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National spotlight shines on tonight's PC-URI clash

December 5, 2013

SOUTH KINGSTOWN — Ed Cooley has a grand vision for the state’s annual college basketball passion play – Providence versus Rhode Island.

“My goal is to get this game on CBS on a Sunday or Saturday afternoon,” proclaimed the Friars’ head coach. “When you do that, you know that both programs are getting there. Take nothing away from the other channels, and I don’t want to be disrespectful to anybody, but when you’re talking about trying to nationally brand your two schools, I think that’s our ultimate goal.”

Ellsbury's deal doesn't surprise Harper one bit

December 5, 2013

There figures to always be a soft spot in Tommy Harper’s heart for Jacoby Ellsbury. Harper got to know Ellsbury when the latter was on the fast track through the minor-league ranks, hence why the former had no trouble relinquishing his 36-year-old Red Sox record of 54 stolen bases in a single season, which Ellsbury shattered with 70 thefts in 2009.

When the topic of Ellsbury and the lavish seven-year, $153-million deal he reportedly agreed to with the New York Yankees came up during a phone interview on Wednesday, Harper elicited a response that was part clairvoyant, part reality check.

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