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A perfect day: Saturday in Chicago sports not likely to be repeated soon

April 22, 2012|RedEye


Philip Humber achieved it Saturday when he became the 21st major-leaguer ever to pitch a perfect game.

It was the highlight of a Chicago sports day that also might have been perfect.

You be the judge.

Fire beats Toronto, 3-2

Dominic Oduro makes history of his own when he scores the quickest goal in Fire history. His goal just 25 seconds into the game was his team-leading third of the season. The win moved the Fire to 2-1-2 early in the MLS season.

White Sox beat Seattle, 4-0

The big news here, of course, is Philip Humber's perfect game. He became the third White Sox pitcher ever to accomplish the rarest of baseball achievements. "I felt (Jake) Peavy on my back," Humber said of the celebration on the field after the final out. "I couldn't breathe and I was (saying), 'let me up.' I skinned my forehead. The best part was seeing my teammates excited."

Cubs beat Cincinnati, 6-1

The Cubs had lost six straight entering this game, but ended their skid with a solid outing from pitcher Paul Maholm. The game itself was overshadowed by the trade of fan favorite Marlon Byrd to Boston, but the Cubs eased the pain by calling up another fan favorite—Tony Compana—to replace him.

Bulls beat Dallas, 93-83

The Mavericks came into this game as the defending NBA champs, a title the Bulls are working hard to steal. With this win—which also featured Derrick Rose's return to the lineup from a foot injury—the Bulls likely sealed the No. 1 seed in the East thanks to Miami's loss vs. Washington on Saturday. Bonus.

Blackhawks beat Phoenix, 2-1

Two years removed from a Stanley Cup title, the Blackhawks were on the verge of playoff elimination Saturday night, but Jonathan Toews scored the game-winner 2:44 into overtime to send the series to Game 6 on Monday night at the United Center. Every game of the intense series so far has gone into OT.

Slaughter beats Green Bay, 45-42

You know Slaughter coach and former Bear Steve McMichael enjoyed this win over Green Bay, even if it was the Blizzard instead of the Packers.

Rush beat Milwaukee, 62-61

In a barn-burner of an Arena Football League game—aren't they all?—the Rush take down the Mustangs in a thriller. Rush quarterback Russ Michna threw six touchdowns, four of them to Terrance Turner. "My output is just a product of this offense, and I capitalized on the opportunities given to me," Turner said.

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