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The best sporting quotes of 2010

Last updated on: December 31, 2010 14:23 IST

'We make a lot of confusion'

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"We make a lot of confusion, we love the confusion and we muddle through somehow. If today's show is any indication, the Commonwealth Games will be great."

V K Sikund, a retired railway worker, after the opening ceremony got underway in Delhi despite countless problems in the build-up.


Image: The opening ceremony of the 2010 Commonwealth Games

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'Paul was one of the most extraordinary animals we ever had'

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"This is not the normal way we deal with our sea creatures. But Paul was one of the most extraordinary animals we ever had. It seems appropriate to build a monument for him because he achieved such fame during his lifetime."

The Oberhausen Sea Life Centre, in tribute to Paul the 'Psychic' Octopus, who hit the headlines with his accurate World Cup score predictions.


Image: Octopus Paul

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'They don't want to train, it's a scandal'

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"We feel like a small footballing nation and it hurts. There's nothing to say other than it's a catastrophe.

France captain Patrice Evra, summing up an embarrassing campaign in which the team finished bottom of their group and created an unseemly sideshow with their protests at the expulsion of striker Nicolas Anelka.

"They don't want to train, it's a scandal. I'm resigning, I'm leaving the Federation. I have nothing more to do here. I'm going back to Paris."

France team director and French Federation managing director Jean-Louis Valentin, who kept his word after the players boycotted training over the Anelka affair.


Image: France football captain Patrice Evra (centre) speaks to his team-mates

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'No sports mistake is supposed to lead to death'

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"The International Federation said what happened yesterday was human error. With all due respect...one thing I know for sure is that no sports mistake is supposed to lead to death."

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, after luger Nodar Kumaritashvili died hours before the Vancouver Games opening ceremony in an horrific training crash.


Image: Dodo Kumaritashvili, the mother of Georgian luge competitor Nodar Kumaritashvili, embraces her son's body during a funeral in Bakuri

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'It was an incredible wedding between us'

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"It was an unstoppable hug. More than words it was the hug. It was an incredible wedding between us. He (Inter Milan chairman Massimo Moratti) wanted me a few years ago when I was at Chelsea. He tried again and I went and maybe he had a feeling I could give him his dream."

Jose Mourinho, after completing a treble with Inter Milan by winning the Champions League.

"To be denying rumours ever day is tough. Boca is like making love with the window open, you don't have any intimacy."

Outgoing Boca Juniors coach Claudio Borghi.


Image: Jose Mourinho

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'We were machine-gunned, like dogs'

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"We were machine-gunned, like dogs. There was blood pouring down the bus."

Togo striker Thomas Dossevi, after three people died when separatist rebels in Angola attacked the team bus in January, before the start of the African Nations Cup.


Image: Pallbearers carry the coffin of Togolese assistant soccer coach Amalete Abalo during the funeral service in Lome, on January 15, 2010

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'These players have let us and the country down'

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"These players have let us and the country down. We are already facing so many problems because of the floods and terrorism and they took away our one source of happiness."

A Pakistani cricket fan after spot-fixing allegations against Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir emerged in August.


Image: Salman Butt (right) and Mohammad Amir

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'It's just another number but it's nice'

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"It's just another number, but it's nice."

Sachin Tendulkar, after rounding off a record-breaking year by becoming the first man to score 50 Test centuries.


Image: Sachin Tendulkar

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'I was unfaithful, I had affairs, I cheated'

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"I was unfaithful, I had affairs, I cheated. What I did was not acceptable and I am the only person to blame.

"I brought this shame on myself."

Tiger Woods in his first public appearance since revelations of repeated infidelity caused his spectacular fall from grace late last year.

"To 12 special guys,. I asked them to play with their hearts and with passion and by God they did."

Europe's Ryder Cup-winning captain Colin Montgomerie.


Image: Tiger Woods

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'I didn't even exist until I beat the world record holder'

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"It was crazy. It was like I didn't even exist until I beat the world record holder."

Former world double sprint champion Tyson Gay, the world's second fastest man, on public reaction to his 100 metres victory over Usain Bolt.


Image: Tyson Gay

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'Nothing like this will ever happen again'

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"Nothing like this will ever happen again -- ever... It stinks someone had to lose."

American John Isner on his 11-hour-five-minute Wimbledon win over Nicolas Mahut which ended 70-68 in the fifth set.


Image: John Isner

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'I am going to take my talents to South Beach'

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"I am going to take my talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat."

LeBron James, the NBA's Most Valuable Player for the past two seasons, announces in a special live national television broadcast his move from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Miami Heat.


Image: LeBron James

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'Not bad for a number two'

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"Not bad for a number two (driver)."

Australian Mark Webber after winning the British Grand Prix having been forced to hand over his car's new front wing to Red Bull team mate Sebastian Vettel the day before.


Image: Mark Webber

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'I don't want to go before him'

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"If Michael wants to go to heaven -- in the event that he is going to heaven -- then I don't really care. But I don't want to go before him."

Brazilian Rubens Barrichello reacts angrily after former Ferrari team mate Michael Schumacher tried to drive him off the track at the Hungarian Grand Prix.


Image: Rubens Barrichello

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'It's just impossible to explain the inexplicable'

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"We can't explain how we collapsed mentally and physically, individually and collectively in the last 30 minutes of the game. I think it's just impossible to explain the inexplicable."

Shellshocked France coach Marc Lievremont, after a 59-16 hammering by Australia.


Image: France coach Marc Lievremont

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'It's a case of food poisoning'

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"It's a case of food poisoning, in which I am the victim. Whether people believe me or not, I know I can hold my head high and I'm not going to hide."

Three-times Tour de France winner Alberto Contador, on his provisional suspension after a positive doping test.


Image: Alberto Contador

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