Late goal like a kick in the gut for U.S.
Daily Herald Soccer Writer Orrin Schwarz says the United States team has to recover quickly from the shock of watching Portugal's last-second goal tie a game that seemed like a certain victory. Schwarz writes that "a draw when your opponent scores on the last kick of the game feels like a kick in the gut. It's a kick in the gut the Americans have to forget about quickly. Because they didn't lock up the win, they have a lot to play for in their final game of the group stage." Full story.
Fire evacuates Penny Road Pub
A drape behind the basement stage in the Penny Road Pub near South Barrington caught fire Saturday evening while a band was performing, forcing the evacuation of the business but causing no injuries to occupants or staff. Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District firefighters were called to the pub, 545 Penny Road, at 6:56 p.m. in response to a reported structure fire. Full story.
New Elgin BMX track operators hope to revitalize, attract riders
Husband and wife team Jim and Jenna Barton of Belvidere have been trying to revitalize Elgin's BMX track since they took over as operators in the fall. Scoring the upcoming appearance of Donny Robinson, the 2008 BMX Olympic bronze medalist, seems like a great way to do that. "We're very excited to announce this," Jenna Barton said. "He'll teach a clinic on July 1 for riders. Basically he'll teach them what an Olympian does. It will be for any age, any proficiency." Full story.
Suburban scouts on track for world record?
Dozens of suburban Boy Scouts, their dads, pack leaders and others gathered in the Woodfield Mall parking lot yesterday determined to set a new Guinness World Record, and have a lot of fun along the way. Starting at 6:30 a.m., scouts affiliated with the Northwest Suburban Council -- Boy Scouts of America began work on the world's longest Pinewood Derby track, one that at 620 feet, would almost double the current record. Full story.
Cubs lose at home, drop 2 of 3 to Pirates
The Cubs lost 2-1 against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field yesterday afternoon, spoiling an excellent pitching performance by starting pitcher Jason Hammel. It was a pitcher's kind of day at Wrigley, with the temperature at 65 degrees and the wind coming in from the northeast at 9 mph. The Pirates got both runs in the third, on a leadoff homer by Travis Snider and an RBI single later by Josh Harrison. That was enough for Pittsburgh starting pitcher Brandon Cumpton (3-2). Full story.
Danks blames himself for Sox loss
John Danks blamed himself for the very end of a disappointing stay in Minnesota. Gordon Beckham and Jose Abreu had two RBIs apiece, but Danks struggled through five-plus innings as the White Sox lost 6-5 to the Twins yesterday. Joe Mauer and Josh Willingham each drove in two runs for Minnesota, which completed its first four-game sweep of the White Sox in 20 years. Full story.
Suburban native Streelman hits 7 birdies to win tourney
Kevin Streelman, who was born in Winfield and grew up in Wheaton, birdied the last seven holes to win the Travelers Championship by a stroke yesterday at TPC River Highlands. Streelman shot his second straight 6-under 64 to finish at 15-under 265. He broke the tour record for consecutive closing birdies by a winner of six set by Mike Souchak in the 1956 St. Paul Open. Full story.