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McGair: Postseason venues for boys' basketball set

January 29, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PROVIDENCE – While we’re still a few weeks away from postseason play in R.I. boys’ basketball, the venues for the three division tournaments and 16-team open state tournament are set.
Division play will begin on Saturday, Feb. 16 with preliminary-round action at school sites. The quarterfinals are scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 19 and like the preliminaries will take place on high school grounds.

McGair: Audio clip from Francona: The Red Sox Years

January 23, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
In response to the column about Terry Francona's book that appeared in Sunday's Woonsocket Call and here – http://www.woonsocketcall.com/node/7246 – the folks at Macmillan Audio were kind enough to send along a clip from the audiobook version.
Download and enjoy!

McGair: Syracuse's Boeheim waxes poetically in final visit to Providence

January 9, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PROVIDENCE – Judging by the lengthy soliloquy he delivered following his team’s 72-66 win against the Providence Friars Wednesday night, this city will always hold a special place in Jim Boehiem’s heart.
The veteran Syracuse took a simple question – “Any last thoughts about playing the Friars at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center?” – and ran with it, sounding off for several minutes about his program’s last go-around in the Big East along with the fine Italian restaurants that he always enjoys when bringing his Orange players to town.

McGair: Cumberland's Vasey hopes to give R.I. quarterbacks a good name while at Elon University

January 9, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
While he heads to Elon University in hopes of making waves with the school’s football program, Cumberland native Trevor Vasey also heads south with the intent of raising awareness of potential quarterback prospects among Rhode Island high school football circles.

McGair: Why Dave Joppie makes sense as Pawtucket's hitting coach

December 15, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PAWTUCKET – In a move that was widely expected, the Red Sox named 47-year-old Dave Joppie as Pawtucket’s new hitting coach on Friday. Joppie spent the previous five seasons with Double-A Portland and has been working in Boston’s farm system since 2006.

Cumberland-Woonsocket Super Bowl slideshow

December 2, 2012

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McGair: PC head coach hopes crowd comes out to support Friars against Mississippi State on Saturday

November 27, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
PROVIDENCE – At one point during the second half of Tuesday night's game against Holy Cross, Providence head coach Ed Cooley turned around and urged the crowd – announced at 4,596 – to get behind his Friars.
After his team ran past the Crusaders in 61-42 fashion, Cooley went out of his way to make sure the Friar Faithful shows a little more enthusiasm when Mississippi State pays a visit to The Dunk on Saturday afternoon. The game will air on ESPNU.

McGair: R.I. High school football playoffs pushed to Wednesday

November 27, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
All three of the area’s R.I. semifinal-round football contests – West Warwick-Cumberland, Central-Woonsocket, North Smithfield-Mount Pleasant – have been pushed back a day to Wednesday night. All three games will begin at 6 p.m.

McGair: Taking inventory of the state's high school football playoff picture

October 22, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
It seems like only yesterday that high school football teams were preparing for the season under the hot August sun. Now we only have one weekend left in October and with it very precious little time remaining in the regular season.

McGair: Taking stock of potential PawSox call-ups to Boston

September 19, 2012

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
DURHAM, N.C. – Now comes the obvious question. With the PawSox’ season officially over, will any players get called up to Boston?
Two members of the Governors’ Cup-clinching ball club were informed following Tuesday’s 10-3 loss in the Triple-A National Championship that they will be spending the balance of the Red Sox’ season with the parent club. When Boston opens a home series against the playoff-chasing Baltimore Orioles on Friday, third baseman Danny Valencia and reliever Pedro Beato are expected to be included on the active roster.

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