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Payiavlas has his eyes on the prize

WARREN — Tennis great Roger Federer has long prioritized the mental side of the game. Emulating his idol, Harding senior Anthony Payiavlas has spent time improving the mental aspects of his tennis game in recent months in preparation for his final postseason singles run through the ...

Kirila Ks 12 as Ursuline moves on to districts

STRUTHERS — Andrew Kirila may need to add a few more Ks to his last name after his latest outing. Ursuline’s ace was dominant from beginning to end Wednesday, as the junior struck out 12 batters over 6 2/3 innings of work in the Irish’s 8-4 victory over Waterloo to send UHS (15-8) to ...

OSU’s Ryan Day gets pay raise, joins elite group

Ohio State is hiking Ryan Day’s annual salary to $9.5 million as part of a two-year contract extension that will put him among the nation’s highest-paid college football coaches. Day’s raise makes him the latest coach to crack $9 million per year, making him one of the highest-paid ...

Tito returns, Guardians rained out

CLEVELAND — Guardians manager Terry Francona missed so much time over the past two seasons that even a four-game absence was difficult. “This was forced retirement,” he said. “It wasn’t very fun.” Francona and two of his coaches cleared health and safety protocols and returned ...

Chicago native helps Bucs sink Cubs, 3-2

CHICAGO — Rookie Jack Suwinski, who attended high school 20 minutes from Wrigley Field, hit a tiebreaking home run and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cubs 3-2 Wednesday night, ending Chicago’s four-game winning streak. Suwinski made his major league debut this season and began the day ...

Kinnick’s triple leads Canfield past Aurora

JEFFERSON — With both pitchers in control and Canfield and Aurora deadlocked for the first few innings, someone needed to step up for either team — so out walked Cardinals’ senior Jackie Kinnick. In the bottom of the fifth inning, with the game tied 0-0, Canfield got both lead-off ...