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Chicago Fire defeats Toronto FC, 1-0 to secure playoff spot

(courtesy MLS)

The Chicago Fire beat Toronto FC 1-0 over the weekend to move into a tie for third place in the MLS’ Eastern Conference with Montreal with 49 points each.

Mike Magee scored on a penalty kick in the 64th minute to give the Fire its third straight win.

Rogers Cup winners are Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams

(courtesy Free-Extras.com)

Serena Williams won her third Rogers Cup women’s championship by dominating unseeded Romanian Sorana Cirstea 6-2, 6-0 in Toronto.

Williams, who currently is ranked #1 in the world, has 54 WTA titles and a singles record of 610-111, good for 84.6%.

On the men’s side, Rafael Nadal beat Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-2 in the Rogers Cup final in Montreal.

The loss spoiled Raonic’s bid to become the first Canadian winner in the 55 years of the prestigious tournament.

Nadal beat Novak Djokovic in Saturday’s semifinal match.

Penalty kick by Higuain saves day for Crew in 1-1 draw with Dynamo

HOUSTON DYNAMO POST-GAME DRESSING ROOM INTERVIEW

60,000 Dominic Kinnear Houston Dynamo head coach postgame 6 1 2013

COLUMBUS CREW POST-GAME DRESSING ROOM INTERVIEW

60,007 Justin Meram Crew On team playing well despite getting ties

COLUMBUS, O. — The Columbus Crew over the years have been one of the best home teams in Major League Soccer.

But during the current season, they’ve lost games, tied games while losing points at home. They even went 7 1/2 quarters without scoring a goal before Saturday night’s game.

Trailing the Houston Dynamo, 1-0, the Crew received a break. Chad Barson, making his first start of the season, was hauled down on his way to the goal in the box by Andrew Driver. That meant a penalty kick was in the offering.

Federico Higuain is 3 of 4 on penalty kicks this season (photo by Justin Mowry)

Federico Higuain was called on to do his specialty and he tied the game on the penalty kick in the 69th minute to make it 1-1. That goal ended the beforementioned scoring drought at home, 294 minutes. The last goal at home was on April 27 against DC United, also scored by Higuain on a penalty kick.

The Dynamo’s goal was scored by Wayne Creavalle in the 31st minute, his third of the campaign.

Warren Creavalle scored the Dynamo's only goal (courtesy Houston Dynamo)

 

CREW GAME NOTES:

* Columbus is 4-4-5 overall with 17 points and 1-2-3 at home

* This was Tyson Wahl’s 12th start of the season, fourth most in his career

* The Crew has scored only 5 goals in the first half all season

* Columbus is 4-2-9 vs. the Dynamo all-time

* After the Crew plays at Philadelphia on June 5, they’ll have 10 days off before their home match against Montreal on June 15

DYNAMO GAME NOTES:

* Houston is 6-4-4 on the season, 2-2-3 on the road

* The Dynamo are in the top 10 in the MLS in defense, allowing only 13 goals all season

* After Saturday night’s game at Columbus, the Dynamo will have 2 1/2 weeks off before their June 19 match at Montreal



WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN: Li Na’s new coach pays dividends

Angelique Kerber, Li Na (photo credit Sam Fahmi

China’s Li Na has been in four finals on the WTA Tour this year, including Montreal two weeks ago and has lost.

Li Na (photo credit Sam Fahmi)

But in Cincinnati last week, she finally won to earn a check for $385.000 and became at age 30, the oldest woman to win the tournament across the street from Kings Island amusement park at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.

Li Na, who also goes by Na Li, rallied from a very poor start to run talented German Angelique Kerber off the tennis court, 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the final round.

A coaching change has certainly helped Li Na. She recently began working with Carlos Rodriguez, the former coach for Justine Henin.

Angelique Kerber (photo credit Sam Fahmi)

Li Na won the French Open in 2011.

Currently ranked in the world at #9, Li Na has won 73.31% of her matches with a record of 432-162 and has 6 WTA titles to her credit.

WTA Tennis news: Sharapova, Azarenka to miss upcoming tournaments

 

Tennis star Maria Sharapova will miss next week’s Western & Southern Open in Mason, Ohio, due to a stomach virus. It’s the second straight tournament she has missed because of the illness.

Maria Sharapova getting ready to serve ball (megasportsnews.com photo)

Number-1 ranked Victoria Azarenka will miss the Rogers Cup in Montreal because of a knee injury and will also take a pass on the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.

 

Info compiled from WTA Tour, TV & Radio news

 

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