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McGair: Cumberland to face Central Falls in opener of Division II boys' basketball divisional playoffs

February 27, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

The brackets for the divisional tournaments in boys’ basketball have been released and there’s two preliminary games of note set for Friday night.

In Division II, defending champion and No. 10 seed Cumberland travels to Central Falls to face the seventh-seeded Warriors. The two II-North rivals squared off twice during the regular season with C.F. posting a 65-51 win at Cumberland on Dec. 20. The Clippers returned the favor last Wednesday with a 49-47 triumph at the Warriors’ gym.

McGair: New London High to retire number of PC's Kris Dunn

February 11, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

After this Thursday night, no one will be allowed to wear the No. 3 jersey for the New London (Conn.) High boys’ basketball any more.

Prior to the Whalers’ 7 p.m. home contest against Hamden High, the program will retire Kris Dunn’s number. Dunn earned McDonald’s All-American honors as a senior at New London High before coming to Providence College in the fall of 2012.

McGair: Tolman High basketball programs to stage "Pink Out" games

February 7, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

PAWTUCKET — The boys’ and girls’ basketball programs at Tolman High School will stage “Pink Out Games” next Friday, Feb. 14 at the James W. Donaldson Gymnasium. All donations raised at the two games will go directly to the American Cancer Society.

The Tolman girls square off against Narragansett at 4:30 p.m. At 7:30, the Tolman boys will take to the floor against North Providence.

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McGair: A look at the divisional formats in Rhode Island high school football

January 29, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

Below you’ll find the Rhode Island High school football divisions that will be in place for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

DIVISION I
1. Bishop Hendricken
2. La Salle
3. Cranston East
4. Portsmouth
5. Barrington
6. Cumberland
7. East Providence
8. South Kingstown
9. Cranston West

DIVISION II-A
1. Woonsocket
2. St. Raphael
3. Mt. Hope
4. Central
5. Rogers
6. Warwick Vets
7. Coventry
8. Shea

DIVISION II-B
1. West Warwick
2. Johnston
3. Tolman
4. Westerly
5. North Kingstown
6. Chariho
7. Moses Brown

McGair: Video from Providence press conference following 81-68 win over Creighton

January 19, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

PROVIDENCE – Providence has defeated a top 25 team for the first time this year. Here what Ed Cooley and players had to say following Saturday’s 81-68 victory over Creighton: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XT5zW2CdLUo.

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McGair: Where does Ryan Lavarnway fit into Red Sox' plans?; Henry Owens meets the media

January 17, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

BOSTON – Nothing is etched in stone, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see the PawSox’ catching situation in the hands of Dan Butler and Christian Vazquez when the curtain goes up on the 2014 season.

McGair: PawSox Hot Stove event set for Jan. 25

January 16, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

PAWTUCKET – The 37th annual Pawtucket Red Sox Hot Stove League Party at McCoy Stadium is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 25. The event will run from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

New PawSox manager Kevin Boles and new coach Bruce Crabbe will give fans a preview of what the 2014 club may look like. Several PawSox players and top Red Sox prospects will attend the party and will be available for photos and autographs.

The list of players expected to attend include pitcher Steven Wright and outfielders Bryce Brentz and Alex Hassan.

McGair: Boles officially named PawSox manager

December 18, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com
RED SOX ANNOUNCE 2014 MINOR LEAGUE FIELD STAFFS

BOSTON, MA - The Boston Red Sox today announced the 2014 field staffs for their minor league affiliates, including managers, coaches, and athletic trainers.

Director of Player Development Ben Crockett made the announcement.

The manager for Short-A Lowell is the only position remaining to be filled for next season. The rest of the 2014 staffs are listed below:

Pawtucket (Triple-A, International League)

McGair: Video from PC's press conference following win over Yale

December 18, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

PROVIDENCE - From the importance of Bryce Cotton to his team's porous defense to the status of suspended freshmen Rodney Bullock and Brandon Austin, Ed Cooley covered it all following Providence's 76-64 win over Yale on Tuesday night.

