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Fire continue playoff push by topping Revolution

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Fire continue playoff push by topping Revolution

Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011Posted: 7:35 p.m.

Associated Press

Sebastian Grazzini, Dominic Oduro and Patrick Nyarko scored to help the Chicago Fire beat the New England Revolution 3-2 on Sunday.The Fire have won three of their last four Major League Soccer games. They face Real Salt Lake on Wednesday night.Midfielder Ryan Guy scored two goals in the final three minutes, but New England dropped its fourth match in the last nine starts (1-4-5).Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis was whistled for tripping Nyarko in the penalty area in the fourth minute, setting up Grazzini's penalty kick score.The Fire made it 2-0 in the ninth minute. Oduro broke through the defense, took Grazzini's feed and faked Reis before kicking the ball into an open net for his team-leading 11th goal of the year.Nyarko capped the Chicago scoring in the 30th minute, giving the Fire their first 3-0 lead in three seasons.Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson lost his shutout in the 90th minute. Guy chipped a shot over Johnson from 25 yards for his first goal of the year, then converted a hard shot in the first minute of stoppage time.Copyright 2011 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Cubs Talk Podcast: Cubs offense takes a step in right direction, when will rotation follow?

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Cubs offense takes a step in right direction, when will rotation follow?

For the first time in almost two weeks, the Cubs offense started to look more like the team we know they can be in Wednesday afternoon's victory over the Brewers. But when will the starting rotation follow? Kyle Hendricks pitched better than his stat line once again, but it's getting late in the season to continue to use that rationale for any Cubs starter.

Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki break down the Cubs-Brewers series and Kelly sits down with David Bote for a 1-on-1 chat about his whirlwind week. Leila Rahimi also catches up with MLB Network's Dan Plesac to get his thoughts on Javy Báez's place in the NL MVP race, how the Central division is shaping up and X-factors for the Cubs and Brewers down the stretch.

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Milwaukee the biggest NL Central threat to the Cubs?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Milwaukee the biggest NL Central threat to the Cubs?

Phil Rogers, Jim Litke and Harry Teinowitz join Kap on the panel. Joe Maddon tweaks the lineup and the Cubs offense explodes to beat the Brewers. Is Milwaukee still the Cubs’ biggest threat in the Central? And is Javy Baez still the Cubs’ MVP?

Plus Roquan Smith puts on the pads to practice but will he have them on in Week 1 at Lambeau?  

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