Elena Delle Donne's icy new kicks pay homage to blind sister

Elena Delle Donne's icy new kicks pay homage to blind sister

Elena Delle Donne's new shoe line isn't just about looks; it's about feel.

Delle Donne's Nike Hyperdunk 2016 PE look awesome, but they also feature a tongue with raised textures and stitching as a tribute to her sister, Lizzie, who was born blind and has special needs:

And here's a picture of the tongue, which features the "I Love You" symbol in sign language:

"The biggest thing that I love is some of the details are raised because my sister is blind, so all of our communication is through touch," Delle Donne told Sports Illustrated in an interview. "So a part of the shoe is about her. There is my tattoo of her name, there is an 'I Love You' symbol.

"Even her perseverance, I have been able to watch her and learn that from her, but unfortunately I was thinking there is no way she will be able to see this shoe. And the awesome shoe gurus came up with this idea with materials like braille so she could feel it."

Delle Donne also has "Path Less Traveled" etched into the shoe, a constant reminder of what has become her mantra throughout her life:

"My entire journey is within this shoe and it is pretty amazing to me," Delle Donne told SI.

Check out the rest of the interview at SI and shop at the Nike store online.

Sky pick a pair of players from power programs in top 5 of draft


Sky pick a pair of players from power programs in top 5 of draft

The first year of the post-Elena Delle Donne era for the Chicago Sky did not go well.

The Sky limped to a 12-22 record without the former WNBA MVP and scoring champ. As the Bulls are about to experience, the upside of a losing season is a high draft pick the next year.

The Sky had the third and fourth picks in the draft, which took place on Thursday, and snagged a pair of players from powerhouse programs in women's college basketball.

At No. 3 the Sky picked up Diamond DeShields from Tennessee. She led the Lady Vols in scoring in the 2016-17 season, but that was her junior year. She elected to sign overseas with Cukurova in Turkey instead of playing out her final year of eligibility. The New York Times profiled her just ahead of the WNBA draft.

Oh, and she's also the daughter of former major leaguer Delino DeShields and her brother, Delino DeShields Jr., is currently an outfielder for the Texas Rangers.

At No. 4, the Sky picked up UConn forward Gabby Williams. Williams started every game in each of the last two seasons for the Huskies, which went undefeated in the regular season and made the Final Four both of those seasons.

Sky continue early season struggles in loss to Sun


Sky continue early season struggles in loss to Sun

ROSEMONT — Jonquel Jones scored 19 of her career-high 23 points in the second half and finished with 21 rebounds to help the Connecticut Sun beat the Chicago Sky 97-79 on Sunday night.

Jones, who set her previous career best of 20 rebounds on May 13, became the 12th player in WNBA history with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in a game. Alyssa Thomas had 17 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals and Lynetta Kizer scored 16 with seven rebounds for Connecticut (1-4), which won its first game of the season.

Kizer’s jumper midway through the first quarter made it 14-13 and the Sun led the rest of the way. Jessica Breland hit two free throws to pull Chicago (1-5) within four with 4:37 left in the third, but Jones scored seven points during a 10-3 run over the next three-plus minutes and the Sky got no closer.

Tamera Young led Chicago with 17 points. She has at least one made 3-pointer in each of the last five games after going nearly five calendar years (June 23, 2011) since her last 3.