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CUMBERLAND – You can teach a player how to properly box out. As for having a nose for where the ball caroms off the rim and backboard, let’s just say Blackstone Valley Prep senior Xavier Mendez has a gift.

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PROVIDENCE – Football is a sport where preparation is everything. That’s why it was paramount for the state’s high school football sector to avoid the wait-and-see approach to play games that hovered over winter sports for a few weeks.

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PAWTUCKET — Ask Steve DeMeo to size up Tolman High’s playoff potential and the Shea High boys basketball will rattle off several reasons why Division II teams should be concerned about the Tigers.

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How should we size up this Providence Friar basketball season that enters the home stretch of the regular season with a .500 overall record (11-11) and a 7-9 mark in Big East play?

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Since UConn rejoined the Big East, Ed Cooley on several occasions has touched upon what is commonly referred to as the lifeblood of any program – recruiting – and the impact that comes from with welcoming back the Huskies. The latest example came last Wednesday when Cooley’s Providence Friar…

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PROVIDENCE — It was supposed to be the capper to another class (division?) championship for the St. Raphael boys indoor track & field squad.

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The head coach may have been out, but the starting point guard was back after a lengthy absence.

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Going into the season, the assumption was that the Providence Friars would feature two of the top players in the Big East in David Duke and Nate Watson.

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LINCOLN — No way was the newest member of the 1,000-point club going to let the Prout School “rain” on his parade.

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From one former Providence College men’s basketball head coach to the current person-in-charge, Tim Welsh can certainly attest to seasons going astray when your chief on-court conductor is felled by injury – a tough situation that Ed Cooley continues to grapple with.

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Finally, the Central Falls boys and girls basketball teams are set to tip off their respective seasons.

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SEEKONK – At times Monday night, Wheeler was its own worst enemy on the offensive end. Other times, the Warriors were a model of efficiency.

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A three-pointer’s worth of PC Friar basketball thoughts with an eye towards preventing the current season from further sliding off the rails:

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CUMBERLAND – By nature, runners are bound by a gravitational pull that helps guide them in getting to a desired spot.

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Needing to make two free throws to push Saturday’s game at Georgetown to overtime, Providence’s David Duke made the first but missed the second attempt.

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David Duke rediscovered his scoring groove and the Providence Friars needed every single one of his season-high 31 points in order to fend off Marquette on Wednesday night.

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Ron Johnson – PawSox manager from 2005-09 – died Tuesday morning in Tennessee due to COVID-19. He was 64.

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A 3-pointer’s worth of observations as the Friars continue to make a Big East living on the road …

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NORTH SMITHFIELD — The Lincoln hockey team was one of the most exciting teams in the state to watch last season. The Lions’ first thought every game was to score goals and they did it frequently to earn the No. 2 seed in the playoffs and a spot in the Division II semifinals.

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Desperate for a win that would help turn around their season, the Providence Friars went big-game hunting on Wednesday night and bagged a pretty big one.

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A three-pointer’s worth of Friar hoop thoughts as Providence College swings back into action Wednesday night at Creighton …

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Another Big East game, another heartbreaking result for Ed Cooley and his Providence Friars.