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April 24th, 2015

Providence College basketball | NOT DUNN JUST YET: PG puts NBA on hold, returns to PC for junior season

April 24, 2015

PROVIDENCE – Turns out the most important 2015 recruit in Ed Cooley’s sights is staying put at Providence College.

The NBA can wait for Kris Dunn, who on Friday ended a month’s worth of speculation by announcing that he is returning to the Friars for his redshirt junior season. Dunn still has two years of playing eligibility remaining, but academically he will be a senior who in one year is scheduled to graduate with a degree in social science.

Tolman Boys' Baseball | Mounties silence Tigers at McCoy Stadium

April 24, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Veteran head coach Tom Seaver couldn’t help but laugh as he watched his Mount St. Charles players enter the first-base gate to McCoy Stadium’s splendor on Friday morning.

“We got here at 10 a.m., an hour before game time, and their eyes lit up when they saw the field,” a grinning Seaver said. “A lot of them had their cell phones out, taking pictures of this beautiful park.”

VIDEO OF THE DAY: 5 worst #1 picks in NFL draft history

April 24, 2015

April 23rd

Pawtucket Red Sox | Catcher Swihart honing pitch-calling, game management skills

April 23, 2015



PAWTUCKET – At one time, the Red Sox felt Triple A was the perfect place to impress upon the finer points of game management to up-and-coming catchers. 

The organization changed its philosophy shorted after drafting Blake Swihart in 2011. Now the art of calling pitches and understanding opposing hitters’ tendencies gets started at the lower levels.

April 22nd

Pawtucket Red Sox | While big league staff struggles, Pawtucket’s starters look strong

April 22, 2015


PAWTUCKET – When the major-league pitching staff has produced just six quality starts in the first 13 games and has a combined ERA of 5.93, a team’s natural inclination is to take inventory of the alternatives at the Triple-A level.

April 20th

Boston Marathon | Dionne, Meb make this a run to remember, for all the right reasons

April 20, 2015


You would have thought Hilary Dionne and Meb Keflezighi were life-long friends.

The two of them simultaneously crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon with their hands joined together and raised high in the air. It was an awesome act of sportsmanship that was accompanied by exalted passion radiating from their respective faces. 

NBA Playoffs Recap and Predictions

April 20, 2015

The NBA Playoffs started this past Saturday. We are going to look at the results and give predictions on how the rest of the series goes. We will start in the Eastern Conference first.

Eastern Conference

Game 1
Chicago Bulls 103
Milwaukee Bucks 91

The Bucks came out in the first half and played tough. The much stronger Bulls restored order in the second half behind the strong play of Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose. This was the first playoff game Rose has played in since 2011 when he tore his ACL. He scored 23 points on an efficient 9-16 shooting from the field.

April 19th

McGair: SRA's Dorbor hopes year at prep school raises profile among college football scouts

April 19, 2015

A little of this, a little of that …
 
Alfred Dorbor wants to play high-level college football. To see that vision through, the St. Raphael senior will go the prep-school route to elevate his recruiting profile.
 

April 17th

Pawtucket Red Sox | POWER COYLE: Aggressive approach is working for PawSox second baseman

April 17, 2015


PAWTUCKET – The first time players pick up a bat, they are instructed to swing nice and easy … under control. Don’t rush through the zone because you believe that’s the only way the ball is going to clear the fence.

High school softball | Division II preview: Saints look to keep their eye on the ball

April 17, 2015

(Editor's note, this article appeared in the April 11, 2015 edition of the Pawtucket Times)

When it comes to synopsizing this spring’s Division II teams and what they hope to accomplish, there’s no better place to start than North Smithfield High.

In 2014, head coach Paul Mercier’s Northmen rode senior standout Karissa Carlton’s golden arm to a perfect 16-0 II-North slate and the top seed in the D-II state tournament.

April 16th

Pawtucket Red Sox | Sox win home opener on Brentz walk-off homer in 9th

April 16, 2015


PAWTUCKET – The PawSox won their home opener on Thursday, 8-7 over Rochester thanks to a walk-off home run by Bryce Brentz in the ninth inning.

