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Opt-out clauses gives veterans some leverage

June 17, 2011

PAWTUCKET – As a safeguard, veteran players signing minor-league contracts often include opt-out clauses. Call it a creative response by agents in making sure their clients have the best chance of making it to the parent club.
Andrew Miller received a crash course in this cut-and-dry process earlier in the week. For those unfamiliar, Miller had a clause in his contract that would have granted him free agency Wednesday. The rangy lefthander let the deadline pass after being told by the Red Sox that he would soon be promoted to the major-league roster.

R.I. Heritage Hall of Fame honors Bobby Doyle

June 16, 2011

Just shy of his teenage years, Brendan Doyle remembers being at a few of the water stops along the course of the 1990 Ocean State Marathon.
His older brother Patrick was there, too.
Earlier in their lives they were two young to really witness the impact that their father had at the 26.2-mile race that traversed over the Newport streets. On this day, though, it was different.
First-hand, the oldest sons of the late Bobby Doyle, got to see their dad in action.

American Legion makes move to wooden bats

June 15, 2011

This may sound like an altruistic plea, but baseball and wooden bats belong together. Those governing American Legion baseball in this state are inclined to agree, as board members have decided to eliminate the usage of aluminum in favor of a wooden-bat league.
This landmark change takes effect for the 2011 summer session, which is currently under way. Gone is the ringing “ping!” sound that ensues whenever an aluminum bat strikes a baseball. Expect to hear a “crack!” at your local Legion ball field, a natural emanation that figures to add great theater to this season.

Cumberland's Adamonis tees off at U.S. Open

June 15, 2011

Dave Adamonis Jr. knows his younger brother Brad’s golf game as well as anyone.
Growing up in Cumberland, the two siblings, a mere four years apart in age, spent endless hours on the links during their childhood years and beyond. Although more than 1,000 miles separate them now, they still keep in close contact, talking about golf and their personal lives.
“Even though Brad lives in Florida,” Dave said, “we still talk to each other every day.”

Cumberland earns state title, tops Mount in nine

June 14, 2011

PROVIDENCE --- They split their regular-season series by winning lopsided games on their home fields. They battled to a 1-0 duel in the winners’ bracket semifinals, and they shared some Division I championship history by playing a one-sided game that was decided by a dozen runs.
On Tuesday night, Cumberland High and Mount St. Charles Academy battled each other in a winner-take-all showdown for the ages, a nine-inning duel that saw the Clippers emerge with their program’s first state title.

Clippers, Mounties play for state title tonight

June 13, 2011

PROVIDENCE --- The Division I state title will come down to one game.
Cumberland High scored early and often and senior ace pitcher Bethany Paul continued her postseason brilliance on the mound in Monday’s championship round against Mount St. Charles Academy at Rhode Island College.
And the final result was a surprisingly-lopsided 15-3 conquest by the fourth-seeded Clippers that not only dealt the ninth-seeded Mounties their first loss of the double-elimination tournament, but set up tonight’s 8 p.m. winner-take-all clash back at RIC.

Mount spikers eliminated in Div. I semis

June 8, 2011

PROVIDENCE — Mount St. Charles Academy’s first season in Division I ended on Wednesday night with a semifinal round loss to South Kingstown at Rhode Island College, which used an edge on the front line to good advantage during a three-game sweep of the Mounties.

Mounties confirm spot in softball finals

June 8, 2011

PROVIDENCE --- First came the four-run uprising in the seventh inning that led to a 4-3 win over top-seeded Lincoln High on Saturday night. Then came the seventh-inning run that helped cop a 1-0 victory over Cumberland High in Monday afternoon’s winners’ bracket semifinals.
On Wednesday night, ninth-seeded Mount St. Charles Academy struck again late in its winners’ bracket final against third-seeded Cranston West High, and as a result, the Mounties will be playing for the Division I championship.

Clippers finally get the better of Lions

June 8, 2011

PROVIDENCE --- It’s been said time and time again that it’s tough to beat a team three times in a season, and on Wednesday night, Lincoln High realized how difficult a task that is in its Division I losers’ bracket final with longtime nemesis Cumberland High.
After getting swept in their regular-season series with the Lions, the Clippers made sure their third time playing their rivals was indeed the charm.

McGair: Public sports teams gain on Private rivals

June 6, 2011

Let’s begin with the one thing public and private schools have in common. Both start with the letter “P.”
After that? Let’s just say the hot-button issue regarding the classification of high school athletics in this state wastes no time in drawing battle lines.

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