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Clippers clinch Div. II state crown

March 21, 2014

PROVIDENCE – When it was all over, the Cumberland High players not on the ice tossed their helmets, sticks and gloves into the air and raced toward junior goalkeeper Leo Lake.

Once they arrived, in full throttle, they pushed Lake backward, knocking his cage clean off their pins.

That’s how the Clippers celebrated their first state title since 2008. They did so with what turned out to be a nail-biting 3-2 victory over the gritty PCD/ST. Raphael/Wheeler Co-op squad in the R.I. Division II Tournament’s best-of-three series at Brown University’s Meehan Auditorium on Friday night.

Friars need to keep an eye on Tar Heels' Johnson

March 21, 2014

SAN ANTONIO – While the point-guard matchup between Providence’s Bryce Cotton and North Carolina’s Marcus Paige has been the talk de jour leading up to Friday’s NCAA Tournament contest, there’s a frontcourt bout that could prove as important in deciding the outcome.

Friars, Tar Heels persevered through varying levels of frustration to reach tonight's NCAA tourney opener

March 20, 2014

SAN ANTONIO — Let’s remove all the tradition and corresponding subplots from the equation.

Instead, let’s delve into how Providence and North Carolina arrived at this particular juncture – a second-round matchup in the NCAA Tournament that’s on tap Friday night (7:20 tip) at the AT&T Center. The two schools may have arrived at the same destination, yet it’s safe to say that the steps taken to get here were vastly different.

Providence College stands to benefit financially from NCAA Tournament appearance

March 20, 2014

SAN ANTONIO — There’s no question that the NCAA Tournament is the equivalent of a Fortune 500 company. Between the 14-year, nearly $11 million television agreement that CBS and Turner Sports entered into back in 2010 and the presence of recognizable corporate sponsors such as AT&T and The Coca-Cola Company, it wouldn’t come as a shock to learn that they’re printing money at NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis.

The question is, just how big of a slice of mince pie do NCAA participants such as Providence receive?

Cumberland hockey team blasts PSW in opener of Division II title series; Game 2 is tonight at Brown

March 20, 2014

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PROVIDENCE – Cumberland put its sterling credentials on the Meehan Auditorium ice for all to see on Thursday night in the Division II championship opener against the co-op team from Providence Country Day, St. Raphael Academy and Wheeler.

Friars insist Austin/Bullock saga won’t be a distraction, set sights on duel vs. North Carolina

March 19, 2014

SAN ANTONIO — Just when everything appeared set regarding the saga involving Brandon Austin and Rodney Bullock, the one-time hot topic has been thrust back into the spotlight.

The timing of the news that the Providence police are looking into a complaint of sexual assault against one freshman that left the Providence College basketball program (Austin) and another who is still a Friar (Bullock) seems a tad curious. PC is here preparing for its first NCAA Tournament contest in a decade.

Top-seeded Falcons stymie Broncos, win Division I hockey title

March 18, 2014

PROVIDENCE – Burrillville High assistant Mike Keable issued a few words of wisdom for his troops prior to facing Cranston Co-op in a winner-take-all rubber match for the R.I. Division I Tournament crown on Tuesday night

One came from head coach Steve Daigle, who would miss his second straight finals game due to a bout with pneumonia. The other came from the heart.

“We told the kids that this is your time to shine,” he stated. “We said that this was their opportunity to seize the moment.”

Mission complete: Hockey Mounties cap off comeback over Hawks in grand style

March 17, 2014

PROVIDENCE --- Bishop Hendricken never saw it coming.

Mount St. Charles erupted for three goals in the first 12½ minutes and held a 4-0 lead in the final minutes of the second period before skating to a 5-2 win over their parochial rivals in the pivotal Game 3 of their State Championship series before a packed house at Brown University’s Meehan Auditorium.

The victory gives the Mounties (18-5) Banner No. 44 in their proud, storied history, and not only were they able to defend last winter’s title, but they also claimed their sixth state crown in the last seven years.

How ‘HEART & SOUL’ has come to ring true for the Friars

March 17, 2014

PROVIDENCE – They could have paraded out to center court at Alumni Hall Sunday night in the same Big East Championship t-shirts that were distributed to them the previous night at Madison Square Garden.

Instead, everyone associated with the Providence College men’s basketball program wore grey short-sleeve t-shirts that on the front features a poignant and simple battle cry – HEART & SOUL.

Friars celebrate Big East title, set sights on North Carolina

March 16, 2014

PROVIDENCE – As Ed Cooley and his Providence players posed for pictures, signed autographs and accepted one congratulatory handshake after another, the next mountain to climb started to come into focus.

While the sea of adulation that engulfed the Friars at Alumni Hall Sunday night was a fitting tribute to the program’s distinction as 2014 Big East Tournament champions, it’s time to shift gears and turn the page.

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