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McGair: Setting the scene for R.I. boys' basketball divisional playoffs

February 18, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer

One of the interesting subplots for the division tournaments in R.I. boys’ basketball is the use of neutral site high school gyms for Wednesday’s quarterfinals. The venues include North Providence, East Greenwich, East Providence, South Kingstown, Cumberland and Westerly.
Breaking things down further, all Division I schools are heading to Div. II and III spots. In Division II all four games are taking place on Div. I grounds, while the Division III games are being held in Div. II gyms.

Results from the R.I. Boys Indoor Track Class Meets

February 13, 2013

PROVIDENCE -- Mount St. Charles junior Anthony Pasquarelli fashioned quite a Tuesday night for himself at the R.I. Class C Championships, held at the Providence Career & Technical High School’s field house.
He not only captured the high jump title with a leap of six feet even, but also took second in the 300-meter dash (39.50) and fourth in the 55-meter dash (7.00).
That wasn’t all, as he anchored the runner-up 4 x 200-meter relay (which consisted of Andrew Van Winter, James Mullaney and Dan Weiss), which finished in 3:47.90.

McGair: Postseason venues for boys' basketball set

January 29, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PROVIDENCE – While we’re still a few weeks away from postseason play in R.I. boys’ basketball, the venues for the three division tournaments and 16-team open state tournament are set.
Division play will begin on Saturday, Feb. 16 with preliminary-round action at school sites. The quarterfinals are scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 19 and like the preliminaries will take place on high school grounds.

McGair: Audio clip from Francona: The Red Sox Years

January 23, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
In response to the column about Terry Francona's book that appeared in Sunday's Woonsocket Call and here – http://www.woonsocketcall.com/node/7246 – the folks at Macmillan Audio were kind enough to send along a clip from the audiobook version.
Download and enjoy!

McGair: Syracuse's Boeheim waxes poetically in final visit to Providence

January 10, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PROVIDENCE – Judging by the lengthy soliloquy he delivered following his team’s 72-66 win against the Providence Friars Wednesday night, this city will always hold a special place in Jim Boehiem’s heart.
The veteran Syracuse took a simple question – “Any last thoughts about playing the Friars at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center?” – and ran with it, sounding off for several minutes about his program’s last go-around in the Big East along with the fine Italian restaurants that he always enjoys when bringing his Orange players to town.

McGair: Cumberland's Vasey hopes to give R.I. quarterbacks a good name while at Elon University

January 9, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
While he heads to Elon University in hopes of making waves with the school’s football program, Cumberland native Trevor Vasey also heads south with the intent of raising awareness of potential quarterback prospects among Rhode Island high school football circles.

McGair: Why Dave Joppie makes sense as Pawtucket's hitting coach

December 15, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PAWTUCKET – In a move that was widely expected, the Red Sox named 47-year-old Dave Joppie as Pawtucket’s new hitting coach on Friday. Joppie spent the previous five seasons with Double-A Portland and has been working in Boston’s farm system since 2006.

SRA to face PCD in Lynch tourney final

December 7, 2012

By JON BAKER
Sports writer
PAWTUCKET – Despite cruising to a relatively easy 64-44 victory over Woonsocket High in the opening semifinal of the 27th annual Dennis M Lynch Jr. Memorial Basketball Tournament on Thursday night, St. Raphael Academy still needs to fine-tune every segment of its game.
Al least that's what veteran mentor Tom Sorrentine had to say after the contest, held at the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket's Elson Branch gymnasium.

McGair: Former Shea hoopster named Rookie of the Week at RIC

December 3, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer

Per the Rhode Island College media relations department ...

PROVIDENCE -Freshman center Mike Neal (Pawtucket) was named the Little East Conference Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Week for his performance in a 2-0 week for the Anchormen.
Neal produced 6.5 points and 2.0 rebounds per game to help Rhode Island College raise its unbeaten streak to six games with a pair of wins this past week.

Cumberland-Woonsocket Super Bowl slideshow

December 3, 2012

Click here to view additional photos by Ernest A. Brown ...

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McGair: PC head coach hopes fans come out Saturday against Mississippi State

November 27, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PROVIDENCE – At one point during the second half of Tuesday night's game against Holy Cross, Providence head coach Ed Cooley turned around and urged the crowd – announced at 4,596 – to get behind his Friars.
After his team ran past the Crusaders in 61-42 fashion, Cooley went out of his way to make sure the Friar Faithful shows a little more enthusiasm when Mississippi State pays a visit to The Dunk on Saturday afternoon. The game will air on ESPNU.

