“You know what you do, with the pace he has got and the close control… you can’t run without legs. And I’m sure that will be getting passed around the squad.” Dundee manager John Brown appears to suggest Scotland should use illegal tactics to halt the threat of Gareth Bale.
"This Scotland team is the worst they have ever had. Wales should go there and get a victory. We played against the likes of Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness and Alan Hansen, people like that. They were a great team. They haven’t got a top player." Former Wales winger Mickey Thomas ruffles feathers, but is proved right to some degree later as Wales come from behind to complete a 2-1 win.
MICHAEL OWEN TO CALL IT A CAREER
"An emotion that lives with me is a sense of 'what might have been' had injuries not robbed me of my most lethal weapon – speed. Many of my highlights were early on in my career and I can only wonder what more I would have achieved had my body been able to withstand the demands that I was making of it. I was almost too quick." Michael Owen on announcing his retirement from the game
"Newcastle fans, following my Football Focus interview, plenty of you tweeting me saying you don't blame me for getting injured but for leaving when we got relegated. Despite the club saying they did, they didn't ever offer me a new contract despite them putting it in the press that they did." The retiring Owen claims he was never offered a contract by Newcastle United before leaving them for Manchester United
"It is an invaluable piece of wood – no two are the same – and dispensation should be given to us, but that isn’t the case. Musicians are allowed to take a violin into the cabin – I can’t see why we can’t have cues in there. We’re snooker – and second-rate citizens." Mark Allen is unhappy with snooker players and their cues being treated shabbily by airlines.
TIGER WOODS (HEART)'S LINDSEY VONN
"We're very happy where we're at, but also we wanted to limit the 'stalker-azzi' and all those sleazy websites out there, paparazzi following us." Tiger Woods on why he went public with his relationship with Lindsey Vonn.
“I named him Lionel because I’m a massive fan of the best player in history. My wife wasn’t keen, but I convinced her. I’m in love with Messi on a footballing level.” Inter Milan striker Antonio Cassano on naming his newborn son after the Barcelona number 10.
“If this pitch is going to do anything for the bowlers it is on the first morning.” – England’s Alastair Cook wins the toss in Auckland and proceeds to have the fifth worst day in the history of the game for a captain winning the toss and bowling first against New Zealand.
"It has its knockers, women's boxing" - pugilistic pundit Steve Bunce wins Unintended Pun of the Week honours during Saturday night fight coverage.
''I thought for sure Charlie was dead. I mean, these people were hysterically crying,'' - MMA promoter Scott DiPonio could not believe it when one of his fighters, Charles Rowan, was arrested shortly after faking his own death.
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