"Even though I'm on the other side and we're playing against him and I want to see our team win, it's just awesome to see that kind of talent and the way he goes about his business. He's quite a player."
-- St. Louis' Mark McGwire on Chicago Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa.
"In the NFL, everyone is trying to step on everyone else to get a starting position and make more money. It's survival. It's all business. In college, it's your last chance to just play and have fun."
-- Texas running back Ricky Williams on returning to school for his senior season.
"If I'm not at a game, I don't want people to assume that I don't care. I care very much. I just feel for my own piece of mind . . . it's just best that I'm not everywhere the football team is."
-- former Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne.
"That's what I truly believe. Ever since I was a young kid hitting home runs. I mean if someone gets to 50 by Sept. 1, they have a shot down the stretch run."
-- McGwire, just before hitting his 50th home run against the Mets.
"If you are going to get hurt playing football, you are going to get hurt. It doesn't matter what you are doing. I consider myself a pretty big guy and they have to hit me, too. I know when I am running down there under kickoffs, if it's a bigger guy, you think twice before trying to run through him."
-- Jason Sehorn, the New York Giants cornerback who will miss the season after tearing ligaments in his right knee returning the opening kickoff in a preseason game against the Jets.
"To be the first player to do it three consecutive years, you go back through the thousands of power hitters who played this game and nobody's ever done it, and now I can sit here and say I'm the first player to do it. I'm pretty proud of it."
-- McGwire said after becoming the first player to hit 50 homers in three straight seasons.
"I should get out of coaching. This is driving me crazy."
-- Charlotte Sting coach Marynell Meadors, while waiting for the end of the Detroit Shock-New York Liberty game to see if her team had made the WNBA playoffs.
"I went to church the other day to pray for our pitchers, but there weren't enough candles."
-- Cincinnati Reds manager Jack McKeon.
Compiled by the Associated Press