World of Sport

Quotes of the week: ‘The Steven Gerrard one was nearly assault!”

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is not happy...

"Nothing is going for us away from home, that's how its been all season in terms of decisions. It's incredible to have gone through the season without getting a penalty. I don't know what Gerrard and Suarez have to do get a pen. I thought it was bordering on assault." - Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers

"The Steven Gerrard one was nearly assault. How is that not a penalty? The statistics will tell you that we've been in the box as much as anyone, but to arrive at this stage of season and not get a penalty." - Rodgers again. On penalties, again.

"It's going to be tough, we mustn't kid ourselves. You look at the position we are in - it's very, very difficult. But I can see there are some decent players there. We need to play as a team and be a team and if we can put them together and get them to work together, we have got a chance. You can only work with what you have got, can't you? I can't pluck anyone out of the air at the moment. You can't bring anybody in, you have just got to get the best out of the players who are here." - Harry Redknapp on working with what he's got. Just don't call him a wheeler dealer, alright?!

"There's still a long way to go and we will have chances. Remember last season when City were ahead and it was easy. Then they needed to win their last game. It's a long, long competition. Can we still win it? Why not?" - Rafael Benitez says Chelsea can still win the title after being booed off after a second successive goalless draw.

"I'm lucky because at 37 years old, I've been offered some exciting options. I've got quite a few offers on the table. I've always said I think I would struggle to come back and play in England because I've played for the biggest club in the world, the biggest club in England, Manchester United, and I couldn't see myself playing for any other Premiership team." - David Beckham on his 'wealth' of options post-LA Galaxy.

"Like I said, we've got some exciting options on the table. I do think we'll be spending a little more time in England because it's good for the kids to see their grandparents. Over the last six years it's been difficult not seeing them as much as we'd like and they'd like, but we definitely won't be leaving LA for good. What I'm really touched about is the fact that I've still got great managers like Harry, like (Paris St Germain coach) Carlo Ancelotti coming out and saying great things about me, not saying they would like to sign me, but saying nice things about me." - Got that? Beckham has options, don't you know.

"They're frustrated and I disagreed with them. I didn't like what they were saying about the team. If they're not happy with what I'm doing and they want me to go then I will. I can't repeat what they said as this is a public arena but there were a lot of expletives there and heavy criticism which I didn't think was justified — and a lack of patience with the team as well." Beating Barcelona is quickly forgotten as Celtic manager Neil Lennon threatens to quit after an argument with a fan during a shock 1-0 loss to Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Scottish Premier League

"If we had won the game 1-0, I'd have been delighted with that. To win it so emphatically is very, very pleasing..our forward play tonight was like night and day compared to what it was against Inverness." All seems to be well again as Lennon drools over a 4-0 thumping of Hearts four days later

"I'm not going to put myself through that torture again, and I'm not going to put my family through it." - Ricky Hatton

"They've got me in unbelievable shape. It's a different type of training to when I was playing cricket. I've done the rounds in sparring and I'm looking forward to tomorrow night. The last four-and-a-half-months have been the hard work and I want to go out and enjoy it. It was an opportunity that I couldn't pass up. I played cricket until I was 31 and wasn't ready to sit back and do nothing." - Freddie Flintoff ahead of his boxing fight with Richard Dawson

"It's had its moments, especially in some of the training and sparring sessions, but I've never thought about packing it in. I've asked myself why I'm doing it but the hardest things you do are the most rewarding." - Flintoff again ahead of his 'scary' first fight

'Punter' bows out of international cricket

"I've said all along that I would continue to play as long as I could continue to make a contribution to wins, and I think over the last couple of weeks my performance has not been good enough to do that. I've given cricket my all, it's been my life for 20 years, there's not much more I can give." - Ricky Ponting on his international retirement

"Ricky spoke to me after the Adelaide Test match, and made his decision over the last little while. The boys are obviously hurting at the moment. He's been an amazing player for a long time. That'll do for me today." A tearful Australia captain Michael Clarke on his friend's retirement

"Ricky is always uncompromisingly straightforward and leads from the front - he has made a decision that he believes is best for him, his family and his team. On behalf of Australian cricket, I congratulate him for his outstanding achievements as a batsman, captain and, after he stood down as captain, leader by example." - Cricket Australia Chairman Wally Edwards on Ponting

"I batted with Ricky once at the MCG, what a great experience that was, 4 such a great cause Tsunami victims. Enjoy ur family, your new team." - the great West Indies batsman Brian Lara

"Congrats to Ricky Ponting on an amazing career, well done Punter...Enjoy your last match in Perth buddy, was a pleasure playing with you !!!" - Australian legend and former team-mate Shane Warne

"The best batsman I had the privilege to play against ... Ricky Ponting... #Punter Australia cricket will not be the same without him..." - Former rival, England captain and competitive dancer Michael Vaughan

Michael Vaughan and Ricky Ponting

How much debate can a golf putter really cause?

"I think this proposal will create more division and controversy than impact scoring and be a distraction to the pro game, which is in a great place." - This year's US Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III

"There are many young players who have grown up with the belly putter, never even using traditional methods. To tell them it is illegal or against the spirit of the game is way late, very unfair and in my opinion unethical." - Tom Lehman has his say on the belly putter.

"Fully agree with the anchoring ban. Better image for the game of golf, skill and nerves are all part of the game. Level playing field in '16." - world number one Rory McIlroy.

"I just believe that the art of putting is swinging the club and controlling. Having it as a fixed point, as I was saying all year, is something that's not in the traditions of the game. We swing all other 13 clubs. I think the putter should be the same. It should be a swinging motion throughout the entire bag." - Fourteen-times Major winner Tiger Woods