QuoteStart: Pence vs Punx, Nowak on Califf, Suter Suitors, Bulls on Sixers' Parade, TU and PSU Recruiting Classes

QuoteStart: Pence vs Punx, Nowak on Califf, Suter Suitors, Bulls on Sixers' Parade, TU and PSU Recruiting Classes

The morning's news in key quotations...

Hunter Pence upon his arrival in Clearwater: "First day in Clearwater, this place is beautiful!" [@HunterPence3]

Punxsutawney Phil: "Six more weeks of 'winter.' "

Advantage, Mr. Pence. Much more below...

Union manager Peter Nowak on Danny Califf resuming club captaincy: “I think it’s a natural thing right now that Danny Califf will take over as captain,” Nowak told the media after the team’s open training session at YSC Sports. “He was [next in line] behind Faryd when Faryd went down [with a broken finger on Sept. 3], and Danny took over as captain. So we’re not going to change anything with that.” [Kevin Kinkead, PhiladelphiaUnion.com]
 
Temple head football coach Steve Addazio on a highly acclaimed recruiting class: “We are a big-time Division I football program in the Northeast, so we’re gonna go compete with the big guys,” Addazio said. “As we grow, we’ll go toe-to-toe with them more.” [Dave Zeitlin, CSNPhilly]

Tom Lemming, recruiting analyst for CBS Sports, on Penn State's recruiting class: What they’re trying to do now,” Lemming added, “is keep their head above water. Given the circumstances, they did a great job,” said Brian Dohn, recruiting analyst for Scout.com. “But the circumstances were near-impossible, to be honest.” [Gordie Jones, CSNPhilly]

Nashville Predators GM David Poile on contract negotiations with pending
free agent defenseman Ryan Suter: “It’s just ongoing, it’s the same
situation,” Poile said. “Everything is being said the way you want a
player to say it and the way you want a negotiation to go, except for
the final commitment. It’s almost like we’re having a good time
together, but we haven’t decided to get married yet.” [The Tennesseean]

Andy Reid on counting on the Eagles' offense to carry the team early in 2011: "I think the best thing I could tell you on that is I knew there were a lot of moving parts on defense," Reid said. "I understood that. I thought it would take some time. How much time, you don't know that, but you felt like it would take some time to get everybody working and pulling the rope in the same direction. On the offensive side, really everybody was coming back. We did have a new line coach [Howard Mudd] and a new scheme there, but it wasn't that dramatic, so I anticipated the offense carrying the defense, allowing the defense to grow. That didn't happen." [Rich Hofmann, Daily News]

Derrick Rose on the Sixers, who spanked the Bulls last night: “They’re a good defensive team, making it hard, being scrappy. They’ve got a lot of athletic people on their team. They’re a good team,” said Rose. “They’ve got a lot of athletic people on their team, especially their wings. Andre [Iguodala] came out and played great for them tonight, just playing aggressive and everybody else fed off of him. [CSNChicago]

Get Ya on Yer Way
BRB gonna be practicin my 'seater' move…

RIP Don Cornelius

Jeremy Hellickson leaves final start of season with right knee sprain

Jeremy Hellickson leaves final start of season with right knee sprain

Updated: 9:15 p.m.

ATLANTA — Phillies pitcher Jeremy Hellickson left his final start of the season Thursday night with a right knee sprain.

Facing the Atlanta Braves, Hellickson had gotten one out in the fourth inning when he waved for athletic trainer Scott Sheridan to come to the mound. Hellickson left the field with Sheridan by his side.

Hellickson did not allow a run in 3 1/3 innings. He gave up just one hit, walked none and struck out four.

Hellickson finished the season 12-10 with a 3.71 ERA in 32 starts. The Phillies acquired the 29-year-old right-hander in a trade with Arizona last fall. 

Hellickson will become a free agent after the World Series. The Phillies could extend him a one-year salary offer of $17 million. If Hellickson accepts, he would return to the club in 2017. If he rejects the offer and seeks a multi-year deal elsewhere, the Phillies would get a compensatory pick between the first and second rounds of next year's draft. 

Former Eagles CB Byron Maxwell benched by Dolphins

Former Eagles CB Byron Maxwell benched by Dolphins

Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell is not starting tonight against the Bengals. Maxwell, who the Eagles traded this past offseason, was already seeing his playing time diminish. Now, he will sit in favor of Tony Lippett, who has not seen a single snap for the Dolphins this season.

The Eagles' big trade this offseason keeps getting better and better. They acquired the eighth overall pick in the draft in exchange for the 13th overall pick, Maxwell and Kiko Alonzo. Not only were they able to rid themselves of Maxwell’s awful contract, but they were able to get value for a player who is now not considered an NFL starter. 

The eighth overall pick that the Eagles acquired from Miami was flipped to the Browns among other picks to move up to No. 2. As you may know, that No. 2 pick became offensive Rookie of the Month Carson Wentz. 

At the time of the trade, Maxwell originally failed his physical because of a shoulder injury. It was reported that the shoulder was so bad he could not perform a simple pushup, but the Dolphins traded for him anyway.

The Byron Maxwell trade was the stepping stone for the Eagles to land their quarterback of the future, and this news can only make them feel better about the move. Howie Roseman had an incredible offseason cleaning up the mess Chip Kelly left behind, and Maxwell’s benching will certainly help his case for executive of the year.