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Gaven, Columbus get the best of Fire

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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.''

Remember when 'Hamilton' cast sang 'Go Cubs Go' after World Series win

Remember when 'Hamilton' cast sang 'Go Cubs Go' after World Series win

Broadway hit musical "Hamilton" became available to stream on Disney Plus on Friday, which serves as a fun reminder.

Remember when the Hamilton cast sang "Go Cubs Go" after the North Siders won the 2016 World Series? Like the Cubs finally snapping their 108-year championship drought, it actually happened.

The Cubs won the Fall Classic on Nov. 2, 2016, a dramatic 8-7 affair that went 10 innings and finished after midnight, Nov. 3, in Cleveland. The Hamilton Chicago cast performed the night of Nov. 3, and the Cubs' clincher presented a perfect way to round out the musical's curtain call.

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Hamilton star Miguel Cervantes put on a special rendition of the song, fitting for the moment:

"Baseball season's done today/We better get ready for a brand new day/Hey Chicago, what do you say?/We won the World Series yesterday." 

The cast didn't know some of the later lyrics but we'll give them a pass. Check out the awesome performance here:

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Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: MLB-MLBPA negotiations were 'flat-out embarrassing'

Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: MLB-MLBPA negotiations were 'flat-out embarrassing'

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo pulled no punches Friday describing negotiations between Major League Baseball and the players union to resume play amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I think it's just flat-out embarrassing for me to be searching through Twitter and seeing the updates because that's how fast they got out there," Rizzo told reporters in Friday's Zoom session. "There's a lot of leaks on [MLB's] side, seems like there was leaks whenever we sent in a proposal, to the point where it kind of turned into a joke with the media battle."

The squabbling between MLB and the MLBPA continued into late June before commissioner Rob Manfred unilaterally imposed a 60-game season. Rizzo pointed out how billionaires and millionaires fighting over money during a pandemic is a bad look, and many have speculated baseball's fan interest could take a hit in the short- and perhaps long-term.

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Rizzo believes MLB has an opportunity to capture a new generation of fans during this unique 60-game season, however.

"But when it's all said and done and baseball's on the field and we play with our emotion like we know how to do, that's how we're gonna capture a new fan base through this tough time," he said.

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