Sports Quotes of the Year

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LONDON 2012

Lord Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London 2012 organising committee, reflects on a brilliant Olympic Games: "When our time came, Britain - we did it right. Thank you!"

International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge borrows deftly from the national anthem to capture the Games' atmosphere: "These were happy and glorious Games."

London Mayor Boris Johnson: "If you were to say to me that we have just held the greatest games ever in Britain, I would say you are on the right track."

  • London grinds to a halt as the victory parade makes it's way through the streets.
  • The Brownlee brothers Alistair and Jonathan show off their medals from the triathlon.
  • A marching band make their way down the victory route and lead the parade.
  • Also leading the parade are two British Lions.
  • Sir Chris Hoy and an emotional Victoria Pendleton wave to the crowds.
  • Rebecca Adlington enjoys the parade after what could have been her last Olympics.
  • Nicola Adams from Leeds became the first woman to win an Olympic boxing gold medal and she's loving every minute since.
  • Team GB's long jump hero Greg Rutherford lifts his gold medal in front of St. Paul's Cathedral.
  • The streets of London are ram packed with people hoping to catch a glimpse of the Olympians.
  • After his fifth Olympics, Ben Ainslie enjoys a unique victory parade following the end of London 2012.
  • Diver Tom Daley shows off his bronze medal...
  • ...the young diver has plenty of admirers in the crowd today.
  • Some people take extreme measures to get a good view of their heroes.
  • Here's what many travelled to see, double gold medallist Mo Farah doing the 'Mobot'.
  • British Paralympian Ellie Simmonds greets the waiting crowds.
  • Zara Phillips poses with her silver medal won in the Equestian team eventing.
  • Trafalgar Square is a sea of bodies as the Olympic parade winds it's way through the City of London.
  • Face of the Games, Jessica Ennis proudly shows off her Olympic gold to the joy of the crowd.
  • The gymnasts Beth Tweddle and Sky Sports Scholar Louis Smith share a float together.
  • Tennis doubles silver medallist Laura Robson greets the fans.
  • The sheer scale of the turnout today says it all, but just in case the athletes weren't sure, there are plenty of banners with messages on display.
  • British Airways send over a plane with a special message on the underbelly.
Pictures from Team GB's victory parade in the City of London following the end of London 2012.

Coe after Edith Bosch, Holland's judo bronze medallist, hit out physically and verbally at a spectator who tried to disrupt the Olympic 100m final by throwing a bottle onto the track: "I'm not suggesting vigilantism but it was actually poetic justice that they happened to be sitting next to a judo player. I think the expression is 'ippon'."

HEROES AND WINNERS

Bradley Wiggins jokes after being handed the microphone on the podium after becoming the first Briton to win the Tour de France: "Right, we're just going to draw the raffle numbers."

  • The jersey winners lined up early on to celebrate their achievements
  • No prizes for guessing who was the centre of attention before the start...
  • Bradley Wiggins signed plenty of autographs...
  • ...A very special day awaited the champion-elect
  • The Team Sky cars were rebranded yellow to mark the win
  • Wiggins looked slightly pensive on the start line...
  • ...But he was soon all smiles as he saluted his magnificent team
  • Wiggins gets a well-deserved glass of champagne after an epic performance over the last three weeks
  • Wiggins' achievement was also acknowledged from Sports Directors of the other teams
  • Outgoing champion Cadel Evans chats to Chris Froome
  • A welcome view for every rider as the Eiffel Tower comes into focus
  • The British fans turned out in force
  • The pace was increased as the Arc de Triomphe came into view
  • The Team Sky train got into position
  • Onto the Champs-Elysees and Wiggins was part of the leadout for Cavendish
  • Cavendish went for a long sprint and held on for his fourth straight win on the Champs-Elysees
  • Wiggins celebrates his win as he crosses the line with Mick Rogers
  • Cavendish celebrated the 23rd Tour de France stage victory of his career with a kiss from his daughter
  • The top two in the GC, Wiggins (right) and Froome, were soon stepping onto the podium
  • They were joined by third-placed Vincenzo Nibali (right)
  • Wiggins is embraced by his wife Cath
  • Peter Sagan, winner of three stages, claimed the green jersey
  • And Thomas Voeckler upheld French pride as King of the Mountains
  • Tejay van Garderen was best young rider
  • Wiggins offered his thanks to the British fans who had travelled over, or under, the Channel to witness his victory
The pick of the images from a perfect final stage of the Tour de France for Team Sky.

