"Overall my thought on Wayne is, if for any reason we had an injury to Robin van Persie, we'll need him and I’ll want as many options as possible… Wayne can play up on his own, he can play dropped in. But I've also got to make sure we don't just concentrate on him. Manchester United aren't about Wayne Rooney" – David Moyes hints that Rooney is no longer top dog at United, who later rejected an offer from Chelsea and insisted he is not for sale.
"I only realized when the tank was going over them, and since I could not see because I was high up and at the back, I did not know that they had the symbols of two football clubs on them. Even as an unaware protagonist, I'm very sorry for the incident" – Atalanta midfielder Giulio Migliaccio makes his unconvincing excuse for flattening two cars representing rival clubs. With a tank.
"Each and every player who plays for their country, their club side, for their franchise or their county has the opportunity to wait for the decision the umpire makes and you respect the umpire's decision. We play hard, we play fair and each individual has the responsibility and makes the judgement if he will wait for the umpire's decision. Aleem Dar is a fantastic umpire and he has been rated one of the best umpires in world cricket over the last few years: wait and respect his decision" – Kevin Pietersen backs his old pal Stuart Broad, who was accused of ‘cheating’ for not declaring himself out.
"You have to use referrals when you think you have a chance of taking wickets. You can't just keep them in your pocket in case you get one later in the game" – In missing the point, Peter Siddle gives an insight into why Australia are likely to lose the Ashes series unless they work out how to use DRS.
"I still believe in (athletics), I'm a fan of the sport. This is something that has not happened for the first time - it's something we have to deal with" – Panto villain Justin Gatlin is lucky to still be competing having been banned twice for doping. Yet he somehow felt compelled to comment on the latest doping scandal to engulf track and field.
"It was just so brain dead. I feel like I've been walking around out there like that for the last couple of months. It's a very alien feeling, something I've never felt before. I wish I could stand up here and tell you guys what's wrong or what I need to do to make it right because I feel like I've got the shots... I don't know what you can do, you've just got to try and play your way out of it. It's nothing to do with technique, it's all mental out there” – Rory McIlroy struggles to explain what is going wrong.
"I have been the owner less than a day. We have to preserve and respect history but we also have to move forward. I am going to reflect on it, listen to the fans and then decide" – new Fulham owner Shahid Khan is non-committal on the ‘controversial’ Michael Jackson statue at Craven Cottage.
"The Michael Jackson statue is listed with the club and if he dares to move it, he will be in big trouble. You listening to me? You promise now - otherwise I will come in front of all the fans with a big razor and I will take your moustache off!" – outgoing owner Mohamed Al-Fayed tries to force the issue.
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