Who said what this year — a selection of the best sporting quotes of the year:
“Crisis, what is a crisis? We are not in a crisis. We are only in some difficulties and these will be solved.”
— FIFA president Sepp Blatter amid allegations of corruption engulfing soccer’s governing body.
“Aren’t you the one who screwed me over last time? Don’t even look at me. If I see you in the corridor don’t even walk past me ... a code violation for expressing my opinion, we’re in America ... you’re unattractive inside ...”
— Serena Williams after being handed a code violation by umpire Eva Asderaki during her US Open final defeat to Samantha Stosur.
“I had an unbelievable year. -Nothing can really ruin that. I will always remember this year as the best of my life.”
— Novak Djokovic on winning the Australian Open, Wimbledon, the US Open and five Masters events, as well as replacing Rafael Nadal as world No. 1.
“It was my aim to shove it right up that black asshole.”
— Tiger Woods’s former caddie and confidant Steve Williams, celebrating a win with new charge Adam Scott months after the former world No. 1 had fired him.
“This is ridiculous. Damn. World Cup with so much security and this happens. Big joke. Trust me I am not keen here. Every player lay flat. This is some bullshit ... Bangladesh stoning our bus!!! Freaking glass Break!!! This is crap, can’t believe ... what next, bullets!!!!”
— West Indies batsman Chris Gayle on Twitter after the team bus was stoned in Dhaka.
“I was down the Waikato River whitebaiting. I think Ted [coach Graham Henry] had missed me a couple of times and then I finally got a call from Milsy [Mils Muliaina] and he said: ‘Start answering your phone, you idiot.’ So that was sort of the message I needed.”
— Kiwi fly-half Stephen Donald after getting a surprise call-up to replace injured Colin Slade in the World Cup.
“I didn’t just skate for myself. In Japan we’re having a really hard time right now. Skating is really important there and so many people are watching the competition.”
— Miki Ando after winning women’s gold at the world -championships which were moved to Moscow from Tokyo after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
“I think Europe is finished. It will be a good place for tourism but little else. Europe is a thing of the past.”
— F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone on Europe’s future as a top motor racing destination.
“I feel like my kids on X-mas day! So juiced!!”
— Miami Heat star LeBron James tweeted after hearing that a tentative deal had been reached to end the NBA’s lockout and play a shortened season starting on Christmas Day.
“They’re destroying the city.”
— A distraught resident as rioting fans torched cars and smashed buildings in Vancouver after the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup 4-0 over the Canucks.
WOMEN’S FOOTBALL WORLD CUP
“I truly believe that something bigger was pulling for this team.”
— Stunned US goalkeeper Hope Solo on the determination shown by the Japanese in the wake of the tsumami disaster, which saw the Asians rally twice with late equalizers to beat the US 3-1 on penalties in the July 17 final.