Just like that, the first week of the 2019 season is over.

But there was no shortage of interesting remarks as injuries, botched kicks and overtime dominated the headlines.

From post-game news conferences to next-day media availabilities, here are the 10 best Week 1 quotes from players and coaches around the NFL:

 

— He does not play anymore, but Hall of Famer Brett Favre gave a colourful analysis of the Antonio Brown drama that unfolded this weekend: "Now, I'll be honest with you: If you watched the game the other night, they don't need him. In fact, I think it almost creates a problem by trying to figure out how to keep him happy and play him and [keep him] quiet. So, if you say, 'Well, let's just put him in on third downs' and that doesn't work, you're trying to, as Mike Holmgren used to say, 'It's like trying to pound sand up a flea's a**'. Pardon my French."

— Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles had no doubt his injury was serious when he was tackled: "I knew right when I hit the ground that something was wrong," he told reporters after the game. "I felt it. ... All I saw was two red jerseys in my face, I hit the ground and heard a crack. Going into the sidelines and getting checked ... I just saw the play for the first time before I came in here. It's unfortunate, but at the same time I'm trusting the good Lord."

— Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel had a sense of humour about a Sunday incident in which a Cleveland Browns fan dumped beer on cornerback Logan Ryan: "I would tell them not to waste beer. That's a bad thing to do."

— The Browns proved to be an overhyped bust, but quarterback Baker Mayfield is not panicked: "Everybody is going to throw this in the trash. I think that is good," he told reporters. "We just need to rally together. Don't flinch. It is Game 1 of a long season. To get to where we want to go, you are going to have bumps in the road. How to react to it, we are going to come together. We are going to push forward. We are not going to let it define us and let's see what type of men we have in this locker room. I am pretty sure I have a good idea about it."

— Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's thoughts on Brown joining the Patriots: "Whatever."

— New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick on the "Patriot Way" and how he sets the tone for the culture: "Yeah, I don't know that I've ever used that term. I'm not really sure what that is either. I appreciate you asking about it though, but I don't know. It's a good question."

— It was reported that multiple Miami Dolphins players requested trades after the team's Week 1 blowout loss to the Baltimore Ravens, but coach Brian Flores had not heard anything of it: "I can't really speak to the accuracy of that one," Flores told reporters. "We haven't received any information like that."

— Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller was disappointed that he did not reach Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr once: "I didn't get to him once. Not even a quarterback hit so I'm disappointed in myself on an individual level. They were throwing the ball quick but we have to find a way to get there."

— Despite a short week, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston is looking forward to facing former team-mate Gerald McCoy when his team visits the Panthers: "He is definitely a great influence to me and a wonderful, wonderful human being."

— Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is desperate to just stay healthy the rest of this season: "I'm getting tired of being hurt. I hate being hurt."

Khabib Nurmagomedov said he has the utmost respect for his beaten UFC 242 opponent Dustin Poirier, while taking a shot at fierce rival Conor McGregor.

The lightweight champion remained undefeated (28-0-0) with his third-round rear naked choke of Poirier (25-6, 1 NC) on Saturday.

After the fight, Nurmagomedov paid tribute to Poirier, but the goodwill certainly did not extend towards McGregor – who he defeated at UFC 229 in a bout marred by an ugly post-fight brawl.

Nurmagomedov wore a t-shirt in the ring and said he would be selling it and giving all of the proceeds to Poirier and his family.

"Why I wear this t-shirt, I know that's going to go to a lot of charity stuff, guys, make sure I'm going to sell this t-shirt, all this money I'm going to send Dustin Poirier," he said.

"This is what I want, you know, and why we have so much respect between us before the fight than my last fight? You know [McGregor] was a b******* guy, I have to work [with] a lot of crazy stuff, but I want to forget everything.

"We show really what is MMA. MMA's number one thing is respect. When you come [to the] gym, the first thing what your coach, everybody teaches you, hey, you have to respect the gym, you have to respect team-mates, coaches, you have to clean your gym, everything's about respect.

"MMA's not about trash talking, you know, this is what we show it with, that's important."

Nurmagomedov was fighting for the first time since serving a nine-month suspension for his actions after his victory over McGregor, with the duo having been involved in an ill-tempered build-up.

The champion scaled the cage after his win and got into a fight with McGregor's training partner Dillon Danis which then incited a brawl that went from the stands and into the ring.

