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William S. Paxton covers local college sports for Connecticut Post and the Hearst Media Group.
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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]

Live coverage: Friday night doubleheader

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With the race for the regular season MAAC title down to the final two games, we’ll have two of the most meaningful games covered live tonight. Iona and Loyola enter the night tied atop the MAAC standings, with Fairfield a game back. All three teams have a shot at a MAAC regular-season title, though barring […] [Read More]

Breakfast with the Stags (contenders again?)

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The Stags got off to a good start on a critical week by beating Manhattan at home 60-54. However, they can’t enjoy the win very long with a rematch against Loyola, Md. set for Sunday on the road – especially if the Stags lose guard Dez Wade (hamstring) for an extended period of time. HE’S […] [Read More]

Breakfast with the Stags (Streaking Stags)

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The Stags extended their win streak to three games with a 64-56 victory over Siena on Sunday at the Webster Bank Arena. Next up for Fairfield (13-10, 8-4 MAAC) is a rematch with Manhattan at 7:30 Thursday night at the WBA. Here are some notes and quotes from Sunday’s game: REMAIN CALM, ALL IS WELL: […] [Read More]

Mihalich still confident in Stags

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A few notebook items off Tuesday’s MAAC teleconference: HIGH REGARD: The Fairfield Stags might be 6-4 in the MAAC and alone in fourth place, but Friday’s opponent at Webster Bank Arena – the Niagara Purple Eagles – are not taking them lightly. “Everybody is a little surprised,” Niagara coach Joe Mihalich said.  “But they have […] [Read More]

Breakfast with the Stags (Magic of making shots)

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Some leftover news and notes from the Stags’ 81-53 win over Marist on Sunday for you to enjoy Monday morning while waiting for news of Fairfield’s Bracket Buster opponent and date for the rematch with Marist. Also, a new Sit down with Sydney should be up Monday night. FOLLOW THE LEADER: Sacred Heart coach Dave […] [Read More]

Deadly fire postpones Fairfield-Marist game

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The Fairfield men’s basketball team’s game against Marist Sunday in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. has been postponed. Marist College announced the decision after two students were killed in an off-campus fire early Saturday morning. “Out of respect for the students affected by this tragedy, the College is postponing the men’s basketball game on Sunday and the women’s […] [Read More]

Sit Down with Sydney (a little bit of everything)

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After the Fairfield Stags ended a three-game losing skid with a 61-52 win over Rider on Monday night, coach Sydney Johnson was cautiously optimistic about his ball club. In addition to discussing that, we also chatted this week about Vince Van Nes’ future, the hard-working Keith Matthews, Ryan Olander’s foul woes of late and the […] [Read More]