Wiggins realises the enormity of his achievements after adding Olympic time-trial gold to his Tour title: "To go out there and put a performance like that together nine days after the Tour and win another Olympic title in another event, it is never, ever going to get any better than that."

Mo Farah celebrates after completing a stunning double of Olympic 10,000 and 5,000m titles: "I am just amazed - two gold medals, who would have thought that?"

Andy Murray manages just three words before breaking down in tears after losing the Wimbledon final to Roger Federer. He returned to the same venue a month later to beat the Swiss in the Olympic final: "I'm getting closer."

  • Andy Murray lifts the US Open trophy and becomes the first Briton for 76 years to win a grand slam title.
  • Andy Murray was looking to win his first Grand Slam title with victory in the US Open final against Novak Djokovic.
  • Djokovic hoped to defend his crown at Flushing Meadows.
  • Sean Connery couldn't stay away as he hoped for Scottish success.
  • Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was also wishing for some Murray magic.
  • It was a tough start for Djokovic.
  • But Murray couldn't keep his opponent down as the first set went to a tie-break.
  • The tie-break was a cracker and Murray won it 12-10.
  • The reigning champion found himself on the back foot in the second set...
  • as the British number one doubled his lead, meaning for the first time he had won two sets in a slam final...
  • leaving Djokovic on his knees.
  • The Serbian wasn't done just yet, however, as he launched a fightback in the third...
  • as Murray became more and more frustrated.
  • Flushing Meadows looked a picture with the lights on as an epic final moved into a fifth hour...
  • Djokovic played some sublime tennis to take the fourth set, meaning a decider was required to find out who would lift the trophy.
  • Murray's girlfriend Kim Sears enjoys the final set action from the players' box.
  • The British no.1 closes the deciding set out on his serve and is in disbelief after realising he has just won the US Open.
  • The Australian Open champion Djokovic congratulates his good friend Murray at the net after four hours and 54 minutes of gruelling action.
A look at the best pictures from day 15 of the US Open at Flushing Meadows.

Murray, after ending Britain's 76-year wait for a men's singles grand slam winner at the US Open: "When I realised I had won, I was a little bit shocked, I was very relieved and I was very emotional."

Rory McIlroy is almost lost for words after winning the USPGA title at Kiawah Island by eight strokes: "I don't think I have let it sink in yet - I am speechless."

Usain Bolt after becoming the first man to win the Olympic 100 and 200m sprint double twice in succession: "I'm now a living legend. Bask in my glory."

Heptathlete Jessica Ennis, poster girl for London 2012, after claiming the Olympic gold that seemed her destiny: "I told myself at the start that I'm only going to have one moment to do this in front of a crowd in London and I just wanted to give them a good show."

Sir Chris Hoy bows out of Olympic competition after winning his British record sixth gold: "This is enough for me - this is the perfect end to my Olympic career."

Ben Ainslie warns his Finn class rivals before going out to complete victory and claim a fourth Olympic gold: "They've made a big mistake. They've made me angry and you don't want to make me angry."

Nicola Adams plans her modest celebrations after winning Olympic boxing gold: "I'm going out with the old man and the family to Nando's."

Alistair Brownlee lives up to his billing to win triathlon gold: "The pressure was stacked up and so many things put to bed today."

