Little Leaguers have Cumberland bursting with pride


Little Leaguers have Cumberland bursting with pride

(NECN: Tom Langford, Cumberland, RI) People in Cumberland,Rhode Island are beaming with pride. The towns Little Leaguers beatthe squad from Andover, Massachusetts to win a trip to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. Ryan McCormick homered twice and drove in six runs as RhodeIsland beat Massachusetts 13-7 on Saturday. Cumberland American of Rhode Island won the New England Region championshipand will open the Little League World Series against the West Region winner.In Cumberland, the House of Pizza here is known simplyas "the House". It's a local hot spot, and you know they had the gameon the big screen today to watch the big win.Call these kids the pride of Cumberland. They are a group of12 and 13 year olds who defeated the Andover team to advance to the LittleLeague World Series."Very, very exciting," said one mom of the teamswin."I'm so proud of them, they did a great job," saidher daughter.At the Cumberland House of Pizza, the hometown fans arestill relishing the win."It was fantastic to see a team from Cumberland. Thesekids were playing their heart out. You've got a kid like McCormack that hit ahome run and a grand slam. They were down at the beginning and came back - itwas fantastic, said Ray Lane.There's a similar reaction across town at Josie's Ice Cream,where the players are regulars."Its really cool, because they're from our town, theycome here, we've seen them before," said Kaitlin Abbate."I want to say congrats to them," said NickBroccolo."I think its phenomenal. They deserve it, they workedhard, said Pat Broccolo. I'm proud of them." "We're ecstatic," said coach.In a phone interview, the team's coach, Dave Belisle, saidit hasn't sunk in yet that the team's going to the World Series, but it will. "I couldn't be happier for them. They've worked veryhard to achieve this. And our expectation level has been overachieved, saidBelisle. It's like a dream. A dream come true for these boys." That dream starts tomorrow morning with a bus ride toWilliamsport.When they get there, they'll be playing before a crowd ofmore than 30,000 people.The first game is Thursday, and its nationally televised.And you can bet there'll be a crowd at the House of Pizza,watching it on the big screen.

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Celtics in control, but Nets within striking distance


Halftime stars, studs and duds: Celtics in control, but Nets within striking distance

BOSTON – The Boston Celtics were in control most of the first half, but the Brooklyn Nets managed to stay within striking distance most of the first half which ended with the Celtics ahead, 64-58.

It was a high-scoring first half, the kind that one of the league’s top defenses shouldn’t experience.

But it is the first game of the season and the Celtics clearly have some kinks defensively to work out.

The Celtics led by as many as 13 points in the first half with contributions coming from several players in the starting unit as well as off the bench.

Boston has spent a good chunk of the preseason preaching the importance of good ball movement.

It was indeed on full display as Boston had 19 assists in the first half on 23 made baskets.

As for the Nets, Bogan Bogdanovic kept Brooklyn within striking distance most of the first half as he tallied 10 points through the first two quarters of play. Brooklyn also got a nice lift from Justin Hamilton who had 14 first-half points off the Brooklyn bench.

Here are our halftime Stars, Studs and Duds



Isaiah Thomas

Thomas was a more assertive player in the second quarter and it paid off for the him and the Celtics. He finished the half with a team-high 11 points in addition to doling out a game-high seven assists.

Jae Crowder

Boston displayed some crisp ball movement in the first half, and Crowder seemed to benefit from this more than any other Celtic. Through two quarters of play, Crowder has a team-high 10 points which included him making his first four shots from the floor.



Sean Kilpatrick

The Nets only have five players on their roster from last season’s disastrous 21-win club, and Kilpatrick showed why he’s one of the few holdovers. At the half, he had nine points off the bench to go with three rebounds.



Brook Lopez

He’s supposed to be the Nets’ best player, but you would not have known this by his play in the first half, The 7-foot Lopez was a non-factor through the first two quarters of lay, missing four of his five field goal attempts to go into the half with just three points.

Quick Slants Podcast: Bills puffing out chests; Lewis on horizon?; trade deadline


Quick Slants Podcast: Bills puffing out chests; Lewis on horizon?; trade deadline

Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss the Bills marking their territory in pre game warm ups with Matt Fairburn of Curran and Perry also discuss Dion Lewis’s possible return from a knee injury. Plus, the number histories of Chris Long, Dont’a Hightower, Malcom Brown, Barkevious Mingo, and Ryan Allen in the much ballyhooed segment “Hey, what’s ya number?”

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