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McGair: Thoughts on Jim Baron; Big day for Rakim Sanders

March 4, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer

A little of this, a little of that …

The leaders currently in place at the University of Rhode Island did not hire Jim Baron, who on Sunday was relieved of his head coaching duties with two years left on his contract. School president David Dooley and athletic director Thorr Bjorn were years away from taking their respective jobs at Rhody when Baron was lured away from St. Bonaventure in 2001.

McGair: Big East unveils 2012 Big East Tournament field; PC to face Seton Hall on first day

March 3, 2012

Per the Big East Conference:

FIELD SET FOR 2012 BIG EAST MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
PRESENTED BY AMERCIAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS

PROVIDENCE – On the heels of a historic regular season in which it won 30 of 31 games, including a 17-1 mark in conference play, Syracuse has earned the 2012 BIG EAST regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in the 2012 BIG EAST Championship presented by American Eagle Outfitters.

McGair: Cumberland's Roose raves about culture Sox skipper Bobby Valentine has created

February 28, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
Hopefully the passion and enthusiasm that Cumberland native Mike Roose has for his new venture with the Boston Red Sox – that of strength and conditioning coordinator of the entire minor-league system – came across loud and clear in an article that ran earlier this week. Here’s the link in case you missed it: http://pawtuckettimes.com/content/rising-through-ranks-cumberlands-mike-....

McGair: Getting to know Cumberland native Mike Roose

February 26, 2012

Editor's note: This story about Cumberland's Mike Roose first appeared in The Times on July 7, 2010. To follow what Roose is up to nowadays, click here: http://pawtuckettimes.com/content/rising-through-ranks-cumberlands-mike-...

Title: Finding inner strength: Roose keeps PawSox in tip-top shape

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer

McGair: Flu bug could result in Friars' Coleman missing Georgetown game

February 17, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PROVIDENCE – It’s tough enough that the Providence Friars are struggling with a date against 10th-ranked Georgetown set for Saturday night at The Dunk. Now comes word that head coach Ed Cooley might not have Gerard Coleman available for the game. Coleman sat out Friday’s practice, the result of a flu bug that leaves the sophomore’s status against the Hoyas very much up in the air.
“Gerard hasn’t felt well all week,” Cooley said. “He’ll be a game-time decision.”

McGair: 2012 Minor League Baseball Analyst breaks down Red Sox farm system

February 16, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
For those minor-league followers wishing to get a better grasp of the upcoming season, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of the 2012 Minor League Baseball Analyst (MLBA).
Co-authored by Rob Gordon and Jeremy Deloney, Minor League Baseball Analyst offers a refreshing take on the minor leagues based on two of the game’s most keen principles – sabermetrics and scouting. Blend the two together and what you have is a 146-page manual that serves as a sneak peak for 2012.

McGair: Friars' Coleman named to BE honor roll; Vote Kadeem Batts for Dunk of the Year

February 6, 2012

Per PC's athletic department:
PROVIDENCE - Sophomore men's basketball player Gerard Coleman (Boston, Mass.) was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll on Monday, February 6 for his performance last week versus Rutgers and West Virginia. Coleman averaged 22.5 points and six rebounds over the two games.

McGair: West Virginia's Jones will put Friars to the test

February 4, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PROVIDENCE – The often-used sports cliché “matchup nightmare” immediately springs to mind when referring to West Virginia sensation Kevin Jones. In this instance, the label is justified. A hulking 6-foot-8, 260-pound senior, Jones went into Saturday’s action with the distinction of being the Big East’s leader in scoring (20.9 ppg, good for 10th best in the country) and rebounding (11.5, the nation’s fourth-best figure).

McGair: Friars finally get their big man in Arizona transfer Johnson

February 1, 2012

Per the Providence College athletic department:

PROVIDENCE -- Providence College men’s basketball Head Coach Ed Cooley announced Tuesday 2012 that student-athlete Sidiki Johnson (Harlem, N.Y.) has transferred to Providence College. Johnson, a freshman, attended the University of Arizona for the 2011 Fall Semester.

McGair: Frank Spaziani on Paterno, O'Brien, BC's strong Super Bowl presence; Tamburro, Boggs should go into I.L HOF together

February 1, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer

A little of this, a little of that …

– After our discussion pertaining to Will Blackmon on Tuesday – you can read the story here by clicking http://pawtuckettimes.com/content/mcgair-where-theres-will-youll-find-gi... – I asked Boston College head coach Frank Spaziani to share some thoughts about recently deceased Penn State head coach Joe Paterno. According to his bio on Wikipedia, Spaziani played quarterback and linebacker for the Nittany Lions from 1965-68 before becoming a graduate assistant under Paterno for one season in 1969.

