Oduro strikes former team; Fire draw Dynamo

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Oduro strikes former team; Fire draw Dynamo

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011
Posted: 7:11 p.m.

Associated Press

Match stats

Chicago's Dominic Oduro scored against his former team to lift the Fire into a 1-1 draw with the Houston Dynamo on Saturday.

Colin Clark scored for Houston (10-9-13, 43 points), which extended its unbeaten streak to three games, but missed an opportunity to reclaim first place in the Eastern Conference. The Dynamo are tied with Philadelphia in second a point behind Sporting Kansas City.

Chicago (7-8-16, 37 points) extended its unbeaten streak to four games, but also failed to pick up ground in the playoff race. With three games left, Chicago is seventh in the Eastern Conference and two points behind New York for the final playoff spot.

Clark scored in the 33rd minute off a corner kick, picking up a loose ball left of the net after it had deflected off Jalil Anibaba and slipping it inside the far post.

Oduro tied it up 43rd minute after taking a pass from Baggio Husidic on the upper right box, getting past Bobby Boswell and nailing a right-footed shot into the lower left net.

Bobby Boswell missed a chance to put Houston up in the 13th minute as his header from inside the 6-yard box was saved by Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson.

Johnson had five saves, while Houston's Tally Hall had four saves.

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Cubs start May off on the wrong foot with extra-innings loss to Braves

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Cubs start May off on the wrong foot with extra-innings loss to Braves

In summing up the first month of the 2016 season, Joe Maddon pointed to the defense as a huge reason why the Cubs are out to the best start in baseball.

But as the calendar flipped to May, sloppy defense doomed the Cubs as they dropped the finale of this rain-shortened weekend series with the Atlanta Braves, 4-3, in 10 innings in front of 40,164 shivering fans Sunday at Wrigley Field.

John Lackey spent most of the afternoon cruising but ran into trouble in the sixth when Addison Russell booted a potential inning-ending double play with the bases loaded. The next batter grounded out to Ben Zobrist, but the Cubs second baseman couldn't get the tag on baserunner Adonis Garcia, thus allowing the Braves' third run to score before the Cubs finally chased down Garcia.

That was enough to sink the Cubs despite a late rally that pushed the game into extra innings, where Braves outfielder Nick Markakis drove home the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th inning off Hector Rondon.

It didn't feel like May at Wrigley with temps in the upper 30s with windchill, and this Cubs offense that was built to score in any conditions couldn't do anything against Atlanta starter Julio Teheran.

Pinch-hitter Matt Szczur started the Cubs' comeback attempt with a perfect bunt base hit in the eighth inning, and Dexter Fowler followed with a double. Jason Heyward drove in the Cubs' first run with a groundout, and Kris Bryant sent Fowler home with a two-out RBI single to left.

Zobrist led off the ninth with a walk and wound up motoring all the way to third base when Braves closer Arodys Vizcaino sent his pickoff throw into the right-field bullpen. 

Russell atoned for his error by lining an 0-2 pitch into right field to tie the game, but the euphoria was brief as the Braves got to the Cubs' closer in the 10th and the Cubs couldn't mount another rally.

Bears release safety Antrel Rolle

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Bears release safety Antrel Rolle

The Bears released safety Antrel Rolle on Sunday.

ESPN's Adam Schefter was the first to report the move. Rolle tweeted the following out minutes later.

Rolle battled injuries and appeared in just seven games with the Bears last season, coming to Chicago after five seasons with the New York Giants. He made 35 total tackles and recorded one pass defensed.

The Bears have six other safeties on their current roster and added two more during this weekend's draft, picking Miami's Deon Bush in the fourth round and William & Mary's DeAndre Houston-Carson in the sixth round.

Brett Lawrie powers White Sox to win over Orioles

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Brett Lawrie powers White Sox to win over Orioles

BALTIMORE — Brett Lawrie had another big day and the White Sox offense hasn’t been too bad, either.

Lawrie homered in a third straight game and reached base all five times on Sunday afternoon as the White Sox completed a very successful road trip with a 7-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles in front of 28,803 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Working behind an offense that scored 41 runs during the 5-2 trip, Chris Sale improved to 6-0 and the White Sox split a four-game set with the Orioles. The win also gave the White Sox a 13-6 record during a stretch with 19 games in 19 days.

Lawrie jumpstarted the White Sox offense in the fourth, two innings after the White Sox came up empty with the bases loaded and no outs. With two outs and no score, Lawrie ripped a 1-2 fastball from Ubaldo Jimenez 404 feet to left field for his fourth home run of the season. He also homered on Friday and Saturday, marking the first time in his career that he has accomplished the feat in three straight games.

The White Sox then dinked and dunked Jimenez to death in the fifth inning. Dioner Navarro and Austin Jackson made up for the second inning when they struck out and grounded into a double play to ended the bases-loaded threat. Navarro singled and Jackson doubled to deep center and Jimenez loaded the bases when he hit Adam Eaton with a pitch.

Carlos Sanchez had an RBI groundout and Jose Abreu singled in another to make it 3-0. Melky Cabrera singled in another run on a blooper to left and Jerry Sands dropped a two-run single into center to knock Jimenez out of the game.

Lawrie walked in between the hits by Cabrera and Sands, his fourth free pass of the trip. He also singled and doubled and reached base in 11 of 30 plate appearances on the road trip. The effort raised Lawrie’s batting average to .290.

The effort was another big one from an offense that has begun to show signs of life after a slow start to the season. The White Sox scored at least four runs in five of their seven games away from U.S. Cellular and averaged 5.86 per contest. The same group scored an average of 3.2 runs per contest in its first 19 games this season.

While Abreu hasn’t flexed his muscles in a while, his bat continues to heat up. A day after he singled in runs in the final two innings, Abreu singled twice more and drew a first-inning walk. He finished the road trip 11-for-29 with six RBIs and four walks.

The outpouring made a laborious day easier for Sale, who needed 107 pitches to complete five innings. Baltimore’s loaded lineup ran a bunch of deep counts against Sale, but didn’t accomplish much else.

He stranded at least one runner in each of his first five frames and two each in the first, third and fifth innings. Still, Sale kept the Orioles at bay, striking out six, including the side in the fourth. His biggest escape came in the fifth inning as his pitch count ran high. Sale walked two, including a 12-pitch free pass to Manny Machado, with one out. But he struck out Mark Trumbo and induced a fly ball out from Adam Jones.

Sale allowed a run, six hits and walked four in 5 1/3 innings.

Four White Sox relievers combined for 3 2/3 scoreless innings to close it out.