New York Jets and Giants express condolences for NYC police officers killed, other quotes of interest to CT and national sports fans

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Compiled by Joel Alderman

How some New York Jets’ players and the New York Giants’ coach expressed themselves about the fatal shootings of two of the city’s police officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu:

“Some innocent blood was spilled. I’m not with that at all. That’s the message that I’m trying to get across. It’s sad, real sad that two officers lost their lives and can’t go home to their families. It’s just tough, man. … I’m with the peaceful protests and stuff like that, defending your rights. … That’s not the way to go, murdering innocent cops.”

Daryl Richardson, NY Jets running back (AP)

“Every one of those guys that’s out there, they risk their lives every day. They go out there to keep the community safe and for that to happen to those two guys, their families, that’s a raw deal. If wearing that (cap) gives them a little bit of comfort or shows support for those folks, I’m happy to do it.”

Nick Mangold, NY Jets center, who wore a black NYPD cap while walking into MetLife Stadium from the team bus, and held it to his heart during the singing of the National Anthem (AP)

“Revenge does nothing except cause more tension. Thoughts and prayers for the families of the NYPD officers from todays shooting.”

Jeff Cumberland, NY Jets tight end (Twitter.com)

“Let’s hope that the voice of reason can prevail. Violence never solves anything. I realize there are issues, but solve them with non-violent means.

Tom Coughlin, NY Giants’ coach, who wore a black strip on the left shoulder of his jacket and a peace sign under the “NY” logo during the team’s game in St Louis (AP)

Now to women’s basketball

“When we’re good, we’re really good. We have flashes where we’re good. We’re not as talented as we were last year. We’re not as experienced as we were last year. Last year we made things look real easy just about all the time. It’s not going to be like that. … We got a great fan base in Connecticut, everyone knows that. We got loyal and passionate fans. Going to Bridgeport the other night proved it. Coming here (Mohegan Sun Arena) today proved it.”

Geno Auriemma, UConn coach; after the weekend wins over DePaul and UCLA. (AP)

Men’s college basketball

(Ryan) Boatright is the best guard we’ve played against thus far. And he has great heart. I thought we did a decent job on him, and he still scored a lot of points.”

Mike Krzyzewski, Duke’s coach; following the Blue Devils’ 10-point win (post game press conference)

“They’re not machines and they’re not computers. They don’t play great every time out.”

–  John Calipari, Kentucky coach; whose #1 team scored the first 24 points in routing UCLA

From the NBA

“We clearly gave up the best player in this deal, and that’s not philosophically what we’d like to do.”

Danny Ainge, Boston Celtics president of basketball operations, who traded star point guard Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks

An Olympian’s disgrace

“I now have the tools to move past this. What I did was wrong, and I made a bad mistake. I’m looking forward to having a much brighter future than I had in the past.

Michael Phelps, 18-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming, who pleaded guilty to a drunken driving charge before being placed on probation

Major League and Independent League Baseball

“There [aren’t] words that I can tell you for you to understand how much Jon and his family mean to me and my family. I was his host on his recruiting trip (at Arizona State) and played with him every step of the way. His focus every day was for his teammates and winning. I’m going to miss playing with him and going through the grind with him.”

Dustin Pedroia, after the Boston second baseman learned that Jon Lester signed with the Cubs. (text message to ESPNBoston.com)

“I’ve had a lot of trade rumors surrounding me the last couple of years, and this one actually happened. I couldn’t ask for a better team to get traded to. If any one of those was going to happen, this is the one I’d want to happen. I mean that sincerely. I’m not just saying that.”

Rick Porcello, when the pitcher was acquired by Boston from Detroit, (Red Sox press conference)

“We’re here to play baseball and win a championship. Period. And if you don’t like that then we’ll send you somewhere else. … It’ll be a team Bridgeport can be proud of.”

Ricky Vanasselberg, new manager of the Bridgeport Bluefish (team press conference)

“The chances of us bringing in another guy who makes $25 million or over are, in my opinion, virtually none.”

Brian Cashman, general manager of the NY Yankees (Newsday)

High School Basketball: Hartford Weaver players wearing “I Can’t Breathe” T-Shirts at their season opener (per Jeff Jacobs, Hartford Courant):

“I want those shirts to show … we are socially aware, and … despite the surroundings, despite the suffocation that goes on all around us, we can really achieve.”

Reggie Hatchett, the Weaver coach

“We’ve been looked down upon in terms of test scores and behavior and so forth. Basketball is our shining light that galvanizes our kids and our community.”

Sterling Scanlon, Weaver athletic director

“We are tagged as wild kids. And something like this shows we have intelligence beyond basketball. We’re not doing it because everybody else is. We have a cause, too.”

Keandre Fair, a Weaver player

Why many state scholastic coaches are upset

“It’s a shame. The CIAC has to do something for the high school coaches, at least to be able to see the kids in the summer when school’s done. If not, there’s going to be an exodus.”

Vin Laczkoski, Notre Dame-Fairfield boys’ basketball coach, reacting to the transfers of athletes to non CIAC prep schools (CT Post)

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