Chicago Sun-Times (Sunday)

Gutierrez goal lifts Fire to win


Brian Gutierrez scored the tiebreakin­g goal in the 78th minute, and Chris Brady made six saves to lead the Fire to a 2-1 victory Saturday against the Dynamo in Major League Soccer action at Soldier Field.

Xherdan Shaqiri opened the scoring on a penalty kick in the 10th minute for the Fire (2-3-2), which held the lead until Ibrahim Aliyu tied the score for the Dynamo (3-2-1) in the 65th.

That set the stage for Gutierrez’s game-winner.

The Fire’s next game is Saturday against the Red Bulls in Harrison, New Jersey.


2019 Series MVP Strasburg listed as retired

Right-hander Stephen Strasburg, who appeared in only eight games because of a series of injuries after being voted the MVP of the Nationals’ World Series victory against the Astros in 2019, officially was listed by MLB as being retired. Strasburg, 35, whose last game came in 2022, was 113-62 with a 3.24 ERA in 13 seasons, all with the Nationals.

♦ The Guardians said right-hander Shane Bieber, the 2020 American League Cy Young Award winner, will have Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow in the near future and will be out until the middle of 2025. Bieber pitched 12 scoreless innings and struck out 20 in his first two starts this season before tests revealed the injury.

♦ The Braves said an MRI exam revealed righthande­r Spencer Strider, who led the majors in victories (20) and strikeouts (281) last season, has damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow and will be sent for further evaluation.

♦ The Cardinals handed the visiting Marlins their ninth consecutiv­e loss to start the season with a 3-1 victory.


NHL ref collides with player, goes to hospital

Referee Steve Kozari left the ice on a stretcher and was taken to the hospital for precaution­ary reasons after colliding with Lightning defenseman Haydn Fleury during the third period of a game against the Penguins in Pittsburgh. The NHL said Kozari is expected to make a full recovery.

♦ Sierra Leone won the $1 million Blue Grass Stakes, Stronghold captured the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby and Resilience took the $750,000 Wood Memorial to punch their tickets to the Kentucky Derby on May 4 at Churchill Downs.

♦ Akshay Bhatia shot a 4-under-par 68 and will take a four-stroke lead over Denny McCarthy into the final round of the Texas Open in San Antonio. Bhatia completed 54 holes at 15-under 201.

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