PREP: Harding vs. Mooney tickets

Tickets for the Warren G. Harding vs. Mooney football game Friday night will be on sale at the WGH ticket office today and Thursday 1:30-4 p.m. and Friday 1:30-3 p.m.

A large crowd is expected and campus parking lots will be filled early. Overflow parking will be available at the lot located on the corner of Larchmont Avenue and Elm Road (site of the former McKinley Elementary School).

LOCAL: Stanford to coach EGCC

Former Cleveland Indians pitcher and Howland High School baseball coach Jason Stanford has been named the baseball head coach of Eastern Gateway Community College.

Stanford, a Tucson, Arizona, native who also served as pitching coach at Youngstown State University (2013), will guide EGCC in its initial season as they begin play in NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) Division II in 2018.

The Steubenville-based College has a branch campus in Youngstown and its teams are set to begin play during the 2017-18 academic year.

Stanford had two stints with the Indians, first from 2003-04 and again in 2007, compiling a 2-5 overall mark and a 3.61 earned run average.

Baseball and softball are the school’s first two projected sports as they will compete with probationary status the first year.

NFL: Kaepernick back in lineup

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers are putting their future back into Colin Kaepernick’s hands. Coach Chip Kelly announced the decision Tuesday to bench Blaine Gabbert and to give back the starting job that Kaepernick lost midway through last season.

Kaepernick has only played briefly in the opener but has generated attention with his refusal to stand for the national anthem as a form of protest.

“We were very analytical and sat down as a staff and watched tape and went over everything,” said Kelly. “We’ve had a couple days to digest everything where we are. I think offensively, we just need to be better and we just need to make a move.”

Gabbert has struggled this season for San Francisco (1-4). He is last in the NFL in yards per attempt (5.9) and has the second-worst passer rating (69.6) in the league. Kelly said Kaepernick’s ongoing protest had no bearing on his decision.

GOLF: Johnson is player of the year

NAPA, Calif. — Dustin Johnson’s first major was only part of a dream season that culminated with the PGA Tour player of the year award on Tuesday. Johnson made it a clean sweep of the tour’s biggest honors that are named after its most prominent players. He won the Jack Nicklaus Award as player of the year, the Arnold Palmer Award for leading the money list and the Byron Nelson Award for having the lowest adjusted scoring average.

The 32-year-old American ended his string of disappointment in the majors by winning the U.S. Open at Oakmont. He followed that up by winning a World Golf Championship two weeks later at Firestone, and he won the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick.

WNBA: Minnesota evens title series

MINNEAPOLIS — Maya Moore had 21 points and 12 rebounds to help the Minnesota Lynx even the WNBA Finals at one game apiece with a 79-60 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks in Game 2 on Tuesday night.

Sylvia Fowles had 13 points and 15 boards and Minnesota held Los Angeles to 32.9 percent shooting to bounce back from a last-second loss in Game 1. Seimone Augustus scored 14 points and Minnesota dominated on the glass, 46-32, to pull away. Nneka Ogwumike had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Sparks, who head back home for the next two games in the best-of-five series.