Click here to hear exactly what Cooley had to say: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRGM52nFwlE

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McGair: Friars' Dunn to have season-ending surgery

December 11, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

Per Providence College:

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College men's basketball Head Coach Ed Cooley announced today that sophomore Kris Dunn (New London, Conn.) will have surgery in the next several weeks to repair an injured shoulder and he will miss the remainder of the season. Dunn injured his shoulder during the team's exhibition game on November 2 versus Rhode Island College.

McGair: Getting you ready for the Division II Super Bowl between Cumberland and West Warwick

December 8, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

Welcome to the final day of fall high school sports in Rhode Island, otherwise known as Super Bowl Sunday.

The big game of note in the area takes place at 3 p.m. with defending Division II champion Cumberland squaring off against West Warwick. The Clippers and Wizards each finished with 5-2 records in league play – a mark that was also equaled by three fellow division foes.

As a result of that unprecedented five-way tie for first place, one team was eliminated while West Warwick was awarded the No. 1 seed in Division II-B.

McGair: Breaking down the Division II Super Bowl, Part II

December 6, 2013

By BRENDAN MCGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

As promised, myself and fellow sports writer Branden Mello, he of the Kent County Daily Times, have returned to talk more about Sunday's Division II Super Bowl between West Warwick and defending champion Cumberland.

Click and enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lktj_Z4Pgow

McGair: URI-PC pregame notes from the Ryan Center

December 5, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Welcome to the Ryan Center, where the Friars and Rams will renew their college hoops rivalry at 8 p.m. Game will be shown on CBS College Sports (click here for the story that ran in today’s paper regarding that: http://pawtuckettimes.com/content/national-spotlight-shines-tonights-pc-...

A few pregame notes to pass along:
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McGair: Breaking down the Division II Super Bowl, Part I

December 3, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

Click on the link below to hear what myself and Branden Mello of the Kent County Daily Times have to say about the Division II Super Bowl featuring West Warwick and Cumberland. In this link, we talk about the Division II playoff format, which included contesting the semifinals before Thanksgiving.

Another link that focuses on the Wizards and the Clippers and what to expect come Sunday afternoon at Cranston Stadium will be posted later this week. Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeM_AaXZFEM

McGair: PawSox name Matt White chief operating officer

November 26, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

From the Pawtucket Red Sox:

McGair Eagles catch fire right before halftime, lead Friars

November 8, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

PROVIDENCE – As much the sight of former PC baseball standout John McDonald bringing out the World Series trophy to where PawSox President Mike Tamburro and General Manager Lou Schwechheimer were standing at center court was cause for celebration, there was probably a lot of steam coming out of the Providence College locker room.

McGair: PawSox release statement on Gary DiSarcina leaving become Angels' third-base coach

November 5, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

PAWTUCKET -- Once again, the winds of change have swept through the manager's office at McCoy Stadium.

Tuesday saw Gary DiSarcina leave to become the third-base coach for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, a franchise that the Massachusetts native is quite familiar with. He played 12 years for the Angels and served as a special assistant to the team's general manager during the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

McGair: Postgame reaction from 2013 World Series champion Red Sox

October 31, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

BOSTON – We present some postgame reaction following the Red Sox defeating the Cardinals to clinch the World Series:

Outfielder Shane Victorino on his bases-clearing double in the third inning.
“To get these kind of moments, that is what it’s all about. For me, I’m lucky enough it worked out. I don’t ever go up there with the mindset ‘This is what is going to happen.’ It seems to be happening that way and I’m very fortunate to get that opportunity again tonight with the bases loaded and open up the game a little bit.

McGair: Red Sox hope to have better success against Cardinals' Wacha in Game 6

October 30, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

BOSTON – The Red Sox have already seen St. Louis rookie sensation Michael Wacha once in this World Series. The question heading into Wednesday night’s Game 6 rematch is whether the Boston hitters will be better equipped to handle the Cardinals player who stands between them and a championship.

McGair: C Saltalamacchia explains Red Sox' defensive breakdown in seventh inning of Game 2 of World Series

October 24, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

BOSTON – If Jarrod Saltalamacchia could turn back the hands of time to the seventh inning of Game 2 of the World Series, the Red Sox catcher would.

The double steal that St. Louis executed with Pete Kozma swiping third base and John Jay taking third base was aided when Saltalamacchia dropped the ball on the transfer.

 

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