SPORTS BRIEFING

Maxin plays for Ashland

ASHLAND — Alex Maxin of Columbiana made his first collegiate start for the Ashland University football team on Saturday. Maxin, a 2018 graduate of Youngstown Cardinal Mooney High School, started at left guard in Ashland’s 24-17 at Ohio Dominican.

He is a 6-foot-2, 290-pound freshman and is majoring in finance. He is the son of Joseph and Mary Maxin of Columbiana.

Ashland (0-2), an NCAA Division II program, will play at Wayne St. (Mich.) at 6 p.m. Saturday.

EBC golf rescheduled

ALLIANCE — The Eastern Buckeye Conference golf tournament scheduled for today at Alliance Country Club has been postponed due to wet course conditions. It will be made up on Sept. 18.

Mount Union player dies

NORTH CANTON — University of Mount Union freshman women’s soccer player Sydney Kleptach, 18, died Monday night as the results of a car accident on Sunday, according to the university.

Kleptach, a 2018 graduate of Canton GlenOak High School, was a passenger in a car driven by her father when it was struck by a falling tree on Everhard Road.

She saw action as a goalkeeper in one of Mount Union’s three matches this season.

Mount Union is scheduled to host Penn State-Behrend on Wednesday.

Self-defense class set

LEETONIA — The Leetonia Sportsman Club will be holding a women’s self-defense class at 6 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $25. For more information or to register call Rich at (330) 427-6431.

Indians fall

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Ji-Man Choi hit a two-run homer off Brad Hand with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Cleveland Indians 6-5 on Monday night to set a team record with their 12th straight home victory.

Cleveland ace Corey Kluber was chased in the second inning, but the Indians rallied before blowing a late lead. They started play with a magic number of five to clinch their third consecutive AL Central championship. Second-place Minnesota was at home against the New York Yankees.

Tommy Pham grounded a single to right field before Choi went deep against Hand (0-1).

It appeared Jose Ramirez’s nifty baserunning would help Cleveland overcome a poor start by Kluber.

Ramirez was hit by Chaz Roe’s pitch to start the seventh, stole second and third, and scored to put the Indians ahead 5-4 with a headfirst slide to beat second baseman Brandon Lowe’s throw home on Yonder Alonso’s grounder.

Kluber lasted just 1 2/3 innings — matching his season low — and gave up four runs and five hits. The right-hander and Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell are tied for the most wins in the majors with 18.

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