Luis Suarez (AFP)
"There has been total disrespect of the club ... I will take strong, decisive action, absolutely ... My job is to fight and protect the club ... (An apology is) something I will ensure before anything happens in the future." –Brendan Rodgers gets tough with Luis Suarez after the Uruguayan said he wanted to leave Liverpool.
"I'm still defending the Liverpool shirt and I will do so until the last minute. My aim is to reach an agreement with the club in a friendly manner and I hope the clause we agreed a year ago is fulfilled. Up to now, it hasn't been. It's not that I want to or am desperate to leave, but I like things to be clear and a year ago I made my position to the club clear. Gerrard has a lot of history with Liverpool and his words are very important but everyone should understand that I need to play the Champions League to keep growing as a footballer. Now I have the chance, I want to take it." – Suarez explains why he wants to leave.
“We are not going to sell Luis. It’s a football reason, it’s not about finances. It’s because at this point it's impossible, so late in the window, with everyone who’s already moved or isn’t moving, to replace him. So for football reasons, we can’t - and especially to Arsenal. For all the top clubs it’s extremely important but especially Liverpool, because we’re not in Europe this year and have not been in the Champions League for a while. Obviously, to sell to a rival for one of those positions would be ludicrous." – Liverpool owner John Henry tells Suarez to forget about leaving. And it's hard to disagree with his reasoning.
Hull City official
"My dislike for the word 'City' is because it is common. City is also associated with Leicester, Bristol, Manchester and many other clubs. I don't like being like everyone else. I want the club to be special." - Hull owner Assem Allam explains why the club will be formally renamed Hull City Tigers from the start of the new season.
"I'm absolutely gutted. I am a grown man and this is something I have cried over. I used to have supporters chant things at me, like 'who ate all the pies'. I used to get them going and then grab my belly. I've always had a good rapport with fans." - Lenny Berry talks about having to stand down as Bradford City's mascot for not being fat enough.
"He had been pushing the boundaries. It was not an issue of weight. Some people have suggested we are encouraging obesity, but we are a professional sporting club, so why would we do that?" – Bradford director Roger Owen claimed there was more to it than that.
"You think you’d have loads of time on the ball but it's pretty mental how quick the game is and I did get smashed by one of the Stoke lads when I got one of my passes away." Macclesfield business man James Gorfin has been successful enough in business to raise £10,000 to play for his team against Stoke but he couldn't hack it on a (not so) cold not against Stoke.
Rickie Lambert celebrates his equaliser from the penalty spot for Southampton at Craven Cottage
"It's been a special day and I'm trying to absorb what's happened. It's hard to describe how I'm feeling, if I'm being honest. Today has been a bit of a blur because there are a few things that have happened in my life and I'm trying to take them in." – Southampton striker Rickie Lambert describes an incredible day where his wife get birth and he earned his first call-up for England.
"I have a chronic shoulder problem, it slipped out of place and that's it. I'm happy for the win. These three points, in our home opener, were very important." – The result was all that mattered to Estudiantes coach Mauricio Pellegrino despite gesticulating so wildly at his team during a match that he dislocated his right shoulder.
"It's belief. He doesn't fully believe that he is going to win, and you have got to." – Colin Montgomerie explains why Tiger Woods is no longer a winner at the Majors. Well if anybody should know….
"Whatever he decides, he decides. If he did decide to play golf, so be it. If he decides to play another sport or not play any sports, as long as he's happy and enjoys his life, I'm there to support and guide him in his life." – Tiger Woods reveals that he will not be pushing his son Charlie into golf.
Nik Lentz has now won three straight UFC fights. (USA Today)
"Family was a huge thing to my father, and he taught me that from a very young age. If you don't have family, you don't have anything. He'd said throughout my whole life and throughout my sisters' lives that he'd be there for us. He'd say, 'I am going to do everything in my power to put you in a situation to be successful.' He was going to take care of his family. That was very important to him." – MMA fighter Nik Lentz reveals he is using bout winnings to pay for dad’s life-saving surgery.
"Something to talk about. Won't forget that one" – Bowler Troy Walker takes a philosophical view after an incredible moment of bad luck denied him a perfect 300 game.
"I was out there leading. I'm really young. I've never led an X-Games before. I celebrated a bit too early and made a mistake, unfortunately, which gave Vicki Golden an opening to take first again. If I had stayed on the bike, there was no way I could have lost. I had one straight to go. But, you know, mistakes happen." - WMX women's motocross racer Meghan Rutledge puts a similar spin on things to our bowling friend.