October 23, 2011 |
The Chicago Fire have done the Union a huge favor. With the Fire's 3-2 win on Saturday night over Columbus in Bridgeview, Ill., the Union have clinched one of the top three berths in the Eastern Conference and thus avoided playing in the wild-card round of the Major League Soccer playoffs. The top three teams in the Eastern and Western Conference earn first-round byes, and then the next four highest teams, regardless of conference, earn the wild-card positions. The wild-card games are this Wednesday and Thursday.
August 6, 2003 |
The wild card might be modern baseball's backdoor to the playoffs, but after seeing their team make the postseason just once in the last 19 seasons, Phillies fans aren't about to complain. With just under two months to play, the Phils led the National League wild-card race by two games over the Florida Marlins after they both won last night. Can the Phils win it? "They'd be my pick," said one scout who has spent the season watching the NL. "They have a bunch of professionals on that team.
July 9, 2001 |
It was delicious irony. In the end, the stodgy, mostly inflexible All England Club brass doomed their own player. And now Goran Ivanisevic will play in the Wimbledon final and Tim Henman and the rest of Britain will have to watch. Ivanisevic and Henman began their semifinal match Friday, and two days later, after delays caused by rain and darkness, they finished it yesterday, with Ivanisevic prevailing, 7-5, 6-7 (6), 0-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3. So today, for just the third time since 1919, the men's final will be played on a Monday.
August 21, 1995 |
It would be a slight exaggeration to say that wild-card fever was spreading through the Phillies' clubhouse. A bit of a wild-card cold, though, seems to be going around. "It's getting exciting around here again," first baseman Gregg Jefferies said after he drove in the winning run in an 8-7 victory over San Francisco yesterday at the Vet. "We're in the race. " And so they are. Their fourth straight win put the Phillies over .500 (54-53) and moved them to within 3 1/2 games of Houston, and just two behind Colorado and Los Angeles, in the National League's first wild-card race.
August 23, 1988 |
Juan Antonio Samaranch, president of the International Olympic Committee, is considering a unique "wild card" invitation that would allow two-time 1,500-meter champion Sebastian Coe to compete at next month's Games in Seoul. The move came two days after British track chiefs "politely but firmly" rejected an unprecedented plea by Samaranch to select Coe, who was omitted from the country's Olympic roster after a dismal performance in the national trials. Samaranch made a plea for Coe's inclusion in a letter to the British Amateur Athletic Board, describing him as a "great Olympic champion.
September 30, 2007 |
How bitter a pill would it be if the San Diego Padres' National League wild-card hopes end up having been crushed by Tony Gwynn? Yesterday, with San Diego one strike away from clinching the wild card, Milwaukee's Gwynn - the son of the Padres' Hall of Famer - slapped a two-strike, game-tying triple off Trevor Hoffman. The Brewers went on to win, 4-3, in 11 innings on Vinny Rottino's pinch single. "That," said Padres manager Bud Black of Gwynn's hit, "was quite ironic. " The painful loss kept the Padres from sewing up the wild-card berth and kept the Phillies, one game back, in the hunt.
September 24, 1998 |
Give first-year closer Tom Gordon a lead and he'll give the Boston Red Sox a win. And, almost certainly, their first playoff berth since 1995. Gordon tied the major league record of 41 straight save conversions as the Red Sox clinched a tie for the American League wild-card berth with a 5-4 win over the visiting Tampa Bay Devil Rays last night. "It wasn't one of my goals and I haven't thought about it much," Gordon said of the record. "The important thing is to make the playoffs.
May 11, 2007 |
Roger Federer lost to Italian wild card Filippo Volandri, 6-2, 6-4, yesterday in the third round of the Rome Masters, extending his title drought to four straight tournaments and marking the worst stretch of his career since he rose to No. 1 in February 2004. "I don't know what's wrong," he said. "I have to analyze it myself. It was over too soon for me today. " The top-ranked Swiss won in Dubai in March. He has since failed to win at Indian Wells, Calif.; Key Biscayne, Fla.; Monte Carlo, Monaco; and Rome.
August 20, 2005 |
Marat Safin barely moved his ailing left knee while the match-ending ace flew past, then tossed his racket onto the court in exasperation. The U.S. Open is at hand, and the Australian Open champion is in a bad way. Wild-card entry Robby Ginepri needed only 56 minutes to knock Safin out of the Cincinnati Masters yesterday. Ginepri advanced to the semifinals with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over the hobbled Russian. Top-ranked Roger Federer reached the semifinals with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Jose Acasuso.
September 27, 2011 |
The Tampa Bay Rays moved into a tie with the Boston Red Sox for the wild-card lead, beating the visiting New York Yankees, 5-2, last night behind another strong performance by James Shields. Shields came within one out of his 12th complete game, yielding six hits. Kyle Farnsworth finished for his 24th save, closing it out moments before the Red Sox lost, 6-3, at Baltimore. The Rays and Red Sox have two games left each. "It's been a nice little run. All the stars have been aligned for us and here we are," Shields said.