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William S. Paxton covers local college sports for Connecticut Post and the Hearst Media Group.
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Breakfast with the Stags (Northampton style)

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Jimmy Patsos plans to come up here and buy a tie on Monday while Fairfield’s hoarse voice Bob Heussler was thinking of making a day trip here. Regardless, this humble scribe decided to save my employer a few bucks and spend Sunday night a few miles up I-91 in Northampton instead of rundown Springfield, Mass. […] [Read More]

Leftovers from Fairfield’s win over Rider

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Here are some leftover quotes from players and coaches after Fairfield beat Rider 65-63 on Saturday afternoon at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass: From Fairfield coach Sydney Johnson On beating Rider: “I’m thrilled to be along side these guys and be a part of a really gutsy win. We’ve had a few of them […] [Read More]
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Sit Down with Sydney (MAAC Tournament)

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[podcast]http://blog.ctnews.com/paxton/files/2012/02/feb27.mp3[/podcast] This week’s Sit Down with Sydney was held at Garden Catering (they make great chicken nuggets) on Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield. Among the topics I covered with Fairfield coach Sydney Johnson: a heavy dose of Derek Needham’s injury and moving on without him, the MAAC Tournament, Desmond Wade and the backcourt’s roles without […] [Read More]
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Stags lose Needham for the season; Sanders a first-teamer

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As a reporter, it’s never a good time to be away from your cell phone. As Chris Elsberry tweeted first a few minutes ago, Fairfield guard Derek Needham is out for the season with a fractured bone in his left ankle. Needham had never missed a game in his career prior to sitting out Sunday’s […] [Read More]

Needham’s status coming Monday

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Swapped texts with Fairfield coach Sydney Johnson after Sunday’s loss to Rider. He said an update on Needham’s status will come Monday. The MAAC has a media session slated for noon to announced the all-conference men’s and women’s team. Johnson is scheduled to talk on the conference call and I also will meet with him […] [Read More]
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Brunch with the Stags (Waiting on Needham)

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First off, I hope to have an update on Derek Needham’s status later today. The junior guard injured his left foot in the first half of Friday’s 77-72 loss to Iona and never returned. He spent the second half in street clothes after returning from the locker room on crutches. One team source said after […] [Read More]
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SHU makes NEC tourney with help from friends

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Tom Moore and Howie Dickenman should expect a little something extra in their Christmas stockings this year courtesy of Dave Bike. With the help of Moore’s Quinnipiac Bobcats and Dickenman’s Central Connecticut State Blue Devils on Thursday night, the Sacred Heart Pioneers are back in the Northeast Tournament for the first time in three years. […] [Read More]
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Iona expecting full house for Stags’ game

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Fairfield fans planning to attending Friday night’s game vs. Iona in New Rochelle, N.Y. better arrive early – and might want to buy tickets fast, if there are any left. Associate AD Brian Beyrer says the Gaels are expecting a huge turnout for the MAAC showdown between the first-place Gaels (22-6, 13-3 MAAC) and the […] [Read More]
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