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Quotes of the week: A recipe for disaster

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"It was inevitable in many ways, it was a recipe for disaster when you look at what was going on. We're in Las Vegas it's the last race of the championship and I do think the racers were rolled on the track, and they should have been rolled on the gambling table," former IndyCar driver Mark Blundell give his reaction to the BBC after the death of Dan Wheldon.

"I said before the race that this track is not suitable. People were doing crazy stuff. This is the ugly part of our sport," Scottish driver Dario Franchitti, who won the IndyCar championship, echoes Blundell's opinion that things were not safe.

"This is an extremely sad day. Dan was a racer I'd followed throughout my career, as I often followed in his footsteps as we climbed the motorsport ladder in the UK. He was an extremely talented driver. As a British guy, who not only went over to the States but who twice won the Indy500, he was an inspirational guy, and someone that every racing driver looked up to with respect and admiration. This is a tragic loss at such a young age. My heart goes out to his family and friends during this extremely difficult time," Lewis Hamilton on Wheldon's death.

"Dan Wheldon was a tremendous competitor, a great racer and an even better person. It was an honour to have him be a part of our team," Sam Schmidt, owner of Wheldon's No. 77 Indy-car gives an insight into the type of person Wheldon was.


"If you're in Kuala Lumpur there isn't anyone subscribing to Astro or ESPN to watch Bolton. The majority are subscribing because they want to watch Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea or Arsenal." Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre thinks out loud about how his side could make more money.

"I find Ayre's comments diabolical." Wigan chairman Dave Whelan sums up the general reaction of many football fans to Ayre's comments.

"My massive issue with England, or Team England as it's now known, is it is now an elitist, southern-based team. I mean, it's neat to have Wembley, you know, but why should England specifically play there? How can you be passionate about England if you live in Newcastle and you've got to travel over 200 miles, or if you live in Carlisle. I mean, they've become an elitist, southern-based club, and for me I think your average Englishman really doesn't care about England any more," as usual Joey Barton could have had a section all to himself.

"Frankly, if you compare what Manchester City have won in the past and what Arsenal have won, then you don't go to Manchester City to win titles. Players go to Manchester City because they pay much better than Arsenal," Arsene Wenger (tries) to take the moral high ground.

"I was very upset. In 2011 you can't say things like this. He knows what he said, the ref knows it, it will come out. I won't repeat what he said, but it was a racist word, and he said it more than 10 times. He tried to wind me up. I won't make a huge deal out of it, but it's very upsetting and disappointing." Patrice Evra 'doesn't make a huge deal' out of Luis Suarez's reported racist abuse by talking to the media about it.

"I'm upset by the accusations of racism. I can only say that I have always respected and respect everybody. We are all the same. I go to the field with the maximum illusion of a little child who enjoys what he does, not to create conflicts," Suarez's response to Evra.

"What am I going to do about it? Go and top myself or hang myself, or throw myself off my bike into the canal? No, I keep working to turn it around and get the right result on Saturday. And if we do then it will be a much brighter place," Wolves manager Mick McCarthy refuses to get carried away by a derby loss to West Brom.

"I've seen him on TV and he seems to have adjusted to life in the dugout with the suit on instead of the tracksuit. If he lost as much weight as he has hair, then he'd do fine!" Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish offers his opinions on the 'weight' ahead for Rangers boss Ally McCoist.


"IS THIS HOW YOU FEEL - Can't sleep. Can't stop thinking about the game. Can't stop imagining what a great week this would have been in Wales. Can't stop mentally replaying the missed kicks in the hope this time they'll clear the posts. Can't stop wishing there had been a different referee. Can't stop thinking he should have issued a yellow card, not a red one. Can't stop questioning why he took such a short time to make such a big call. Can't stop feeling his decision showed little empathy for the players, the occasion and the game. Can't stop wanting to ask the ref 'Why?' Can't stop feeling sad, proud and angry. Can't watch any replays any more. Can't stop being sure we'd have beaten France by a street without the sending off. Can't stop concluding the tournament has been devalued. Can't stop believing we might have won the World Cup. Can't stop believing in this truly magnificent team. Warren Gatland's Wales - you've set the nation and the world alight. Thank you. Don't stop now," Welsh newspaper the Western Mail sums up the mood of a nation after their World Cup semi-final defeat to France.

"I went to bed in a bad mood because I'd asked the players not to go out, and I found out a few of them had gone out. I told them what I thought of them - that they're a bunch of undisciplined spoilt brats, disobedient, sometimes selfish, always complaining, always whining. It's been like this for four years," Marc Lievermont was not exactly doing cartwheels after France's win over Wales.

"I should have kept my big fat mouth shut when I saw myself quoted all over the front pages of the written press," Lievremont's follow-up to 'spoilt brats' comments

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"We're absolutely happy (England beat India) because we want cricket to grow in England," Rajiv Shukla, the new IPL commissioner, says England have lost a lot at cricket and football over the last 10 years and needed to win something.

"People have been telling me: 'Go to London, they've got everything.' I even heard they've got a McDonald's, I can't wait to see it," 'Big' Mike Williams of American Football's Tampa Bay Buccaneers tells Sky Sports News why playing an NFL game is so exciting to him.

 "I feel like I'm being raped when I'm playing in them (PTCs). I feel I'm being blackmailed. They put these ranking events on and ranking points at these tournaments and it just feels like the winner's prize is not great, the loser's prize...most players are going there and losing money, but they're putting ranking points on so it's forcing the players to play in it, which is not great, but what do you do? You have to go," Ronnie O'Sullivan doesn't really fancy playing in the smaller events. 

"A shame I played so poorly this week - I'm looking forward to a very bad hangover in the morning," Darren Clarke's reaction after his distant last place finish at the Grand Slam of Golf.

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