Beckham, Donovan not making trip to Chicago

Beckham, Donovan not making trip to Chicago

Friday, April 15, 2011Posted: 7:38 p.m.

The Associated Press

The Los Angeles Galaxy have struggled to find their scoring touch, and Landon Donovan's knee injury hasn't helped.

Those offensive woes could continue Sunday with Donovan's status unknown and David Beckham, Juninho and Jovan Kirovski serving suspensions during a matchup with the Chicago Fire.

Los Angeles (2-1-3) is one of only five teams to have fewer goals (five) than games played, scoring one during Donovan's two-game absence. The forward has inflammation in his right knee, believed to have been developed during a stretch of three games - two with the U.S. national team and a 1-0 victory over Philadelphia on April 2.

With their captain back home, the Galaxy played to a 1-all draw at D.C. last Saturday and a scoreless tie at Toronto on Wednesday.

That game in Toronto might have proved costly for this week's matchup as Beckham was given his fifth yellow card of the season, drawing an automatic one-game suspension.

Juninho, who has a team-best two goals, also received a one-match ban for getting a red card during stoppage time.

The MLS suspended Kirovski on Friday for one more game after he sat out Wednesday's draw because of a red card. The midfielder was fined an additional 750 for verbal abuse of an official during the match with United.

"There are bad calls, and we've had the majority of bad calls over the last few games," Beckham told the league's official website. "It's ruining our preparation for games ... We want that consistency to be there (from the referees), and we want to keep our players on the field."

With those suspensions and Donovan potentially missing a third consecutive game, the Galaxy may need scoring help from Juan Pablo Angel or Mike Magee.

Angel has 58 goals in his previous four MLS seasons and one in five contests this season. Magee scored the lone goal against D.C. while taking Donovan's spot on the field.

Despite being extremely short-handed, Los Angeles might have some hope against a Chicago defense that has given up eight goals in the past three games. Chicago (1-2-1) suffered its second straight defeat Thursday, 4-2 in expansion Portland's first home match.

The Fire fell behind 3-0 early in the second half, but an own goal and Marco Pappa's second of the season cut the deficit to one. Chicago, though, couldn't find the equalizer and Fire defender Dasan Robinson sent a ball into his own net off a Timbers corner kick.

"It's a shame because our players made a great effort. We played much better in the second half and we need to learn off of this," coach Carlos de los Cobos said.

When Los Angeles visited Chicago last season, the Fire broke a scoreless tie in the 88th minute only to give up Omar Gonzalez's goal in stoppage time and settle for a 1-all draw.

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Saturday on CSN: Loyola, Illinois State host Missouri Valley opponents

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Saturday on CSN: Loyola, Illinois State host Missouri Valley opponents

CSN will have two Missouri Valley Conference games with local teams on Saturday. 

The first game tips at 3 p.m. live on CSN as Evansville heads to Loyola. The second game tips at 7 p.m. and is also live on CSN as Drake will play at Illinois State.

Loyola (13-7, 3-4) is coming off of a tough road loss in double overtime to Northern Iowa. The Ramblers have been led by senior Milton Doyle this season as the former Marshall star is one of the better guards in the Valley.

Evansville (10-10, 1-6) has dropped five straight games as they're struggling to gain any momentum in conference play. Senior guard Jaylon Brown is having an outstanding season for the Purple Aces as he's putting up 21.2 points per game.

The second matchup has Drake (6-13, 4-3) traveling to Illinois State. The Bulldogs have won three of four games and junior guard Reed Timmer is dangerous while former Saint Viator product Ore Arogundade is having a solid sophomore season. 

Illinois State (15-4, 7-0) is leading the Valley after a huge win over Wichita State as they've won eight straight games. The Redbirds are hoping to make a run to an NCAA tournament bid with another home win.

Dwyane Wade tweets apology to fans after Bulls' lopsided loss in Atlanta

Dwyane Wade tweets apology to fans after Bulls' lopsided loss in Atlanta

For the opening three quarters in Atlanta, the Bulls were off. 

So off, in fact, that Dwyane Wade tweeted an apology to Chicago fans after the game. 

Thanks to a furious run by the Bulls' bench, the final score ended at a respectable 102-93. In reality, though, the Hawks dominated. 

Wade and company trailed by 29 points at half and 30 at the end of three. The 35-year-old shooting guard finished with a minus-18 and just four points while All-Star starter Jimmy Butler posted a team-low minus-22.

The Bulls will look to shake off their lopsided loss against the Sacramento Kings on Saturday.