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June 19, 1986

Undated (AP) _ ″I have mixed emotions. He has done a tremendous job for us. It was a hard decision to make. But to get these two quality players we had to do it.″ - Philadelphia 76ers’ owner Harold Katz, after trading center Moses Malone, who led the team to an NBA Championship in 1983, to the Washington Bullets.

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″Now, I feel like I can go on and do the things I want to do in life. My life was in their hands.″ - John ″Hot Rod″ Williams, after being acquitted on five counts of sports bribery that eventually caused Tulane University to drop the men’s basketball program.

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″These people were liars, cheaters and dopers.″ - Andrea Guidry, one of the six jurors serving on the John ″Hot Rod″ Williams point-shaving trial, on the witnesses produced by the prosecution. Williams was acquitted by the jury.

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″I’m sure he feels the same way I did in 1978. I wish I could’ve faced him tonight with the same stuff I had eight years ago,″ - New York Yankee pitcher Ron Guidry remembering his 25-3 season in 1978 after being shelled by the Red Sox while 12-0 Roger Clemens was pitching a four-hitter against New York.

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″I felt last night that truly this was it. If I couldn’t handle it here, it was very likely it wouldn’t happen again. I had an awful lot of thoughts, emotional as I am now - you’d think I could handle this better now after 25 years.″ - Ray Floyd, after winning the U.S. Open for the first time in his long professional career.

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″He’s such a gamer. If you can’t admire him, you don’t have a mind for the game. When I have as many years in the game as he does, I hope some young guy comes along who admires me as much as I admire him.″ - Houston Astros second baseman Bill Doran on teammate Phil Garner. It was Doran’s emergence at second base for the Astros which caused Garner to be shifted to third base.

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″Laszlo (Bellak) is a true sports legend like Babe Ruth. He has gone as far as anyone can go in this sport. If his back wasn’t in such bad shape, I would bet he’d be right around the top in the open division,″ - Joe Sokoloff, six-time winner of the state pingpong championship, after 75-year-old Laszlo Bellak, winner of 19 national and two world titles, won the over-70 division in the Capital Bank U.S. Open of Table Tennis.

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″She’s out to prove something and we’re out to get as much visibility as possible and also prove something: that a woman can play in a men’s league and be competitive.″ - USBL president and founder Dan Meisenheimer on Nancy Lieberman, professional basketball’s first lady among men. She was held scoreless in several minutes of playing time in her debut.

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″Anything I can get within the $75,000 range.″ - Toronto Maple Leaf owner Harold Ballard describing his prerequisite for the Leafs’ next coach after Dan Maloney resigned in a despute over contract length.

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