Antonio Brown has called on the Oakland Raiders to release him as his problems with the team continue to play out in public.

Brown, who was acquired in a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers back in March, has been at the centre of much controversy in recent months, including a holdout due to a dispute with the NFL over helmet regulations.

The wide receiver was consequently fined $53,950 for missing mandatory practices and walk-throughs.

It was reported Brown faced a ban following a confrontation with general manager Mike Mayock, but he issued an apology and was back training with the Raiders on Friday, seemingly putting the myriad issues behind him.

Brown posted a video on his official YouTube page on Friday that appeared to include clips of a conversation with head coach Jon Gruden in which the player says: "I've been trying to be a Raider since day one."

"It's time for me to control my own narrative," he wrote alongside the video. "Show the world I'm not the bad guy."

But this was followed by an Instagram post from Brown on Saturday that suggested his relationship with Oakland had soured once more.

He posted a quote: "You are gonna p*** a lot of people off when you start doing what's best for you."

Brown continued in the caption, challenging the Raiders to release him: "And that's fine! I have worked my whole life to prove that the system is blind to see talent like mine.

"Now that everyone sees it, they want me to conform to that same system that has failed me all those years.

"'I'm not mad at anyone. I'm just asking for the freedom to prove them all wrong'.

"Release me, @raiders. #NOMore #theyputblindersonahorseforareason #NoMoreFake"

ESPN reported the post was in response to the Raiders fining Brown another $215,073.53 for conduct detrimental to the team, voiding the guaranteed $29.125million in his contract.

It is said Brown, who had been set to play the season opener, is not now willing to face the Denver Broncos on Monday.

Josh Hart is not happy with how the Los Angeles Lakers' trade for Anthony Davis went down.

The Lakers acquired Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans in June for Hart, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and three first-round picks, but apparently the organisation did not keep the players in the loop.

"I played my a*** off for the purple and gold," Hart wrote on Twitter.

"Played hurt and never had an excuse. I'm truly grateful to the Lakers organisation and I do understand the NBA is a business.

"But as a player you just want the courtesy of a phone call saying I got traded and not finding out on Twitter."

Hart did not appear to be upset with the trade at the time as he posted a photo to Instagram of him smiling immediately after the deal.

Clearly though, while he may have been happy to have been moved by the Lakers, he was not a fan of how the team handled the move.

Hart will now play alongside top overall pick Zion Williamson in New Orleans along with Ball and Ingram as well as star guard Jrue Holiday.

He may not have liked how he unceremoniously left Los Angeles, but he wanted to make sure people knew he did appreciate his time there.

"Let's make this clear. I loved my time in LA and loved my coaches, team=mates and training staff," Hart wrote.

"Got nothing but love and respect for the front office."

After acquiring Davis, the Lakers also inked Danny Green, Avery Bradley, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, JaVale McGee, Quinn Cook, Rajon Rondo, Alex Caruso and DeMarcus Cousins to new deals. Recently they added Dwight Howard as well.

Sergi Roberto was left "p***** off" as Barcelona fought back against Osasuna only to draw 2-2 in Saturday's LaLiga meeting at El Sadar.

Ernesto Valverde's side were behind after only seven minutes thanks to Roberto Torres' strike, but they were 2-1 ahead early in the second half through a good finish from Arthur after Ansu Fati had become their youngest LaLiga goalscorer.

However, Torres snatched a point with nine minutes to play, scoring from the penalty spot after Gerard Pique was punished for blocking a cross with a raised arm.

It means Barca have taken only four points from their first three games of 2019-20, their worst return at this stage of a season since Pep Guardiola's first term in charge in 2008-09 – although that year they recovered to win the treble.

Roberto was feeling hugely frustrated at full-time after Barca had worked hard to go ahead in the absence of the injured attacking trio Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele.

"We're p***** off, we're angry," he told Movistar.

"We did the most difficult thing, we equalised and then went ahead, and then we couldn't control the game.

"It was difficult for us to have control in the first half, to get to their goal. They closed up a lot, they had their fans, and we couldn't get control.

"We know there are pitches like this where they press a lot and if you don't get really stuck in, it can cost you. It's what happened to us."

Referee Juan Martinez Munuera appeared unwilling to give the penalty but pointed to the spot after advice from his assistant.