PawSox' Tamburro to be inducted into I.L. Hall of Fame

January 31, 2012

Per the Pawtucket Red Sox ...

The International League announced Tuesday that former pitcher Dave Eiland, former manager Bill Evers, and current club executive Mike Tamburro will be inducted into the circuit's Hall of Fame as members of the Class of 2012. The three men comprise the second Class elected to the IL Hall by a vote of current Hall of Fame members, longtime executives, broadcasters, and members of the media.

McGair: Talking high school hoops, pucks and pigskin

January 25, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
A little of this, a little of that …
– Prior to the start of Tuesday’s game at league unbeaten West Warwick, an inquiring mind (me) went up to Shea head coach Matt Pita and asked if he was planning to start transfer Michael Neal, who was finally eligible after sitting out the first nine league games. Pita offered a slight grin as he said no before this reporter took the subject a step further, joking that Pita was probably going to wait for 30 seconds to go by before inserting the 6-foot-6 Neal.

McGair: Why Red Sox prospect Alex Hassan prefers to leave the cold behind

January 15, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
Sunday in Southern New England saw Jack Frost get the last laugh with temperatures in some parts barely climbing above 20 degrees. Certainly a cold day doesn’t make one anxious to head outside to shag fly balls and perform baseball-related exercises geared toward maintaining sharpness.

McGair: Could Atchison or Bowden emerge as next Alfredo Aceves for Red Sox?

January 11, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
As explained earlier this week, relief pitchers Michael Bowden and Scott Atchison stand on the threshold of an interesting 2012 season. Both are out of options, which can be seen as a double-edged sword. (Disclaimer: please read this – http://pawtuckettimes.com/content/out-options-whats-next-atchison-bowden – before continuing on.)

McGair: Game against New London serves as chance for SRA to make a statement on behalf of RIIL

January 5, 2012

We examined the Charles Correa vs. Kris Dunn matchup in Thursday’s edition, which also appeared online at pawtuckettimes.com. Here’s the link in case you missed it: http://pawtuckettimes.com/content/sra-hoopsters-eye-showdown-vs-new-london.

McGair: Thoughts on football realignment, Ryan O'Dell

January 3, 2012

A little of this, a little of that …

The beauty of this profession is that you can write something one day only to revisit said subject matter(s) a few days later with some additional thoughts/reflections. Disclaimer: both articles subject to further review appeared in Saturday’s print edition.
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PawSox announce new radio broadcaster

December 29, 2011

Per the PawSox ...

PAWTUCKET - The Pawtucket Red Sox have named Aaron Goldsmith as their new radio broadcaster for the 2012 season. Aaron will join partner Steve Hyder, who returns for his ninth season, in broadcasting all 144 PawSox games on 920 WHJJ and the 12-station PawSox Radio Network. Goldsmith was chosen among more than 150 nationwide applicants to replace Dan Hoard who this fall became the radio voice of the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL.

Friars' Henton earns BE Rookie of the Week honor for second straight week

December 12, 2011

PROVIDENCE - It was announced Monday that Providence College men's basketball
freshman forward LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.) was named BIG EAST Rookie of the
Week for the second consecutive week. Henton leads the Friars in rebounding (8.5
rpg) and ranks fourth on the squad in scoring (13.7 ppg). He ranks in the top two
in the BIG EAST in scoring amongst rookies and leads all freshman in the league in
rebounding.
Last week, Henton helped pace the Friars to three wins as he averaged 17.7 points,
9.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in a 3-0 week. Henton shot 51.2 percent (22-43) from

PC limping along against Southern

November 22, 2011

PROVIDENCE – Providence is up 30-21 after one half based in large part to attempting 26 free throws. By comparison, PC’s opponent, Southern (La.) University, went to the line two times.
The only reason why the Jaguars, picked to finish last in the SWAC, went to the charity stripe was when PC freshman Brice Kofane was called for a questionable intentional foul. Otherwise it was Southern that felt the wrath of the officials as the visiting Jaguars were called for 15 fouls.

No contest as PC bops Florida A&M

November 19, 2011

PROVIDENCE – Providence got a head start on Thanksgiving by feasting on an undermanned and overwhelmed Florida A&M squad, 87-65, before 6,052 at The Dunk. The Friars improve to 3-0 on the young season with the next game set for Tuesday at The Dunk against Southern. That game, like the one Saturday, is also part of the San Padre Invitational.
“I love playing at home,” noted Cooley, who encouraged the fans to shower the Friars with support during a first-half timeout. “To me there’s no greater place to play than The Dunk.”

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