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QuoteStart: Buff Out, Manuel on Hitting, Stairs to the Booth, Superman on Sixers, Musser Calls

Jan 31, 2012, 9:41 AM EDT

The morning's news in key quotations.

Dwight Howard on whether he’d like to play for the Sixers. “This is a great team. They’re playing great basketball right now. For myself, it’s a blessing to be wanted by a lot of teams and cities. I feel honored. Right now, the only thing I can control is what I do with my team,” Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard said diplomatically. “The Sixers do look great. They’ve got some great fans behind them. But my job is to my team. And I’m going to continue to lead my team no matter what.” [John Finger, CSNPhilly]

Charlie Manuel on the Phillies approach at the plate this season:

“We’re going to talk about how to hit in the count and when to
take and when not to. We’re not talking about walks. We don’t teach
nobody to walk. Hitting is offense.” [Mandy Housenick, Allentown Morning Call]

Winnipeg coach Claude Noel on which Jets will miss tonight’s meeting with the Flyers: “Byfuglien is close, but will not be a player (Tuesday). But he’s close and we’re hoping… soon,” said Noel. ” I’m not sure if it’s the next game or not, but it’s going to be close. Burmistrov, we’re going to keep him out for another day but he’s also close. “Other than that, everybody’s ready to go healthy-wise. We’ve just got to get our rust out. There was a lot of rust out there on the ice today. We had to get a special Zamboni out there to come in and clean it up.” [Winnipeg Free Press]

“Long drive to left field, he buried it!” Andy Musser highlight video:

Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien on the status of Nathan Horton, who hasn’t played since being hit by Tom Sestito: “He is getting better,” Julien said. “But for at least three days we won’t be doing anything with him. He’s still at the point where he hasn’t ridden the bike yet, but he is getting better. When you have a concussion it’s about headaches and everything else, and everything is going in the right direction right now.” [ESPN]

Redskins Hall of Famer Darrell Green on Todd Bowles and Juan Castillo working together: “I think Todd will bring great value to an underachieving secondary,” said Green, a Redskins great. “This may be the missing link, from a defensive standpoint. These are two good people. These guys have worked their butts off, and I pray nobody tries to pit them against each other. That wouldn’t be fair to either of them.” [Les Bowen, Daily News]

NESN’s Sean McGrail on the addition of Matt Stairs to the Boston Red Sox broadcast team: “Matt brings incredible passion for the game of baseball and a great sense of humor,” said McGrail. “He adds a unique perspective since he has played with or against most of the current major league players, including one year with Adrian Gonzalez in San Diego.” Also, uh… Jenny Dell. [Boston Globe]

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