  • Helen Glover and Heather Stanning got the gold rush under way in the women's pair
  • Bradley Wiggins: King of the time trial
  • Etienne Stott and Tim Baillie: Memorable gold in the canoe slalom
  • Moments later Peter Wilson picked up a shooting gold at the Royal Artillery Barracks.
  • Chris Hoy, Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny won the team sprint in the velodrome
  • Katherine Grainger's wait for Olympic gold ended with Anna Watkins
  • There was team pursuit glory for Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Steven Burke and Peter Kennaugh
  • Victoria Pendleton delighted the velodrome crowd with victory in the keirin
  • Alex Gregory, Pete Reed, Tom James and Andrew Triggs Hodge triumphed in the men's four
  • Katherine Copeland and Sophie Hosking 'won the Olympics'
  • A stunning gold for Joanna Rowsell Laura Trott and Dani King in the team pursuit
  • Jessica Ennis lit up the Olympic Stadium with heptathlon gold
  • Moments later Greg Rutherford claimed long jump glory
  • And Mo Farah capped off the first of two 'Super Saturday's' with victory in the 10000m
  • Ben Ainslie won a fourth straight sailing gold medal
  • Andy Murray got his revenge on Roger Federer to claim tennis glory
  • Nick Skelton, Ben Maher, Scott Brash and Peter Charles won gold in the showjumping
  • Jason Kenny picked up his second gold of the Games in the sprint
  • Alistair Brownlee was an impressive winner of the triathlon
  • Carl Hester Laura Bechtolsheimer and Charlotte Dujardin teamed up for victory in the dressage
  • Laura Trott emerged as a cycling star as she won the omnium for her second London 2012 gold
  • Chris Hoy couldn't hold back the tears as he became Britain's most successful Olympian of all time with his sixth career gold - this one in the keirin
  • Charlotte Dujardin stole the dressage show to clinch individual gold
  • Nicola Adams won the hearts of a nation with her big smile and by winning the first women's boxing gold
  • Late on day 13, Jade Jones delighted the crowd with her taekwondo triumph
  • The Usain Bolt of the canoe world - Ed McKeever - stormed to glory in the K1 200m sprint.
  • Mo Farah etched his name into Olympic history by joining the elite group of men to complete the long distance double
  • Luke Campbell gave the men's boxers their first gold of the Games
  • Anthony Joshua won Britain's 29th and final gold of an incredible Olympics with victory in the super-heavyweight final.
All the best pictures of the athletes who won Great Britain's 29 medals at this summer's Olympic Games.

Greg Rutherford feels he should have bettered the 8.31m that won him Olympic long jump gold: "I thought I was going to jump further than that, but I don't care, I'm Olympic champion."

Nick Skelton, at the age of 54, finally wins an Olympic gold at his sixth Games by helping Britain to team showjumping success: "It's been a long time coming."

Former Canada Paralympian Jeff Adams hails Great Britain's David Weir, winner of four Paralympic gold medals at London 2012, as the best wheelchair racer of all time: "I don't want to say he's unbeatable - but you can't beat him."

Ellie Simmonds pays tribute to the crowd after retaining her Paralympic 400m title in a time five seconds inside the old world record: "When I came out and there was a massive roar it gave me a massive buzz."

Oscar Pistorious, beaten into fourth place, praises the performance of Britain's Jonnie Peacock in winning gold in the Paralympic T44 100m: "We just witnessed one of the great performances from Jonnie."

Cyclist Sarah Storey struggles to take in the enormity of her achievement after winning her fourth gold of the London Paralympics and the 11th of her career: "I don't know if it will ever sink in."

Tom Daley celebrates his bronze medal in the Olympic 10m platform diving: "It was an amazing moment after all the things I've been through. All the hard work and all the things I've done... along with my dad. I wish he was there to see it but I know he'd be proud of what I've done."

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini after his side's injury time victory over QPR sealed the Barclays Premier League title: "It's fantastic for the club and the supporters after 44 years. It's been a crazy season and a crazy last minute."

Didier Drogba, scorer of the winning penalty, believes Chelsea's Champions League final win over Bayern Munich represented the fulfilment of their destiny: "It was written, I think, a long time ago."

