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’50 years younger and I’d kick your ass’

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In this week's quotes of the week we start
off with a spat that put boxing on the back pages, marvel at FIFA's ability to
shoot themselves in the foot, get to grips with a US president's underwear, and
wonder what on earth a growler might be...

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The fight after the fight

Veteran broadcaster Larry Merchant, 80, took Floyd
Mayweather Junior
to task after the 34-year-old
had controversially knocked down Victor Ortiz to secure a fourth-round
stoppage.

Mayweather Jnr:  "You don't never give me a fair shake. So
I'm gonna let you talk to Victor Ortiz, alright? I'm through. Put somebody else
up here to give me an interview. HBO need to fire you because you don't know
sh*t about boxing. You ain't sh*t."

Merchant: "I wish I was 50 years younger and I'd kick your ass."

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Denial of the week

"First of all no comment, second
of all, it's an absolute lie." - In
a serious BBC investigation into allegations of fixing in Olympic boxing
,
WSB chief operating officer Ivan Khodabakhsh
comes up with a knockout line.

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Footballers will be footballers

"With
my tendon injury, I've had to be a guinea pig for a lot of these treatments.
It's difficult. All the people there [at United] are lovely and everybody tries
their best, but at times you come to a certain point where you need to make a
decision. They said it would help. Basically, I was left to pick up the pieces,
which was incredibly frustrating." - Owen Hargreaves's relations with Old Trafford look in
considerably worse shape than his knee these days, and this was the cherry on
top of a week in which he scored on debut for arch-rivals Manchester City...

"Our
doctor and his five physios are fantastic - that is my opinion and that is more
important than what anyone else has to say about it." - Since
when did Sir Alex Ferguson ever let anybody have the last word
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"Yeah, he's a Downsworth lad, a
Scouser...did a great job on my house too," Steven Gerrard presents
Brighton's Craig Noone with the
man-of-the-match bottle of bubbly after Liverpool's Carling Cup win before
congratulating the former roof fitter on his handiwork. The magic of the cup
lives on.

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"We lose a game where we score five
goals and that's quite disappointing" - Arsene Wenger after
Arsenal scored two own goals in a 4-3 defeat at Blackburn. He may be having a
rough time of things, but at least the Frenchman can still crack a funny every
once in a while.

"The portrayals of him as being
a broken man could not be further from the truth. Arsene is incredibly focused
on what he needs to do and addressing the issues that he has seen" - Ivan Gazidis insists
that pictures don't always tell the whole story...

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'Handbags
at ten paces' dispute of the week

"Joey Barton was telling everyone he
is on 80-grand a week as usual. It is just embarrassing really" - Karl Henry doesn't like someone, but
it's not clear who.

"Kelvin Henry - he loves it, doesn't he? Always
sticking his foot in and trying to hurt people. Why doesn't he do it when it is
0-0 in the game? He is chirping up all week saying he is going to do x,y and z
to me and then he lets himself down massively by not even turning up on
Saturday afternoons. He should concentrate more on playing and less on talking
a good game. Everything I read from him, I really don't like
him. I'm going to go on record saying that. I know from his challenges on me
that he doesn't like me - I'm not going to mince my words" - Joey Barton's lips
are sealed on the whole debate as well.

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Er.... what?

"The president of the United
States, when he came to my house, wanted to talk to me guy to guy. We all put
our underpants on the same way, one leg at a time" - Greg Norman becomes the first person
to dissect former US president Bill Clinton's approach to underwear since...
No, that one's too easy.

"My word Bellamy is a growler, he is
a real growler" - We've read it, reread it, and read it again, but we have
no idea quite what Ray Wilkins reckons
of Liverpool's returning Welshman Craig Bellamy.

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Correction of the week

"Due to a technical error,
appointments for FIFA standing committees have appeared on the FIFA website.
Therefore, Issa Hayatou has not been appointed as chairman of the
organising committee for the Olympic football tournaments" - FIFA and PR still seem to be locked in
an unhappy marriage.

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Tales from the World Cup

"We got the win, so you would think he
would be happy, but obviously not. He was spewing in there. We thought we might
at least get a smile out of him, but you know what he's like. He was yelling
and screaming" - Shontayne Hape, who scored
two tries in England's 41-10 World Cup win over Georgia, suggests Martin
Johnson is not enjoying himself in New Zealand. When World of Sport isn't enjoying itself it attends
'Mad Midget Weekender: Leprechaun Wars'...

"Retirement
has crossed my mind plenty of times over the last few years. There are plenty
of thoughts in your head when you're disappointed but it's losers who quit when
things aren't going so well for them. Retirement hasn't entered my head
seriously in that regard. I'm a fighter and I'll keep fighting until the end."
- Ronan O'Gara was widely reported
as retiring, until
it turned out that he wasn't retiring
. A battle between the 34-year-old
fly-half and the realities of old age beckons.

"It's basically all or nothing, following Jesus. I don't believe in
pick 'n' mix Christianity. I believe the Bible is the word of God, so who am I
to ignore something from it? I might as well tear out that page then keep
tearing out pages as and when it suits me. If I started out like that there
would soon be nothing left." - Scotland prop Euan Murray, who won't play
for Scotland on Sundays
. World of Sport is yet to check if he's also a fan
of the Old Testament passages giving helpful tips for slave owners?

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And
the best of the rest

"As
for Andy Murray, I kind of don't know what to write anymore." - Who do you feel
more sorry for: the better-than-everyone-except-arguably-history's-three-greatest-players
Murray, or Eurosport expert Patrick
Mouratoglou
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"I feel like a grandad to some of
these boys. I've been around the block a few more times than these lads, but
it's nice to have that bit of experience under your belt." - Rumour has it
that stand-in
England captain
Graeme Swann's
team talks will involve sitting players down on his knee, telling them what
good boys they are before giving them a Werther's Original.

"People used to say I was a lucky player
and if you are going to have a heart attack anywhere, then the middle of a
hospital is probably the place to have it" Chris Cowdrey, former
Kent and England captain, sees the bright side of being struck down after
routine knee surgery.

 

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