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Quotes of the Week: ‘He isn’t the top player we wanted’

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Paralympic pain

"It was a huge shock. As an athlete it was not only a shock but it left me very frustrated with the system. I lost faith in it a bit... I was always borderline of the S6 and the S7 category, so for me to be moved up to an S8 was very hard... I'm a T10 complete paraplegic, I have no feeling or movement from my belly button down and I'm competing against people who are bi-lateral double amputees below the knee, who have, from below the knee up, full function.It's like competing against seven athletes who are doping." - An emotional Mallory Weggemann, the world record-breaking US Paralympic swimmer who was told her classification had been amended the day before the Games started.

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"I would have been happy whatever sentence he got - even if he walked free. At the end of the day, it was just an accident and he did not deliberately set out to knock me down." - The incredible Simon Richardson, whose dream of winning a third Paralympic gold in London was shattered when he was knocked off his bike and sent soaring 85ft through the air by a drunk driver.

Footballers will be footballers

"I need a minimum of three strikers. Once the window shuts, that is it until January. I have got (Luis) Suarez, Fabio Borini, and Andy Carroll. I would need to be a nutcase even to consider at this moment to let Carroll go out." — Brendan Rodgers, August 23. As sure as night follows day, Carroll went to West Ham on loan on August 30.

"I think it is the hardest group of them all with the champions of Spain, the Netherlands and Germany. But this is what the Champions League is all about. You have to play these teams and beat them if you want to win it. And we want to win it." - Manchester City club ambassador Patrick Vieira reflects on being drawn in the fabled group of death.

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Denmark forward Nicklas Bendtner poses for photographers in Turin, Italy, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. Denmark forward Nicklas Bendtner is finalizing a loa
"Clearly he isn't the top player we wanted, but we needed reinforcements." — Juventus chief Giuseppe Marotta does not oversell the deal to bring in Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner.

"It wouldn't surprise me if he's at Tottenham. I don't think he's certain to go to Fulham. I just have no idea where he is. I don't think it's settled with Fulham, put it that way." — Sir Alex Ferguson's comments on striker Dimitar Berbatov encapsulate the baffling nature of transfer deadline day.

The retiring types

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Andy Roddick at his retirement press conference (AFP) - 0
"I just feel like it's time. I don't know that I'm healthy enough or committed enough to go another year. I've always wanted to, in a perfect world, finish at this event. I have a lot of family and friends here. I've thought all year that I would know when I got to this tournament. When I was playing my first round, I knew." — Farewell, Andy Roddick.

One of my biggest dreams came true in 2005, winning here. Every time I came back I was inspired. This completely feels like the perfect place to retire. I just wish it wasn't today but there was no doubt in my mind to pick a tournament to play my last singles match." — Farewell, Kim Clijsters.

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FILE - This is a Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009 file photo of England's captain Andrew Strauss as he holds the Ashes urn after England won the Ashes Series a
"I am extremely proud of everything I have achieved as a cricketer, and I have found myself  very fortunate to play in an era when some of English cricket's greatest moments have occurred. I have loved every minute of it. All that remains is for me to wish Andy, Alastair and the rest of the team the very best for the coming months. I will be an interested spectator." — Farewell, Andrew Strauss.

The not-so-shy-and-retiring type

"USADA cannot assert control of a professional international sport and attempt to strip my seven Tour de France titles. I know who won those seven Tours, my team-mates know who won those seven Tours, and everyone I competed against knows who won those seven Tours." — Lance Armstrong refuses to go quietly into the night.

Anyone for tennis?

"I was just trying to play as well as I could. I knew if I didn't Kim would dominate. I knew I had to go out there, hit as many balls as I could and just work my butt off." — Laura Robson reveals the key to success after beating Clijsters in the US Open second round.

Cricket — the gentleman's game

"The last thing I wanted was to bring the spirit of cricket into disrepute. In the heat of the battle I made the decision that, according to the letter of the law, it was the correct decision for him to be out." — Surrey captain Gareth Batty apologises for enforcing an appeal after opposition batsman Alex Barrow was run out for 'Mankading' — backing up too far.

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Alastair Cook has been included in the ICC's Test team of the year - 0
"It feels like all my England career I have walked out to bat with Straussy. That's a huge hole to fill. You take people for granted, don't you? They are huge shoes we are going to have to fill, but we have to find him." — new England captain Alastair Cook says replacing Strauss won't be easy.

Paralympic controversy? You must be joking

"Frankie Boyle is not under contract with Channel 4 and we don't have any shows planned with him." - A Channel 4 spokesman confirms that Frankie Boyle will no longer be on the channel's screens after his string of jokes about Paralympians caused outrage.

"Nobody thinks that it's a good thing to laugh at the disabled. But it is a genuine problem that we're not able to laugh with the disabled." - Boyle defends himself over the jokes.

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