Just got off the phone with East Providence native Davey Lopes, a solid baseball man as any youâ€™ll come across. After a 10-minute discussion centering around the merits of free agent outfielders Jayson Werth and Carl Crawford, I asked Lopes if he sees himself coaching next year. Earlier this month the Phillies announced that Lopes would not be returning as the clubâ€™s first base coach in 2011.
â€śI think if you wait a day or two youâ€™ll get that answer,â€ť said Lopes, a hearty laugh following the response that seems to suggest the La Salle Academy graduate is close to landing a job.
I did a story yesterday talking about how playoff-bound football teams like Woonsocket and Tolman have two games to prepare for right now -- the holiday tilt and then the Nov. 30 D-II semifinals five days later.
Woonsocket coach Carnell Henderson explained to me how his coaching staff will approach the problem. They will prepare the players for the holiday game against Cumberland. The coaching staff will work overtime, looking at films of playoff foe Chariho while also getting ready for Cumberland.
After watching Michael Vick throw for 330 yards and 4 TDs last night, most of them in the first half, and run for 80 more, while leading Philadelphia to a 59-28 victory over Washington, the radio talking heads today are beating to death Vick's "comeback" from prison, still wondering if he deserves a second chance.
Woonsocket has a boxing champion and his name is Joe Gardner.
The Woonsocket Boxing Club light heavyweight captured the EBA (Eastern Boxing Association) New England title on Friday night at the Twin River Event Center by posting a six-round unanimous-decision victory over West Warwick's Keith Kozlin.
Gardner, who improved to 7-1-1 with his 59-55, 58-56, 58-56 victory, used an effective jab and ruled the final two rounds to claim his decision.
I didn't get to see any football games last night because somebody has to put the sports section together. But the scores were interesting. Woonsocket hammered Central 34-14 and Tolman squeaked by Westerly, 6-0. All you can say, at first glance, is Tolman probably drew the tougher opponent in the quarterfinals.
Lincoln School hosted a press conference this morning for senior basketball star Corinne Coia, the 6-foot-4 center from North Smithfield. Corinne signed her letter of intent to attend the University of Rhode Island. Her parents, Jay and Corey, sat by her side and inked their names to the document as well.
ESPN is telling us the Minnesota Vikings released Randy Moss today, less than a month after they gave New England a third-round draft choice for the future Hallof Famer.
Speculation is Randy sealed his fate by telling the world how much he loved the Patriots before and after yesterday's game. Minnesota coach Brad Childress is coming off a tough week, after failing to challenge a disputed TD in last week's loss to Green Bay, and then having to baby-sit Bret Favre all week. So when Moss came off the field after meeting with all of his Patriots friends, Childress must have been seething.
The Division II football playoff field should come into sharper focus after today's games are concluded. Woonsocket meets Mount Hope this afternoon and if the Villa Novans can prevail, they will improve to 5-1 in the regular season with only a home game with winless West Warwick left on their schedule.
Tolman has already clinched the No. 1 seed with a 6-0 record after beating Ponaganset in a good football game on Friday night, 26-10. The Tigers led 6-3 at halftime and had their hands full on defense with a Ponaganset team that showed a good mixture of running and throwing the football.
Some things I think I think:
-- Bill Mulholland will soon be taking us back in time on his local cable access television show, "Good Sports With Bill Mulholland."
Mulholland, who writes a daily Blackstone Valley Memories brief for this newspaper, will interview two legendary area football stars -- Pawtucket natives Larry Caswell and Frank Geiselman, who starred as quarterback and receiver for Tolman High and the University of Rhode Island back in the 1960s, setting records wherever they went.
Muholland will interview the two for an early November telecast. Stay tuned for more details.