"There were a lot of cheers of 'Tom'. At first I think they were for Tom Watson and then towards the end I was playing well so I think they were cheering for me" - Tom Lewis, named after the 61-year-old winner of eight Majors, steals some thunder, and sparks more 'Major Tom' headlines that you can shake the proverbial stick at.
"I felt like Lady Gaga" - Theo Walcott makes an unusual comparison when explaining the adulation from Malaysia fans during Arsenal's Asia tour. Couldn't he have just said he felt like a Premier League footballer?
"I spoke to Cesc in Ibiza and he said he was suffering because he wanted to come. It's more like, he did everything he could to come and wants to leave Arsenal - although he made it clear that now everything depends on the selling club" - The summer is all about going to the beach, kicking back by the pool, and hearing Barcelona midfielder Xavi weigh in on the Cesc Fabregas will he/won't he saga.
"I happen to believe that Daley is the greatest Olympian we have delivered. He's is also my mate" - It's hard to accuse Lord Coe of nepotism in recommending his 'mate' Daley Thompson, winner of the 1980 and 1984 Olympic decathlons, as the man to light the Olympic flame next summer.
"When I re-sign the contract with McLaren they are going to be shocked at how many days they are not going to be able to make me do. I will be doing a lot less work... I will have at least five days to prepare [for a race]" - Lewis Hamilton on the art of negotiation.
"If I fought David Haye, I can promise one point. The reason why I would fight against him, just with one goal. To send him to the floor" - Vitali Klitschko is not the kind of boxer who likes to forgive and forget.
"It's a sad day and a sad moment but overall I've enjoyed the years I've spent in football. Football has brought me a lot" - Patrick Vieira's retirement announcement is as direct as his midfield play.
"The best man who walked the face of the earth never did anything wrong, but he was still crucified. And I am nowhere close to that" - Darren Sammy may bowl a bit, provide some handy runs lower down the order, and even face some criticism once in a while, but he's definitely not Jesus.
"We know he wants to leave and whether he writes it down on a piece of paper doesn't really make any difference to our stance" - Harry Redknapp pans Luka Modric's transfer request.
"I've spoken to Stewart, I've told him I don't want to sell him. There's an obvious distraction there for him but he's been a credit to himself" - Later on that day, Liverpool agree a fee for Downing, and Alex McLeish gives Redknapp an indirect warning about the way the transfer market works...