• Week in Words

Michael Clarke ups the sledging

ESPN staff
November 24, 2013
Michael Clarke and Jimmy Anderson exchanged words in Brisbane © Getty Images

In the latest edition of our favourite quotes from the sporting week, Michael Clarke ups the sledging, David Warner pulls no punches, and George Groves baits Carl Froch...

"Get ready for a f****** broken arm"

Jimmy Anderson was on the end of some particularly vibrant sledging from Australia captain Michael Clarke as he prepared to face Mitchell Johnson

"It was a fair enough stoppage. I felt I had a couple more free shots on him and I was lining him up for the uppercut. He was struggling, that last one or two shots can do great damage in this sport"

Carl Froch seems to be the only person who agreed with referee Howard Foster's decision to end his fight against George Groves

"It was an unfair and unjust decision. He knows he got more than a lottery ticket and I've got the beating of him"

Groves calls on Froch to grant him a world title rematch

"England are on the back foot and it does look like they've got scared eyes. The way Trotty [Jonathan Trott] got out today was pretty poor and pretty weak"

David Warner pulled no punches in his criticism of England's performance with the bat in the first Ashes Test

"I'm not a selfish player. I'm not a selfish person"

Daniel Sturridge hasn't taken too kindly to recent criticism

"[Pacquiao] said to me, 'Are those the guys that made fun of you?' and I said yes, and he said, 'That's all I need to know,' and he walked away"

Freddie Roach reveals how Brandon Rios did Manny Pacquiao's pre-fight pep talk for him

"I've seen the highlights and key moments, but have never sat down to watch the match"

Jonny Wilkinson admits he has never sat down and seen the 2003 Rugby World Cup final

"One thing is for sure, a World Cup without me is nothing to watch so it is not worthwhile to wait for the World Cup"

Well, at least we know what Zlatan Ibrahimovic won't be doing during the summer next year

"It was a bad night for us, a bunch of bad decisions were made"

Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie on the decision to ban six of his players for having a night out in Dublin

"I call it confidence, you guys call it arrogance. It makes for a better headline"

Kevin Pietersen was in playful mood with the Australian press ahead of the first Ashes Test

"Since when does one believe Lance Armstrong?"

Former cycling chief Hein Verbruggen came out swinging at claims he helped the disgraced American rider cover-up a positive test at the 1999 Tour de France

"I am very proud and slightly embarrassed. We are talking about a World Cup winner and an icon - someone who is a hero to everyone in the country"

England captain Steven Gerrard on equalling Bobby Moore's 108 caps

"To think I'm protecting any of these guys after the way they treated me, that is ludicrous. I have no loyalty towards them. I'm not going to lie to protect these guys. I hate them. They threw me under the bus. I'm done with them"

Bastion of morality Lance Armstrong lays into Hein Verbruggen and the UCI heirarchy he once allegedly colluded with to cheat a positive test

"We are talking about one thing here: cheating. None of my competitors have ever come up to me and said, 'You cheated'"

Lance Armstrong: still in denial

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