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Fire on life support after loss to FC Dallas

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Fire on life support after loss to FC Dallas

Associated Press

Jackson and Daniel Cruz each scored to lift FC Dallas to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Fire on Wednesday night, clinching a spot in the MLS Cup playoffs.The loss put the Fire on the verge of missing the playoffs. They can still match New York and Houston with 43 points by winning their last two starts. Chicago would still be behind on the goal differential tiebreaker.Dallas controlled the flow of the game from the start, and the pressure paid off with Jackson's goal in the 41st minute. He took a long pass from Ugo Ihemelu, beat Fire defender Jalil Anibaba and left-footed a low shot past goalkeeper Sean Johnson.Cruz made it 2-0 in the 53rd minute, putting a bicycle kick past Johnson. That became the game-winner when Chicago's Sebastian Grazzini beat Dallas keeper Kevin Hartman with a curling 16-yard shot in the 86th minute.
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Forget a Yolmer Sanchez return to White Sox, he reportedly has deal with Giants

Forget a Yolmer Sanchez return to White Sox, he reportedly has deal with Giants

The dream many fans had of Yolmer Sanchez returning to the South Side for the 2020 season might be over.

According to reports, Sanchez has a minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants. Sanchez, who won an American League Gold Glove at second base last season with the White Sox, reportedly turned down a couple major league offers to compete for the everyday second baseman's job in San Francisco.

Sanchez was a fan favorite during his tenure with the White Sox, a positive clubhouse presence who earned a reputation as a fun-loving teammate through his various on-field antics, including repeated pranks involving the dugout's Gatorade bucket. He also proved himself to be one of the game's finest defensive infielders, a valuable skill even if his offensive production rarely lived up to the same standards. Last season, as the starting second baseman, Sanchez hit .252/.318/.321 with a pair of home runs and 43 RBIs.

Even after the White Sox non-tendered him earlier this offseason, team brass spoke positively of him, an indication that the door might not be closed on a reunion. But the White Sox infield is fast filling up with long-term pieces. Tim Anderson and Yoan Moncada had huge seasons on the left side in 2019, and Nick Madrigal, one of the top-rated prospects in baseball, is expected to reach the major leagues in the early portions of the 2020 season. Madrigal, the White Sox first-round draft pick in 2018, had an excellent offensive season in the minors last year and carries a similar defensive reputation as Sanchez. Whether Madrigal will make the Opening Day roster remains to be seen — it sounds unlikely — but he's expected to be the team's starting second baseman for the bulk of the 2020 campaign.

Given that crunch on the infield, Sanchez, even after his Gold Glove win, seemed destined for a reserve role had he returned to the South Side. Who knows if the White Sox were one of the teams that extended a major league contract offer to Sanchez, but there didn't seem to be room for him to have a starting job with this group. He can at least compete for such a role with the Giants.

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IHSA Preps Boys Basketball AP Poll

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IHSA Preps Boys Basketball AP Poll

Here are the boys prep basketball polls with rank, team, first-place votes, record and total points.

Class 4A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Curie (3) 19-1 75 1
2. Collinsville (4) 21-0 74 2
3.  Harvey Thornton (1) 21-0 66 3
4.  Evanston Township 20-2 57 4
5. Chicago Heights (Bloom Twp.) 19-5 37 5
6. Homewood-Flossmoor 17-2 35 6
7. Lincoln Park 19-3 27 8
8. (tie) Whitney Young 13-7 27 7
9.  Loyola 20-2 16 10
10. Joliet West 19-3 14 9

Others receiving votes: Marian Catholic (Chicago Heights) 5. Bolingbrook 2. Cary-Grove 2. Stevenson 1. O'Fallon 1. York 1. Class

3A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Niles Notre Dame (8) 21-3 105 1
2. Bogon (3) 19-2 101 2
3. Depaul College Prep 18-2 86 3
4. Peoria Notre Dame 18-1 77 5
5. Kankakee 16-3 51 6
6. Morgan Park 14-8 44 4
7.  Oak Forest 18-1 38 8
8.  Galesburg 21-3 30 9
9. Lincoln

19-2

29 10

10. 

Rock Island  14-6

15

7


Others receiving votes: Morton 7. Hinsdale South 6. Fenwick 5. East St. Louis 5. Centralia 2. Lisle (Benet Academy) 2. Geneseo 1. Carbondale 1.

Class 2A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Orr (9) 13-6 108 T1
2.  Pickneyville (2) 21-2 94 T1
3. Nashville 20-4 90 7
4. Breese Mater Dei  17-5 50 4
5.  Corliss 12-8 44 3
6. Normal University 15-6 40 5
7. Rockridge 17-4 33 10
8. Tuscola 16-1 32 8
9. Sterling Newman 21-3 26 6
10. Elmhurst Timothy Christian 16-3 16 NR

Others receiving votes: Pleasant Plains 15. Crane 12. Bismarck-Henning 11. Sacred Heart-Griffin (Springfield) 6. Tremont 5. Bloomington Central Catholic 5. Kewanee 5. Murphysboro 5. Riverton 3. Dunbar 2. Fairfield 1. Pana 1.

Class 1A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Winchester-West Central (9) 21-0 99 1
2. Indian Creek (1) 20-0 68 5
3.  Moweaqua Central A&M 16-2 67 2
4.  Roanoke-Benson 20-1 61 3
5. Goreville 21-1 54 4
6. East Dubuque 19-2 53 6
7.  Payson Seymour 19-1 35 8
8. Effingham St. Anthony 17-3 30 9
9.  Quest Academy 15-4 23 7
10. Kewanee (Wethersfield) 14-5 16 NR

Others receiving votes: Calhoun 9. Woodlawn 8. Okawville 8. Athens 5. Leo 5. New Berlin 4. Aurora Christian 4. Elmwood 1.