Warrington coach Tony Smith hails Brett Hodgson after the veteran Australian recovered from being knocked out to play a starring role in the Challenge Cup final win over Leeds: "I've said before he's not the fastest, strongest - or even the best-looking - but he knows how to play footy."

  • Man of the Match Brett Hodgson finds himself in a tough position
  • A delighted Chris Riley after crossing over for a try
  • Kevin Sinfield lines up a kick
  • The celebrations start again for Warrington ...
  • ... and continue down on the pitch
  • The outstanding Brett Hodgson gets his hands on the cup
  • Tony Smith and veteran Adrian Morley
  • It was a tough loss to take for Jamie Peacock ...
  • ... and the rest of the Leeds Rhinos
  • Warrington make it three Challenge Cups in the last four years
All the action from the Carnegie Challenge Cup final at Wembley.

Teenage striker Tony Watt after scoring the goal which secured a famous 2-1 win for Celtic over Barcelona: "It's probably the best moment of my life, I'll look back at it when I'm older and think, 'We've just beaten Barcelona in the Champions League' - there's nothing better."

World Cup hero Sir Geoff Hurst pays tribute to England captain Steven Gerrard ahead of winning his 100th cap: "If you asked me to name the Premier League footballer who has given me the most pleasure, or who I would pay good money to watch, this century, Gerrard would be my choice."

Zlatan Ibrahimovic delivers an understated description of his 25-yard bicycle kick in Sweden's 4-2 friendly win over England: "It was a nice goal."

Captain Jose Maria Olazabal thanks his team, referencing his late great friend Seve Ballesteros, after Europe's Ryder Cup win at Medinah: "All men die but not all men live and you made me feel alive again this week."

Lee Westwood reflects on Europe team-mate Ian Poulter's awe-inspiring performance: "We have actually revised the qualification for next time. It's nine (qualifying) spots, two picks and Poults."

  • The European team get it's hands on the Ryder Cup after one of the most dramatic turnarounds in the history of the tournament.
  • As Martin Kaymer holes his putt on the 18th to seal a 1up victory over Steve Stricker, the celebrations begin for Europe.
  • Paul Lawrie hoists the flag of Scotland and celebrates victory with his wife and caddie.
  • Great spirit between the teams is shown as Tiger Woods congratulates Rory McIlroy.
  • Lee Westwood flies the St. George's Cross and did Europe proud with a big performance today.
  • Many of the European players attribute the victory to their captain Jose Maria Olazabal.
  • As always, Mr Ryder Cup himself, Ian Poulter leads the celebrations.
  • Lee Westwood and Luke Donald pop the champagne corks.
  • The fans are showered in the fizz and will be celebrating well into the night.
  • Inside the European locker room Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy continue the party.
  • Martin Kaymer comes to terms with what he and Team Europe have achieved.
  • Vice-captain Darren Clarke enjoys the moment with his team.
  • Sergio Garcia gets in on the action.
  • The European team captain attempts to compose himself before an emotional speech.
  • Jose Maria Olazabal kisses the trophy after guiding Europe to a second consecutive victory.
  • The Spaniard hoists the trophy to the cheers of the European supporters.
  • The English boys pose for a photo with Jose Maria Olazabal.
  • Ian Poulter celebrates his third Ryder Cup success.
  • Martin Kaymer smuggles the Ryder Cup back to Europe after holding his nerve on the final day.
Pictures from the celebrations at Medinah as Europe complete a remarkable comeback to clinch victory.

Rory McIlroy breathes a sigh of relief after coming within minutes of missing the tee time for his singles match against Keegan Bradley after a mix-up over American time zones: "I don't want to imagine what it would have been like if we'd lost by a point."

VILLAINS

Kevin Pietersen sparks an extraordinary stand-off with the England and Wales Cricket Board which led to him being frozen out of the national side for two months: "For me, the saddest part about all this is that the spectators just love watching me play. But the politics is what I have to deal with personally. It's tough being me in this dressing room."

