LINCOLN â€” A showcase event like the R.I. Little League Major Division state tournament calls for just the right venue, a spot thatâ€™s accommodating in every applicable way.
Naturally, the spotlight will shine on the players and coaches hailing from the four district winners â€“ Burrillville, Barrington, Cranston Western and Coventry American. In addition, thereâ€™s just cause in touting the scene of what figures to be a close and tightly contested double-elimination spectacle.
LINCOLN â€” Thomas Falowo didnâ€™t give the judges a chance to decide this fight. The Manfredoâ€™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.â€™s â€śBuilt to Lastâ€ť show at the Twin River Event Center.
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 â€“ the Eastern Regional championship â€“ when the 10-team tournament gets under way today at Breen Field on the Bart Giamatti Complex in Bristol, Conn.
LINCOLN â€” 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 heâ€™d tussled in a 12-round slugfest, Falowo had barely a scratch on him.
PAWTUCKET â€” 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 itâ€™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.
PAWTUCKET â€“ 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 thatâ€™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.
PAWTUCKET â€“ All Jason Repko can do is sit tight, hoping that his chance at parole from baseballâ€™s version of no-manâ€™s-land comes sooner rather than later.
Repkoâ€™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 doesnâ€™t know when heâ€™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.
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.
BARRINGTON â€” Thanks to some bottom-of-the-sixth-inning heroics courtesy of Sean Dunphy, Darlington American is now one victory away from capturing the programâ€™s first R.I. Little League District II Major Division banner since 2000.
Dunphy broke a 9-all tie with a home run on a 2-1 count, propelling Darlington to a dramatic 10-9 walk-off triumph against Barrington Sunday night at Sherwood Field. Barrington scored four runs in the top of the sixth to tie this District II final game, but DALL and Dunphy responded with two down in the frame.
SEEKONK â€” As often is the case during the summer, Sandy Gorham could be found standing on a local pool deck exhorting his Kendbrin Swim and Tennis Club competitors to be the best they can be.
On Thursday, the site just happened to be the six-lane, 25-meter Grist Mill club facility; that's where Kendbrin was competing in an cabana club league dual meet.