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McGair: Cumberland's Patrick signs on with South Florida baseball program

March 5, 2012

Cumberland High School senior Justin Patrick recently signed a letter of intent to accept a baseball scholarship to Division 1 Big East power, the University of South Florida.

McGair: Thoughts on Jim Baron; Mike Akinrola enjoys big outing in final game at RIC

March 4, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer

A little of this, a little of that …

The leaders currently in place at the University of Rhode Island did not hire Jim Baron, who on Sunday was relieved of his head coaching duties with two years left on his contract. School president David Dooley and athletic director Thorr Bjorn were years away from taking their respective jobs at Rhody when Baron was lured away from St. Bonaventure in 2001.

McGair: Big East unveils 2012 Big East Tournament field; PC to face Seton Hall on first day

March 3, 2012

Per the Big East Conference:

FIELD SET FOR 2012 BIG EAST MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
PRESENTED BY AMERCIAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS

PROVIDENCE – On the heels of a historic regular season in which it won 30 of 31 games, including a 17-1 mark in conference play, Syracuse has earned the 2012 BIG EAST regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in the 2012 BIG EAST Championship presented by American Eagle Outfitters.

McGair: Cumberland's Roose raves about culture new Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine has created

February 28, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
Hopefully the passion and enthusiasm that Cumberland native Mike Roose has for his new venture with the Boston Red Sox – that of strength and conditioning coordinator of the entire minor-league system – came across loud and clear in an article that ran earlier this week. Here’s the link in case you missed it: http://www.woonsocketcall.com/node/4707.
Given Roose’s gun-ho/take-charge nature, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he’s a big believer in the bubbly enthusiasm first-year BoSox manager Bobby Valentine has brought to the organization.

McGair: Getting to know Cumberland native Mike Roose

February 26, 2012

Editor's note: This story about Cumberland's Mike Roose first appeared in The Call on July 7, 2010. To follow what Roose is up to nowadays, click here: http://www.woonsocketcall.com/node/4707

Title: Finding inner strength: Roose keeps PawSox in tip-top shape

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer

McGair: Flu big could result in PC's Coleman missing Georgetown game

February 17, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PROVIDENCE – It’s tough enough that the Providence Friars are struggling with a date against 10th-ranked Georgetown set for Saturday night at The Dunk. Now comes word that head coach Ed Cooley might not have Gerard Coleman available for the game. Coleman sat out Friday’s practice, the result of a flu bug that leaves the sophomore’s status against the Hoyas very much up in the air.
“Gerard hasn’t felt well all week,” Cooley said. “He’ll be a game-time decision.”

McGair: 2012 Minor League Baseball Analyst breaks down Red Sox farm system

February 16, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
For those minor-league followers wishing to get a better grasp of the upcoming season, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of the 2012 Minor League Baseball Analyst (MLBA).
Co-authored by Rob Gordon and Jeremy Deloney, Minor League Baseball Analyst offers a refreshing take on the minor leagues based on two of the game’s most keen principles – sabermetrics and scouting. Blend the two together and what you have is a 146-page manual that serves as a sneak peak for 2012.

McGair: Friars' Coleman named to BE honor roll; Vote Kadeem Batts for Dunk of the Year

February 6, 2012

Per PC's athletic department:
PROVIDENCE - Sophomore men's basketball player Gerard Coleman (Boston, Mass.) was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll on Monday, February 6 for his performance last week versus Rutgers and West Virginia. Coleman averaged 22.5 points and six rebounds over the two games.

McGair: West Virginia's Jones will put Friars to the test

February 4, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PROVIDENCE – The often-used sports cliché “matchup nightmare” immediately springs to mind when referring to West Virginia sensation Kevin Jones. In this instance, the label is justified. A hulking 6-foot-8, 260-pound senior, Jones went into Saturday’s action with the distinction of being the Big East’s leader in scoring (20.9 ppg, good for 10th best in the country) and rebounding (11.5, the nation’s fourth-best figure).

Woonsocket football head coach Carnell Henderson to be inducted into Boston University Athletic Hall of Fame

February 2, 2012

Per Boston University's media relations department ...

BOSTON - Six different teams will have new additions to the Boston University Athletic Hall of Fame with Jessica Alcorta, Troy Billings, Nick Bone, Carnell Henderson, Chrissy Lombard and Christine Stief making up the Class of 2012, Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics Mike Lynch announced Thursday afternoon. The 49th induction banquet will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at 5:30 p.m. in the Trustees' Ballroom on the ninth floor of the BU School of Management.

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