Roberto is not sure whether the decision was correct or not and is more concerned with getting Barca's league campaign back on track after the international break.

"I haven't seen the penalty clearly. I don't know if he [Pique] had time to move away," he said.

"The good thing is there is a long way to go, but this is a message for us not to relax, and to get stuck in from the first minute."

Barca next face Valencia on September 14, when it is expected Messi will be ready to return to action.

Daniil Medvedev was booed after his win over Feliciano Lopez at the US Open following a contest marred by controversy.

The world number five was given a code violation in the first set after angrily snatching a towel from a ball boy.

He reacted to that punishment by flipping his racquet in the direction of the umpire's chair, though he was not assessed a further violation.

Medvedev was then seen to aim a middle-finger gesture towards the crowd in an incident missed by the umpire.

The Russian was subsequently jeered by the Louis Armstrong Stadium crowd throughout the match but that did not prevent him from claiming a four-set triumph to reach the last 16.

Further boos rained down on him as he clinched victory with Medvedev more than happy to embrace the role of villain.

"The energy you giving me right now will be enough for the next five matches," he said on court afterwards.

"The more you do this, the more I will win."

He was more reserved afterwards, telling reporters of his actions: "I was in the heat of the moment, started losing the momentum, I paid for it the whole match after, as you saw it wasn't that easy so I'm just happy to win.

"Even as I say I paid for it the whole match but the crowd was electric, even the bad energy I needed to turn into good energy and that's why I won.

"After the match I talked to Feli at the net and to his coach in the locker room to say that 'guys, it's not against you'. They said that they understand me.

"What I can say is that I'm working on myself and hopefully I will be better next time."

Medvedev faces qualifier Dominik Koepfer in round four, when the crowd is unlikely to be on his side if Friday's proceedings are any evidence.

Dan Evans claimed US Open schedulers gave Roger Federer a helping hand after the weary Briton bowed out of Flushing Meadows on Friday.

Midweek rain delays meant Evans played his second-round match against Lucas Pouille a day later than planned, eventually beating the French 25th seed on Thursday. 

Federer, in contrast, got his match out of the way on Wednesday, meaning he had ample preparation time. The 20-time grand slam winner duly swept past Evans, inflicting a 6-2 6-2 6-1 whipping on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The 29-year-old British player had hoped for longer to recover, rather than being handed a slot at 12:00 local time (16:00 GMT) for his clash with the five-time US Open winner.

But Federer angrily rejected any suggestion he demanded a midday start, saying it was nonsense to think he calls the shots. He was so riled that, unusually for the Swiss, he used an expletive in his post-match news conference.

"These guys, the tournament obviously want Roger... would rather Roger be going through that match than me, so it's understandable," Evans told the media.

Evans scoffed when asked whether he or Leon Smith, the Great Britain Davis Cup captain who has been working closely with him, had requested a more suitable start time.

"You think a guy who has my ranking has any say in that?" said the world number 58. "There is probably about four people in this tournament who has a say when they play. Maybe three."

Evans - who admitted Federer played "no-error tennis" - found some sympathy from his opponent.

Federer said: "You could definitely argue that the scheduling was not in his favour. I understand if Danny is a little bit frustrated."

But the 38-year-old stressed he had not attempted to gain any pre-match advantage with the schedule, saying: "I don't remember that I asked for something. I definitely didn't do it intentionally. I don't even know if the team asked for day [rather than night session]. I know there was questions to have a preference.

"But that doesn't mean like, 'Roger asks, Roger gets'.

"Just remember that, because I have heard this s*** too often now. I'm sick and tired of it, that apparently I call the shots. The tournament and the TV stations do.

"We can give our opinion. That's what we do. But I'm still going to walk out even if they schedule me at 04:00 in the morning."

Max Verstappen was left lost for words when it was put to him ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix that being his Red Bull team-mate can damage a career.

Dutch superstar Verstappen is heading into the second half of the 2019 season with a new Red Bull colleague in Alexander Albon after Pierre Gasly was demoted to Toro Rosso.

Gasly had himself been new to the role at the start of the campaign after replacing Daniel Ricciardo, who left for Renault having seemingly been frustrated by playing second fiddle to Verstappen.

In Thursday's pre-race news conference, one journalist asked Verstappen if he might understand drivers being nervous by the prospect of joining him.

