QUOTES OF THE WEEK

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n It must have been a misunderstanding; or if not a genuine misunderstanding, a trap. Diego Maradona reaffirms his innocence of deliberately taking drugs at the 1994 World Cup.

n It was a monumental robbery. And he was offside too. Carlos Menem, the Argentinian president, on the blatantly illegal handball goal scored by striker Tulio in Brazil's Copa America quarter-final win over Argentina.

n We don't win games by poking other players' eyes and grabbing their testicles. Hector Nunez, the Uruguayan coach following his team's 2-0 win over Colombia in the Copa America.

n I think he made a bit of a prat of himself. Frank Williams, the Williams- Renault team boss, on Damon Hill's collision with Michael Schumacher in the British Grand Prix.

n Look, no scar marks. I haven't slashed my wrists. Ian Baker-Finch, Open champion in 1991, is philosophical about his poor current form.

n Golf is not everything. It means a lot to me but it is not everything. Seve Ballesteros, ditto.

n I respect Norm [Chryst] and I know he doesn't have it in for me. Jeff Tarango after his latest outburst at a tournament in Washington where he was upset by several decisions and staged a sit-down protest.

n Everyone else was hyping it up. I thought I was playing a star. I thought I was playing on centre court. Instead, it was just Jeff Tarango. Byron Black unimpressed after beating Tarango.

n It was a very ridiculous thought to cross his mind. It was way out of line. I just had to laugh. Monica Seles on John McEnroe's suggestion that Martina Navratilova should let Seles win their exhibition match.

n It's a bit of a problem. Every time I make runs we seem to lose. Aravinda de Silva, Kent's Sri Lankan batsman.

n Mavrovic is a good fighter, but I don't want to do a Bruno and fight bums. Herbie Hide, the British fighter who defends his European heavyweight title on 16 September.

n When your hand shakes so much in the morning you can cut your head off, so I shave in the afternoon now. David Feherty talking about his designer stubble and domestic trouble after firing a four-under-par opening 68 in the Open.

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