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Friars need to keep an eye on Tar Heels' Johnson

March 21, 2014

SAN ANTONIO – While the point-guard matchup between Providence’s Bryce Cotton and North Carolina’s Marcus Paige has been the talk de jour leading up to Friday’s NCAA Tournament contest, there’s a frontcourt bout that could prove as important in deciding the outcome.

Friars, Tar Heels persevered through varying levels of frustration to reach tonight's NCAA tourney opener

March 20, 2014

SAN ANTONIO — Let’s remove all the tradition and corresponding subplots from the equation.

Instead, let’s delve into how Providence and North Carolina arrived at this particular juncture – a second-round matchup in the NCAA Tournament that’s on tap Friday night (7:20 tip) at the AT&T Center. The two schools may have arrived at the same destination, yet it’s safe to say that the steps taken to get here were vastly different.

Providence College stands to benefit financially from NCAA Tournament appearance

March 20, 2014

SAN ANTONIO — There’s no question that the NCAA Tournament is the equivalent of a Fortune 500 company. Between the 14-year, nearly $11 million television agreement that CBS and Turner Sports entered into back in 2010 and the presence of recognizable corporate sponsors such as AT&T and The Coca-Cola Company, it wouldn’t come as a shock to learn that they’re printing money at NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis.

The question is, just how big of a slice of mince pie do NCAA participants such as Providence receive?

Cumberland hockey team blasts PSW in opener of Division II title series; Game 2 is tonight at Brown

March 20, 2014

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PROVIDENCE – Cumberland put its sterling credentials on the Meehan Auditorium ice for all to see on Thursday night in the Division II championship opener against the co-op team from Providence Country Day, St. Raphael Academy and Wheeler.

Friars insist Austin/Bullock saga won’t be a distraction, set sights on duel vs. North Carolina

March 19, 2014

SAN ANTONIO — Just when everything appeared set regarding the saga involving Brandon Austin and Rodney Bullock, the one-time hot topic has been thrust back into the spotlight.
The timing of the news that the Providence police are looking into a complaint of sexual assault against one freshman that left the Providence College basketball program (Austin) and another who is still a Friar (Bullock) seems a tad curious. PC is here preparing for its first NCAA Tournament contest in a decade.

Comeback victory over Scituate earns St. Raphael girls berth in Saturday's Division II title game

March 19, 2014

PROVIDENCE – Way back in January, St. Raphael Academy faced Scituate in a crossover tilt between league frontrunners.
Despite the Spartans’ physical presence, or the fact it would eventually become the Division II-North champion with a stellar 16-2 mark, the Saints manufactured a 44-38 triumph, though head coach Fred Saunders claimed it was a tough, aggressive affair.
The two foes met again in a R.I. Division II semifinal at Rhode Island College on Wednesday night for the right to play for the state crown on Saturday. And this time, the same ensued, except …

Clippers oust Lions, head to Division II hockey finals

March 17, 2014

WARWICK – In a perfect world, this would have been the match-up to determine the R.I. Division II Tournament champion.

Instead, the powers-that-be within the Rhode Island Interscholastic League bracketed regular-season unbeaten Cumberland High against archrival Lincoln, which had dropped a pair of one-goal decisions to the Clippers, in a D-II semifinal.

This one had all the drama and intrigue of a championship final, especially the rubber match between the two at Thayer Arena on Monday night.

How ‘HEART & SOUL’ has come to ring true for the Friars

March 17, 2014

PROVIDENCE – They could have paraded out to center court at Alumni Hall Sunday night in the same Big East Championship t-shirts that were distributed to them the previous night at Madison Square Garden.

Instead, everyone associated with the Providence College men’s basketball program wore grey short-sleeve t-shirts that on the front features a poignant and simple battle cry – HEART & SOUL.

SRA advances to Div. II girls semis; Lady Lions fall to Scituate

March 16, 2014

PROVIDENCE – St. Raphael’s record now stands at a glistening 19-0, but for only the third time this season, the Saints found themselves battling for a victory in the final minute of play.

But the Saints, thanks to some strong defense down the stretch, were able to withstand a fierce challenge by ninth-seeded West Warwick and squeak out a 36-33 triumph on Sunday night at Rhode Island College that advanced them to Wednesday night’s Division II semifinals.

For full story, see Monday's print edition of The Times.

Fast-starting Clippers edge Lions in DII opener

March 14, 2014

WARWICK – Lincoln controlled the tempo for most of the night and held a significant advantage in the shots-on-goal department in its opening game of its best-of-three Division II semifinal-round series against Cumberland.

Unfortunately for the defending champions, they didn’t control the first few minutes of the game. The Clippers did, and what they did in the first 2:21 of play helped them eke out their third one-goal victory of the season over their neighboring rivals.

For full story, see Saturday's print edition of The Times.

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