The 21-year-old was told "it can damage their careers".

Verstappen audibly scoffed and bowed his head before replying with some bafflement: "Well, I don't know. I think everybody always tries to do the best they can.

"I don't know what to answer. That's a bit s*** to answer. I don't know."

Verstappen was more comfortable discussing his own outstanding form before the four-week break, with two wins in his past four races.

"I think it's quite natural," he said. "You get older and more experienced, so it's not a big surprise what is happening at the moment.

"It's a natural process that when you go through that you become better. It would be bad if you're already declining at 21."

However, the Red Bull star fears the battle for consistency will cost him any chance of chasing down drivers' championship leader and defending champion Lewis Hamilton.

"I always try to do the best I can," Verstappen said. "I think it's just going to be a bit track-dependent for us, where we are going to be more competitive.

"I'm expecting this [Spa] to be a bit more tricky and also, especially, Monza. But from there onwards...

"Also we have upgrades coming to the car. Of course, everyone is doing that, but in recent years, we have always been quite strong in developing the car throughout the year.

"We'll have a few tracks where I think we can have a good go, but for the championship? I don't think so. I always try to get the best out of every single race weekend and we'll find out at the end."

Kobe Bryant said there is no "beef" with Shaquille O'Neal and he has "nothin but love" for his former Los Angeles Lakers team-mate.

O'Neal responded to comments made by five-time champion Bryant, who thought he could have won 12 NBA titles if his team-mate shared the same work ethic.

During an interview at the 10th annual PHP Agency Convention in Las Vegas, Bryant seemingly took another shot at O'Neal.

Bryant was asked what would have happened if O'Neal had his work ethic. Bryant replied: "He'd be the greatest of all time".

"He'd be the first to tell you that," Bryant added. "I mean this guy was a force like I have never seen. I mean, it was crazy. A guy at that size…. Generally guys at that size are a little timid and they don't want to be tall. They don't want to be big. Man, this dude was… he did not care. He was mean. He was nasty. He was competitive. He was vindictive.

"I wish he was in the gym. I would have had f****** 12 rings…. It wouldn't even be close. ... Me and Shaq sit down all the time and I say 'if your lazy a** was in shape'."

The video surfaced on Instagram earlier this week and four-time NBA champion O'Neal responded with a comment of his own.

"U woulda had twelve if you passed the ball more especially in the finals against the pistons #facts. ... You don't get statues by not working hard," O'Neal wrote.

Bryant later tweeted on Wednesday: "There is no beef with @SHAQ I know most media want to see it but it ain't gonna happen. Ain't nothin but love there and we too old to beef anyway #3peat."

O'Neal then responded to Bryant's tweet, writing: "It's all good bro, when I saw the interview, I thought you were talking about Dwite, is that how u spell his name lol."

Bryant and O'Neal became known for their "beef" when they played alongside each other for the Lakers from 1996-2004. The two earned three straight championships before O'Neal was traded to the Miami Heat in 2004.

Romelu Lukaku has hit out at Manchester United for not doing enough to protect him in the media and claims he, Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez were continually made scapegoats.

Belgium international Lukaku joined Inter before the close of the Premier League transfer window for a reported fee of €75million, just two years on from his move to Old Trafford from Everton.

The 26-year-old was criticised at times for his all-round play at the head of the attack under former boss Jose Mourinho and he was supplanted as first-choice striker by Marcus Rashford after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge.

Lukaku feels there was an unjust focus on his performances as well as those of Pogba and Sanchez, who has been tipped to join him at Inter.

"They have to find somebody," Lukaku told the LightHarted Podcast, apparently recorded prior to his Inter move. "It is Pogba, it is me or it is Alexis. It's the three of us all the time.

"They have got to find somebody to blame. I put my hand up, like, this year I don't think I was the only one playing bad. A lot of people were playing bad but they had to find the culprit.

"If they want to put the blame on me, you know what, f*** it, do what you gotta do.

"I think the team has so much potential to do some great stuff. There is a lot of talent. But it is not only talent; you really have to build a team."

Lukaku also took issue with suggestions he did not suit Solskjaer's intended style of play.

"A lot of people don't think I should be part of that system," he said. "That's my feeling from the conversations that I have. I just know.