McGair: R.I. high school playoff football games pushed to Wednesday night

November 27, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
All three of the area’s R.I. semifinal-round football contests – West Warwick-Cumberland, Central-Woonsocket, North Smithfield-Mount Pleasant – have been pushed back a day to Wednesday night. All three games will begin at 6 p.m.

McGair: Taking inventory of the high school football playoff picture

October 22, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
It seems like only yesterday that high school football teams were preparing for the season under the hot August sun. Now we only have one weekend left in October and with it very precious little time remaining in the regular season.

McGair: Taking stock of potential PawSox call-ups to Boston

September 19, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
DURHAM, N.C. – Now comes the obvious question. With the PawSox’ season officially over, will any players get called up to Boston?
Two members of the Governors’ Cup-clinching ball club were informed following Tuesday’s 10-3 loss in the Triple-A National Championship that they will be spending the balance of the Red Sox’ season with the parent club. When Boston opens a home series against the playoff-chasing Baltimore Orioles on Friday, third baseman Danny Valencia and reliever Pedro Beato are expected to be included on the active roster.

McGair: PawSox upbeat after dropping Triple-A Championship

September 18, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
DURHAM, N.C. – The mood in the clubhouse did not match up with a team that had just dropped a 10-3 decision in the Triple-A National Championship game.
Instead, music blasted from Nelson Figueora’s iPad, tunes that by no means were intended to sooth the savage beast. The PawSox understand that Tuesday’s loss to the Reno Aces does little to diminish what this team had already accomplished heading into the week – that of capturing the franchise’s third Governors’ Cup.

McGair: PawSox manager calls Lucchino's visit to McCoy Stadium 'neat'

September 5, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PAWTUCKET – You always want to make a good impression whenever a member of hierarchy stops by, which the Pawtucket Red Sox were able to do Wednesday night courtesy of a 7-4 win against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in Game One of their best-of-five opening-round Governor’s Cup series.
With Red Sox president & CEO Larry Lucchino present at McCoy Stadium, the PawSox were able to put their best foot forward and demonstrate winning baseball – two traits that have been MIA for a vast majority of Boston’s 2012 season.

McGair: Middlebrooks remains as active as ever despite season-ending injury

August 21, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
BOSTON – Even a season-ending wrist injury hasn’t completely dampened Will Middlebrooks’ spirit.
There was Middlebrooks on Tuesday afternoon, stationed at third base during batting practice as Boston third-base coach Jerry Royster sent groundball after groundball in the player’s direction. All appeared normal until Middlebrooks took the ball and gently flipped it off to the side.

Rich Hill to resume rehab schedule with the PawSox Thursday; why Jose Iglesias was a late scratch Monday

August 20, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PAWTUCKET – As he walked out of McCoy Stadium Monday night, Rich Hill mapped out what the next few days will cover as far as the left reliever’s rehab schedule.
Carrying a Red Sox equipment bag, Hill mentioned that he’ll workout in Boston Tuesday and Wednesday before rejoining the PawSox Thursday in Charlotte where the primary focus will be pitching on consecutive days.

McGair: Closer or setting up? Bailey uncertain of role upon rejoining Red Sox

August 8, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PAWTUCKET – Sprinkle in a few more spotless outings on top of the 1-2-3 sixth inning Andrew Bailey tossed for the PawSox Wednesday night and it’s hard not to imagine him returning at some point during Boston’s 10-game, three-city road trip, which gets under Thursday night in Cleveland.
The question is what capacity will Bailey serve upon joining the Red Sox. Will he close games – the primary reason why Boston general manager Ben Cherington acquired the 28-year-old in the first place – or serve as a bridge to Alfredo Aceves, the current incumbent?

McGair: Carpenter hopes to pitch in back-to-back games for PawSox: what hitting HR No. 20 means for Mauro Gomez

July 16, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PAWTUCKET – In Chris Carpenter’s eyes, the fact that he’s rehabbing in Triple A following previous stops at the lower levels does not change the equation.
“Every time I go out there, I do so with the same mindset, which is attack the hitters,” said Carpenter following his PawSox debut Monday night, which consisted of one scoreless inning on 10 pitches, five for strikes. “I feel like I’ve done that at every level so far and was able to do it again (against the Chiefs).”

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