Quotestart: Winnipeg Steals One, Andy Reid Speaks, & Injury Updates Galore

Quotestart: Winnipeg Steals One, Andy Reid Speaks, & Injury Updates Galore

Winnipeg's Chris Thorburn on ending his 60-game goal scoring drought in last night's 2-1 shootout victory over the Flyers: "You know what? I haven't had that feeling in a while. I tell you what, there's not many feelings like that. I actually turned to the corner for my celebration and no one came to me. It kind of felt odd. It was great, it was awesome. [Ed Tait, Winnipeg Free Press]

Sydney Crosby on the possibility a soft-tissue injury in his upper neck is a cause of concussion-like symptoms: "I hope so. I think the biggest thing to take from it is that [the neck injury] is something I can work on. There's a pretty big possibility that it could be causing some of the issues. I really hope that's the case and hope that with some treatment it will improve and that's, hopefully, the end of it." [Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Spencer Hawes on when he'll be able to return from a strained Achilles': “When I can really run. If we could just play in the half court, I could be OK and probably cover it up. But when I have to run and get up on my toes and change directions, those are the things I have to continue to work on and be diligent about.” [Dei Lynam, CSN]

The Bulls could be without guard and Coatesville native Richard "Rip" Hamilton tonight against Sixers: Hamilton responded to playing 36 minutes against the Heat on Sunday by sitting Monday in Washington ... [and] now has missed more games than he has played, 12 to 11. Hamilton guarded Dwyane Wade effectively Sunday, giving a glimpse of his importance come playoff time. But he admitted to feeling like he was "playing on one leg" after that game. [K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune]

Andy Reid on what happened with Steve Spagnuolo: "Steve Spangnoulo, I know, was another topic and one that I understand. He's a fine football coach. Steve and I are good friends and we talked throughout the season as we do every year. When Steve was released from the Rams I did offer him a spot here to coach, if he needed one, a place to land with open arms. And my feeling was that you can have two great coaches on defense and that's even better than just having Juan himself, so that's about as far as it went there. We didn't talk about titles. We didn't go into any of that. He had opportunities to look at other places. He wanted to do that, which I completely understand. And he ended up going to New Orleans." [PE.com]

Bill Belichick on Jason Pierre-Paul's "wow" factor on film: "Probably about five times a game he has plays like that. He comes out of nowhere
and makes a tackle. Or jumps ten feet in the air and bats down a ball.
Or makes an athletic move at the line of scrimmage while keeping his
balance. He’s a rare athlete." [ProFootballTalk]

Aaron Rodgers on the NFC's 1,951-1,347 victory in the Pro Bowl: "I was just surprised that some of the guys either didn't want to play or when they were in there didn't put any effort into it." [ESPN.com]

A recruiting analyst's take on how the New England Patriots' Super Bowl run impacts Penn State and head coach Bill O'Brien: "It's not a good thing for Penn State. I don't know the inner workings. I don't know if he said, 'Yeah, I'll take the job, but I need this.' And Penn State was desperate. It's not like people were lining up for the job. It's a tough job. But if you're Penn State, selfishly, you had to be hoping New England would get knocked out in the first round. I've said this before -- Penn State fans should've been rooting against the Patriots, to get their coach on campus." [Albert Breer, NFL.com]

Instant Replay: Phillies 4, Reds 3

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Instant Replay: Phillies 4, Reds 3

BOX SCORE

The Phillies rallied for a 4-3 walk-off win over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.

Tommy Joseph won it with a single up the middle with no outs in the bottom of the ninth. The hit scored Aaron Altherr, who had singled and moved to second on a wild pitch.

The Phils have won just six of their last 27 games. Joseph has had a walk-off, game-winning hit in the last two wins.

In addition to Joseph, who also homered, the star of the game was the Phillies' bullpen. Four Phils' relievers combined on 3 2/3 scoreless innings after starter Jerad Eickhoff exited. The Phillies' bullpen is riding a 19 2/3-innings scoreless streak.

Starting pitching report
Eickhoff allowed eight hits and three runs over 5 1/3 innings. He gave up a bunt hit and a two-run homer to the first two batters of the game but took a 3-2 lead into the sixth inning. He allowed a leadoff single and a one-out RBI double in that inning as the Reds tied the game at 3-3.

Veteran Bronson Arroyo, back in action at age 40 after recovering from surgery the last two seasons, gave up three runs — all on solo homers — over five innings.

Bullpen report
Good work by Edubray Ramos to get two outs in the sixth to strand a runner in scoring position and preserve a 3-3 tie. Pat Neshek, Joaquin Benoit and Hector Neris each followed with a scoreless inning. Neris struck out dangerous Joey Votto on a splitter with a man on base to end the top of the ninth. He got the win.

Austin Brice pitched two scoreless innings for the Reds. Michael Lorenzen took the loss. He gave up two hits in the ninth. Joseph's game-winning hit came on a 97 mph heater.

At the plate
Cesar Hernandez, Michael Saunders and Joseph all clouted solo homers for the Phillies. Joseph has six homers in his last 21 games.

Zack Cozart smacked a two-run homer against Eickhoff in the first inning. The Reds tied the game on a one-out double by Scooter Gennett in the sixth.

Remembering Bunning
Jim Bunning died Friday night. Larry Bowa recalled the impact that the Hall of Famer had on his career (see story).

Up next
The series concludes Sunday afternoon. Zach Eflin (0-2, 5.36) and Scott Feldman (3-4, 3.99) are the pitchers.

Soul hold off Valor in 48-47 win, remain unbeaten on the season

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Soul hold off Valor in 48-47 win, remain unbeaten on the season

The Soul on Saturday survived a late scare and moved to 7-0 on the season with a 48-47 win over the Washington Valor at Verizon Center.

With 41 seconds left, the Valor scored a touchdown and appeared poised to tie up the game. However, a fumbled snap led to a failed extra-point attempt and the Soul promptly recovered the ensuing onside kick.

"It’s hard to win a game in arena football, but we'll take them any way we can," Soul head coach Clint Dolezel told the team's official website. "We are definitely happy with 7-0 and looking forward to this bye week to get healed up and ready to finish the second half of the season." 

Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh led the way with 148 passing yards and five touchdowns. Wide receiver Ryan McDaniel led the team with four receptions, racking up 49 yards, while Darius Reynolds had 54 yards on three receptions. Each receiver reeled in two touchdown catches while Shaun Kauleinamoku accounted for the fifth score.

Running back Mykel Benson ran in a one-yard touchdown while Chirs Duvalt returned a kickoff 58 yards for a touchdown before halftime.

The Soul have a bye week before returning to the Wells Fargo Center on June 10 to face the Cleveland Gladiators.