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Rock 'n' Roll Providence draws over 7,000 runners

August 7, 2011

PROVIDENCE — His hair soaking wet and his feet inside some soggy pair of racing flats that just endured more than an hour’s worth of rainfall, Patrick Moulton sized up the weather for the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Providence Half Marathon on Sunday morning with a glass-half-full approach.
“It got tough, but at least it wasn’t hot,” he said. “It got gusty a few times, but for August you can’t complain. It could have been 100 degrees out there.”

Web only: PawSox deliver in 9th again

August 5, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Brett Carroll wasted no time fitting in with the Pawtucket Red Sox
Carroll blooped a two-out, two-run single to give the PawSox their third walk-off win of the week, this one a 6-5 triumph against Buffalo Friday night. Staring at a 2-2 count against Bisons reliever Dale Thayer, Carroll fisted the ball just over the head of first baseman Valentino Pascucci, who blasted a two-run home run off of Kevin Millwood in the first inning.

Erik Bedard's college coach defends Red Sox pitcher

August 5, 2011

As the associate head coach at Norwalk (Conn.) Community College, Patrick Vigilio enjoyed a front row seat to see Erik Bedard go from an unknown with tried-and-true Canadian roots to a bona fide staff ace.
“Erik was a hockey player for the most part. Most kids in Canada are because they don’t have high school baseball up there,” recalled Vigilio in a telephone interview Friday. “He was throwing in the mid 80s when he started out, but through hard work he was able to take his game to the next level, obviously.”

Cumberland American begins regional play today

August 5, 2011

BRISTOL, Ct. - Manager Dave Belisle considers every one of the 13 players on his Cumberland American All-Star roster a reason it’s down in Bristol, Connecticut this weekend for the Eastern Regional Tournament, a reason it has an outside chance to earn a trip to Williamsport, Pa., for the Little League World Series
“What you see with this team is they’re picking each other up,” Belisle said. “There have been some situations where we looked like we were going to fold, but someone has picked the individuals up. It’s a team game. It just seems that one through 13 somebody contributed.

Brady appreciates rookies' plight

August 5, 2011

FOXBORO – Tom Brady is especially glad he’s not a rookie this year – for a couple of reasons.
“Not only because their salaries got cut in half,” said the New England Patriots quarterback, referencing the NFL’s newly ratified collective bargaining agreement.
Rookies are also tasked with an accelerated acclimation to NFL life because of the league’s 4 1/2-month lockout.
A week into his 12th training camp with the Patriots, Brady acknowledges that this one is unique.

Fosters launching fitness/boot camp business

August 4, 2011

LINCOLN --- It’s been nearly two months since Bruce Foster finished in a tie for second place with his brother, Jeff, at the 2011 Spartan Death Race, a 45-hour ultra-endurance test through a grueling 40-mile course in Pittsfield, Vt., but their accomplishment has still been the talk around Lincoln.
The brothers’ success has also reached a point where workout enthusiasts of all ages, sizes, and abilities have asked them if they could train with them and follow the extra-tough training regimen they used to prepare for and succeed in the Death Race.

PawSox fall to Bisons in 10

August 4, 2011

PAWTUCKET — It is August and baseball’s various pennant races are beginning to take shape.
The Pawtucket Red Sox and their “parent” team in Boston are locked in battles for first place in their respective leagues. The PawSox are chasing Lehigh Valley for first place in the International League North while maintaining a slight edge on the Gwinnett Braves for the league’s lone wild-card berth.

Mason Williams leads NYP League in hitting

August 4, 2011

Some things I think I think:

Former Pawtucket resident Mason Williams is leading the New York Penn League in batting average. The son of former Patriots wide receiver Derwin Williams is hitting .358 in the short-season Class A League while toiling for the Staten Island Yankees. He leads the league in hits, is tied for fourth in total bases and OPS, and has 16 steals in 42 games.

Edd Pedro wiffleball tourney is Sunday at Slater Park

August 3, 2011

PAWTUCKET --- Edd Pedro has been a busy man these days. Very busy.
The namesake and driving force behind what will be the eighth edition of the Edd Pedro Wiffleball Tournament has been burning the midnight oil this week making final preparations for Sunday’s mega-event at Slater Park.
“This week’s been pretty crazy,” Pedro said on Tuesday night during a break from his preparations. “I’m up to midnight every night normally, and I’m just out in my garage working on something for the tournament.

Cumberland's Kirby Murphy still going strong at 48

August 3, 2011

CUMBERLAND - It's always the same. For most of his 30-plus years playing softball, nothing’s changed for Kirby Murphy each time he faces an opposing pitcher.
Before he approaches the on-deck circle, he takes three warm-up swings with three different bats. He then walks near the batter’s box with the bat that he’s going to use and swings that three times. He then signals for a time out and takes two more swings inside the batter’s box before he’s ready to go.

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