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What a circus

Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 6:52 AM
Source: SportsFan
Author: Ben Hocking

"What a circus for an old man."
A Parisian cyclist is less than impressed by the huge crowd that turned out to watch David Beckham's first training session with Paris Saint-Germain.

"I see he is still a left-hander – and his shirts looked good."
Roger Federer was obviously paying pretty close attention to rival Rafael Nadal's return to competitive tennis.

"There was a very significant involvement from Dean (Robinson) as the high-performance manager, there was detailed discussion with James Hird, there was detailed discussion with the club doctor (Bruce Reid). They were sort of the main people involved in the knowledge of the program."
Former Essendon sports scientist Stephen Dank says the coaches knew exactly what was involved in his supplement program.

"To me, I think it is embarrassing for the NRL to come out and mention there is six teams and (for us) to be forced into a situation to defend ourselves against something we don't even know about."
North Queensland coach Neil Henry expressed his displeasure with the way the ACC report into performance-enhancing drugs was handled this week.

"I have had discussions with the (Chinese) sports minister and I am conscious of certain action being taken."
WADA president John Fahey is trying to crackdown on the doping problem at the source by getting China to close down its illegal performance-enhancing drug industry.

"For one week of inconvenience, or whatever it is that people don't get the local access, I think they should not be so selfish, quite frankly, and think of the greater good."
Former Formula One driver David Coulthard thinks Victorians should stop complaining and continue shovelling truckloads of taxpayer cash into Bernie Ecclestone's pockets.

"I've been saying for her last four or five starts that it could be her last run, and even Saturday could be her last one."
Peter Moody says today's Lightning Stakes at Flemington could be the last time his champion mare Black Caviar takes to the track.

"We know it is going to be tough, we know how good India is."
Michael Clarke sets expectations low ahead of the Test series against India, despite the fact the side was demolished by England recently.

"We were the second-most improved team in the competition last year."
Melbourne Rebels coach Damien Hill does his best to spruik his team's 2012 Super Rugby achievements, where they won just four games and finished 13th on the ladder.

"A PB of 20.67 seconds at 19 is huge … I wasn't hitting times like that until I was about 24."
US sprinter Calesio Newman thinks sprinter Nick Hough has what it takes to become the first Australian man in six years to compete in the 200 metres at a world championships.

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