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McGair: Predictions for Tuesday's playoff football action

November 30, 2010

Usually I stay away from making predications, particularly on the high school front. Still, with so many area teams competing in Tuesday night’s semifinal round, I thought it would be a good as time as any to gaze into the crystal ball.
With that in mind, here’s one reporter’s feeling on what may transpire this evening (home team in caps):

TOLMAN 21, St. Raphael 7
This won’t be the blowout we saw in September, yet it won’t be close to the point that the game comes down to the final five minutes.

Woonsocket 35, CHARIHO 14

McGair: PC athletic director believes Big East's addition of TCU helps basketball schools

November 29, 2010

On a day in which the Big East Conference got even bigger with the addition of Texas Christian University, Providence athletic director Bob Driscoll feels the move can only serve as a boon for the basketball schools.
“I think (the addition of TCU) helps us because it solves some of the football issues,” said Driscoll. “Without it, it probably causes more stress. If Villanova goes in the director of major college football, then I think we’ll be in very good shape.

McGair: Davey Lopes close to landing coaching gig?

November 17, 2010

Just got off the phone with East Providence native Davey Lopes, a solid baseball man as any you’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 club’s first base coach in 2011.
“I think if you wait a day or two you’ll get that answer,” said Lopes, a hearty laugh following the response that seems to suggest the La Salle Academy graduate is close to landing a job.

TN's Tidbits: Carnell explains the process

November 17, 2010

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.

TN's Tidbits: Eagles are more than Vick

November 16, 2010

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.

Benevides: Gardner wins EBA light heavyweight title

November 14, 2010

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.

TN's Tidbits: Division II football playoffs update

November 13, 2010

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.

TN's Tidbits: Corinne Coia signs URI letter of intent

November 10, 2010

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.

TN's Tidbits: Vikings release Randy Moss!

November 1, 2010

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.

TN's Tibdits: Division II football playoffs taking shape

October 30, 2010

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.

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