Sarah Spain Archive

Sarah Spain

Sarah Spain is a SportsCenter Anchor for Chicago's ESPN1000 and a reporter for She's a proud Cornell alum and a huge Chicago sports fan. You can follow her on Twitter @SarahSpain.
  • Crunch time on the hardwood and the ice

    While hoops and hockey teams battle for a spot in the playoffs, baseball teams are just starting their long trek toward the postseason. From thrilling finishes to intriguing beginnings, these are the Games We're Watching ...

    Apr 6 2:34 PM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • Men's NCAA title game goes black and white ...

    But tonight's women's championship matchup between Notre Dame and Texas A&M will bring the game back into the HDTV era in living color.

    Apr 5 | By Sarah Spain

  • The kids are all right

    How do six little kids get front row seats at the biggest college basketball game of the year? espnW's Sarah Spain learned of their very special connection to UConn.

    Apr 5 10:57 AM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • UConn student section calls for backup

    After hundreds of student tickets went unclaimed, UConn decided to bulk up its student section for tonight's national title game with seat fillers from local colleges.

    Apr 5 3:12 PM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • Butler's big dog, Blue II

    Blue II, the mascot of the Butler Bulldogs, has taken the basketball world by storm. Whether he's enjoying a spa day, feasting on room service or making national television appearances, Blue is clearly the top dog in the NCAA tourney.

    Apr 4 | By Sarah Spain

  • Hoops fans hit up Bracket Town

    Sunday afternoon hoops fans of all ages hit up the Bracket Town fan fest in downtown Houston to recreate the shots, dishes and dunks they saw in Saturday night's Final Four games.

    Apr 3 7:46 PM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • Families rooting for their kids at Final Four

    Apr 3 | By Sarah Spain

  • VCU's fans lucky, even in defeat

    Their team might have lost Saturday night, but VCU's students are still the biggest winners of the Final Four weekend. The generosity and thoughtfulness of VCU put its students on the trip of a lifetime.

    Apr 3 10:44 AM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • Not just another face in the crowd

    You think the players and coaches at Saturday's Final Four were nervous? The moms and dads did more sweating and hand-wringing in the stands than VCU coach Shaka Smart did working the sideline. Meet a few of the proud parents.

    Apr 3 2:02 PM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • A foodie's Final Four

    Have you got your Final Four gameday menu set? If not, Top Chef's Brian Malarkey is here to help. Malarkey has created dishes for each of the men's Final Four squads, so whichever colors you're wearing, there's a meal for you!

    Apr 1 7:49 AM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • Snow-pening Day?

    Nothing says baseball like snow, rain and temperatures in the 30s and 40s! Weather permitting, 12 baseball teams will start their 2011 seasons today, and for six, the dream of a perfect 162-game season will end. (Waaah, waaah!)

    Mar 31 2:12 PM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • American hoopster in Japan rocked by disaster

    Former Penn State basketball player Tyler Smith has spent the past three years in Japan playing hoops for the Hitachi Sunrockers. Smith talked to espnW about what it was like to be in Japan in the midst of one of the worst natural disasters of our time.

    Mar 31 | By Sarah Spain

  • Barry Bonds' trial -- How em-Barry-ssing

    Just a few days into the Barry Bonds trial and baseball's home run king already has been made to look like a selfish, violent, small-balled, sexually incompetent philanderer. No matter the verdict in this one, Bonds comes out losing.

    Mar 30 7:14 PM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • Standings shake-ups in hoops and hockey

    Watching the standings in the NBA and the NHL has become nearly as entertaining as watching the games themselves. The puppies nipping at the heels of the big dogs look to sneak their way into the playoffs with late-season wins.

    Mar 31 6:47 AM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • Sports apps we'd like to see

    Tiger Woods released his own mobile app Wednesday, a program designed to help golfers improve their swing. espnW's Sarah Spain thinks other sports figures should follow suit.

    Mar 24 6:20 PM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • NFLers will dribble/sing/write/clean for food

    The NFL lockout has left hundreds of players unemployed, wondering when they'll see their next paycheck. espnW's Sarah Spain has a few tips for some of the league's most employable guys.

    Mar 23 7:12 PM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • In the Knick of time?

    With the end of the regular season in sight, the Knicks risk entering the playoffs with zero mojo. Melo and Co. have lost six of their last seven games, they'll try to rebound against the Magic. Lotta hoops and hockey to get you through this hump day.

    Mar 23 11:59 AM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • Stanford seniors look to make mark at home

    If you thought the big shots and buzzer-beaters ended with your weekend, think again. The women's NCAA tournament continues tonight with two of the top-seeded teams in action. Find out how the Stanford seniors could make tonight an historic one.

    Mar 21 1:04 PM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • Irish eyes are crying

    For the best Notre Dame team in decades, Sunday's season-ending loss to FSU came all too soon. Stifling defense and surprising offense helped the Seminoles sour a winning season for Big East player of the year Ben Hansbrough and the Irish.

    Mar 21 12:24 PM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • How sweet it is for VCU

    The 11th-seeded VCU Rams stunned No. 3 seed Purdue with a decisive 94-76 win Sunday night. With a few days off before their Sweet 16 matchup with Florida State, the players are excited to head back to Virginia as newly minted stars.

    Mar 21 12:24 PM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • Giddy for Gus

    The Madness continues today, with another 16 ways for my bracket to get busted. (Alright, alright, even more busted.) Here's what we're watching.

    Mar 18 5:16 PM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • Lisa Leslie passes the torch

    Thursday afternoon hoops legend Lisa Leslie surprised Mater Dei High School's Kaleena Mosquada-Lewis with a big honor. espnW's Sarah Spain talked to Leslie about breaking the big news, her keys to success and her pick for this year's NCAA champion.

    Mar 18 10:44 AM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • Footballer claims he was beaten into quitting

    A Montenegrin soccer player has complained to FIFA and UEFA, claiming his former team, Kuban of the Russian Premier League, threatened and beat him into signing his own termination papers.

    Mar 15 5:15 PM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • Tru hoop

    Quick, find Tru TV on your channel lineup! The new 68-team NCAA tournament starts tonight and you don't wanna miss a minute of the Madness. Four teams meet in two of the new First Four games tonight hoping to play their way into the "real" brackets.

    Mar 15 2:31 PM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • Some topics are always out of bounds

    Liberty guard Cappie Pondexter recently joined a long line of sports figures who would have been wise to keep their mouths shut. espnW's Sarah Spain says some topics will always be out of bounds in sports.

    Mar 14 6:24 PM ET | By Sarah Spain