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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 05-16-2018

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LINCOLN – A bittersweet night for Pawtucket fight fans last Friday at the Twin River Event Center saw a former two-sport standout at Tolman High continue his winning ways as a professional boxer, but one of the biggest local fan favorites in the past decade come up short in his come- back bout. Featherweight Ricky Delossantos raised his record to 5-0 on the under- card of the Classic Entertainment & Sports event by grabbing an unanimous-decision triumph over James Early of Washington, D.C., as Delossantos seemingly had his way with Early (3-3) from start to finish and was a 40-36 winner on all three of the judges' cards. The 2007 graduate of THS, who was a standout point guard on the Tigers' basketball team and shortstop on the baseball team, joined the pro boxing ranks last summer, and in his previous fight, on Feb. 23 at Twin River, Delossantos produced his first career knockout with a third-round stoppage of Efren Nunez of New Bedford, Mass. Unfortunately in the main event, super middleweight Rich Gingras, who was in the ring for the first time since Sept. 18, 2015, absorbed an unanimous-decision loss in the six- round main event, as Atlantic City native Antowyan Aikens topped the Fight 2 Fitness and Parkinson's Place owner by scores of 57-56, 58-55, and 58-55. Aikens (13-4-1, 1 KO) kept his dis- tance from the hard-hitting Gingras (15-6-1, 9 KOs) for most of the night and was at his best in the final two rounds, despite losing a point in the sixth round for throwing Gingras down after holding him. It was Aikens' second victory at the Lincoln casino this year. Three months earlier, he gained a split- decision victory over Providence's Vladine Biosse. 12 SPORTS & RECREATION MAY 16-22, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION Delossantos raises pro boxing record to 5-0 Atlantic City fighter ruins Gingras' comeback bid with unanimous-decision victory at Twin River By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor sports@valleybreeze.com Blackstone Academy Charter School 'Born to Run' 5K takes place Sunday PAWTUCKET – Blackstone Academy Charter School will hold its 7th annual "Born to Run" 5K Run/ Walk for children and adults of all ages and abilities on Sunday, May 20, at 10 a.m. at the school's campus on 334 Pleasant St. This year's 5K course will begin behind the school on Taft Street and follow along the river to downtown Pawtucket on Roosevelt Avenue. The course will then continue for two blocks into Central Falls and turn around and come back to the school. There will also be a one-mile family fun run, and the first 100 participants to sign up will receive T-shirts. Visit www.blackstoneacademy.org or call the school at 401-726-1750, ext. 102, to sign up for the race. Youth basketball league begins signups PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Youth Summer Basketball League's upcoming season will take place from June 18 to Aug. 4 at the Smithfield Avenue basketball courts. The league is open to players ages 8-21. The fee to play is $25 for Pawtucket residents and $30 for non- residents. Signups will take place (weather permitting) every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 5 to 6 p.m. until June 4 at the courts. For more information, contact Larry Holloway at 401-359-0635. Make Money Making A Difference Donate plasma and earn up to $400 per month* 66 Newport Ave., East Providence, RI 02916, 401-214-0587 1775 Bald Hill Rd., Warwick, RI 02886, 401-250-8034 CSLPlasma.com *Applicable for eligible, qualified new donors. Fees vary by weight and location. New donors must bring photo ID, proof of address and Social Security number

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