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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.”

McGair: Friars up big at the half on Florida A&M

November 19, 2011

PROVIDENCE – The Providence Friars are taking it to the Florida A&M Rattlers, 39-19, after 20 minutes at The Dunk. The most eye-popping stat is the 14 turnovers the Friars forced, resulting in 20 points.
Florida A&M, which was picked to finish last in the MEAC preseason poll, shot just 27 percent. For the Friars, Bryce Cotton continues to score at a high clip. The sophomore guard notched the team’s first seven points on his way to ending the half with 13.

McGair: PC Friars to honor '97 Elite Eight men's hoops squad

November 18, 2011

Per the PC athletic department:

Providence College Athletics, Cox Sports and Coast to Coast Promotional Products To Host 15th Anniversary Celebration Of The 1997 Elite Eight Men’s Basketball Team

The celebration will take place on May 12, 2012.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Providence College Athletics, along with presenting sponsors Cox Sports and Coast to Coast Promotional Products, are pleased to announce that on May 12, 2012, they will hold a 15-year anniversary celebration of the 1997 Elite Eight men’s basketball team.

McGair: Weiland, Spears to join Sox in Toronto; Wilson making adjustments on the fly

September 4, 2011

By BRENDAN McGAIR

A wrap up of Pawtucket's 4-3 win over Rochester on Sunday night ...

PAWTUCKET – As the fireworks drummed away at McCoy Stadium on Sunday, two PawSox players were busy shoving their belongings into bags, as infielder Nate Spears and Kyle Weiland will join the Red Sox in Toronto on Monday.

McGair: Thoughts on Ricky Ledo canceling press conference

August 30, 2011

Everyone should breath a major sigh of relief that basketball wunderkind Ricky Ledo will not verbalize his choice of college at a Providence bar, which appeared to be the plan as recently as this past weekend.

McGair: Gammell leaving A.D. post at St. Raphael

August 23, 2011

Tuesday morning saw word come down that Bruce Gammell is leaving his athletic director post at St. Raphael Academy. The news comes just one day after the official start of fall practice for sports besides football.
Gammell was at the helm when SRA capped off an undefeated varsity football season with a Division I championship in 2007. Last winter saw St. Raphael capture the boys’ basketball state championship under the 16-team open tournament format that was introduced for the 2010-11 season.

Mason Williams update; Millwood deserves shot

July 31, 2011

By TERRY NAU
Former Pawtucket resident Mason Williams, a 2010 fourth-round draft pick of the New York Yankees, is hitting .338 for Staten Island this summer.
ESPN.com baseball analyst Keith Law said some favorable things about Williams -- son of former Patriots wide receiver Derwin Williams -- on his weekly chat. Here's a link. Go down to 12:36 p.m. and a question from Jared.
http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/chat/_/id/39485/mlb-insider-keith-law

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McGair: Clearing up the mystery behind the R.I. high school baseball playoffs

May 25, 2011

No matter how teams fare on Wednesday, they will return to action on Thursday. Such clarification was learned Wednesday afternoon, just a few hours before the opening round of the double-elimination, four-team regional tournaments were scheduled to get underway.
Here’s how the playoff schedule shakes down from Wednesday until the conclusion of the first round:

Thursday: Winners play at higher seed; loser play at higher seed.

Friday: Team that won 2 games is off. Teams remaining play at higher seed.

Saturday: Team that is undefeated is home team vs. Team with 1 loss.

McGair: Brackets and pairings for high school baseball playoffs set

May 23, 2011

The brackets for the first round of Division I & II tournaments – the format being double elimination spread over four four-team subdivisions – were released Monday night. The Blackstone Valley is represented with three teams in Div. I – Lincoln, St. Raphael, East Providence – and three from Div. II – Woonsocket, Tolman, North Smithfield.
It should be noted that East Providence was awarded the 16th and final seed in Division I, which saw the Townies along with Cumberland, Mount St. Charles, Toll Gate all finish the regular season at 7-10.

McGair: PC Friars to face South Carolina as part of Big East/SEC Challenge

May 19, 2011

PROVIDENCE - We won't know the complete rundown of the 2011-12 Providence College men's basketball schedule until later this summer, but it was revealed Thursday that PC will travel to South Carolina on Thursday, Dec. 1 as part of the first-ever Big East/SEC Challenge. This ESPN-driven event will be shown on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.

McGair: Kalish leaves Thursday's game

April 21, 2011

PAWTUCKET -- Ryan Kalish's all-out style resulted in the outfielder leaving Thursday's game with an apparent elbow injury. Playing center field, Kalish dove to take a base hit away from Syracuse's Michael Aubrey in the top of the second inning. The injury seemed to occur when Kalish's right elbow hit the turf just as he made the catch.
Kalish stayed on the ground for several seconds as every PawSox player ran out to the outfield to see what the extent of the injury was. He walked off the field under the assistance of PawSox trainer Jon Jochim, holding his elbow.

McGair: Felix Doubront to join PawSox' starting rotation

April 20, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Felix Doubront is returning to his pitching roots. After serving as a left-handed option in Boston’s bullpen for a week-plus, Doubront will now serve as a member of Pawtucket’s starting rotation.
“He’s going to start games,” confirmed Mike Hazen, the Red Sox’ vice president of player development. “He’ll probably be on a shortened pitch count to start, but we’ll build him up from there. He’ll start the games.”

McGair: Albers aces final test

April 19, 2011

PAWTUCKET -- Matt Albers tossed two scoreless innings in relief for the PawSox Tuesday night, tossing 27 pitches (17 for strikes). The reliever pitched the sixth and seventh innings, allowing one hit while striking out one.
Albers, currently on the DL with a strained lat muscle, is expected to be reinstated by Boston on Thursday, which is the first day he's eligible to come off the disabled list.

McGair: Matt Albers looks sharp in relief outing with PawSox

April 17, 2011

PAWTUCKET - Matt Albers looked sharp in the first of two scheduled relief appearances Sunday for the Pawtucket Red Sox. The righthander pitched a 1-2-3 sixth inning, needing just 11 pitches (eight) strikes to set down the heart of the Buffalo Bisons' offense.
Albers threw exclusively fastballs that generally resided in the 93 miles per hour range, according to the McCoy Stadium radar gun. He topped out at 94 mph. His outs came via groundout to third, a fly to center that Ryan Kalish made a nice diving play coming in and a swinging strikeout on a changeup.

McGair: Kris Johnson, Tony Pena Jr. join PawSox' pitching staff

April 8, 2011

PAWTUCKET – The Boston Red Sox weren’t the only affiliate to shake up its pitching staff on Friday. The PawSox made two moves, activating Kris Johnson and Tony Pena Jr. Both pitchers were in extended spring training.
Johnson will be placed in Pawtucket’s starting rotation and is expected to make his first start next Tuesday in Buffalo. Johnson (9-26 in two seasons with Pawtucket) takes the spot of Alfredo Aceves, who was summoned to Boston on Friday. Pena Jr. takes the place of reliever Randy Williams, who Pawtucket placed on the disabled list with shoulder soreness.

 

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