in a sand trap, but Jeff Robinson used to get particularly distraught when it happened. Having struggled with sore knees for two decades, just navigating the small descent into a bunker was excruciating.  "I couldn't go downhill without …

Swimmer Anna Johannes hopes for Paralympic gold

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By 10 a.m., Anna Johannes has crossed more off of her daily to-do list than most strive to accomplish in a week. As a swimmer with her eyes set on the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, every moment of her day counts as she balances …

Nutrition tips to boost energy in young athletes

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More than seven million boys and girls across the country will participate in organized sports this year, and unfortunately, injuries are a part of every season. The mistake athletes, parents and coaches often make is overlooking proper nutrition as a sports injury prevention measure. A …

Lewis women’s basketball looks to stay hot against USF

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Lewis women’s basketball has had much success (30-6) against St. Francis and the Flyers are hoping that trend continues when they take on the Fighting Saints Wednesday (Dec. 7) night in Romeoville, Ill.