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Shea soccer team back for more

August 27, 2012

PAWTUCKET — After dropping one-goal verdicts in each of the past two Division I state title matches, could the third time be the charm for Shea High this fall?
Veteran head coach Pierre Ridore certainly thinks so, even though he graduated a half dozen key starters, and he let his feelings be known early Monday afternoon before his team boarded its bus for a preseason scrimmage against two-time defending Division II champion Smithfield.

WEB ONLY: Sikorowicz, Lapierre win Yo Raymond 5K

August 25, 2012

CUMBERLAND -- When Ray Sikorowicz and his family drove from their Lincoln residence to Camp Ker Anna for the “Yo” Raymond Memorial 5K early Saturday morning, the 45-year-old veteran runner had two modest goals in mind – run a time that was in the low-18 minute range and compete for the top spot in his 40-49 age division.
Sikorowicz was able to accomplish both of those goals, as well as do something that in his wildest dreams he could not have envisioned – win the sixth annual race.

Football is the sport that brings Johnson family together

August 24, 2012

CENTRAL FALLS — Back in the mid-1990s, Brian Johnson and Chuck Rinebolt often teased each other about how long they would, or could, last playing semi-pro football.
The game, more often than not, can be thankless. They don't get paid, and – at times – are stuck paying for their own equipment, but they don't care. These men, most of whom work full-time, have to hustle to the practice grid two or three times a week before or after their jobs to hone their skills, speed and strength for their upcoming weekend opponent.
They're in it just for their intense love for football.

Scrimmages mark next phase of H.S. preseason camp

August 22, 2012

Starting Thursday, a series of chess matches will break out on high school football fields across the state.
By definition, scrimmages are akin to shifting pieces around on a square board. Some moves work while others produce less-than-desirable results. Regardless of what transpires during these low-pressure yet highly valuable tussles on the gridiron, coaches understand that the time has come to embark on the next phase of preseason camp following a period of steadily bringing the unit along.

Format for boys' hoops tournament just about set

August 22, 2012

PROVIDENCE – Monday saw the R.I. Interscholastic League Principals’ Committee on Athletics officially welcome St. Patrick’s School of Providence into the fold for boys’ and girls’ basketball, along with boys’ volleyball.

Ex-SRA star Iannetta's back in the saddle with Angels

August 21, 2012

BOSTON — There’s bringing a player up to speed after he’s been out for a lengthy stretch due to injury. Then there’s the term that Angels manager Mike Scioscia used in describing the heightened state of urgency Chris Iannetta finds himself in after missing 2 1/2 months with a broken bone in his right hand.
“You can study and simulate stuff all you want, but when you get behind the plate, you’re like that jockey on a saddle,” Scioscia explained prior to Tuesday’s Red Sox-Angels game at Fenway Park. “That’s the feeling you need and that’s where Chris needs the time in order to come together.”

Commitment: C.F. gridders tidy up Calcutt courtyard

August 21, 2012

CENTRAL FALLS — On the morning of Tuesday, July 16, Central Falls High head football coach Mo Jackson walked into his new classroom 107 at Calcutt Middle School and looked out a window bordering the courtyard.
His first thought: What courtyard?
“I was doing some summer programs, and I wanted to get the room ready for the kids,” admitted Jackson, who discovered since school year's end that he would be a new teacher's assistant and behavioral specialist at Calcutt. “I popped open the window, and I couldn't see anything. It looked like a jungle. I thought, 'My God, what happened to it?'

These pitchers weigh pros, cons of Strasburg’s innings limit

August 19, 2012

PAWTUCKET — If the Washington Nationals’ decision to pose an innings limit on ace pitcher Stephen Strasburg was debated and haggled over in a court of law, it’s quite possible the rendering would be a hung jury.
Such a case involving a high-profile player and a playoff-starved franchise that has October baseball in its sights poses a provoking conundrum that can be argued and debated from both sides of the equation.
On one hand, Washington can be viewed as looking to protect the investment they have in Strasburg, a star at age 24 who underwent Tommy John surgery nearly two years ago.

Still on Boston’s radar, Bard plans to use next two weeks with Pawtucket to his advantage

August 19, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Daniel Bard admits there’s somewhat of a weight of his shoulders, knowing that regardless of how he’s fared with the Pawtucket Red Sox – 7.45 ERA in 28 appearances – he remains very much on Boston’s radar.
Asked to respond to an item in Sunday’s Boston Herald in which an anonymous Red Sox source clarified that he will pitch again for the big-league team in 2012, Bard took the occasion to explain how he can use the remaining few weeks in Pawtucket’s season to his advantage.

McDonald sets record straight on turbulence in Red Sox season

August 17, 2012

PAWTUCKET – Who better to clarify any myths regarding the perceived toxic environment that is the Red Sox clubhouse than a player who spent a hearty amount of time inside the ropes?
Ladies and gentlemen, we give you Darnell McDonald, the former part-time Boston outfielder whose access to the team was short-circuited upon getting designated for assignment in late June. Fortunately for this particular exercise, McDonald is seen as the perfect go-to guy to set the record straight in a Red Sox season that has taken on the tenor of a soap opera in terms of firestorms and drama.

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