QUOTES OF THE WEEK

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n Will someone remove this buffoon. Mike Atherton, England captain, to Pakistani journalist.

n We couldn't beat a team of Eskimos. Ian Botham, the former England captain on England's performances in the cricket World Cup.

n The West Indies are our idols and to beat your idols is very special. Maurice Odumbe, the Kenyan captain, after his team pulled off the biggest upset in the history of cricket.

n I can't believe it. I am going to have to watch it again on TV to make sure it's for real. Ray Illingworth on Kenya's performance.

n This was a West Indian team in name but nothing else. Michael Holding, the former West Indian fast bowler.

n I would be happy to stand in a match involving England again. Shakoor Rana, the umpire who was involved in a row with Mike Gatting in the Faisalabad Test match in 1987, is on standby to officiate England's quarter-final match in the World Cup at the same venue.

n Any suspicious person not stopping at a security check will be shot. A Pakistani cricket official describing crowd control methods being employed in the World Cup.

n Asprilla is from Latin America - that's the way they are. Kevin Keegan, the Newcastle manager, justifies Faustino Asprilla's behaviour during the Manchester derby last Sunday.

n We will not keep him here by force. But this is theft. Russia always engaged in theft. Not just tennis players and not just in sport. All forms of talent. Valery Borzov, the head of Ukraine's National Olympic Committee, reacts to the decision of Andrei Medvedev, the Ukrainian tennis player, to try to switch his allegiance and play for Russia at the Olympics.

n The last time Bruno fought Tyson in 1989 I had a bet on Frank, but I also had a bet on Elvis Presley sitting at ringside. Former world champion John H Stracey on Frank Bruno's chances of retaining his world heavyweight title by beating Mike Tyson on 16 March.

n It's like chasing a girl. The chase is the fun part. Then when you get there, you find out how difficult she is. American tennis player Jim Courier gives his analogy of the problems of reaching and being the No 1 player in the world.

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