NO E IN SWEENY
Windham lacrosse player Courtney Sweeny said that her surname used to be spelled Sweeney — a long, long, long time ago.
“My great, great, great grandfather, when he came over from Poland, it used to be with an e,” Sweeny said. “But after he came over, he dropped the e.”
Read about Sweeny and the surging Windham girls lacrosse program in tomorrow’s Eagle-Tribune.
Salem High grad Terry Doyle had another strong outing for the Pawtucket Red Sox on Monday. He went 6.0 innings, allowing two runs, both earned, on five hits and three walks while striking out three. He did not factor in the decision but the PawSox won 8-2.
Doyle has started four games for Pawtucket this season. He is 2-0, has a 1.48 ERA (four runs in 24.1 innings) and has allowed just 10 hits. He has struck out 19 and walked 10. Opponents are batting .217 against him.
Also of note from down in Pawtucket: Jackie Bradley Jr., who struggled with Boston to begin the season, entered yesterday 4 for his first 12 (.333) with a double, two RBIs and two walks. He has a .429 on-base percentage.
Of note from Double-A Portland: reliever Daniel Bard will rejoin the Sox today. He had a 4.0 ERA (five runs, four earned, in 9.0 innings) in eight appearances.
MISSING HIS SHOTS
Michael Jordan was the best NBA player ever, but he has not found the same success as a majority owner and chairman.
Jordan’s Charlotte Bobcats fired coach Mike Dunlap after one season yesterday, meaning the team will have its six coach in 10 years.
Yes, you read that right: six coaches in 10 years. The Bobcats have gone through Bernie Bickerstaff, Sam Vincent, Larry Brown, Paul Silas and Dunlap over the past nine years with just one playoff berth, which came in 2009-10 when they lost in the Eastern Conference first round. That year marks the only season in which the Bobcats have recorded a .500 winning percentage or better.
Dunlap led the Bobcats to just a 21-61 record after Silas got fired after leading Charlotte to a dismal 7-59 mark last year.
back in town
Former Haverhill High star Carlos Pena will be in town Thursday through Sunday when the hapless Houston Astros play the surging Boston Red Sox.
Pena was batting .227 with a .320 on-base percentage, .394 slugging percentage, .714 OPS, two homers, six RBIs and five doubles in 19 games (66 at-bats) entering action yesterday.
There was an interesting story on The New York Times website yesterday about former Middle Tennessee State kicker Alan Gendreau who hopes to play in the NFL and has said he is gay.
“I’m a kicker that happens to be gay,” Gendreau said, according to The New York Times. “It’s a part of who I am, and not everything I am. I just want to be known as a normal kicker.”
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