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SPORTS BRIEFING

Grodhaus at Lake Erie

PAINESVILLE — Former Southern Local All-Ohioan Cam Grodhaus is the leading tackler on the Lake Erie College football team.

Grodhaus is a sophomore safety for the Storm, an NCAA Division II program that is a member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.

In six games, Grodhaus has a team-high 44 tackles with 30 solos, one sack, one interception and two pass breakups. He also has a 27-yard punt return.

Lake Erie is 4-3 on the season and 1-2 in league play heading into Saturday’s game at Ashland University. Kickoff will be at 1 p.m. at Jack Miller Stadium.

Tickets are $10 for adult general admission and $15 for reserved seats.

Mayfield wants to play

BEREA (AP) — Baker Mayfield wants to tough it out. The Browns quarterback said he expects to play Thursday night against the Denver Broncos despite a painful left shoulder injury that has worsened since he hurt it a month ago while trying to make a tackle.

Asked if he expects to play, Mayfield said, “I do.” Mayfield, who re-injured his non-throwing shoulder Sunday, was late joining his teammates on the practice field. He did throw a couple of passes at the very end of the portion open to reporters. Before the workout, Mayfield said that ultimately the decision on whether he plays will come down to being able to perform at his best.

Western Reserve plays Friday

ROOTSTOWN — The Western Reserve football team will close out the regular season at Rootstown on Friday.

Rootstown’s game against Windham was canceled due to low numbers in the Windham program.

Western Reserve had an open date after McDonald canceled the Oct. 1 game and Western Reserve moved the regular-season finale against Lowellville into that week because both teams had openings.

Western Reserve has won five of its last six games to improve to 5-4 overall, while Rootstown is 4-5. Senior night activities will start at 6:30 p.m. Friday, followed by kickoff at 7 p.m. at Rover Stadium.

Astros awaken in ninth

BOSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve hit a tying home run in the eighth inning and the Houston offense awakened with seven runs in the ninth on Tuesday night as the Astros came back to beat the Boston Red Sox 9-2, evening the AL Championship Series at two games apiece.

Six outs from falling behind 3-1 in the best-of-seven series and facing a Game 5 in Fenway Park — where Boston hadn’t lost all postseason — the defending AL champions instead guaranteed themselves at least one game back in Houston.

In a series that had been dominated by offense — especially Boston’s — the teams traded first-inning homers and then both pitching staffs put up six straight zeros on the Fenway scoreboard before Altuve’s leadoff shot in the eighth.

Carlos Correa doubled and scored the go-ahead run on Jason Castro’s two-out single in the ninth. But that was just the beginning for Houston, which had seen Boston bully its pitchers for 10 homers in the series, including a record-setting three grand slams that turned Games 2 and 3 into routs.

After Alex Bregman hit a solo homer into the Green Monster seats in the first, Xander Bogaerts topped it with a towering, two-run drive onto Lansdowne Street in the bottom half to give the Red Sox a 2-1 lead.

Then, the pitchers took over: It was still 2-1 when Altuve led off the eighth with a homer against Garrett Whitlock.

Game 2 winner Nathan Eovaldi, making his first relief appearance since he was coming back from an injury in 2019, came on for the ninth and gave up Correa’s leadoff double. With two outs and two on, Castro singled in Correa to give Houston the lead.

And the Astros just kept on scoring.

Michael Brantley hit a three-run double. Yordan Alvarez added an RBI single. Correa reached on a run-scoring infield single. Kyle Tucker singled in another run.

The Red Sox, who were the first team in major league history to have double digits in hits six straight times in a single postseason, had just five on Tuesday — two of them trailing by seven in the ninth.

Eovaldi took the loss, allowing four runs while recording just two outs. Kendall Graveman, the fifth Houston pitcher, threw two scoreless innings for the win.

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