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Gaven, Columbus get the best of Fire


Gaven, Columbus get the best of Fire

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Eddie Gaven scored Columbus' first goal and assisted on the second by Emilio Renteria as the Crew defeated the Chicago Fire 2-1 on Saturday night.

Gaven scored from 19 yards in the 9th minute with a low shot inside the left post for Columbus.

The Crew (5-4-3) tied at San Jose on May 19 and beat Seattle on the road Wednesday before improving to 3-0-2 in the past five games in front of 16,024 fans in Crew Stadium.

''It was not the best game for us, but the most important thing is we got a good result,'' Crew defender Sebastian Miranda said.

Gaven helped make it 2-0 in the 43rd by passing to a posting Renteria, who shirked defender Austin Berry and put the ball into the left corner.

''I did what the coaches wanted me to do: to hold the ball and turn,'' Renteria said.

For the rookie Berry, it was an on-field lesson.

''That was bad positioning on my part,'' he said. ''He used his body well. He took my out of position. It was a good learning opportunity for me.''

Berry got a measure of revenge when he headed a service by Daniel Paladini in the 72nd minute.

''We started the first half pretty well,'' Crew coach Robert Warzycha said. ''The second half, they just pushed us in the back and we defended the forwards and the corner kicks.''

Fire (5-4-3) goalkeeper Sean Johnson made saves on Renteria in the 80th and Nemanja Vukovic a minute later to keep the fire within striking distance.

''It was a disappointing first half going down two,'' Fire captain Logan Pause said. ''It was a pretty big hill to climb.''

High School Lites Roundup: Basketball Week 8

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High School Lites Roundup: Basketball Week 8

High School Lites has a show full of highlights from important conference games this week as we feature plenty of unique conferences. We have top teams from the SouthWest Suburban and Public League Red Division while also featuring plenty of top games from the White Division of the Public League.

For the first time ever, High School Lites also has a girls basketball game featured in the Viewers' Choice Game of the Week.

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Curie's DaJuan Gordon

Team of the Week, Presented by Saint Xavier: Stevenson girls basketball team

Viewers' Choice Game of the Week: 

Marengo 68, Burlington 52 (Girl's)

This Week's Highlights:

Whitney Young gets close win over the Uplift in this week's mixtape series

Bolingbrook dominates Homewood-Flossmoor in blowout victory 

St Laurence takes care of business against DePaul Prep

Cary Grove gets win over Huntley in back-and-forth game 

Whitney Young knocks off North Lawndale in close win 

Dunbar gets blowout win over DuSable

Westinghouse has great energy in 4-point win over Clark

Geneva picks up OT win over Naperville North

Thornwood overpowers Bradley Bourbonnais

Fremd gets 20-point win over Barrington

Cary Grove gets one-point win against Huntley

Sports Talk Live: Cubs convention edition

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Sports Talk Live: Cubs convention edition

On the latest Sports Talk Live Podcast we join David Kaplan and Kelly Crull at the Chicago Cubs Convention for interviews with Joe Maddon, Theo Epstein, Kris Bryant and many more.

Listen to the full episode here or via the embedded player below:

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