Happy Friday everyone! Maybe thinking about hockey will help cool you off on this hot and sticky July day. As seen in this ad (pictured) from the latest Hockey News, Jon Quick is a new spokesperson for Vaughan. Today's edition of Just Take A Minute has news on several former Minutemen who are current pros in their respective sports.
Hello to all on this Thursday morning. Congratulations to Vladimir Ducasse on his signing with the New York Jets yesterday. Today is a big day for another former Minuteman as well. Kevin Leveille will take part in the 2010 MLL All-Star Game against the US Men's National Team at 7 p.m. tonight in Harvard Stadium, which will air on ESPN2. Just Take A Minute has news on several UMass alumni, plus more.
It's Wednesday and the heat wave continues on the East Coast. Crank up the AC and check out what Just Take a Minute has for you today. NBA Summer League news, some great stuff on past and present UMass football players, as well as a few baseball alumni updates.
Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: In a little over a month from now, the women's soccer team will begin its 2010 campaign at home against Washington. Check out the team's schedule for this upcoming fall season.
Don't Miss This: Check out the highlights of Tony Gaffney and the Celtics from last night's game vs. the 76ers here, including Gaffney's "monster slam".
Hello to all on this hot and sticky July morning. Hopefully everyone who had off on Monday enjoyed the holiday weekend. Today's Just Take a Minute has some news on Tony Gaffney, who opened play in the Orlando Summer League with the Celtics on Monday, as well as several baseball alumni who were in action over the long weekend.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY - July 6 Sean Duncan (Cross Country/Track & Field)
The NBA Summer league began on Monday as Tony Gaffney and the Celtics opened up with an 87-82 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. NBA.com has the recap and box score. Looking at Gaffney's stats, he contributed three points in 25 minutes, going 3-for-4 at the free thow line, to go along with three assists, two steals and one block.
Chad Paronto worked 1.2 innings in a combined 8-0 shutout of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Saturday.
Nick Serino threw a scoreless inning in his relief stint against the Gulf Coast League Astros on Saturday, picking up a strikeout for the third time in his three professional appearances.
Recent UMass grad Bryan Leigh, who began his professional career less than two weeks ago, had his most successful outing on the mound yet as he tossed three hitless innings in a 9-7 win over the Bristol White Sox, striking out three and picking up the save.
Welcome back to Just Take A Minute. Hope you had a wonderful 4th of July weekend and what a great weekend it was! Today's big news is the start of the NBA Summer League as UMass' Tony Gaffney finally gets to suit up in Celtics green and play for his favorite team. The C's take on Oklahoma City at 5 p.m. Watch on NBA.com. JTAM has updates on many UMass alums in action over the weekend.
Interesting nugget from the Toronto Sun connecting two UMass Hall of Famers. Future big-league pitcher Mike Flanagan played on the UMass freshman basketball team, where he often got to scrimmage against a varsity forward named Julius Erving. "I really didn't know much about Dr. J until I came down on a fast break and pulled up to take a jump shot," Flanagan once told the Toronto Sun. "Dr. J was nowhere in the area but, out of nowhere, he blocked the shot and nine players were running the other way. First thing I thought? Better work on my slider, because this is a whole different level of play."
In MLL action, UMass alums met up on Saturday as Long Island topped Chicago, 13-12. With the Lizards, Chris Fiore had a goal and assist. With the Machine, Kevin Leveille had a goal while Brett Garber was kept off the scoreboard.
Toronto knocked off Boston 15-13 as alum Jack Reid was on the losing end, but scooped three groundballs.
CFL action got underway this weekend. UMass alums Anton McKenzie and Keron Williams helped the BC Lions to a 25-10 win over Edmonton. Williams had four tackles while McKenzie had three stops along with a sack and a forced fumble.
UMass product Neal Brown and new Texas Tech offensive coordinator is the subject of a feature in the AM News. At age 29, Brown, who spent the last two years as offensive coordinator at Troy, is youngest person to hold that position at a Division I school. Brown talks about how a former UMass coach got him his start in coaching.
The Providence Journal has a column on Rhode Island moving from the CAA to the NEC in football.
Check This Out On UMassAthletics.com: Two new Auctions run through July 13 including an autographed baseball from Red Sox star Kevin Youkilis.
Don't Miss This: 5 p.m., be sure to watch Tony Gaffney is No. 27 with the Celtics as they take on Oklahoma City in the NBA Summer League.