PAWTUCKET â€” Randy Williams is a bit of late bloomer. In his case, thatâ€™s meant to serve as a compliment.
Normally you donâ€™t associate a 35-year-old with a mid 90s fastball, but you do with Williams. Add to that the fact that the Texas native throws left-handed and suddenly thereâ€™s intrigue â€“ the kind that suggests a return trip to the major leagues is closer than it appeared at the start of the season.
â€śA lefty who throws 95? I would,â€ť said PawSox pitching coach Rich Sauveur when asked if Williams is someone who falls in the â€śworth watchingâ€ť category. â€śHeâ€™s got power stuff.â€ť
CUMBERLAND â€” There was a lot of talk last year that the upcoming Cumberland American All-Star team had potential to be something special this season, especially after the latest batch captured the state title for 11-year-olds.
Two games into the District 4 Major Division Tournament, Cumberland American is proving it just may have what it takes to advance far this summer.
PAWTUCKET --- Toka Kahn-Clary is on the doorstep of a berth on the 2012 U.S. Olympic boxing team.
The 19-year-old Pawtucket fighter sewed up one of the eight spots in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials by copping a silver medal at the USA Boxing National Championships late last week at the Olympic Training Centerâ€™s Sports Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Competing in a competitive 132-pound division, Kahn-Clary needed just two victories to clinch a berth in the Team Trials, which will be held from July 31-Aug. 6 at the Mobile Civic Center in Mobile, Ala.
Letâ€™s break away from the daily grind and wrap our minds around the following hypothetical scenario.
Itâ€™s April 2011 and the NFL Draft â€“ the one piece of business green-lighted during the labor dispute â€“ is taking place. Emotion is a universal language at these types of events, from the tension of waiting to hear your name called to a sense of relief once it is. In a split second the clenching of fists and sweaty palms give way to a smile, the realization that your long sought-after dream has come true.
BELLINGHAM â€“ New England Country Club is a hidden jewel among public golf courses in the Blackstone Valley.
â€śWeâ€™re located just on the edge of Woonsocket,â€ť said golf pro Mark Copithorne. â€śIn fact, part of our second hole is in Woonsocket, behind the Sears store on Diamond Hill Road. When I first came here, I couldnâ€™t believe you could be driving through Woonsocket and then within three blocks you are in this wooded area where a championship course was built.â€ť
The 1998 New York Yankees were a take-no-prisoners juggernaut, a team not to be trifled with. Perched high above in their pinstriped ivory tower, those Yanks achieved a 125-win season (including playoffs) that culminated in outstanding style â€“ a World Series title.
LINCOLN â€” If Lincoln was playing nervous during Saturdayâ€™s District 4 tournament opener, it sure didnâ€™t show.
The perennial power looked right at home â€“ literally and figuratively â€“ in coasting to a 10-0 mercy-rule victory over East Woonsocket at Hien Field, the first of four pool play games for each team.
Seeking its 16th District IV title in the past 21 years, a stretch of dominance that dates back to 1991, Lincoln pounded out eight hits and capitalized on sloppy defense from East Woonsocket, which committed five errors.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” Peter Uihlein looked a little bit like Secretariat running away from the field while galloping to a tournament-record score of 261 on Saturday en route to victory in the 50th Annual Northeast Amateur Invitational.
Uihlein opened up a six-shot lead midway through the final nine before bogeying No. 17 and finishing at 15-under for the tournament, breaking Dan Woltmanâ€™s existing mark of 11-under set in 2009.
Runnerup James White also broke the tournament record with a score of 262. The Georgia Tech rising senior played one group ahead of Uihlein and closed with a 64.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” Golf is never as easy as Luke Guthrie made it look when he shot a tournament record round of 61 in the opening round of the 50th Northeast Amateur on Wednesday.
Guthrie came back to earth during Thursdayâ€™s second round, shooting a 71 that left him with a one-shot lead over Georgia Techâ€™s Kyle Scott and Florida Stateâ€™s Michael Hebert heading into todayâ€™s third round.
â€śThere are so many great players in this tournament,â€ť Guthrie said after finishing early. â€śI expect by the end of the day, I might not even have the lead.â€ť
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” The 50th annual Northeast Amateur got off to a rousing start on Wednesday when University of Illinois standout Luke Guthrie broke the tournament scoring record for 18 holes with an opening round of 61 that vaulted the Big Ten champion into a five-shot lead after one rainy day of action.