In the latest edition of our favourite quotes from the sporting week, Santi Cazorla tries to say sorry, a Frenchman looks down his nose at Newcastle, and Manchester City look enviously towards those nasty big rich clubs...
"You know me, I've done some crazy s*** in my career"After a double-hit cost him victory in Abu Dhabi, Phil Mickelson considers whether it might have happened to him before.
"We laughed, ran and commiserated together"Sir Roger Bannister remembers good friend Sir Chris Chataway, who died aged 82.
"Of course when you've worked so hard for a top-quality player like him, it's a real kick in the nuts"Sam Allardyce laments a losing battle in his efforts to sign Lacina Traore from Monaco - he joined Everton instead.
" Our apoligizes to the Totenham fans, we couldn't see the paper"Santi Cazorla says sorry for being photographed with Robert Pires and a derogatory sign about Tottenham - his next apology might be to his English tutor.
"We will be looking for someone who is big and nasty and carries the ball"Leicester Tigers boss Richard Cockerill on just who they want to replace Thomas Waldrom.
"As we stand, it's three weeks too late now. We should have hit the floor running on January 1, all prepared"Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston explaining why Paul Ince was sacked - for not spending money.
"Personally, I wouldn't go there. You must get bored s***less in Newcastle"Montpellier owner Louis Nicollin admits he isn't the biggest fan of the north eastern England.
"I wished him well for his family for Christmas ... and I did ask if he had any influence that the Irish fans didn't boo me too much"Warren Gatland talks about mending fences with Brian O'Driscoll.
"The best thing would be to legalise drugs so the entire peloton is on a level playing field"Danilo Di Luca, banned for life from cycling in September, has rocked the sport with new allegations that 90 percent of riders in the Giro d'Italia dope.
"The reason it's the group of death is because we are in it"Confident talk from Landon Donovan about the USA's chances against Germany, Ghana and Portugal at the World Cup.
"A club with money can take the best players from the other teams"Our hearts bleed for Manchester City and Manuel Pellegrini, who was not happy about Juan Mata joining Manchester United from Chelsea.
"Let's come together and do something very historic"The oldest world champion ever recorded Bernard Hopkins is keen to become undisputed light-heavyweight champion before he turns 50.
"These two players were rotten, the most unprofessional players I've ever worked with"Paolo di Canio proves once again that he's much better at being interviewed than managing a football club.
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