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McGair: Defending PGA Championship winner headlines '14 CVS Charity Classic field

May 13, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

SMITHFIELD – For the second straight year, the CVS Caremark Charity Classic features a major champion from the previous calendar year.

Jason Dufner, victor of the 2013 PGA Championship, was announced as part of the 2014 CVS field at a press conference Tuesday morning at Special Olympics Rhode Island. This will mark Dufner’s first-ever appearance at the annual event that specializes in raising money for local nonprofits.

McGair: Addition of Daniel Nava part of a busy afternoon for the PawSox

April 25, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

PAWTUCKET – Daniel Nava is officially a member of the Pawtucket Red Sox. The struggling outfielder/first baseman joined the Triple-A ranks on what was a busy Friday at McCoy Stadium.

Manager Kevin Boles wasted little time of throwing Nava into the fray, placing the switch hitter in the No. 3 spot in the outfield and in left field. Nava is looking to get back on track after getting off to a .147 start in 17 games for the Red Sox.

McGair: Update on Matt Barnes; Video introduction of the 2014 PawSox

April 1, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

PAWTUCKET – Matt Barnes will not be part of Pawtucket’s rotation at the onset of the 2014 International League season. A sore shoulder limited the 23-year-old to just one inning in spring training.

Just how much time will Barnes miss? Red Sox Director of Player Development Ben Crockett didn’t provide a definitive timetable at Tuesday’s PawSox Media Day fete at McCoy Stadium, though it was encouraging to learn that the Barnes is pitching in extended spring training down in Fort Myers, Fla.

McGair: Video interview with PawSox President Mike Tamburro

March 31, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

PAWTUCKET – This might be hard to fathom considering the dreary weather outside, but the Pawtucket Red Sox kick off the 2014 International League season this Thursday night at McCoy Stadium.

To that end, here’s a video where PawSox Team President Mike Tamburro was asked about what the start of a new Triple-A season means to him. Tamburro also shares his thoughts on the ballclub and new PawSox manager Kevin Boles.

Click here and happy baseball season: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ivr3IE0VZfs&list=UU30UG0gQ8OoHkSxa18-tx4w

McGair: UNC's Williams holds PC's Cotton in high regard

March 21, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

SAN ANTONIO – In his final game in a PC Friar uniform, Bryce Cotton made a fan in North Carolina head coach Roy Williams.

McGair: More on the value of PC's training staff

March 8, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

If there’s one thing I regret about the article regarding the yeoman’s work on the part of Providence College’s athletic training staff, it’s that there’s no quotes from Ken White, the school’s strength coach.

Like head athletic trainer Bryn VanPatten, White has been plying his trade at PC for some time – he’s currently in his 10th year at the college. One quote that didn’t make the article - http://www.woonsocketcall.com/node/10821 - should help shed some light on the working relationship between VanPatten and White.

McGair: North Smithfield to meet Burrillville in opener of Division III divisional playoffs

February 27, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

The brackets for the divisional tournaments in boys’ basketball have been released and there’s two preliminary games of note set for Friday night.

In Division II, defending champion and No. 10 seed Cumberland travels to Central Falls to face the seventh-seeded Warriors. The two II-North rivals squared off twice during the regular season with C.F. posting a 65-51 win at Cumberland on Dec. 20. The Clippers returned the favor last Wednesday with a 49-47 triumph at the Warriors’ gym.

McGair: Looking to quantify what George Nasuti meant to Woonsocket

February 13, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

WOONSOCKET – George Nasuti’s never-ending crusade and dedication to improve the landscape for young people in the city might just prove his lasting legacy.

Hopefully the links below will help to illustrate just that. Nasuti passed away Tuesday night at Rhode Island Hospital.
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Nasuti always made it a point to talk about keeping his athletic program intact:
http://www.woonsocketcall.com/node/3054

Nasuti talks about the importance of keeping youth programs alive: http://www.woonsocketcall.com/node/4615

McGair: New London High to retire number of PC's Kris Dunn

February 11, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

After this Thursday night, no one will be allowed to wear the No. 3 jersey for the New London (Conn.) High boys’ basketball any more.

Prior to the Whalers’ 7 p.m. home contest against Hamden High, the program will retire Kris Dunn’s number. Dunn earned McDonald’s All-American honors as a senior at New London High before coming to Providence College in the fall of 2012.

McGair: A look at the divisional formats in Rhode Island high school football

January 29, 2014

By BRENDAN McGAIR
bmcgair@pawtuckettimes.com

Below you’ll find the Rhode Island High school football divisions that will be in place for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

DIVISION I
1. Bishop Hendricken
2. La Salle
3. Cranston East
4. Portsmouth
5. Barrington
6. Cumberland
7. East Providence
8. South Kingstown
9. Cranston West

DIVISION II-A
1. Woonsocket
2. St. Raphael
3. Mt. Hope
4. Central
5. Rogers
6. Warwick Vets
7. Coventry
8. Shea

DIVISION II-B
1. West Warwick
2. Johnston
3. Tolman
4. Westerly
5. North Kingstown
6. Chariho
7. Moses Brown
8. Mount Pleasant

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