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Rock 'n' Roll Providence draws over 7,000 runners

August 7, 2011

PROVIDENCE — His hair soaking wet and his feet inside some soggy pair of racing flats that just endured more than an hour’s worth of rainfall, Patrick Moulton sized up the weather for the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Providence Half Marathon on Sunday morning with a glass-half-full approach.
“It got tough, but at least it wasn’t hot,” he said. “It got gusty a few times, but for August you can’t complain. It could have been 100 degrees out there.”

Vega wins CumberlandFest 5K Road Race

August 6, 2011

CUMBERLAND – When your intention is to win a road race, it’s always helpful to have a little course knowledge before stepping foot on the starting line.
Lack of that one minor detail cost Kerwin Vega a victory at last year’s Cumberlandfest 5K. With a slight lead over Woonsocket’s Corey Brunelle during the last stretch of the five-kilometer race, Vega ran past the final left-hand turn to the finish line inside Diamond Hill State Park. That miscue allowed Brunelle to quickly seize control and produce a narrow one-second win over Vega.

Cumberland American wins regional opener

August 6, 2011

BRISTOL, Conn. – It’s official: Chris Wright is back.
He made that loud and clear on Saturday, delivering a game-tying two-run double in the bottom of the first inning, then firing 3 1/3 innings of shutout relief as Cumberland American Little League edged Andover National Little League, 5-3, in the New England regional tournament opener for both teams at Breen Field.

Patriots' Brady knows there's a lot of work to do

August 5, 2011

FOXBORO – Tom Brady is especially glad he’s not a rookie this year – for a couple of reasons.
“Not only because their salaries got cut in half,” said the New England Patriots quarterback, referencing the NFL’s newly ratified collective bargaining agreement.
Rookies are also tasked with an accelerated acclimation to NFL life because of the league’s 4 1/2-month lockout.
A week into his 12th training camp with the Patriots, Brady acknowledges that this one is unique.

Cumberland American begins regional play today

August 5, 2011

BRISTOL, Ct. - Manager Dave Belisle considers every one of the 13 players on his Cumberland American All-Star roster a reason it’s down in Bristol, Connecticut this weekend for the Eastern Regional Tournament, a reason it has an outside chance to earn a trip to Williamsport, Pa., for the Little League World Series
“What you see with this team is they’re picking each other up,” Belisle said. “There have been some situations where we looked like we were going to fold, but someone has picked the individuals up. It’s a team game. It just seems that one through 13 somebody contributed.

College coach defends Erik Bedard

August 5, 2011

As the associate head coach at Norwalk (Conn.) Community College, Patrick Vigilio enjoyed a front row seat to see Erik Bedard go from an unknown with tried-and-true Canadian roots to a bona fide staff ace.
“Erik was a hockey player for the most part. Most kids in Canada are because they don’t have high school baseball up there,” recalled Vigilio in a telephone interview Friday. “He was throwing in the mid 80s when he started out, but through hard work he was able to take his game to the next level, obviously.”

Fosters launching fitness/boot camp business

August 4, 2011

LINCOLN --- It’s been nearly two months since Bruce Foster finished in a tie for second place with his brother, Jeff, at the 2011 Spartan Death Race, a 45-hour ultra-endurance test through a grueling 40-mile course in Pittsfield, Vt., but their accomplishment has still been the talk around Lincoln.
The brothers’ success has also reached a point where workout enthusiasts of all ages, sizes, and abilities have asked them if they could train with them and follow the extra-tough training regimen they used to prepare for and succeed in the Death Race.

Cumberland's Kirby Murphy still going strong at 48

August 3, 2011

CUMBERLAND - It's always the same. For most of his 30-plus years playing softball, nothing’s changed for Kirby Murphy each time he faces an opposing pitcher.
Before he approaches the on-deck circle, he takes three warm-up swings with three different bats. He then walks near the batter’s box with the bat that he’s going to use and swings that three times. He then signals for a time out and takes two more swings inside the batter’s box before he’s ready to go.

Cumberland American prepares for N.E. tourney

August 2, 2011

CUMBERLAND — After a much-deserved 10-day break from competitive baseball, recent state champion Cumberland American begins its quest for a trip to Williamsport, Pa., for the Little League World Series this weekend. The All-Star squad faces Massachusetts’s titlist Andover National Saturday afternoon at 2 in the opener of the New England Regional Tournament at Breen Field in Bristol, Conn.

PawSox’s Tamburro: Lavarnway’s worth watching

August 1, 2011

PAWTUCKET – The topic was Ryan Lavarnway and the most prolific home run hitters to ever to suit up for the Pawtucket Red Sox. After all, when you’ve amassed 13 round trippers in 43 games – Lavarnway’s mashing rate heading into Monday’s action – you start flashing back to names like Jim Rice, Sam Horn, Phil Plantier and Izzy Alcantara and the baseballs they made vanish.

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