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McGair: DiSarcina exciting to see pitching prospect make PawSox debut

April 5, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
MOOSIC, Pa. – Gary DiSarcina saw enough of Allen Webster during spring training to draw the same conclusion that is undoubtedly shared by many in the Red Sox organization.

McGair: Looking at Pawtucket's season-opening win against SWB

April 4, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
MOOSIC, Pa. – Gary DiSarcina won’t forget his first win at Pawtucket’s manager.

Seven former PC hoopsters to be inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame

April 3, 2013

Per the PC athletic department:

PROVIDENCE - It was announced on Tuesday that seven former Friars will be inducted into the 2013 class of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame. The seven Friars who will be inducted are Bruce "Soup" Campbell '78, Marty Conlon ‘90, Bill Eason ‘78, Doreen Ferguson ‘88, Ryan Gomes ‘05, Eric Murdock ‘91 and Dickey Simpkins ‘94.

McGair: PawSox unveil 25-man roster

April 2, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PAWTUCKET – A quick look at the group that will comprise the 2013 Pawtucket Red Sox come Thursday’s season opener in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

PITCHERS
Pedro Beato
Chris Carpenter
Anthony Carter
Rubby De La Rosa
Jose De La Torre
Terry Doyle
Graham Godfrey
Chris Hernandez
Jeremy Kehrt
Oscar Villarreal
Alex Wilson
Steven Wright

CATCHERS
Dan Butler
Ryan Lavarnway

INFIELDERS
Jonathan Diaz
Mak Hamilton
Jon Hee
Justin Henry
Brock Holt
Brandon Snyder
Drew Sutton

OUTFIELDERS
Bryce Brentz
Alex Hassan
Jeremy Hazelbaker
J.C. Linares

McGair: Friars survive, advance

March 25, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PROVIDENCE – It’s onto the next game for the PC Friars.
Trailing 62-61 with 6:09 remaining and with two of their better players saddled in foul trouble, the Friars closed hard to secure a 77-68 win over a determined Robert Morris squad in second-round NIT action Monday. PC’s reward is a “Round of 8” contest at Baylor Wednesday. The winner of that game advances to the Final Four next week at Madison Square Garden.

McGair PC, Robert Morris tied after one half

March 25, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PROVIDENCE – The Friars hit just one three-pointer during the first half of Monday’s second-round NIT contest against Robert Morris, but make no mistake, it was a big one.
Showing off his range, Bryce Cotton created just enough space at the top of the key to unleash a deep trey that nestled through the net as time expired. The junior’s make knotted the score at 34-all at the half.

McGair: Why the PC Friars should be all in regardless of postseason tournament

March 14, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
Ed Cooley made it perfectly clear following Providence’s ouster from the Big East Tournament that it’s either NIT or bust for his Friars. While some may interpret Cooley’s choice of words – “I didn’t come to Providence College to play in another basketball tournament.” – as the head coach brushing aside the CBI (College Basketball Invitational), recent history suggests that playing in a postseason event that’s not affiliated with the Field of 68 (NCAA Tournament) or Field of 32 (NIT) does have some merit.

McGair: Bearcats send Friars packing from Big East Tournament

March 13, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
NEW YORK – Stop if you’ve seen or heard this before, Providence fans.
Another stay in the Big East Tournament turned out to be quick and not-so-sweet for the Friars, who were taken out by Cincinnati, 61-44, Wednesday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. PC now will see if a 17-14 record is good enough to earn a NIT berth while Cincy earns a Big East tourney semifinal-round date with top-seeded Georgetown on Thursday.

McGair: After awful start, Friars close to within 31-23 at Big East tourney

March 13, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
NEW YORK – After getting off to a dreadful start, the Providence Friars finished the first half on a high note to trail Cincinnati by 31-23 at halftime at Madison Square Garden.

PC's Cotton named First Team All-Big East

March 10, 2013

PROVIDENCE – It was announced Sunday that Providence College junior guard Bryce Cotton was named All-Big East First Team. His teammate, redshirt junior Kadeem Batts, earned honorable mention honors from the league.

Big East Conference, Catholic Schools announce separation

March 8, 2013

PROVIDENCE - Big East Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco announced Friday that after several weeks of cordial and professional discussions, a definitive agreement has been reached that will enable a mutually-beneficial separation of some of the league’s current members and allow an orderly formation of a new conference by the seven basketball schools. The separation will become effective on July 1, 2013.
The agreement, which remains subject to formal Board approval, contemplates continued cooperation and playing opportunities between the conferences.

