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McGair: Pawtucket native Williams treasures time with new Hall of Fame member Barry Larkin; what Daniel Bard needs to do in order to return to Boston

July 22, 2012

Baseball, the romantics cite, is steeped in so much tradition that it’s simple to draw a line in the sand and connect generations – whether we’re referencing fathers and sons or ballplayers from different eras.
Sometimes, though, the art of bridging venerable types with youth whose chapters are waiting to be written requires assistance. In that regard, Mason Williams, the Pawtucket native and high-ceiling outfield prospect in the New York Yankees' farm system owes Joe Logan much thanks.

WEB ONLY: Cumberland girls drop thriller to Fairfield

July 21, 2012

BRISTOL, Conn. — A six-run rally by defending New England champion Fairfield, Conn. in the home half of the second inning put Cumberland in a hole the team could not climb out of on Saturday, as the Major Division (ages 11 and 12) all-star team absorbed a tough 7-6 loss in their New England pool play game at Breen Field on the Bart Giamatti Complex.
Down by five runs entering the top of the sixth inning, Cumberland (9-1) bravely battled back for four runs and had runners on second and third with two gone, but were unable to plate the equalizer.

Randy Hien Field, it's your time to shine

July 20, 2012

LINCOLN — A showcase event like the R.I. Little League Major Division state tournament calls for just the right venue, a spot that’s accommodating in every applicable way.
Naturally, the spotlight will shine on the players and coaches hailing from the four district winners – Burrillville, Barrington, Cranston Western and Coventry American. In addition, there’s just cause in touting the scene of what figures to be a close and tightly contested double-elimination spectacle.

This time, Pawtucket fighter Falowo leaves nothing to chance

July 20, 2012

LINCOLN — Thomas Falowo didn’t give the judges a chance to decide this fight. The Manfredo’s Gym middleweight rocked his opponent from the opening bell to the end of the fourth round, and for his efforts, he was rewarded with a fourth-round TKO.
The Pawtucket fighter returned to his winning ways on Thursday night at the Twin River Event Center by battering Rahman Yusubov of Dallas, Texas in their six-round fight on the undercard of Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc.’s “Built to Last” show at the Twin River Event Center.

Cumberland duels N.E.'s best at Eastern Regionals

July 19, 2012

CUMBERLAND --- Now comes the fun part.
The road to their second straight R.I. District IV Major Division title was a cakewalk. So was their defense of their state championship.
Now the 13 players and the coaching staff on the Cumberland all-star softball team will set their sights on a bigger prize – the Eastern Regional championship – when the 10-team tournament gets under way today at Breen Field on the Bart Giamatti Complex in Bristol, Conn.

Falowo fights tough Texas middleweight tonight

July 18, 2012

LINCOLN — The last time local fight fans saw Thomas Falowo in action, they were in an uproar over the split decision victory awarded to his opponent, Samuel Clarkson of Cedar Hill, Texas.
In that middleweight fight back on May 24 at Twin River, Falowo not only ruled four of the six rounds, but he also delivered a first-round knockdown.
And while Clarkson ended the night looking like he’d tussled in a 12-round slugfest, Falowo had barely a scratch on him.

Iglesias, Linares are PawSox's 'Cuban Connection'

July 18, 2012

PAWTUCKET — The sight of Jose Iglesias and J.C. Linares engaging in playful banter in their native tongue often leads to one or both players breaking out into mischievous smiles. Usually the exchange is often loud enough that everyone in the PawSox clubhouse is aware that Iglesias and Linares are up to their old tricks.
Then again, not everyone can understand what is actually being discussed, so it’s like Iglesias and Linares are the only ones in the room, operating in a universe that only a select few have the privilege of completely understanding.

Who's on third? Gomez, with some hard work

July 17, 2012

PAWTUCKET – Now that Mauro Gomez has acquired a taste of life as a big-league third baseman, the real work can begin.
First things first, though, as Gomez plans to acquire a glove that’s tailor made for someone entrusted with patrolling the hot corner. After that, the next step will entail the 27-year-old working specifically on his footwork with throwing across the diamond serving as the final hurdle.

Repko finds himself victim of numbers game

July 16, 2012

PAWTUCKET – All Jason Repko can do is sit tight, hoping that his chance at parole from baseball’s version of no-man’s-land comes sooner rather than later.
Repko’s placement on the disabled list on July 7 has absolutely nothing do with the hamstring strain that has hamstrung the 31-year-old outfielder to the point that even the player doesn’t know when he’ll be activated. For someone who is completely healthy, Repko finds himself the victim of a numbers game due to the Red Sox being presently flush with outfielders at the major-league and Triple-A levels.

DALL falls to Barrington in District II title game

July 16, 2012

Contributing writer
PAWTUCKET --- At no point in its 13-5 defeat to Barrington on Monday night at Slater Park did Darlington American ever think the game was over, or even out of reach.
Barrington scored three runs on seven hits in the first inning, but DALL responded the very next frame with two of their own to make it a one-run game.
In the bottom of the second, Barrington added three more, but again, Darlington American responded with a run of its own in the top of the third to make it a 6-3 contest.

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