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Past articles by Jim:

Jim Donaldson: Second-half schedule poses challenge for Sox

Everybody knows that pitching — especially starting pitching — is the biggest problem for the Red Sox, who have a loaded lineup featuring four → Read More

Jim Donaldson: Durant's move makes Warriors easy to root against

As we were reminded so delightfully over the Independence Day weekend, this is, thankfully, a free country. So Kevin Durant is free to take as much money → Read More

Jim Donaldson: Extra year at PC paid off for Kris Dunn

The safe bet, for Kris Dunn, would have been to go pro a year ago. As the Big East Player of the Year in 2015, and also the conference’s Defensive → Read More

Jim Donaldson: Future stars ready to tee it up at Northeast Amateur

EAST PROVIDENCE — “There’s going to be a guy in this field,” Ben Tuthill said over breakfast Wednesday morning at Wannamoisett → Read More

Donaldson: Paying tribute to URI great Brian Forster

“He always wanted the ball in the big spots.” That’s how Tom Ehrhardt, who quarterbacked a record-setting URI offense to back-to-back NCAA playoff appearances in 1984 and '85, described his big, tough, tight end, Brian Forster, who died last week at the age of 51. Ehrhardt could have amended that slightly. Forster always wanted the ball — period. “He would tell Tom he was open on every play,”… → Read More

Jim Donaldson: It's about time for Cleveland, don't you think?

I am here to show some love for Cleveland. That’s right — Cleveland. The “Mistake by the Lake.” But, make no mistake, I’m rooting for the Cleveland Cavaliers in their confrontation with Everybody’s Favorite Team, the Golden State Warriors, in the NBA Finals. Why are the Warriors everybody’s favorite team? Because they have Everybody’s Favorite Player — Steph Curry, who can make a jumper from a… → Read More

Donaldson: Brown's Molloy courageous in defeat

PHILADELPHIA — His broken foot was throbbing, but that pain was nothing compared to the ache in Dylan Molloy’s heart. He could handle the pain. → Read More

Donaldson: Brown's Molloy courageous in defeat

PHILADELPHIA — His broken foot was throbbing, but that pain was nothing compared to the ache in Dylan Molloy’s heart. He could handle the pain. → Read More

8 Brown lacrosse players named All-Americans

PHILADELPHIA -- Eight Brown lacrosse players earned all-American honors – three of them first-team – Saturday morning as the Bears prepared to take on top-seeded Maryland Saturday afternoon in the semifinals of the NCAA lacrosse championship at Lincoln Financial Field. High-scoring attackman Dylan Molloy, defensive midfielder Larken Kemp, and goalie Jack Kelly all were named first teamers on the… → Read More

Brown's Kelly wins NCAA's CLASS Award

PHILADELPHIA -- All-American goalie Jack Kelly of Brown has been selected as the 2016 CLASS Award winner in men's lacrosse. To be eligible for the award, → Read More

Jim Donaldson: Brown Stadium the place to be Saturday

PROVIDENCE — If you thought March Madness was fun, you should come out to Brown Stadium on Saturday and get a firsthand look at May Madness. Two months after the opening rounds of the NCAA basketball tournament, hosted by Providence College, were played in front of sellout crowds at the Dunk, Brown University will host — and, better yet, play in — an NCAA lacrosse tournament quarterfinal… → Read More

Jim Donaldson: Preakness looks like 2-horse race; I'll take Nyquist

It’s a great weekend in greater Baltimore. The Orioles are in first place, ahead of the Red Sox by mere percentage points, in the AL East. Four of the eight remaining teams in the NCAA lacrosse tournament are from Maryland – Loyola, Navy, Towson State, and the top-seeded Maryland Terrapins. And, on top of all that, the Preakness is being run Saturday at Pimlico, where Kentucky Derby winner… → Read More

Jim Donaldson: Lacrosse will be a big draw at Brown this weekend

No one would argue that New England is a hockey hotbed. But it’s entirely possible — indeed, likely — that the NCAA lacrosse → Read More

Jim Donaldson: Gural's face value priceless for Brown

PROVIDENCE – It’s tempting to compare the faceoff after every goal in lacrosse to the center jump after every basket in basketball — a → Read More

Jim Donaldson: Providence College looks to Crowley to turn around program

Talk about a deal that left both teams delighted. St. Francis College is thrilled to have Susan Robinson Fruchtl as its director of athletics. Providence → Read More

Jim Donaldson: All's not lost for Brown's lacrosse team

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Lars Tiffany enjoyed the programming on ESPNU Sunday night much more so than what was on earlier in the day. “I’m → Read More

Jim Donaldson:Hobart upsets Bryant lacrosse

Bryant’s four-year run as NEC tournament champs is over. It’s likely that the Bulldogs’ string of three straight NCAA tournament → Read More

Jim Donaldson: Nothin' like the Derby

I was almost shot in Louisville the night before the Kentucky Derby in 1971. Well, that may be stretching the truth just a bit, but this is a racetrack → Read More

Donaldson: It's three years too soon to grade Pats on this draft

I’ll give the Patriots a “B-minus’ for their draft. Not this one, mind you. The 2013 draft. It takes at least three years to truly evaluate a draft. Assigning a letter grade for the Patriots draft class of 2016 is like throwing darts blindfolded. Or like watching 2011 third-round pick Ryan Mallett trying to throw short, touch passes over the middle in traffic, which is pretty much the same… → Read More

Brown lacrosse clinches Ivy crown in rout of Dartmouth

Senior Night always is emotional, but it was particularly poignant for the 10 seniors on the Brown lacrosse team, who have led the Bears to one of the → Read More