"They (the Jazz) were talking a lot of trash. They were saying stuff like we (the Memphis Grizzlies) we weren't a real NBA team. It was mainly Mark Jackson." — Grizzlies forward Stromile Swift, in The Commercial Appeal of Memphis after the Griz beat the Jazz on Monday night
"The star may be gone but the football player is still here." — Emmitt Smith, after being released by the Dallas Cowboys.
"I could be selfish and stubborn, but that's not me. I've always been a team player." — Smith.
"I'm going to have a chance to win a championship, I'll promise you that." — Kordell Stewart, after being released by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
"We don't consider each other point guards. We consider each other guards right now. This is the new age of Walt Frazier and Earl Monroe. It's Gary Payton and Sam Cassell now." — Milwaukee's Sam Cassell, on sharing the backcourt with new teammate Gary Payton.
"I feel like popping some champagne." — Cleveland's Jumaine Jones, after the NBA's worst team improved to 11-46 with its first win since the All-Star break, 93-90 over New Jersey.
"I guess this continues my love affair with this golf course. Don't be surprised if I don't come back next year." — Ernie Els, after losing his first-round match to Phil Tataurangi, at the Match Play Championship on the La Costa golf course. Els has lost in the first round in three of the last four years.
"If I parachuted into the first tee, they wouldn't show it. If you want to get on TV, stay outside. That's why I'm staying outside. We're not planning to do anything illegal. We're not planning to do anything disruptive. It won't kill me to get arrested." — Martha Burk, chairwoman of the National Council of Women's Organizations, about planned protests at the Masters.
"I have nothing but admiration for the older horses. There's something special about them. The hard-knocking athletes who come in day in, day out, year in, year out and continue to get the job done — they're amazing. To me, Affirmed Success is like a Willis Reed." — Richard Migliore, rider for 9-year-old Affirmed Success.
"I think we got the better end of the deal. I'm from Georgia, and a lot of the chain restaurants in Georgia are right here. I love the Cracker Barrel. I'll go an hour to eat at the Cracker Barrel." — Expos catcher Michael Barrett on Montreal's move from Jupiter to Melbourne, Fla., for spring training, swapping sites with the Florida Marlins.