"We were machine-gunned, like dogs. There was blood pouring down the bus" - Togo striker Thomas Dossevi after three people died when separatist rebels in Angola attacked the team bus in January, before the start of the African Nations Cup.
"I was unfaithful, I had affairs, I cheated. What I did was not acceptable and I am the only person to blame" - Tiger Woods in his first public appearance since revelations of repeated infidelity caused his spectacular fall from grace late last year. "I brought this shame on myself."
"The International Federation said what happened yesterday was human error. With all due respect...one thing I know for sure is that no sports mistake is supposed to lead to death" - Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili after luger Nodar Kumaritashvili died hours before the Vancouver Games opening ceremony in an horrific training crash.
"It's a case of food poisoning, in which I am the victim. Whether people believe me or not, I know I can hold my head high and I'm not going to hide" - three-times Tour de France winner Alberto Contador on his provisional suspension after a positive doping test.
"Nothing like this will ever happen again - ever... It stinks someone had to lose" - American John Isner on his 11-hour-five-minute Wimbledon win over Nicolas Mahut which ended 70-68 in the fifth set.
"We feel like a small footballing nation and it hurts. There's nothing to say other than it's a catastrophe" - France captain Patrice Evra sums up an embarrassing campaign in which the team finished bottom of their group and created an unseemly sideshow with their protests at the expulsion of striker Nicolas Anelka.
"I am going to take my talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat" - LeBron James, the NBA's Most Valuable Player for the past two seasons, announces in a special live national television broadcast his move from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Miami Heat.
"Not bad for a number two (driver)!" - Australian Mark Webber after winning the British Grand Prix having been forced to hand over his car's new front wing to Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel the day before.
"These players have let us and the country down. We are already facing so many problems because of the floods and terrorism and they took away our one source of happiness" - a Pakistani cricket fan after spot-fixing allegations against Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir emerged in August.
"This is not the normal way we deal with our sea creatures. But Paul was one of the most extraordinary animals we ever had. It seems appropriate to build a monument for him because he achieved such fame during his lifetime" - the Oberhausen Sea Life Centre pay tribute to Paul the 'Psychic' Octopus who hit the headlines with his accurate World Cup score predictions.
- Tiger Woods
- Thomas Dossevi