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McGair: Plenty of blame to go around in R.I. high school football officials saga

April 14, 2013

A little of this, a little of that …

There’s plenty of blame to go around now that a Massachusetts group has been given the responsibility to assign, evaluate and train officials for Ocean State-based games.
It’s the result of an embarrassing fallout exposing unfortunate and regrettable decisions made by all involved parties in the saga over the fate of Rhode Island high school football officials.

Maier blast leads PawSox past Rochester in 11, 5-2

April 14, 2013

PAWTUCKET -- Freshly activated off the disabled list, Mitch Maier made a thrilling debut at McCoy Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Maier, a 30-year-old center fielder who suffered a left wrist sprain back on March 17, spent the last few weeks in extended spring training, and he admitted being anxious about returning to the diamond.

Quick Decision: Woonsocket's Nordby suffers first MMA loss

April 13, 2013

LINCOLN – June 17, 2011 is one of the most memorable days of Kody Nordby’s life, and it’s not just because that was the day he graduated from Woonsocket High.
Rather, it’s what happened immediately after he received his diploma. Nordby hustled to the Holiday Inn in Mansfield, Mass. to make his amateur debut against Mark Johnson of Brighton, Mass. at the AFO’s (American Fighting Organization) Summer Brawl II.

Ortiz continues to pile up positive results for red-hot PawSox

April 13, 2013

PAWTUCKET — The story on Saturday afternoon wasn’t so much that the Pawtucket Red Sox assembled a mammoth sixth-inning rally to snag a 7-1 Game 1victory over the Rochester Red Wings at McCoy Stadium, but instead that David Ortiz played a key role in it.
The 37-year-old designated hitter, on a 20-game rehab stint with Pawtucket after suffering a right Achilles’ injury in a triumph over the Chicago White Sox last July 16, delivered a two-run ground single to right to help his club extend its lead to 4-1 – and continue Pawtucket’s finest-ever start to a season.

Cumberland's Constantino set to tackle Boston Marathon, break elusive three-hour mark

April 12, 2013

CUMBERLAND – For runners like Dave Constantino, the unicorn on the logo of the Boston Marathon has been fitting.
For nearly a decade at the hallowed 26.2-mile race, the 43-year-old Cumberland native has tried to track down his own personal unicorn – that is, break the 3-hour mark – but each time, he’s fallen short.
And he has come oh-so-close. Two years ago, his time was 3:04:46. The previous year, he ran a 3:07:40. And in 2006, his second trip to Boston, he turned in a 3:09:27.

Rainouts placing a damper on PawSox' pregame routine

April 12, 2013

PAWTUCKET – From a win-loss perspective, the Pawtucket Red Sox can’t ask for much more. Winners of six of seven games, it seems that Mother Nature, not the opposition, is the team’s toughest foe in the season’s early stages.
Friday’s postponement of Rochester-Pawtucket marks the second time in three days that the pitter-patter of raindrops has come into play for Gary DiSarcina’s ball club. This past Wednesday saw Pawtucket play two innings at Lehigh Valley before the game was halted in the second inning due to rain.

Ortiz hopes to ‘get that engine going’ in rehab stint

April 11, 2013

PAWTUCKET – It was clear that David Ortiz was in no mood to stroll down memory lane.
Asked if he felt a touch of nostalgia upon returning to McCoy Stadium for the first time since the memorable three-game show he put on during the summer of 2008, the Red Sox slugger offered a wry smile. After being down for so long, it’s clear that Ortiz is using his rehab stint with the PawSox as a prime opportunity to make up for lost time.
“Been a while, huh? Yeah, man, just coming down here to get some at-bats and get that engine going,” said a succinct Ortiz.

Confident Iglesias keeps his head up with PawSox

April 11, 2013

PAWTUCKET — As if enough confidence wasn’t radiating from Jose Iglesias already, the shortstop was privileged enough to spend part of his Thursday afternoon with a noteworthy batting practice partner.
About two hours prior to first pitch, David Ortiz emerged from the clubhouse to get a few on-field swings. Fighting through the crowded wall of TV cameras and microphones, Iglesias had every intention of stepping in the cage the moment Ortiz needed a breather.
Iglesias may have been at McCoy Stadium, but it was clear that the big leagues were still on his mind.

R.I. football officials unsure of next step after contract is awarded to Mass.

April 10, 2013

Wednesday’s announcement from the Rhode Island Principals’ Committee on Athletics regarding the awarding of a two-year football officials’ contract to a group from Massachusetts does not automatically spell the end of Rhode Island-based officials from overseeing games statewide.
What remains to be seen is just how many Rhode Island officials are willing to put hurt feelings aside and “break ranks,” those words coming from Bruce Guindon, a Pawtucket native and registered Interscholastic League official.

Ring Ceremony, Big Papi part of McCoy Stadium home opener

April 10, 2013

PAWTUCKET — A tip for those with plans to turn out at McCoy Stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox’ home opener on Thursday night: Make every effort to get comfortably seated by around 6:15.
An elaborate pre-game ceremony laced with pageantry will directly lead into the 7:05 first pitch between Pawtucket and Rochester. The festivities commence with a tribute to neighboring police and fire units. The jubilant spirit inside the ballpark’s walls will undoubtedly remain at a fever pitch when the 2012 Governors’ Cup champion PawSox are recognized as part of a special ring ceremony.

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