Dereck Chisora threatens David Haye further after the pair brawl at a press conference, an incident which prompted a police investigation, widespread condemnation and - not surprisingly to any cynic - promoters to fix up a big-money fight between the pair: "I am physically going to shoot David Haye."

Chelsea captain John Terry admits his mistake after getting sent off in the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona. Thankfully for him his team-mates got him out of trouble: "I've seen the replay and it does look bad. I'm not that type of player to intentionally hurt anyone. I'm disappointed but delighted for the lads."

Football Association chairman David Bernstein accepts an apology from Ashley Cole after the England defender tweeted derogatory remarks about the organisation: "He showed real remorse. I looked him in the eye and I accept that. He is free to play for England."

QPR's Joey Barton tries to explain the actions - a sending-off followed by further clashes with two Manchester City players - which landed him a 12-match ban from the FA: "Once I'd been sent off, one of our players suggested I should try to take 1 of theirs with me. Never worked but god loves a trier."

Jonathan Marks, agent for Phillips Idowu, voices his client's displeasure at a British Olympic Association request to view his medical records after missing a Team GB training camp: "He's incredibly disappointed and surprised as to why the BOA has chosen to do this."

Carlos Tevez draws a line under his long stand-off with Manchester City by returning from unauthorised leave in Argentina: "I wish to apologise sincerely and unreservedly to everybody I have let down and to whom my actions over the last few months have caused offence."

FAREWELLS

Andrew Strauss, one of England's most successful Test captains after winning Ashes series home and away, announces his retirement: "I think I have run my race."

A tearful Victoria Pendleton looks forward to retirement after being forced to settle for sprint silver in her final Olympic event: "I'm never going to wear a skinsuit again. I'm looking forward to having a bit more of a life."

England manager Fabio Capello puts himself on collision course with the FA by disagreeing with a decision to strip John Terry of the captaincy: "I thought it was right that Terry should keep the captain's armband."

Scotland manager Craig Levein after a disappointing 1-1 draw with Macedonia in World Cup qualifying: "It isn't as bad as people might make out. I am very positive about where we are going." He was sacked a month later.

Blackburn boss Steve Kean, undeterred by relegation and by being a hate figure among Rovers fans, vows to fight on after a dismal season: "I will sit down with the owners and discuss a plan on how to assemble a squad to help us bounce back up straight away." The axe finally fell early in the next campaign.

World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn reacts to news the world champion is to take a break from the sport: "The game doesn't revolve around just Ronnie O'Sullivan, but we'll miss him because he's an exciting talent."

Former England captain David Beckham looks for a new challenge: "I've had an incredibly special time playing for the LA Galaxy, however, I wanted to experience one last challenge before the end of my playing career."

Trainer Sir Henry Cecil gives his verdict on Frankel, who was retired after winning a 14th successive race: "He's the best I've ever had. He's the best I've ever seen. I'd be surprised if there's ever been any better."

Trainer Paul Nicholls announces the retirement of Kauto Star, winner of the Cheltenham God Cup twice and the King George VI Chase a record five times: "Deep down, we know he has done enough - and in some ways I think we have to protect him from himself. And maybe ourselves, too."

