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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.

McGair: Friars finally get their big man in Arizona transfer Johnson

February 1, 2012

Per the Providence College athletic department:

PROVIDENCE -- Providence College men’s basketball Head Coach Ed Cooley announced Tuesday 2012 that student-athlete Sidiki Johnson (Harlem, N.Y.) has transferred to Providence College. Johnson, a freshman, attended the University of Arizona for the 2011 Fall Semester.

McGair: Frank Spaziani on JoePa, O'Brien, BC's strong Super Bowl presence; Tamburro, Boggs should go into I.L. HOF together

February 1, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer

A little of this, a little of that …

– After our discussion pertaining to Will Blackmon on Tuesday – you can read the story here by clicking http://www.woonsocketcall.com/node/4506 – I asked Boston College head coach Frank Spaziani to share some thoughts about recently deceased Penn State head coach Joe Paterno. According to his bio on Wikipedia, Spaziani played quarterback and linebacker for the Nittany Lions from 1965-68 before becoming a graduate assistant under Paterno for one season in 1969.

PawSox' Tamburro to be inducted into I.L. Hall of Fame

January 31, 2012

Per the Pawtucket Red Sox ...

The International League announced Tuesday that former pitcher Dave Eiland, former manager Bill Evers, and current club executive Mike Tamburro will be inducted into the circuit's Hall of Fame as members of the Class of 2012. The three men comprise the second Class elected to the IL Hall by a vote of current Hall of Fame members, longtime executives, broadcasters, and members of the media.

Woonsocket girls hoop team to participate in National Girls and Women in Sports Day

January 31, 2012

Per the Woonsocket High School athletic department:

WHAT: The Woonsocket Lady Novan Basketball Team will honor female athletes of all ages on National Girls and Women in Sports Day. The event is one of more than 1,000 events taking place in honor of the 26th National Girls and Women in Sports Day, celebrated on February 1, 2012.

WHO: The 2012 Woonsocket Girls’ Basketball Program, will honor past local female high school and college athletes in celebration of the 40th birthday of Title IX.

Woonsocket's Akinrola named Little East Athlete of the Week

January 30, 2012

Per the RIC athletic department:

PROVIDENCE —Rhode Island College senior center Mike Akinrola (Woonsocket) was named the Little East Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for his performance in two games last week.
Akinrola averaged a double-double of 28.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game to help No. 24 Rhode Island College post a 1-1 mark in Little East action. He was efficient from the floor, shooting at a 65.8 percent (25-for-38) clip, to score at least 20 points in each contest.

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