What they said: Best sporting quotes from the last year

Serena Williams features in PA Sport's look at the quotes of the year
Serena Williams features in PA Sport's look at the quotes of the year

As another dramatic sporting year comes to a close, Press Association Sport looks at the some of the most memorable quotes from 2018.

"I know I'll regret this for the rest of my life. I'm absolutely gutted."

Australia captain Steve Smith choked back the tears as he apologised for the ball-tampering scandal.


"I nearly made a mess of myself tonight, it felt like I was going to give birth to an ostrich egg or something. I was so nervous but I'm so happy I held it together. I'm one step away from living my dream."

Michael Smith after booking his place in the World Darts Championship final.


"You are the liar. You owe me an apology. You stole a point from me. You're a thief too."

Serena Williams lashed out at umpire Carlos Ramos during the US Open final.


"It was like wrestling."

Sergio Ramos' half nelson on Mo Salah in the Champions League final was not to Jurgen Klopp's taste.


"I am only missing Firmino saying he got a cold because a drop of my sweat landed on him."

Ramos revelled in his role in Real Madrid's win.


"It's a bit of a hellhole...I've just done an interview and all I can smell is urine."

Ronnie O'Sullivan pitches for a job with the Crawley tourist board.


"If somebody has done that they need to see a doctor. Seemingly he says it was me - but I would admit it."

Gary Anderson after 'fartgate' caused a stink at the darts.


"It's the most embarrassing thing I've done."

England cricket captain Joe Root regretted his 'mic drop' celebration after a century against India.


"I don't know. I don't know what I'm going to do. Sorry, guys, I can't give you that answer."

Novak Djokovic was unsure whether he would play at Wimbledon after defeat at the French Open.


"I always dreamed of holding this trophy when I was a young boy."

Djokovic after winning Wimbledon.


"It's coming home..."

Just about everyone, everywhere, from Kaliningrad to Croydon Boxpark.


"People were talking, English journalists, pundits from television. They underestimated Croatia tonight and that was a huge mistake."

Luka Modric after Croatia ensured it didn't, in fact, come home.


"At the moment we all feel the pain of the defeat. The dressing room is a very difficult place at the moment."

England boss Gareth Southgate after the semi-final loss.


"It's going to go on a part that only (my girlfriend) Grace will see."

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn made just one bad decision all week - pledging to get a tattoo of the score if they won.


"The issue's obviously with Jordan (Spieth) not wanting to play with me."

Patrick Reed reveals a clash of egos in the American Ryder Cup team.


"I've won more titles alone than the rest of the managers in this league combined."

Jose Mourinho had presumably been sitting on this gem until Arsene Wenger left Arsenal.


"On Saturday night, I'm going to finally get my chance to punch him in the face."

Tyson Fury was clearly looking forward to his bout with Deontay Wilder.


"It is like a cow that every day in 10 years, sees the train cross in front at the same time. If you ask the cow, 'what time is the train going to come', it is not going to know the right answer."

Mauricio Pochettino getting in the moo-d for Europe.


"Give them all the help they need because clearly they cost us two points today. It's a joke."

Charlie Austin launched an impassioned plea for VAR after Southampton's 1-1 draw with Watford.

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