  • Kauto Star arrives on the big stage in the 2006 Tingle Creek...
  • ...and is equally as impressive up to three miles in the King George.
  • It gets even better in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
  • Ruby Walsh knows he's riding something special...
  • ...Paul Nicholls can't conceal his delight either.
  • A new season and another win in the Betfair Chase...
  • ...and the King George.
  • So he and next door neighbour Denman head to Cheltenham.
  • Ruby Walsh opts to partner the defending champion...
  • ...Kauto gives his all as usual...
  • ...but the answer is Denman.
  • The year ends with a shock defeat to Our Vic at Aintree.
  • The new season opens with this victory at Down Royal...
  • ...but is followed by a fall...
  • ...in the Betfair Chase at Haydock.
  • It goes gloriously right in the King George for a third time.
  • No wonder connections are all smiles
  • Then history in the 2009 Cheltenham Gold Cup....
  • ...Ruby Walsh celebrates as he's the first horse to regain the title...
  • ...and spark wild celebrations.
  • New season and a narrow win over Imperial Commander at Haydock ...
  • ... before another win in the King George at Kempton.
  • Along with Denman it's back to the Gold Cup...
  • ...but this is Imperial Commander's year.
  • A new season and the snow means the King George is delayed...
  • ...and in January it's Long Run who's the king.
  • Kauto laughs off retirement talk...
  • ...and runs a huge race to be third in the Gold Cup.
  • New season, back to the Betfair Chase...
  • ...a remarkable fourth victory raises the roof.
  • No wonder Ruby Walsh is all smiles.
  • On Boxing Day 2011 Kauto Star won the King George.
  • His final race turns out to be at the 2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup, but he was pulled up and Synchronised went on to take victory.
  • On 31st October 2012, Paul Nicholls confirms Kauto Star, the five-time King George VI Chase winner, has been retired after a remarkable career.
A look at the highlights of Kauto Star's remarkable career after Paul Nicholls retires the horse.

Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher confirms he will quit Formula One for a second time: "I still feel I am capable of competing against the best but the time sometimes comes to say goodbye and this time it might be forever."

Pep Guardiola announces his decision to stand down as Barcelona coach: "I could have continued but that is not what Barca would have deserved."

Seven-time world snooker champion Stephen Hendry has no regrets after announcing his retirement at the Crucible: "It's sad that I won't play here again. I love playing here, but no, it's a relief as much as anything."

Kenny Dalglish opts not to focus on the team's eighth-placed Premier League finish after being axed as Liverpool manager: "Of course I am disappointed with results in the league but I would not have swapped the Carling Cup win for anything as I know how much it meant to our fans."

ARRIVALS

Roy Hodgson dreams of success after being appointed England manager: "I'm hoping everyone in England gets behind their football team, because we want to give this country the successful football team we've been waiting for since 1966."

A gracious Harry Redknapp after losing out on the England manager's job to Hodgson: "No I don't think it will happen now - I wouldn't think it would ever happen now. I wish Roy all the best. He has got four years and I hope he sees the four years out."

Former England centre Jeremy Guscott welcomes the appointment of Stuart Lancaster as permanent head coach after a successful spell as interim boss: "The results made it almost impossible not to give him the job."

Robin van Persie reveals the decision to leave Arsenal and join United was child's play: "In these situations, when you have to make a hard decision in your life, I always listen to that little boy inside me. That boy was screaming for Manchester United."

Compared to life under George Gillett and Tom Hicks at Liverpool, Rafael Benitez believes working for Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich should be straightforward: "We have an owner, a technical director Michael Emenalo and a good staff. It's easy. I don't have two owners who don't talk to each other."

Chief executive Jez Moxey, who previously said the Wolves manager's position was "no job for a novice", explains the appointment of the inexperienced Terry Connor: "I would refute he is a novice totally."

RETURNS

Ricky Hatton explains his reasons for attempting a comeback: "I want people to be proud of me again. I had my problems but I'm over that now and I want people to look at me in a different light. I don't want people to see how I flushed my life away."

  • Ricky Hatton catches Vyacheslav Senchenko with a left hook early in Manchester
  • Hatton gave as good as he got for large periods of the contest
  • The Manchester-born fighter delivered a telling right hook although the Ukrainian opponent proved a tough nut to crack
  • Hatton takes a left-handed shot from Senchenko
  • Referee John Keane calls an end to the fight after Hatton fails to regain his feet after 10 seconds
  • Hatton cannot regain his feet following a crippling left body shot by Senchenko
  • Hatton cannot hide his devastation at being knocked out by Senchenko in his comeback fight
  • In the undercard Scott Quigg and Rendell Munroe trade blows in their super-bantamweight rematch at the Manchester Arena
  • Quigg worked his way into the bout with a number of penetrating body shots
  • Munroe was unable to withstand a number of devastating body blows from Quigg
  • The second time he took a knee, this time in the sixth round, the fight was finally stopped
  • Bury-born Quigg shows off the WBA super-bantamweight title
The best of the action from Saturday's boxing as Ricky Hatton returned to the ring, including an action-packed undercard

Sir Alex Ferguson welcomes 37-year-old Paul Scholes' decision to come out of retirement: "He came to see me and said he was missing it too much. There were no negatives as far as I'm concerned."

