Archive - 2013 - Sports Article
BARRINGTON â€“ Thereâ€™s always something so reassuring when an event such as the CVS Caremark Charity Classic concludes on this note, â€śSee you next year.â€ť
The words â€“ echoed by Bristol native and co-host Billy Andrade shortly after the winning tandem of Steve Stricker and Bo Van Pelt took their bows on the 18th green at Rhode Island Country Club â€“ helped in providing reassurance that the CVS event will feature a 16th installment.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Will Middlebrooks does not need Pawtucket manager Gary DiSarcina or hitting coach Dave Joppie â€“ two names who have previous player-coach relationships with the scuffling third baseman â€“ to get in his face and flat-out tell the owner of a .192 big-league batting average this season where the areas of improvement lie.
â€śHe knows what he needs to do,â€ť said DiSarcina in anticipation of Middlebrooksâ€™ arrival at McCoy Stadium on Wednesday, one day after getting informed by Boston skipper John Farrell that his season-long offensive funk had earned him a demotion to the Triple-A ranks.
BARRINGTON â€“ Billy Andrade has spent most of his time playing the role of good host at the CVS Caremark Charity Classic. Come Tuesday morning, the Bristol native will look to make a surge that will enable him to capture the $1.55-million tournament he co-hosts with fellow Rhode Islander Brad Faxon.
BARRINGTON â€“ To say that Lexi Thompson has a busy week ahead doesnâ€™t exactly paint the entire picture.
Then again, Morgan Pressel isnâ€™t exactly idling away the hours herself.
Even though Thompson, a rising star on the LPGA Tour, has an eye on the U.S. Womenâ€™s Open thatâ€™s scheduled for later this week on Long Islandâ€™s Sebonack Golf Club, the 18-year-old was dead set on coming to Rhode Island Country Club to participate in the CVS Caremark Charity Classic for the second straight year.
CUMBERLAND â€” Zach Hoagland came a very long way to run in Saturday morningâ€™s inaugural Blackstone Valley Prep 5K, but that didnâ€™t prevent the Hatfield, Penn. native from feeling right at home on The Monasteryâ€™s challenging 3.1-mile trail course.
NORTH PROVIDENCE â€” At such an early hour, it seemed like many of the players were sleepwalking during Saturday morningâ€™s game between Upper Deck Post 86/14 and the North Providence Post 29 Senators at North Providence High.
Between Post 86/14 and the Post 29 Senators, the two teams combined for 11 walks and four errors in the field. However, despite the sloppy play, one team came away the winner, and it was the Senators who cruised to their second consecutive victory over Post 86/14 in convincing fashion, 7-2.
PAWTUCKET -- On a late March day in Fort Myers, Fla., Xander Bogaerts could have accepted what the lineup card stipulated and left it at that.
The Red Sox prospect and now the newest member of the PawSox, however, was comfortable enough in his own skin to approach the powers-that-be and show his eagerness and enthusiasm for the game he is paid to play.
According to one staff member, the sequence helped cast the player in a whole new light.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” Bobby Leopold would have loved to compete in more amateur tourneys this spring, but just couldn't find the time.
On December 10, he and his wife, Taylor, became proud new parents of Grayson Robert, now a bouncing six-month-old boy, so â€“ naturally â€“ most of his days, and of course nights, are devoted to his baby and work.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ Regrets? Every golfer has some upon the roundâ€™s conclusion.
The ones that Jamison Randall expressed followed his one-over 70 performance on Day 1 of the Northeast Amateur Invitational didnâ€™t equate to the Cumberland lad singing the blues. Had the golf gods been kinder, perhaps Randallâ€™s Wednesday score would have been closer to the low number Brazilâ€™s Rafael Becker posted â€“ a minus-seven 62 that featured an eye-popping eight birdies.
PAWTUCKET â€” Never has a trip to the principalâ€™s office been more soothing and reassuring.
Score one for PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina for putting out the fire before it engulfed the clubhouse he oversees. There was a delicate situation that needed to be addressed with several Pawtucket players, and DiSarcina handled every last conversation with aplomb.
â€śThatâ€™s what the job of a manager is. You have to manage those people,â€ť stated DiSarcina matter-of-factly.