PAWTUCKET — Ten years have gone by since Thomas “The Souljah” Falowo first laced up a pair of boxing gloves, and this weekend in Las Vegas the Pawtucket-based pro will bring to bear every bit of that experience as he steps onto the biggest stage of his career.
CUMBERLAND – Following the blueprint that has churned out plenty of athletic success in recent years at Cumberland High School is the mission that new Cumberland High athletic director Chris Tashjian sees for himself during the 2014-15 interscholastic season.
PAWTUCKET — PawSox shortstop Deven Marrero swears by a motto that proves quite handy whenever he’s scuffling at the plate: “If I’m not getting hits, they’re definitely not getting any hits,” Marrero said recently while seated at his McCoy Stadium locker.
PAWTUCKET â On the surface, Jackie Bradley Jr. is handling his reassignment to the PawSox just fine.
âWhen you donât perform to the best of your capabilities, itâs not a surprise,â the centerfielder acknowledged while recently standing in front of his locker inside the PawSox clubhouse.
Having a thick skin has undoubtedly served Bradley well in a season where nothing has gone right offensively. He credits his upbringing for providing him with a foundation of confidence that he says keep slumps and critics at bay.
CUMBERLAND – Dave Belisle promised his Cumberland American ballplayers that they would be regaled upon returning to town, and local officials are taking necessary measures to ensure the darlings of the Little League World Series receive a proper homecoming.
Their game on Monday night against Chicago's Jackie Robinson West will be Cumberland Americanâs seventh straight on television. It will also be the teamâs fourth consecutive appearance on the national networks of ESPN.
Not a big deal? Consider this contrast, then.
The NBAâs Boston Celtics, whose schedule was just recently announced, are slated for only one nationally televised contest for their entire upcoming season. Cumberlandâs Little Leaguers beat that slim total in just a weekend.