Quotes of the year


"I've been asked about my legacy since I was 25 years old, and I am not even sure you have a legacy at 25 or even 37. I thought you had to be 70." – Denver quarterback Peyton Manning when questioned about his legacy.

"I was dizzy from the middle of the first set and then I saw Snoopy and I thought, 'Wow Snoopy, that's weird'." – Frank Dancevic after collapsing during his match at the Australian Open due to extreme heat.

'This is not the best league in the world, this is football from the 19th Century. The only other thing I could bring was a Black and Decker to destroy the wall.' – Jose Mourinho after Chelsea’s goalless draw with West Ham.



"I don't know what people in 20, 30, 40 years will think. I mean, is the record book still going to be blank for seven years? I guess it will be, I don't know. Or will people look at this thing in the context that it is and say, 'Yeah, he won the Tour de France seven times?” – Cheat Lance Armstrong discussing his legacy in a documentary called The Armstrong Lie.

“Mercedes are taking 23 trucks with them everywhere. If they really wanted to save fuel they should stop that.” – Bernie Ecclestone is critical of manufacturers' arguments for smaller engines.



“I'm unbeaten. 22 and zero. 16 knockouts. And I'm still sexy.” – Boxer Tyson Fury was feeling confident ahead of his fight with Dereck Chisora.



"How he was opened up to the ridicule that he was, I find that fascinating and sad. I know that when he comes back he'll be a better manager because of the experience. He's an outstanding manager, David Moyes, and a good man as well." – Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers after news broke that David Moyes had been sacked by Manchester United.



“The problem is mine. The wedding invitations issued at the weekend made me realise that I wasn't ready for all that marriage entails.” – Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy in his statement breaking off his engagement to Caroline Wozniacki.

"I am thinking about football and I hope that the boys are thinking about football because nobody has died from practising abstinence for 40 days. Some people are virgins until marriage and they are 20 or 25 years old. So, please, nobody will die for 40 days." – Mexico manager Miguel Herrera on making his players abstain from sex during the World Cup.

“Maybe I'm sick of pasta. The Chinese stomach is a little bit different.” – Li Na after she was ill just moments before she was defeated at the Rome Masters defeat by Sara Errani.



“Maybe Louis does have a golden willy.” – Arjen Robben about manager Louis Van Gaal after the Netherlands qualified top of their group.

“I lost my balance, making my body unstable and falling on top of my opponent. At that moment I hit my face against the player leaving a small bruise on my cheek and a strong pain in my teeth.” – Luis Suarez explaining what ‘really’ happened when he appeared to bite Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.

“He's somebody I know very well on a personal level. He's a beautiful person.” – Rafael Nadal on Andy Murray after a straight sets win at the French Open.



“To be honest Nico has never actually been in Germany, so it's not really his home race.” – Lewis Hamilton on teammate and rival Nico Rosberg who grew up in Monaco

"I am a cheat. I have abused my position as a professional sportsman on a number of occasions by choosing to accept money through fixing." – Former New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent in a statement about his involvement in match-fixing.

"Yachts, private jets, foreign cars, mansions, unlimited shopping sprees, and I am just getting started! I spoke to God last night and I asked: 'Is there a problem with how this lavish KING is living down here on earth?' and God said: 'NO it was already predestined'." – Boxer Floyd Mayweather on Instagram.



“We are very calm. This countdown clock you have on Sky all the time, for us, there is no tick-tock.” – Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho on the transfer window.



"I hope it's big news in Japan." – Kei Nishikori after his US Open semi-final win against Novak Djokovic.

"They're getting into the sort of last few holes of their careers, and that's what happens." – Rory McIlroy on Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.



“My match-up against her so far hasn't been great. I won once and lost like 10 times, or nine, I don't know. I don't even count anymore.” – Caroline Wozniacki, on her head-to-head record against Serena Williams.

"Everybody saw the guy in the middle, nicely dressed, with shoes that matched his shirt, refereeing all afternoon with a smile. He spent the week in Paris. He must have visited a lot of things and had a nice walk around… and he did so this afternoon too." – Racing Metro coach Laurent Labit is scathing about South African referee Jacob Van Heerden after his side's 23-19 defeat to Stade Francais.



“They should stop talking, they should stop doing juju on me, they should leave me alone.” – Tottenham Star Emmanuel Adebayor accused his mother of using witchcraft on him.



"We are ready. Let's make it happen. May 2. Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao. Let's do it." – Floyd Mayweather says he is finally ready to fight Manny Pacquiao.

"I don't ever intend to dive. I'm a Scouser – we don't do things like that." – Everton midfielder Ross Barkley after he was accused of diving against West Ham.

"We must dig in and get through to tea. And we must play on. So rest in peace my little brother. I'll see you out in the middle." – Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke in his eulogy at the funeral of team-mate Phillip Hughes.