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PawSox eye clincher Friday at home

September 1, 2011

PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Red Sox can clinch first place in the I.L. North tonight with a victory over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and a Lehigh Valley loss.
The PawSox own a two-game lead plus a tiebreaker advantage over Lehigh Valley, which has lost its last four games. Pawtucket has dropped its last two to Rochester. There are four games left in the regular season.
The PawSox will send Matt Fox (9-4, 4.04 ERA) to the mound tonight against Scranton’s Adam Warren (6-7, 3.57).

Shea, CF gridders look to end playoff droughts

September 1, 2011

It’s hard to believe, but it’s true -- Shea and Central Falls, two teams who had traditionally appeared in the playoffs during the late ’90s and 2000s, have not been in the playoffs in the last three seasons.
From 1998-2007, the Raiders qualified for the playoff nine times, making it as far as the Super Bowl on five of those occasions and winning it twice.
The Warriors also made five postseason appearances during that 10-year span time and won a championship in 2005.

Cumberland football team prepares for season

August 31, 2011

CUMBERLAND — The Blackstone Valley area will be well represented on Friday night at Tucker Field with four local squads participating in a trio of Injury Fund tilts.
The two-quarter, non-league games, which begin at 6 p.m., kicks off with Central Falls battling Shea, followed by last year’s Division II state runner-up Tolman facing Cumberland at 7 p.m.
While tomorrow night’s game means nothing in the standings, Cumberland coach Chris Skurka will be eager to see how his club fares against the Tigers.

Too early to predict, says area coaches

August 30, 2011

Asking a high school football coach to “preview” his team during the final week of preseason practice is really premature. It’s at least a week too early for that. Besides, coaches only want to talk about known commodities. Sometimes it takes half of a season to figure out the identity of these embryonic football teams.
Coaches are always willing to talk about certain subjects: veteran players, team leaders, practice schedules, lack of depth on the roster … there’s a whole litany of subjects that coaches are dealing with as the summer begins to fade away.

For football teams, it's time to reach ‘game speed’

August 29, 2011

The third week of preseason football practice offers high school coaches and players a chance to narrow their focus.

Wannamoisett Country Club: Historic, prestigious

August 29, 2011

EAST PROVIDENCE – We end this summer’s Golf Spotlight series in an appropriate location: Wannamoisett Country Club, a most prestigious par 69 test of subtle skills that has hosted the Northeast Amateur Invitational for 50 years, dating back to 1962.

Notre Dame Prep head coach talks about Ricky Ledo's decision

August 29, 2011

When Ricky Ledo reneged on his verbal commitment to Providence College back in January, the Providence native did so with the full backing of his high school coach.
Now that all signs indicate that Ledo plans to unveil his college of choice Thursday afternoon in the Capital City – sources tell Blackstone Valley Sports that Ledo will announce his intentions to become a Friar once again – this same coach believes that the ensuing months Ledo spent on the open market only aided the highly-touted recruit in researching and ultimately rendering a decision.

Belichick, players enjoy 'The Fighter'

August 25, 2011

Contributing writer
FOXBORO, Mass. — Even Bill Belichick knows that training camp is a grind.
On Wednesday night, the Patriots coach treated his players to a viewing of “The Fighter,” the critically acclaimed 2010 film that tells the inspiring real-life story of boxer Micky Ward, a native of Lowell, Mass.
The Patriots were joined by Ward himself for the show, which was held at the theater inside Gillette Stadium typically utilized for film sessions.

Shea’s talented, experienced, and hungry for a return to Div. I title game

August 25, 2011

PAWTUCKET --- The last memory Shea High soccer fans have of last year’s magnificent season was a cruel, unpleasant one.
It was on a cold November night at Rhode Island College, and Shea had just suffered a 2-1 loss to Barrington High in the Division I championship game. It was a duel that saw Shea allow a couple of easy goals in the opening half and come very close to tying the score on a few occasions during the second half.

Mason Williams hitting .353 for Staten Island Yankees

August 24, 2011

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Former Pawtucket resident Mason Williams is finishing up an excellent first season in the New York Yankees’ farm system.
Mason, son of ex-Patriots wide receiver Derwin Williams, is batting a league-leading .353 for the Staten Island Yankees team that plays in the Class A New York/Penn League. A fourth-round draft pick in 2010, Williams just turned 20 years old on Sunday. He has been ranked the No. 6 prospect in New York’s farm system by the River Avenue Blues website.
The Williams family lived in Pawtucket for around 10 years until moving to Florida in 2004.

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