WFC Scott Eyre Retires

WFC Scott Eyre Retires

According to Phillies scribe Todd Zolecki, the Phillies reliever is packing up his RV with his wife, kids, and their four dogs and riding off into the sunset. There or Wally World, we're not sure.

In all seriousness, Eyre was a vital part of the Phillies 2008 WFC run and his personality really came through during last year's run. The guy was eminently likable. His parting quotes prove the same.

From Zolecki's piece:

"Every day I think about what I'm going to miss," he said. "I'm going
to miss going to the clubhouse. Being with the Phillies, I'm going to
miss seeing Chad Durbin sitting at his locker doing the crossword
puzzle. I'm going to miss watching Brad [Lidge] read his biblical books
in his locker after batting practice, eating the biggest sandwich I've
ever seen anybody eat. I've talked to guys about it. I talked to [Jon]
Lieber about it. Basically, you miss the camaraderie with the guys. And
the Phillies' clubhouse is great. That's one of the reasons why Cliff
[Lee] didn't want to leave. It's one of the best clubhouses you could
be in. I don't care what anybody says about theirs. I've been in a few
of them. This is one of the best. I never once said, 'I don't want to
go to the field today.'"

And we're going to miss you, Mr. Eyre.

There was a chance that Eyre would be back in '10 but he and Ruben couldn't come together on a number and even if they did, Eyre seemed like he could have still hung up his cleats.

Best of luck on that road trip and future endeavors. Two kids, a wife, and four dogs in an RV sounds like quite the adventure.

>>Phillies reliever Eyre retires [MLB]

College hoops wrap: Penn State steamrolled by No. 21 Purdue

College hoops wrap: Penn State steamrolled by No. 21 Purdue

Villanova headlined Philly college basketball action today with a 78-68 win over Providence, led by Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins (see full recap). The win is dampened with the news that Phil Booth is increasingly unlikely to return this season as he still deals with knee discomfort (see story).

Here's a snapshot from the rest of area hoops today.

Penn State steamrolled by No. 21 Purdue
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The way it played this week, No. 21 Purdue is acting like a team that is determined to be in the race for the Big Ten championship all the way to the end of the regular season.

Caleb Swanigan had 19 points and 12 rebounds, Purdue built an 18-point halftime lead and coasted to a 77-52 victory over Penn State on Saturday, four days after shooting 60.4 percent in a 91-68 victory against Illinois.

Against Penn State, the Boilermakers (16-4, 5-2) got 13 points from freshman guard Carsen Edwards and 10 each from Dakota Mathias and Vince Edwards.

"I would just say we were coming out ready to play," said Vince Edwards, who added seven rebounds and three assists. "Our goal is to win the Big Ten. Our focus is to take care of business."

Josh Reaves led Penn State (11-9, 3-4) with 12 points. The Nittany Lions made only 20 of 64 field goal attempts (31.3 percent) and were outrebounded 39-30. Purdue shot 56.6 percent (30 of 53) (see full recap).

Drexel drops road game at CAA-leading UNC Wilmington
WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Devontae Cacok scored 12 points and set a Colonial Athletic Association record with 24 rebounds, helping UNC Wilmington stay perfect in conference with an 87-74 win over Drexel on Saturday.

Cacok, whose previous career-high rebounding was 16, broke the school record (21) and conference record (22) late in the second half as the Seahawks cruised to their ninth straight home win, tying the best mark in program history.

UNC Wilmington (19-2, 8-0) led 53-51 with 15:01 left before four players combined to rattle off 12 straight points. Cacok capped the run with one of his 11 offensive rebounds and a dunk to give the Seahawks a 65-51 lead with 11:23 remaining.

UNC Wilmington is off to its best start ever and has won 24 of its last 26 conference games, including 12 straight. Chris Flemmings led the Seahawks with 17 points.

Sammy Mojica had 15 points and Rodney Williams added 14 for Drexel (7-13, 1-6), which has lost seven of eight (see full recap).

Delaware swept in season series with Towson
NEWARK, Del. -- Mike Morsell and Arnaud William Adala Moto pulled down a dozen boards as Towson won its fourth straight and a season sweep of Delaware with a 75-58 win on Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers are fresh off a win over Hofstra that saw them erase a 16-point first-half deficit, and momentum carried over when they built a 17-point lead at halftime.

Alex Thomas and John Davis added 13 and 12 points, respectively, but Towson saw its streak of three-straight games shooting better than 50 percent end. The Tigers hit 26 of 55 shots from the floor (47.3 percent), including 6 of 15 from deep.

Delaware snapped a six-game losing streak Thursday with a win over Northeastern. Ryan Daly scored 21 points for Delaware and became the first freshman in school history to post six 20-plus efforts in a season. He reached double-digits for the 12th time in 13 games (see full recap).