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Quotes of the week: ‘We just live boys with women, girls with boys’

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"When we go to different countries, we try to follow their rules. We are not trying to set our rules over there. We are just trying to be respectful. We consider ourselves, like normal, standard people, we just live boys with women, girls with boys. It comes from the history. I hope the problem won't ruin our Olympic Games in Sochi." Russian pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva prompts outrage with anti-gay rant.

"It blows my mind that a young, so well-educated woman can be so behind with the times. Guess what Yelena, a large portion of your citizenship are normal, standard homosexuals." American 800 metres runner Nick Symmonds.

"English is not my first language and I think I may have been misunderstood. I am opposed to any discrimination against gay people on the grounds of their sexuality." Russian pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva detaches herself from the anti-gay rant.

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"I never thought in my career I would achieve something like this. This was very tough - it was all left to the last two laps. I had a lot of pressure but at the same time I enjoy it. I am very proud to represent my country and hold the Union Jack. To all the people who give me great support I can't thank you enough. Thank you to all the people back home - I am very proud." Mo Farah emulates his Olympic success by winning double gold in the 10,000m and 5,000 - only the second man in history to hold all four titles at the same time.

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"My career as an actor has blossomed. I never considered myself a comedian or actor, even though I was in movies and shows helping out friends … a lot of my friends are actors and directors and they say: 'Mike, we need you to concentrate and take it seriously." Former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson on acting. The American says he would like to appear in Shakespeare's Othello.

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"I didn't say that, maybe someone else did and the main thing is that I am here now with the national team." Liverpool striker Luis Suarez denies suggestion he has changed his mind to stay with Liverpool.

"There's too much good work gone on here for it to be overtaken by anything else. The players have worked so hard, their concentration has been brilliant and we are all very determined this year. I can't let anything detract from that. Nothing can sabotage what we are trying to do. I don't really want to go on about it. It's just something we cannot afford to happen." Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers after Suarez returns to training.

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"I find it hard to believe that’s the way the balls came out of the bag, that’s for sure.I think it is the hardest start United have had for 20 years. I hope it’s not because United won the league comfortably last year that the fixtures have been made much more difficult. The old manager told me these sort of things happen. It is a hard start but it is a hard start for everyone else, as they have to play us.” David Moyes airs his fury after his Manchester United are drawn to face Swansea (away), Chelsea (home). Liverpool (away) and Manchester City (away) in their opening five Premier League games.

"David is a clever man and, just like his predecessor, they don’t usually waste a word. There’s absolutely nothing [that] goes on. If you go back over the last six years, it’s happened twice in the last six years where a team has had that sort of start. And look at the promoted clubs, some of them also have a crazy start." Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore rejects the United manager's claims.

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“It’s been a whirlwind, it’s been hard trying to be calm, not let it affect me, trying to be cool but obviously deep down it means so much to me. I don’t want to come down. I’ve tasted it now and I want more. If that’s my only call-up, then I couldn’t have wished for it to go any better.” Rickie Lambert savours a dream debut after coming off the bench to score the winner in England's 3-2 victory of Scotland at Wembley.

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