We look at the most quotable quotes from the world of sport this week (March 26-April 1) including Australia winning the Cricket World Cup, UConn’s Indiana travel boycott and Sebastian Vettel’s honest appraisal of his emotions.
This week it all starts with a rising young tennis star, Daria Garilova, currently representing Russia on the WTA Tour but soon to have an Australian flag next to her name – much to the pleasure of those Down Under.
She was an upset winner over her childhood idol Maria Sharapova in Miami this week.
“I have been dreaming about beating Maria since I was probably 12.”
Miami Open wildcard Daria Gavrilova after her memorable win. March 27, 2015
Daria Gavrilova with the biggest win of her career. Kinda happy, isn’t she? pic.twitter.com/zzZdymdVE7
— René Denfeld (@Renestance) March 27, 2015
“I was sh**ting myself in the last few laps.”
Sebastian Vettel tells it how it was during his maiden Ferrari victory in Malaysia. March 29, 2015
“Just being with these kids and sharing this moment, I’m so happy, I’m so happy for them and to be with them.”
The Duke Blue Devils are going to their 16th Final Four, and a record-tying 12th for Coach Krzyzewski, after a 66-52 win over Gonzaga on Sunday to win the South Regional. March 30, 2015
“Today is a bad day for baseball. I think we all know that even if Kris Bryant were a combination of the greatest players to play our game … the Cubs still would have made the decision they made today. This decision, and other similar decisions made by clubs will be addressed in litigation, bargaining or both.”
Statement by the Major League Baseball Players Association after Kris Bryant was reassigned by the Chicago Cubs to their minor league camp despite his outstanding spring training at the plate. March 30, 2015
“So what’s the plan, besides lots of drink? How long is that going to last? Just one night, two nights? Do you reckon it will go on a bit longer than that?”
Many were not overly impressed with Australian cricket legend Shane Warne’s interview with the team after their triumph over New Zealand in final of the Cricket World Cup. March 30, 2015
Shane Warne interviewing the players.. Blah blah blah drink drink blah blah have a drink blah beer.
— Melanie Homer (@melhomer) March 29, 2015
“I could have lied and said, Oh, yeah, absolutely. But what I did say after the game was, Notre Dame played great.”
Kentucky Coach Calipari when asked about his dismissal of Notre Dame as his team’s toughest opponent. March 30, 2015
“In support of Governor Malloy’s travel ban to the state of Indiana, Kevin Ollie and other members of the UConn men’s basketball staff will not travel to Indianapolis for the NCAA Final Four and events surrounding it. UConn is a community that values all of our members and treats each person with the same degree of respect, regardless of their background and beliefs and we will not tolerate any other behavior.”
Statement by UConn President Susan Herbst underscoring their boycott of the Final Four in Indianapolis following Indiana Governor Mike Pence signing into law a measure that makes discrimination legal on the grounds of religious protection. March 31, 2015
“My dad really likes Manny. He’s a huge fan of his.”
Rasheda Ali says her dad is backing Pacquiao all the way when he takes on Floyd Mayweather next month. March 31, 2015
“I am so sorry for anything that’s happened or that’s been done wrong to our players or been done wrong to our football club.”
A relieved James Hird, coach of AFL club Essendon, apologises after a not guilty verdict was handed down to 34 of his players past and present regarding charges of taking a banned substance. Lasting nearly 800 days, it was possibly the biggest investigation of its kind ever in world sport. March 31, 2015
“It hasn’t been an easy task.”
MCC chief executive Stephen Gough. Less than an hour after Australia beat New Zealand in the final of the Cricket World Cup on Sunday evening, work commenced at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) to remove seven cricket pitches in time for the opening of the Aussie Rules football season on Thursday night. April 1, 2015
Photo Credit: AAP/File
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