Oduro's late goal leads Fire past Chivas


Oduro's late goal leads Fire past Chivas

Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011
Posted: 2:11 p.m.
Associated Press

Both Chivas USA and the Chicago Fire are on the outside of the playoff picture looking in.

A win for either club, however, could drastically help its postseason chances.

Hoping to regroup from a disappointing loss, Chicago looks to extend its seven-game unbeaten streak in this series while Chivas tries to avoid a season-worst fourth consecutive defeat Saturday at Toyota Park.

The Fire (4-8-15), who recorded 2-0 victories over Toronto FC and Colorado to close last month, saw their run come to an end with last Saturdays 2-0 loss at San Jose - their first defeat in five games.

With 27 points, Chicago is one of seven teams within striking distance of the fourth and final wild-card spot.

While getting defender Gonzalo Segares back after serving a one-game suspension against the Earthquakes (yellow card accumulation) will surely help the Fire, theyll be without fullback Dan Gargan, who was suspended for this match through caution accumulation.

I think Gonzalo is obviously a proven left back in this league, so to take a guy out of the lineup thats played 20 games for us, that hurts, Gargan told the teams official website. Anytime you change two positions in your back line, its going to take some adjusting.

In what interim coach Frank Klopas considered a tune up for Chivas, Chicago lost 1-0 to Mexican side CD Guadalajara in a friendly Wednesday.

It was a good match, one that the fans enjoyed, Klopas said. For us, we wanted to continue to build as a team, be sharp and I felt we did that. Second, we walked away with no injuries.

Games like this will get us even sharper and more ready for the one on Saturday. Never pleased with the outcome of the game, we never like to lose, but I was pleased with the performance of a lot of our guys.

Chivas (7-11-10), meanwhile, also remains in the postseason hunt, but it hasnt looked anything like a playoff contender of late. After suffering back-to-back 1-0 defeats, coach Robin Frasers club fell 3-0 to United last Saturday.

One approach is to close the door on it and say it was a bad day and move on, but Im a little too practical for that. A lot of it, we just have to look at ourselves and look at what mistakes weve made and be able to commit to making the same kind of mistakes, Fraser said.

At the end of the day, if you give team goals, you are making it really difficult for yourself and I thought the goals we gave away today were incredibly soft.

Regrouping against the Fire could prove difficult given Chivas lack of recent success in this series. Since posting a 2-0 victory June 19, 2008, Chivas has gone 0-5-2 against Chicago.

The teams reached a 1-all draw during the last meeting, July 2 at the Home Depot Center.

Where are Bears skill players being selected in fantasy football drafts?

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Where are Bears skill players being selected in fantasy football drafts?

For fantasy football players planning their annual summer draft strategy, reviewing a player's average draft position (the average draft slot where a player is being selected in fantasy drafts across the country) is a great place to start.

It's also a great place to look to gauge the national opinion of the Bears' skill players on offense. For example, Todd Gurley, the Rams' feature running back, currently sits atop fantasy draft boards with an ADP of No. 1 overall. Le'Veon Bell is second, and Dallas' third-year runner, Ezekiel Elliott, is third. Essentially, they're considered three of the best -- if not THE best -- running backs in the NFL by fans.

So where do guys like Jordan Howard, Allen Robinson and Mitch Trubisky rank? Let's take a look.

Note: Average draft positions are from Fantasy Pros.

Jordan Howard:  ADP = 25 (RB15)

Players ahead of Howard include Bengals second-year back Joe Mixon, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and Packers receiver Davante Adams. Call it a hunch, but Howard will outproduce this ADP.

Allen Robinson: ADP = 42 (WR17)

Robinson trails players like Josh Gordon, Doug Baldwin and Stefon Diggs on draft boards. This seems fair with Robinson coming off a torn ACL.

Mitch Trubisky: ADP = 168 (QB26)

Trubisky has a chance to be one of this year's fantasy football league-winners if he quickly takes to Matt Nagy's offense. He's being criminally underrated in fantasy circles.

Tarik Cohen: ADP = 77 (RB32)

Unless Cohen becomes the Bears' feature back, which is a long shot, this ADP and overall ranking seem about right. The only way he makes a jump up fantasy rankings is if the Bears use him like the Saints used Alvin Kamara, with similar results.

Trey Burton: ADP = 94 (TE9)

Burton is one of the Bears' favorites among fantasy GMs. He's expected to become Chicago's Travis Kelce this season. If he does, he'll be a fantasy star.

Anthony Miller: ADP = 206 (WR65)

Fantasy players like Miller the most of all receivers opposite Robinson this season. He's got a chance to prove them right with his blend of inside and outside receiver traits.

Taylor Gabriel: ADP 357 (WR110)

Yikes. Gabriel is essentially undraftable in fantasy leagues this season, according to this ADP. No one is suggesting Gabriel will be the next coming of Tyreek Hill, but this seems awfully low.

Kevin White: ADP 328 (WR105)

White has a slightly higher upside in the opinion of fantasy owners than Gabriel, but he's still nothing more than free agency fodder at this point in summer drafts.

Javier Baez and Kyle Schwarber select their Home Run Derby pitchers

Javier Baez and Kyle Schwarber select their Home Run Derby pitchers

The 2018 Home Run Derby starts Monday night at 7 p.m., and Cubs Javier Baez and Kyle Schwarber have picked who will be their pitchers.

Baez has chosen his brother Gadiel, while Schwarber selected Mike Sanicola, who played at the University of Miami and is a friend of Schwarber’s agent, Jason Romano.

Gadiel does have a baseball background in his back pocket. After playing baseball in high school, he played at Cowley College (JUCO), Tabor College (NAIA) and played in an independent league for two years.

It’ll be a first time experience for both Baez and Schwarber, who are the first Cubs to participate in the Home Run Derby since Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant did it back in 2015.

Could Baez or Schwarber be the home run king? Will just have to wait and see.