Former Tottenham manager Glenn Hoddle voices his surprise at the club's appointment of former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas: "I thought it might have been better for him to go and reinvent himself elsewhere before he had another crack at English football."

Thierry Henry reflects on a 'debut' goal after rejoining Arsenal on a short-term loan: "I never thought I was going to play for Arsenal again or score a winner. I don't know what to say."

Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff reflects on his dramatic switch of sports to boxing: "I loved playing cricket but we used to break for sandwiches. In boxing, you go into your corner and you have a minute between rounds."

CONTROVERSIES

The United States Anti-Doping Authority publish the findings of an investigation which leads to Lance Armstrong being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles: "USADA has found proof beyond a reasonable doubt that Lance Armstrong engaged in serial cheating through the use, administration and trafficking of performance-enhancing drugs and methods."

Tyler Hamilton, one of 11 of Armstrong's former team-mates who gave evidence to USADA: "Lance and I were team-mates for four years. I saw it. We doped together. Hopefully he'll just come out with the truth."

The expletive-free part of cyclist Jody Cundy's rant after being disqualified from the C4-5 1km at the Paralympics: "Do you know what it's like? Four years of my life. I'll never get the chance to do it. In front of a 6,000 home crowd, I'll never get this opportunity ever, ever again. Never. What am I supposed to do?"

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is appalled at Luis Suarez's apparent refusal to shake Patrice Evra's hand: "He is a disgrace to Liverpool Football Club. That player should not be allowed to play for Liverpool again."

Taekwondo world number one Aaron Cook after being controversially overlooked for selection for the Olympics: "The Olympics, and especially a home Olympics, would have been the pinnacle of my career. I feel totally devastated."

World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn criticises Mark Allen for publicly accusing opponent Cao Yupeng of cheating and suggesting Chinese players lack integrity: "This is a very good time to be a snooker player. It's not a good time to be an idiot."

Oscar Pistorious sparks one of the biggest rows in Paralympics history by complaining about the length of rival Alan Oliveira's blades: "We are not running a fair race here, absolutely ridiculous."

Badminton World Federation chief executive Thomas Lund apologises for the embarrassment brought on the Olympics after four women's doubles pairs - all later disqualified - deliberately tried to lose to manipulate the draw: "We are very, very sorry that this has happened, both for the players and for the sport."

Then Rangers chairman Craig Whyte, speaking in February, plays down the scale of the crisis looming over his club: "I wouldn't say crisis is the right word. Not at the moment."

Rangers manager Ally McCoist tires of the long saga surrounding the club, which led to them being reformed in the Third Division: "It is now over five months since Rangers went into administration. It is time to start playing football again... it's time to stop kicking Rangers and start getting Scottish football looking forward not back."

Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland is stunned after being attacked on the field by a Leeds fan: "I felt the full force and I was just shocked because you never know what could have been in his hands."

Sir Alex Ferguson is confident of Mark Clattenburg's innocence after the referee is accused by Chelsea of making inappropriate language to Chelsea players: "I don't believe Mark Clattenburg would make any comments like that. I refuse to believe it."

Hugh Dallas, former head of referee development at the Scottish Football Association, is not impressed with Celtic manager Neil Lennon's behaviour after his team's Scottish Cup semi-final defeat to Hearts: "I can't remember in 25 years of refereeing seeing a manager run that far onto a pitch to bully a referee."

Rio Ferdinand is saddened after being left out of England's squad for Euro 2012: "Absolutely loved playing for England. To say I am gutted is an understatement of the highest order."