McGair: Friars lead Pirates at the half

March 5, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PROVIDENCE – It’s halftime at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center where Providence leads Seton Hall, 43-36. The Pirates and their 3-13 Big East record are hanging around thanks to carving up the Friars to the tune of 55.6-percent shooting from the floor.

Cumberland High boys' basketball program to stage benefit Alumni Game.

March 5, 2013

CUMBERLAND – Fresh off their first boys’ basketball championship in nearly eight decades, Cumberland High will host an Alumni Game on Wednesday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. inside the school’s Wellness Center.
Any and all former Clipper hoopsters are invited to participate. The entry fee is $20 per person while family, friends, fans and spectators are also welcome with a $2 donation for admission. The game’s format will be based on how many players sign up.

McGair: Local boys' basketball teams begin state tournament play tonight

February 28, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer

The R.I. boys’ basketball open state tournament got underway Wednesday with four “Round of 16” games that were decided by a grand total of 12 points. The evening saw everything from the No. 15 seed (Hendricken) sending the two seed (La Salle) packing to the No. 16 seed (West Warwick) give the tourney’s overall seed (Classical) a serious run for its money.

McGair: Sweet 16 field for R.I. boys hoop set

February 24, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer

The dust has settled and the Sweet 16 field for the open state tournament is signed, sealed and delivered. Courtesy of Shea High assistant coach Henry Coleman, behold is the group that will see one team emerge to cut down the nets at URI’s Ryan Center come Saturday, March 9:

Teams (Points)
1. Classical (18)
2. La Salle (17)
3. North Kingstown (17)
4. Cumberland (15.2)
5. North Smithfield (13.2)
6. Mount Pleasant (13)
7. Hope (13)
8. Westerly (12.8)
9. North Providence (12.8)
10. Coventry (12)
11. Barrington (12)
12. Shea (12)

McGair: Previewing Divisional Final Sunday in R.I. boys hoops

February 24, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer

Drizzling rain never looked so good as we looked out the window Sunday morning. Who knows what’s in store for the rest of the day weather-wise, but as we type this, it’s all systems go for Brown University’s Pizzitola Sports Center to host what figures to be a jam-packed tripleheader of high school boys basketball.
The lineup of divisional title contests includes:
Division II: No. 6 Shea vs. Cumberland, 1 p.m.
Division III: No. 3 East Greenwich vs. No. 1 North Smithfield, 3 p.m.
Division I: No. 8 Hope vs. No. 3 Classical, 5 p.m.

McGair: Looking ahead to the Sweet in R.I. boys' hoops; The legacy of the PawSox broadcast booth

February 21, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer

The boys’ basketball division tournaments may be in vogue at the moment, but it’s never too early to look at the field comprising the 16-team open state tournament. With a nod to Shea High assistant coach Henry Coleman, here’s what the top 16 looks like following Tuesday’s playoff action:

School (Points)
1. La Salle (18)
2. North Kingstown (17)
3. Classical (17)
4. Cumberland (14.6)
5. Mount Pleasant (13)
6. North Smithfield (13)
7. Westerly (12.8)
8. North Providence (12.8)
9. Coventry (12)
10. Barrington (12)
11. Shea (11.2)

McGair: How Baseball America views the 2016 Red Sox

February 20, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer

Within the treasure trove that is Baseball America’s Prospect Handbook lies a section that offers a sneak peak to a few years down the line. More specifically, the crystal ball the 2013 edition uses ponders what all 30 MLB clubs may look like come the 2016 season.
At a time when the Red Sox appear dead serious about integrating pieces from their farm system, it seems worth exploring Baseball America’s perception of the 2016 lineup.

McGair: Setting the scene for R.I. boys' basketball divisional playoffs

February 18, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer

One of the interesting subplots for the division tournaments in R.I. boys’ basketball is the use of neutral site high school gyms for Wednesday’s quarterfinals. The venues include North Providence, East Greenwich, East Providence, South Kingstown, Cumberland and Westerly.
Breaking things down further, all Division I schools are heading to Div. II and III spots. In Division II all four games are taking place on Div. I grounds, while the Division III games are being held in Div. II gyms.

Results from the R.I. Boys Indoor Track Class Meets

February 13, 2013

PROVIDENCE -- Mount St. Charles junior Anthony Pasquarelli fashioned quite a Tuesday night for himself at the R.I. Class C Championships, held at the Providence Career & Technical High School’s field house.
He not only captured the high jump title with a leap of six feet even, but also took second in the 300-meter dash (39.50) and fourth in the 55-meter dash (7.00).
That wasn’t all, as he anchored the runner-up 4 x 200-meter relay (which consisted of Andrew Van Winter, James Mullaney and Dan Weiss), which finished in 3:47.90.

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