PawSox starter Steven Wright was tagged for seven runs (just three were earned) in five innings. He received a no decision after Pawtucket tied the game at seven in the bottom of the seventh behind back-to-back home runs by Deven Marrero and Sean Coyle, the number eight and nine hitters in the lineup.



Pawtucket Red Sox | PawSox' home opener has a nice ring to it

April 16, 2015


PAWTUCKET – The finished product had to be something that embodied the 2014 Governors’ Cup title the Pawtucket Red Sox won.

After discussing the anatomy of a championship ring – a glittery reminder of what was achieved – with PawSox outfielder Bryce Brentz, it became clear why so much time and energy was put into coming up with the perfect keepsake. 

Commentary | McGair: Depth of talented PawSox roster already on display

April 16, 2015


PAWTUCKET – Last week, Quintin Berry found himself situated behind Rusney Castillo, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Bryce Brentz in the PawSox’ outfield pecking order.

On Thursday night, Berry was the first Pawtucket hitter to dig into the batter’s box as Triple-A baseball officially resumed at McCoy Stadium. 

With Castillo on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, Boston’s organizational depth was placed under a microscope. Who would hold down the fort during Castillo’s absence from the lineup?

April 15th

Pawtucket Red Sox | Lucchino hopes to set precedent with new Downtown Providence ballpark

April 15, 2015

PROVIDENCE – It’s been long rumored the Boston Red Sox were extremely interested in purchasing the Pawtucket Red Sox since owner Ben Mondor passed away in 2010.

A prominent player in Boston’s ownership cabinet is Larry Lucchino, whose official title is President/CEO. He added another title in February when he officially became the chairman of the PawSox.

Cumberland Softball | Bodington, Clippers take a bite out of Bulldogs

April 15, 2015

CUMBERLAND – It wasn’t the prettiest one-hitter ever produced, but that meant little to Cumberland High freshman southpaw Jocelyn Bodington.

Already a household name on the youth softball circuit in town and around the region, Bodington hurled six innings of hitless ball, finally closed with that one allowance – courtesy of eight walks and nine strikeouts in seven full frames – and dominated Westerly, 9-2, in a Division I crossover tilt at Tucker Field on Wednesday afternoon.

April 14th

Boys' Volleyball | SET TO SPIKE: Stiffer competition awaits Tolman; new coaches at Lincoln, SRA

April 14, 2015

 

With the boys’ volleyball season in full swing, here’s an early-season lookout relating to our local entries. 

April 13th

Lincoln-Mount St. Charles Softball | Mayer's big offensive day helps Lions double up Mounties

April 13, 2015

LINCOLN – Given the brutal winter and rainy early spring, neither Lincoln High nor Mount St. Charles had spent much time practicing outside. In fact, both programs have seen their fair share of several disappointing postponements.

Yet it sure was hard to tell on Monday afternoon, as the two teams seemed happy to finally take Sullivan Field for their Division I-North season opener.

Commentary | McGair: Success of hoops, hockey, soccer programs a feast for Friar fans

April 13, 2015

Editor's note: This column appeared in the Friday, April 10 edition of The Times

BOSTON – Being affiliated with the Big East Conference and having all their games televised, Providence College men’s basketball is one of biggest windows into the institution.

People tend to focus on Ed Cooley’s program more than any other sport to the point that it becomes the barometer about how fans and alumni alike feel about PC.

April 12th

Pawtucket Red Sox | Sox start 2015 season on high note despite dropping 16-inning marathon Sunday

April 12, 2015


ALLENTOWN, Pa – Pawtucket left Coca-Cola  Park late Sunday afternoon with an opening-weekend series in their pocket.

However, their last game certainly wasn’t easy.

The PawSox had what appeared to be a comfortable 3-1 lead in their grasp at the top of the seventh inning, and a series sweep appeared inevitable. Starter Eddie Rodriguez had just left the game with an impressive 84-pitch showing in which he retired the final 11 batters he faced.

Pawtucket Red Sox | Right-hander Barnes back to starting after spending spring in pen

April 12, 2015


PAWTUCKET – “I’m preparing in spring training to be a starter,” stated Matt Barnes in February, not long after the official report date for Red Sox pitchers and catchers. 

When reminded of what the hard-throwing right-hander said during follow-up phone interview late last week, Barnes came across as open-minded individual.