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McGair: URI-PC pregame notes from the Ryan Center

December 5, 2013


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:

A few pregame notes to pass along:

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

December 3, 2013


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!

McGair: PawSox name Matt White chief operating officer

November 26, 2013


From the Pawtucket Red Sox:

McGair Eagles catch fire right before halftime, lead Friars

November 8, 2013


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


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


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


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 25, 2013


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.

McGair: PC to retire jersey numbers of basketball greats Stacom, Hassett, Lis

October 18, 2013


Per Providence College:

PROVIDENCE – On Saturday, January 25, Providence College will honor three of its all-time greatest basketball players. Former Friar men's basketball players Kevin Stacom '74 and Joe Hassett '77 and women's basketball player Tracy Lis '92 will be honored at the men's and women's home games that day as banners will be unveiled with their names and numbers (Stacom #25, Hassett #10 and Lis #22).

McGair: PawSox drop Game 3 of Governors' Cup finals in 14 innings, 2-0

September 14, 2013

PAWTUCKET – PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina didn’t seem too worried about his team’s recent struggles when asked about them prior to Friday’s pivotal Game 3 of the Governors’ Cup finals against Durham.

PawSox win Game 1 of Governors' Cup finals

September 10, 2013

Brock Holt’s two-run single in the top of the eighth inning erased a 1-0 deficit and enabled the Pawtucket Red Sox to come away with a 2-1 victory over the Durham Bulls on Tuesday night in the opener of their best-of-five Governors’ Cup championship series at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
The series will continue tonight back at Durham, and after an off day on Thursday, the defending International League champion PawSox will host the rest of the series, with Game 3 taking place on Friday at McCoy Stadium.

PawSox speedster Berry to join Red Sox

August 31, 2013

PAWTUCKET – Quintin Berry wasn’t supposed to be with the Pawtucket Red Sox for very long. The fact that the outfielder learned Saturday night that he will join the Red Sox on Sunday proved just that.

McGair: PawSox eye Governors' Cup playoffs, Sept. call-ups

August 31, 2013

PAWTUCKET – A few PawSox post-division clinching notes to pass along:

-- Though he didn’t name specific names, manager Gary DiSarcina did say that he fully expects to lose players on Sunday, the first day that MLB rosters expand from 25 to 40.
“I would think so. Probably one from each position,” DiSarcina said. “(Red Sox manager) John (Farrell) wants to have weapons on his bench. We’ll see what happens.”
DiSarcina noted that more light figures to be shed on said topic following Saturday’s regular season home finale against Syracuse.

Big East Commissioner issues letter about launch of FOX Sports 1

August 17, 2013

Dear BIG EAST Supporters:

We are excited to report that #The1isHere!

At 6 AM Saturday morning, FOX Sports 1 – the official home of the BIG EAST Conference –launched in approximately 90 million homes throughout the United States. FOX Sports 1 is the nation’s newest and most innovative 24-hour multi-sport channel, and this represents the largest sports network launch in history.

Coaches Clinic set for Saturday, August 24 at St. Raphael Academy

August 16, 2013

PAWTUCKET – The first-ever “Aspire 2 Inspire” Coaches’ Basketball Clinic will take place at St. Raphael Academy’s Alumni Hall on Saturday, August 24 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

PC Friars announce non-conference hoops slate

August 9, 2013

PROVIDENCE – Friday saw Providence College Head Coach Ed Cooley announce the 2013-14 men's basketball team's non-league schedule on Friday.

The non-league schedule is highlighted by a home game and season opener versus ACC foe Boston College on Friday, November 8 (6 p.m.). The Friars will play key non-conference road games versus SEC opponents Kentucky on Sunday, December 1 (8 p.m.) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. and Vanderbilt on Friday, November 22 at 6:30 p.m. ET at the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam.

PawSox announce sale of 2013 playoff tickets

August 7, 2013

PAWTUCKET – The defending Governors’ Cup Champion Pawtucket Red Sox have announced that tickets for all possible 2013 PawSox playoff games at McCoy Stadium will go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m. at the box office at McCoy. Fans can also charge tickets with any major credit card by calling the PawSox at (401) 724-7300 or visiting the PawSox website at

McGair: Lyon's depature signals just crowded Pawtucket's bullpen is

August 1, 2013

PAWTUCKET – PawSox skipper Gary DiSarcina found out that reliever Brandon Lyon had plans to make good on the opt-out in his contract while signing autographs on the concourse as part of poster night at McCoy Stadium Thursday.

“We knew his day was coming and he chose to take his out and see what opportunities are out there,” said DiSarcina following his club’s 6-2 loss to Norfolk on Thursday night at McCoy Stadium.

McGair Lincoln's Zammarelli bypasses Red Sox for Elon University

July 11, 2013

LINCOLN – After weeks of pondering his baseball future, Nick Zammarelli decided late Wednesday night that he is heading to Elon University.

The recent Lincoln High graduate made up his mind on the same night that Boston Red Sox scouts Ray Fagnant and Quincy Boyd were on hand to see Zammarelli take batting practice at North Providence High School and in Westerly as North Providence Post 29 took on Gordon Greene Post 27 in R.I. American Legion action.

McGair: Presence of Middlebrooks isn't going to slow down Red Sox' defensive plan for Bogaerts

June 27, 2013

PAWTUCKET – Just because Will Middlebrooks is now taking up residence in the PawSox’ clubhouse doesn’t mean that the Xander-Bogaerts-to-third-base experiment has been relegated to the back burner.


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