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Sport in 2019: Best quotes

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Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year Award Winner Megan Rapinoe speaks onstage during the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson Of The Year 2019 at The Ziegfeld Ballroom on December 09, 2019 in New York City. Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year 2019/AFP

Football
“I think I’m particularly, uniquely and very deeply American”

— Megan Rapinoe, USA’s World Cup-winning superstar, a warrior on the pitch and off it where her unflinching advocacy for social justice brought her into conflict with US President Donald Trump.

Rapinoe “should WIN first before she TALKS! Finish the job!”

— Trump on Twitter

“This is only the start”

— Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp after the Champions League final win over Tottenham.

“Humble”
— After the acrimony that defined his final days at Manchester United Jose Mourinho arrived as Tottenham’s new manager saying he had learned from his mistakes and wanted to bring happiness to Spurs.

TENNIS
“This kind of matches, you work for, you live for, they give sense and they give value to every minute you spend on the court training and working to get yourself in this position and play the match with one of your greatest rivals of all time”

— Novak Djokovic, after defeating Roger Federer for his fifth Wimbledon title in the longest final in the tournament’s history.
“I’m the loser both times, so that’s the only similarity I see.”

— Federer on what were the similarities between losing to Djokovic and to Rafael Nadal in 2008’s equally classic Wimbledon final.

“Congratulations @Bandreescu_! You’ve made history and made a whole country very proud. #SheTheNorth”

— Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweets his support for Bianca Andreescu who defeated Serena Williams in the US Open final to become Canada’s first Grand Slam singles champion
“Inexcusable”

— Serena williams berates herself for her performance against Andreescu

RUSSIAN DOPING
Moscow has gone “too far”.

— Former WADA chief Dick Pound after Russia accused of falsifying laboratory doping data
BOXING

“Three months of partying and celebrating affected me, what can I say?”

— A chubby Andy Ruiz rueing his failure to train properly for his failed heavyweight title defence against Anthony Joshua


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