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Martial Arts | Pro kickboxing bout is just the latest challenge for born fighter Tom Evans

February 20, 2015


PAWTUCKET – Tom Evans doesn’t have a clue what his competitive future holds within his beloved sport of kickboxing, but he does know he’ll do anything to keep going.
 
That’s why the 27-year-old city resident and professional kickboxer is so revved up about facing a Boston sheriff named Julio Pena in a Lion Fight Promotions’ Muay Thai (pronounced “moy tie”) 140-pound bout at Foxwoods Casino at 9 tonight.

Boston Celtics | McGair: It's time for C's to let Stevens perform the duties associated with a head coach

February 19, 2015

Technically, Brad Stevens became the head coach of the Boston Celtics in July 2013.

Unofficially, Stevens is still waiting for his ship to come in, i.e. a legit chance to put his stamp on a rebuilding project that for all intents and purposes is still going through the spin cycle – with no apparent end in sight.

St. Raphael Girls Basketball | Saints capture third straight league title

February 19, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Even veteran St. Raphael Academy head coach Fred Saunders admitted his players had picked a bad time to produce one of its worst opening halves of the season.

Here's why: In the first session alone of its Division II-North regular-season finale against always-pesky Johnston on Wednesday evening, the Saints committed 15 turnovers, missed layups and short bunnies left and right and dropped just four of 10 free throws en route to a 29-25 deficit.

Little League Baseball | Ensuring fair play takes work, cooperation

February 18, 2015


CUMBERLAND – The President of the Cumberland Youth Baseball/Softball League painted a picture that in the aftermath of Jackie Robinson West’s fall from grace reiterates the importance of participants having everything from proof of residency to meeting the appropriate age requirements check out accordingly.

Providence College basketball | Friars have good chance at dance

February 18, 2015



PROVIDENCE – There remains some work to be done, but the Providence College Friars are close to feeling good about their NCAA Tournament prospects.
 

Lincoln Boys' Basketball | Lions step up on senior night, top Shea 54-40

February 18, 2015


LINCOLN – With Jermaine Perez, Nick Juckett, Connor Sheehan and Tommy Beauchemin all scheduled to return next season for Lincoln High, the future looks very promising for head coach Kent Crooks.
 

Girls' Swimming | Pawtucket's Magill registers two first-place finishes at Division I Championships

February 17, 2015

If anyone could claim pleasure with his or her collective performance, it came from Bay View sophomore and Pawtucket resident Kate Magill, who cruised to a pair of victories in the 200 and 500 freestyles in the girls' segment of the Division I Championships Monday at Roger Williams University.

Magill snared the shorter distance in 1:56.57, then added another D-I title to her resume in the 500 freestyle, one in which she clocked a solid 5:02.00.

Cumberland's Nancy Belisle dies after cancer battle, wife of Mount/CALL coach Dave Belisle

February 14, 2015


CUMBERLAND – Nancy Belisle passed away Friday evening, The Times has learned. Nancy was the wife of Mount St. Charles and Cumberland Little League Coach David Belisle, and the mother of their four boys.

Belisle was 50, and had battled cancer since 2013.

Nancy was seen supporting her husband and the Cumberland Little League team throughout their World Series run last summer despite her illness, and Dave Belisle cited her as his inspiration in life.

Tolman Boys' Basketball | Seniors lead Tigers past Lions, 58-45

February 14, 2015


PAWTUCKET – This was the calm before the next snowstorm.

Tolman High cruised past Lincoln 58-45 on Friday night in its final home game of the regular season. The Tigers got 20 points from Steve Otis and 15 more from fellow senior Luis Pagan to lead the way on Senior Night.

“Both of those guys gave up their starting spots so that two other seniors could start tonight,” Tolman coach Mike Kayata pointed out. Reserve guard Edgar Torres and sixth man Derek Ashley were able to start because of this gesture from the team’s two top scorers.

Bromley: 'Everyone does it' not an excuse for Little League cheating scandal

February 14, 2015


“Everyone cheats, so why pick on this team?”
 
This was the question, more or less, from the lineup of apologists who rose out of their rhetorical dugouts this week to defend the Jackie Robinson West team, after Little League Baseball announced the reigning U.S. champions were being stripped of that and every other honorific bestowed upon them during the 2014 season.