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NBA Playoffs Recap and Predictions

April 20, 2015

The NBA Playoffs started this past Saturday. We are going to look at the results and give predictions on how the rest of the series goes. We will start in the Eastern Conference first.

Eastern Conference

Game 1
Chicago Bulls 103
Milwaukee Bucks 91

The Bucks came out in the first half and played tough. The much stronger Bulls restored order in the second half behind the strong play of Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose. This was the first playoff game Rose has played in since 2011 when he tore his ACL. He scored 23 points on an efficient 9-16 shooting from the field.

Woonsocket Little League | Opening Day festivities ring in new season

April 18, 2015

WOONSOCKET -- Woonsocket Little League’s opening day went off with a hitch Saturday at Renaud Field. The celebration officially kicked off the 2015 season and featured a player parade that included all teams in each division, including T-Ball, Instructional, Minor, Majors, Juniors and Seniors baseball teams, as well as 8 & Under, 10 & Under, 12 & Under and juniors softball teams.
 
For more photos, see Sunday's Woonsocket Call

Woonsocket Outdoor Track | Villa Novans capture Cumberland Thrower's Pentathlon

April 18, 2015

CUMBERLAND — Thanks to second-place finishes in the discus, hammer and 25-pound weight, Woonsocket High sophomore Jared Briere helped his squad capture the Cumberland Thrower’s Pentathlon, held Saturday at Tucker Field.

The Villa Novans amassed 4,525 points with Briere accounting for 1,988 of them. Lincoln finished second in the nine-team event with 4,470 points followed by Cumberland, whose third-place finish was the result of 3,913 points.

Pawtucket Red Sox | POWER COYLE: Aggressive approach is working for PawSox second baseman

April 17, 2015


PAWTUCKET – The first time players pick up a bat, they are instructed to swing nice and easy … under control. Don’t rush through the zone because you believe that’s the only way the ball is going to clear the fence.

High school softball | Division II preview: Northmen hope to erase last year's painful ending

April 17, 2015

(Editor's note: this article first appeared in the April 11, 2015 edition of the Woonsocket Call)

When it comes to synopsizing this spring’s Division II teams and what they hope to accomplish, there’s no better place to start than North Smithfield High.

In 2014, head coach Paul Mercier’s Northmen rode senior standout Karissa Carlton’s golden arm to a perfect 16-0 II-North slate and the top seed in the D-II state tournament.

Lincoln Boys' Tennis | LEARNING SERVE: Young Lions just looking for daily improvement

April 16, 2015


LINCOLN  –  For Lincoln High head coach Tim Potter, it’s a necessary ritual he undertakes every late February or early March.

Commentary | McGair: Depth of talented PawSox roster already on display

April 16, 2015


PAWTUCKET – Last week, Quintin Berry found himself situated behind Rusney Castillo, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Bryce Brentz in the PawSox’ outfield pecking order.

On Thursday night, Berry was the first Pawtucket hitter to dig into the batter’s box as Triple-A baseball officially resumed at McCoy Stadium. 

With Castillo on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, Boston’s organizational depth was placed under a microscope. Who would hold down the fort during Castillo’s absence from the lineup?

Pawtucket Red Sox | PawSox' home opener has a nice ring to it

April 16, 2015


PAWTUCKET – The finished product had to be something that embodied the 2014 Governors’ Cup title the Pawtucket Red Sox won.

After discussing the anatomy of a championship ring – a glittery reminder of what was achieved – with PawSox outfielder Bryce Brentz, it became clear why so much time and energy was put into coming up with the perfect keepsake. 

Pawtucket Red Sox | Lucchino hopes to set precedent with new Downtown Providence ballpark

April 15, 2015

PROVIDENCE – It’s been long rumored the Boston Red Sox were extremely interested in purchasing the Pawtucket Red Sox since owner Ben Mondor passed away in 2010.

A prominent player in Boston’s ownership cabinet is Larry Lucchino, whose official title is President/CEO. He added another title in February when he officially became the chairman of the PawSox.

Cumberland Softball | Bodington, Clippers take a bite out of Bulldogs

April 15, 2015

CUMBERLAND – It wasn’t the prettiest one-hitter ever produced, but that meant little to Cumberland High freshman southpaw Jocelyn Bodington.

Already a household name on the youth softball circuit in town and around the region, Bodington hurled six innings of hitless ball, finally closed with that one allowance – courtesy of eight walks and nine strikeouts in seven full frames – and dominated Westerly, 9-2, in a Division I crossover tilt at Tucker Field on Wednesday afternoon.

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