Quotes of the week

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We don't know what is meant by money in Middlesbrough, but in London it's the stuff you put in the bank. Alan Sugar, the Tottenham chairman, loses patience with Middlesbrough for their initial reluctance to pay the asking price for Nick Barmby.

What's remarkable about Linford is that when he's in competition there are no tomorrows. That's the only thing that matters in his life. Seb Coe on Linford Christie.

The aim is to kick shit out of everyone in the Third Division. Boxing promoter Barry Hearn, the new owner of Leyton Orient.

If any of my opponents had done what I did today I would have thought they were on drugs. Jonathan Edwards after breaking the world triple jump record.

I feel I have let a lot of people down, but I'm the captain and I wanted to go down with the ship. Linford Christie after injury hampered his 100m title attempt.

If it was left to the players they'd have two weeks in Tenerife, two in Cyprus and another two in the pub. David Sullivan on criticism of Birmingham City's crowded pre-season programme.

Rob McLean