QUOTES OF THE WEEK

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n Whoever doesn't like Atletico winning ought to die. Jesus Gil y Gil, controversial president of Atletico Madrid football club.

n Rain favours might over art. Mario Zagalo, Brazil's coach, blames the weather for the 2-0 defeat by Mexico in the Concacaf Gold Cup final in Los Angeles.

n I was on pounds 16 a week - and even then Jon found a way of taking money off me. Gary Lineker on his early days with agent Jon Holmes, at an after-dinner speech.

n I kept wondering if, when I went to hit an overhead, one of them would fall in my mouth. Chanda Rubin, worried about the insects attracted to the stadium lights during her epic night match against Arantaxa SanchezVicario at the Australian Open.

n When he got the break on me in the third, it's time for a miracle or get off the court. I went for the miracle. Andre Agassi after coming back from losing the first two sets to beat Jim Courier for a place in the semi-finals.

n The Lord blessed me with great ability to move around the court. I'm hoping for the final on Sunday it will be even better, so I'm looking forward to that and excited about that and excited to see what the Lord has in store for me. Michael Chang explains his success as Agassi runs out of miracles in their semi-final.

n I had to believe it. The headmaster told me. The last person you expect to wind you up is your headmaster. Paul Sampson, on being told at school of his call-up to the England rugby union squad.

n I would rather the fans cheered the players. The crowd should have given the team encouragement in the last 15 minutes when they really needed it. The players did not deserve the abuse - they'd done nothing wrong. John Lambie, the Falkirk manager, defends his side against the barracking of fans after a 1-0 defeat by Motherwell sent them to the bottom of the Scottish Premier Division.

n We don't view it as a victory. But it has put out a fire that was started by someone else. Alan Sugar, Tottenham chairman, reacts to news that Uefa had lifted the ban on Spurs and Wimbledon competing in Europe after their Inter-Toto involvement.

n It's 100 per cent victory, the club has been completely exonerated. Sam Hammam, the Wimbledon chairman.

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