FIRE RALLIES FOR TIE: Quincy Amarikwa's goal in the 82nd minute lifted the Fire into a soggy 2-2 draw against D.C. United on Saturday.
Playing through a steady rain at RFK Stadium, United (0-2-1) extended its club-record winless streak in league play to 15 games dating to the 2013 season. It's the fifth-longest streak in MLS history.
Jhon Kennedy Hurtado scored in the 27th minute for Chicago (0-1-3), which has ties in each of its last three matches after a season-opening loss.
United lost all three games against Chicago last season and have not beaten the Fire at home since 2012.
The Fire grabbed a first-half lead off a Harrison Shipp corner kick for the second consecutive game. Hurtado found space in between two United defenders and headed home the cross for his first goal of the season and just his second since joining MLS in 2009.
CASTRO BACK FOR SPRING FINALE AS CUBS BEAT ARIZONA: Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro returned from a hamstring injury Saturday and played his first spring training game since March 2 in Chicago's 9-8 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Castro went 0 for 2 with a walk and looked fine running out a grounder in the first inning. The game was the exhibition finale for both clubs before their season openers Monday.
Jason Hammel shut out the Diamondbacks on two hits over four innings. He struck out five.
TAKUMA SATO WINS POLE FOR INDYCAR SEASON-OPENER: Takuma Sato has won the pole at St. Petersburg for Sunday's season-opening IndyCar Series race.
Sato circled the street course in 1 minute, 0.01 seconds in Saturday's rain-delayed qualifying session to put his A.J. Foyt Racing entry out front. It was a stellar debut for Honda and its new twin turbo engine.
Tony Kanaan qualified second, 0.2951 seconds behind the Japanese driver. Kanaan will be making his debut Sunday for Target/Chip Ganassi Racing.
Ryan Hunter-Reay was third and followed by Will Power, who had won the pole the last four consecutive years.
Defending IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon was fifth and Marco Andretti rounded out the Fast Six.
MAO ASADA TAKES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: Mao Asada of Japan won the free skate on Saturday to capture her third world figure skating title.
Asada, who held a slim 1.42-point lead after the short program, under-rotated three jumps but finished with 216.69 points, 9.19 ahead Julia Lipnitskaia of Russia. Carolina Kostner, the 2012 world champion, settled for the bronze with 203.83 points.
Asada, who finished sixth at the Sochi Olympics, also won the world championships in 2008 and 2010 and becomes the first Japanese three-time champion.
European champions Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte of Italy captured the ice dance title.
BOWDITCH LEADS TEXAS OPEN: Steven Bowditch opened a three-stroke lead Saturday in the Texas Open, while Phil Mickelson withdrew after 10 holes because of a pulled muscle in his right side.
Bowditch, the 30-year-old Australian seeking his first PGA Tour title, shot a 4-under 68 to reach 12 under at TPC San Antonio. Matt Kuchar and Andrew Loupe were tied for second. Kuchar shot 65, and Loupe had a 70.
Mickelson withdrew after pulling the muscle teeing off on No. 1 — his 10th hole of the round. He hopes to play next week in the Houston Open, the last event before the Masters. Lefty was 1-over par in the round and 4 over overall when he pulled out.
MADRIGAL SISTERS LEAD WRIGHT STATE OVER VALPO: Highland graduates Aby and Vanessa Madrigal helped Wright State sweep Valparaiso 7-0 in Horizon League play Saturday.
Vanessa won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles, while Aby defeated Paige Heuer (Munster) 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3 for the Raiders (7-11, 1-2). The Crusaders fell to 1-15 overall, 0-2 in the league.
WRIGHT STATE EDGES VALPO IN HORIZON LEAGUE PLAY: Valparaiso's Jeffrey Schorsch won 6-2, 6-4 at No. 1 singles, but the Crusaders lost to Wright State 4-3 in Horizon League play Saturday.
Kyle Dunn (No. 5) and Charlie Emhardt (No. 6) also won their singles matches for the Crusaders (14-5).
VALPO GAME WITH ILLINOIS-CHICAGO CANCELED: Inclement weather forced the cancellation of Saturday's Horizon League game between Valparaiso and Illinois-Chicago.
The two teams are scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. doubleheader today at DePaul.