CICOLINI HEADEDTO SOUTHERN MAINE
Recent Methuen High graduate Alexa Cicolini, who was a captain on last fall’s varsity soccer team and a member of the U18 Seacoast United Elite and the ‘96 Olympic Development Program team, will play soccer this coming school year on a scholarship at the University of Southern Maine.
She underwent season-ending ACL surgery and has worked hard to rehab her knee.
THE NAME GAME
Don’t confuse Sam Adams, the former NFL defensive tackle who played for the Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens, Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos, with Samuel Adams, one of the founding fathers of the United States of America or with the beer company named after the latter.
Don’t confuse former boxer John “Dino” Denis with WEEI radio talk show host John “Dino” Dennis.
Don’t confuse former big league catcher Duffy Dyer, who played for the New York Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates, Montreal Expos and Detroit Tigers, with Eagle-Tribune sports reporter Dave “Duffy” Dyer.
Don’t confuse Charlie Brown, who Lucy van Pelt pulled the football away from whenever he tried to kick it, with the wide receiver by the same name who had 3,548 receiving yards in six NFL seasons (three seasons with the Washington Redskins and three seasons with the Atlanta Falcons).
LOWER CASE LAST NAMES
Speaking of Lucy van Pelt, isn’t it cool when people have a part of their name that begins with a lower case letter?
The New York Mets have two players on their 25-man roster with last names that begin with a lower case letter.
There’s pitcher Jacob deGrom and catcher Travis d’Arnaud.
d’Arnaud played for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in 2011, batting .311 with a .371 on-base percentage, .542 slugging percentage, .914 OPS, 21 homers and 78 RBIs.
DOYLE PITCHING WELL
After starting the season pitching in the Chicago White Sox organization, Salem High graduate Terry Doyle now pitches for the Gwinnett Braves, Atlanta’s Triple-A affiliate.
Doyle has a 3.25 ERA and one save in 18 appearances, including two starts (27.2 innings).
YOUNG YAZ = GOOD
Portland Sea Dogs left-hander Brian Johnson continued to dominate by throwing 8.0 scoreless innings against Bowie on Tuesday night.
Johnson, a Red Sox first round pick in 2012, allowed just three hits and two of those hits came off the bat of Andover’s Mike Yastrzemski who doubled and singled.
Meanwhile, Johnson’s ERA dropped to 1.89 in 17 starts for the Sea Dogs.
THE GREAT ONE
Wayne Gretzky, nicknamed “The Great One,” holds the record for most career playoff goals (122) in NHL history.
Mark Messier (109) is second all-time, followed by Jari Kurri (106).
Brett Hull (103), Glenn Anderson (93), Mike Bossy (85), Joe Sakic (84), Maurice “Rocket” Richard (82), Claude Lemieux (80) and Jean Beliveau (79) round out the top 10.
DUELING BEST MEN
New Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and Cardinals’ Shelby Miller pitched opposite each other Wednesday night in St. Louis.
The two are best friends.
A March 2013 MLB.com article noted, “Miller and Kelly are sharing a condo this spring and will serve as the best man in the other’s weddings next fall. Those weddings will take place one week apart.”
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