Quotestart: Paterno's Legacy, Harts & Loops, Manuel's Bullpen, and the Meeks Mill

Quotestart: Paterno's Legacy, Harts & Loops, Manuel's Bullpen, and the Meeks Mill

The morning's stories in key quotations.

Joe Paterno on his legacy: "They ask me what I want written about me when I'm gone," Paterno famously said. "I hope they write I made Penn State a better place, not just that I was a good football coach." [Collegian]

Nike founder and chairman Phil Knight on Joe Paterno: "I do not follow conventional wisdom, " Knight continued. "Joe is my hero." The crowd stood again in applause a minute later when Knight closed a thought by asking, "Who are the real trustees at Penn State University?" [Kevin McGuire, Examiner]

Scott Hartnell on sharing a toilet with former teammate Joffrey Lupul at the All-Star Draft: "Let's just say we shared the same bathroom at one time. He had to get out there quick. Everyone likes to play swords I guess," he said, with a laugh. [Puck Daddy]

Charlie Manuel on the Phillies bullpen upon Brad Lidge's departure: "We have some question marks in our bullpen," Manuel said. "But at the same time, we always have one or two guys a year that come into their own and they throw better than they usually have. Right now, I'm not really concerned about all that." [Matt Gelb, Inquirer]

New Union striker and Panama captain Gabriel Gomez's impressions of his new team: “The little that I know about the team comes from the sporting manager, [head of scouting and player development} Diego Gutiérrez,” Gómez said. “I’ve also spoken a lot with Freddy Adu, who was my teammate in Portugal. I know of a few of the players like Faryd Mondragón, and Peter Nowak, who’s a great coach – I don’t have any doubts about that.” [Philadelphia Union]

Sixers coach Doug Collins on a blip he'd rather not see become a trend: “I thought last night we went more east to west than north-south,” Collins said. “We started going this way like a windshield wiper instead of penetrating. “I have two gauges I look at for our team. How do we start a game turnover wise? We had five quickly last night. And how many shots does Jodie Meeks get in the course of a game? When he gets four that says to me the ball is not moving.” [Dei Lynam, CSNPhilly]

Get Ya on Yer Way

CSN, TCN to air 25 of Union's 34 games in 2017

CSN, TCN to air 25 of Union's 34 games in 2017

Twenty-five of the Union’s 34 games in 2017 will be featured on CSN and TCN, as Jim Curtin’s club vies for a second straight playoff berth.

Twenty matches will air on TCN, while five can be seen on CSN. The nine others will be appear across 6ABC, ESPN and FOX Sports 1.

The Union’s season opener on March 5 at the Vancouver Whitecaps will broadcast on TCN and the team’s home opener on March 11 against Toronto FC will air on CSN. The next three games — March 18 at Orlando City SC, April 1 at D.C. United and April 8 vs. the Portland Timbers — will be shown on TCN.

The Union are coming off an 11-14-9 season and their second-ever trip to the MLS playoffs in which they suffered a first-round exit to Toronto FC.

For the Union’s full 2017 schedule, click here.

Best of NHL: Toews nets hat trick in Blackhawks' win over Wild

Best of NHL: Toews nets hat trick in Blackhawks' win over Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Jonathan Toews had three goals and two assists and the Chicago Blackhawks beat rival Minnesota 5-3 on Tuesday night for their second win over the Western Conference-leading Wild in less than two weeks.

Toews notched his fourth career hat trick on an empty-netter with 1:02 left to stave off a spirited rally by the Wild, who began a franchise-record eight-game homestand on Feb. 8 with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Blackhawks. Toews had a goal and two assists in that one and has 37 points in 35 career games against Minnesota.

Chicago's captain has been chewing up almost everyone else, too, with 20 points in his last 12 games. Toews' wing men Nick Schmaltz and Richard Panik had the other goals, giving the Blackhawks 34 goals in their last eight games. Their first line totaled nine points.

Mikael Granlund's second power-play goal for the Wild brought them within 4-3, before Ryan Suter hit the crossbar with a shot that nearly tied it (see full recap).

Islanders open 9-game road trip with win
DETROIT -- Calvin de Haan was credited with a go-ahead goal that caromed off an opponent late in the second period and the New York Islanders went on to beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 Tuesday night.

De Haan's shot from above the left circle was stopped by Petr Mrazek, but the rebound went off Detroit defenseman Xavier Ouellet and the back of the goaltender's left leg and into the net. John Tavares scored early in the third period to give the Islanders a two-goal lead and they coasted to the victory.

Josh Bailey had a goal and an assist, and Thomas Greiss stopped 26 shots for New York.

Henrik Zetterberg scored for Detroit and Mrazek finished with 19 saves.

The Islanders, in contention for a wild-card spot, began a stretch of nine straight road games by winning for the third time in four games and improved to 8-13-4 away from home (see full recap).

Crosby, Penguins take care of Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Sidney Crosby scored the go-ahead goal on a deflection in the second period, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Evgeni Malkin and Scott Wilson also scored to help the reigning Stanley Cup champions bounce back from their only loss since the All-Star break. Pittsburgh moved three points behind East-leading Washington and is 7-1-3 since the break.

Jeff Skinner scored for the last-place Hurricanes, who have their second five-game losing streak in the past five weeks. They have been outscored 19-4 during the current slide.

Matt Murray made 29 saves for the Penguins while Cam Ward stopped 19 shots for Carolina (see full recap).