Quotes of the Week: Sport

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We are amazed that a fellow professional has stooped so low as to make such unfounded comments in the papers. We can only guess at Allan Lamb's motives for his article in the Daily Mirror, but we hope that they are nothing so base as money or, even worse, our nationality. Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram reply to Allan Lamb's ball-doctoring allegations.

The crowd behaved beautifully. . . 42,000 people were saying they recognise the need for peace in our country. I feel more confident than ever before that the country will be saved. That moment of silence united South Africa. Steve Tshwete of ANC, on a minute's silence for victims of violence, at South Africa-Australia rugby union international.

The time to be top is the last game of the season, not the fourth. Gerry Francis, Queen's Park Rangers manager.

Playing in front of 4,000 at Wimbledon becomes depressing after a while. Terry Phelan on the joy of moving to Manchester City.

The first thing you have to be today if you want to play in the top flight is an athlete. Fifteen years ago the first thing you had to be was a technician. Graeme Souness, Liverpool manager.

I saw our bank manager this morning and he was smiling. He even gave me a cup of coffee. Barry Lloyd, managing director of Brighton - pounds 2m in the red - on the forthcoming Coca-Cola Cup tie against Manchester United.

We have been caught completely unaware by the standards required to compete at first-class level. Don Robson, chairman of Durham, currently bottom of the County Championship in their first season.

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