MIRACLE MAN

Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba speaks of his incredible recovery after suffering a cardiac arrest during a match against Tottenham: "On the morning of the game I prayed with my father and asked God to protect me - and he didn't let me down."

MADNESS OF MARIO

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini after Mario Balotelli brushed off reports he broke a club curfew by scoring against Bolton: "Maybe next time if he goes to sleep early he can score three or four goals."

Mancini sums up another exasperating week trying to manage Balotelli: "I told him, 'If you played with me, 10 years ago, I give to you every day one punch in your head!"'.

WISE WORDS?

Henning Berg criticises Blackburn, five months before taking over as Rovers manager: "There are no real managers with credibility who would accept a job like that."

QPR boss Mark Hughes looks forward after escaping relegation from the Premier League on the final day of the season: "I feel we'll never be in this situation again while I'm the manager." He was sacked in November, with his team bottom.

ANGER

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger defends himself against criticism from fans after substituting Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in a loss to Manchester United: "I've been a manager for 30 years and have made 50,000 subs. I do not have to justify every decision I make."

Mario Balotelli's agent Mino Raiola is unhappy with referee Howard Webb's after his client is subjected to retrospective action for stamping on Tottenham's Scott Parker: "I'm really mad and I think the Football Association should send this referee to the optician."

Christopher Samba hits out at Blackburn owners Venky's before eventually securing a move away from Ewood Park: "I've got nothing against the manager. This is between me and the owners. It's personal."

QUIPS

Swindon boss Paolo di Canio reminisces about beating Man Utd as a player before his side's Capital One Cup clash with Aston Villa: "Sending Manchester United out was amazing. It was like having sex with Madonna, and beating Villa as a manager would be just as good."

Shanghai Shenhua owner Zhu Jun after signing Didier Drogba from Chelsea: "It's like flirting with a girl. Perhaps she will resist you at first, but if you continue to ask her out, it always ends well. Never give up."

Rafael Nadal has no intention of watching a full re-run of his marathon 5hr 53min Australian Open final defeat to Novak Djokovic: "No, it's too long. Just the highlights."

  • Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal prepare for what turns into an epic final.
  • Rod Laver and the Duke Of Kent are in the crowd...
  • ...and see Nadal make a flying start to win the opening set.
  • But despite the odd scare along the way...
  • ...Djokovic wins the second...
  • ...and third sets to seemingly take control.
  • Only for Nadal to play some of the best tennis of the match...
  • ...to take us into a deciding set.
  • But with the clock ticking towards the six-hour mark...
  • ..Djokovic wins the longest ever Grand Slam final 7-5 in the decider.
  • The two gladiators embrace at the net.
  • To the victor the spoils...
  • ..while Nadal reflects on what might have been.
  • Earlier Bethanie Matte-Sands and Horia Tecau won the mixed doubles title
Pictures from the action on men's final day of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park.

David Moyes sees the funny side after Liverpool's Luis Suarez dives in front of him to celebrate a goal, the Everton manager having previously suggested the player goes to ground easily: "I thought it was great. I actually quite liked that - it is the sort of thing I would have done had I scored."

Reading manager Brian McDermott after his team surrender a 4-0 lead to lose a Capital One Cup tie to Arsenal 7-5: "This game will be remembered for a long time, and that makes me feel a whole lot worse!"

Former Oasis frontman and Manchester City fan Liam Gallagher makes an impromptu appearance at a post-match press conference: "Ferguson must have been on the whisky. I love Mancini, he is nearly as cool as me."

Sir Alex Ferguson is starting to feel he let Cristiano Ronaldo leave Manchester United on the cheap: "Never mind £80million, I'm saying to myself now that it should have been £800million."

OTHERS

Roy Hodgson vows never to reveal England team details to fellow Tube passengers again: "I've paid for it. I shall learn in future, and maybe this will be a lesson for all those people who see me on the Tube."

Harry Redknapp after being cleared of tax-dodging charges at Southwark Crown Court: "It really has been a nightmare, I've got to be honest. It's been five years and this is a case that should never have come to court because it's unbelievable really."


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