"If [a soccer player] says, 'I'm coming to the end of my career and I want to finish it out in the United States,' that's a red flag. 'My wife likes the weather' or 'my wife likes the shopping' -- that's another red flag.<br><br>-- Alexi Lalas to the <i>New York Times</i> on the trend of players like David Beckham joining MLS, which opens its season on Saturday.
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''Consider the source, that's number one. [Jose Canseco] wouldn't have been able to hit the ball out of the infield without steroids.... There are certain naturals. There are guys who can just do it, and Alex [Rodriguez] is one of those guys.''<br><br>Yankees senior vp Hank Steinbrenner, defending A-Rod to <i>The Record</i> of Bergen County, N.J., against charges made in Canseco's new book.
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''It's sad that [Shaq] says those things. We shared so much here, together, for three years, good and bad, 3 1/2 years. I just think it's sad that he's got to do that.''<br><br>--Miami president and coach Pat Riley after Shaquille O'Neal, now with Phoenix, told the <i>Boston Globe</i>, ''I love playing for this coach [in Phoenix] and I love playing with these guys. We have professionals who know what to do. No one is asking me to play with Chris Quinn or Ricky Davis. I'm actually on a team again.''
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''Man, I'm at the end of the cliff, and if I slip off, I fall off. I'm bettering myself, and I'm hopeful I can get a second chance. It's a privilege [to play in the NFL], and it can be taken away from you. Don't take it for a joke.''<br><br>-- Pacman Jones on Michael Irvin's radio show
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''If [Juan] Uribe doesn't do what we think he can do, he will be replaced. I'm not going to put pressure on him. He knows he has people around him who can play that position. But the way he played in spring training, and the way he went about his business, I think he earned that spot.''<br><br>-- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen on Juan Uribe's future
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''It was going to end at some point, and I'm very glad that I did it. It's a nice place to do it, too, because he's obviously owned this place for the last few years.'' <br><br>--Geoff Ogilvy on ending Tiger Woods six-month win streak and his three-tournament win streak at the W.G.C.-CA Championship at Doral.
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''There are concerns about suits being like triathlon suits, which are thicker. There are buoyancy issues.''<br><br>-- FINA's executive director Cornel Marculescu after 12 world records were set this year by swimmers wearing the slick new swimsuits (inset below).
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''Nobody is going to step up and average 25 points the way Dirk does. We've got guys capable of stepping up their offensive output somewhat, but nobody is going to get 20-something points and 10-something rebounds in his place. It's about those extra effort plays.''<br><br>--Jerry Stackhouse to the <i>Dallas Morning News</i> after the Mavericks learned that Dirk Nowitzki may be sidelined for two weeks with an injury.
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''I'm numb right now. I'm a dreamer and I've been a dreamer my whole life. And for me to not think that we could get to this moment would be selling myself and the people who are behind me short.''<br><br>Davidson Coach Bob McKillop after being asked to put upset wins over Gonzaga and Georgetown into perspective.
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''I haven't followed this [NCAA] season as closely as I normally do. I've been otherwise occupied.'' <br><br>--Former president Bill Clinton after saying on James Carville's XM radio show that his Final Four picks were North Carolina, Memphis, UCLA and Georgetown.
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''What I'm taking great pride in is we won it with Chris's free throw. So all that stuff about our free-throw shooting now goes out the window, I guess. The free throws we need to make, we'll make. I've got absolutely no issues. There are three, four other issues I worry about. It's not free-throw shooting.''<br><br>--Memphis coach John Calipari after poor free-throw shooting (15 of 32) nearly cost the Tigers in the second round.
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''I don't think I'm <i>that</i> bad.''<br><br>--A smiling Mardy Fish when asked if he recalled a bigger upset in history than his 6-3, 6-2 victory over No. 1 ranked Roger Federer in the semifinals of the Pacific Life Open. Fish was ranked No. 98 at the time.
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''Our goal was to win the conference championship so we [could] position ourselves to come here and play games. We didn't want to stop with that. We wanted to come and make noise and win games. We have a great team. Everybody's experienced. It's just a good chemistry.''<br><br>--Western Kentucky's Courtney Lee after the Hilltoppers advanced to the Sweet 16 with victories over Drake and San Diego.
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