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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

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.

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.

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.

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.
 

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.