"For me, the thing that makes me laugh a lot is: how the hell is s*** going bad in my team, but when I play in my national team, it's good? And I'm happy.

"I didn't play the last six weeks of the league, like the last three weeks or something before the end of the season and then I had another three weeks off before I had to play for the national team, and then we go and play with the Belgium team.

"And nobody there complains because I think the perception in my country is changing slightly. A lot of people were saying a lot of stuff. For me, it took years for a lot of people to change their perception. Man U might not get that time. It's s*** that it happens like that.

"When I go and play for my country, we play the style of play that we want to play probably with Man United and I do well over there. So is it me? Four goals in the World Cup, three weeks ago I scored three goals in two games, and before that we played Switzerland and Iceland in September and I scored four goals in two games. I've scored 48 goals for my country.

"We all know that international soccer is different than club football but the playing style we play in the national team is the one we want to play at Man United. So is it me? Or do we need to have a conversation from man to man and tell each other the rules?"

Lukaku added that he felt United did not do enough to defend him when rumours emerged towards the end of last season that he would not be staying at the club.

"I think a lot of stuff has been said where I didn't feel protected," he added. "A lot of rumours, 'Rom is going to go there, they don't want Rom' and nobody came out and shot it down.

"It was for a good three, four weeks. I'm waiting for someone to come out and shut it down. It didn't happen. I had my conversation, told them it was better to go our separate ways. I just wanted you to say, 'Rom is going to fight for his place', but it never happened for four, five months.

"It was all, 'He's got to go, he doesn't deserve to be there'. Well, okay, then I want to go now. There is fighting for your position, but also being somewhere that people want you to be.

"If you're happy, you find a way, it doesn't matter if you're on the bench or starting. But nobody told me that was the situation, so I thought for two, three weeks to analyse, see all this s*** coming out in the media. Who leaks it? Not me. Not my agent. I see it on my phone come out of nowhere.

"I told them, 'It’s not good for me to be at a place where I'm not wanted'."

Manchester United's players must "be f***ing better" if they are to put last season's forgettable campaign behind them, according to their former striker Dimitar Berbatov.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men won only one of their final seven Premier League matches in 2018-19 to finish down in sixth place.

That terrible run started with a 2-1 loss to Wolves at Molineux in April, having also suffered a 2-0 defeat at the same ground in the FA Cup quarter-finals the previous month.

However, United started the new season in a positive manner with a 4-0 win against Chelsea last weekend and Berbatov hopes lessons have been learned ahead of Monday's return to Molineux.

"There's only one thing I'd like to see - a better performance than last season," he told the Daily Star. "The way we finished was disappointing.

"So, this season hopefully they can perform better. Not only one player but everybody as a group.

"They must say to themselves, 'OK, we need to be f***ing better'."

Including a penalties win over AC Milan, United enjoyed a clean sweep of victories during pre-season, with new signings Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James both impressing.

Berbatov, who spent four seasons at Old Trafford, wants to see that winning run continue in the Premier League.

"When I saw them [against Inter] in Singapore, what I saw impressed me," he said of the younger players in Solskjaer's squad. "But friendlies are different to Premier League games.

"Sometimes you play more freely in friendlies because there's no pressure. But when the season starts, the nerves start working. Negative thinking starts - but it needs to stop."

Liverpool great Jamie Carragher joked Adrian could buy his house on the cheap after the goalkeeper's heroics in the UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea.

Adrian made the only save in a 5-4 penalty shoot-out win for Jurgen Klopp's men in Istanbul, where the Premier League giants drew 2-2 on Wednesday.

The shot-stopper only signed for Liverpool on August 5 and he delivered a huge moment on his starting debut, playing due to star goalkeeper Alisson's injury.

Amid rumours Adrian would be looking to move to Merseyside, Carragher – who won two UEFA Super Cups with Liverpool – offered his house for very little.

"Adrian can have the house for f*** all!!," Carragher tweeted.

Sadio Mane's brace had put Liverpool ahead in extra time after Olivier Giroud's opener, but Jorginho's 101st-minute penalty forced a shoot-out before Adrian's heroics.

Billy Joe Saunders has signed with Matchroom Boxing, having split with promoter Frank Warren earlier this month.

Two-weight world champion Saunders ended an 11-year partnership with Warren after being repeatedly frustrated in his bid to secure fights with world-renowned stars such as Gennady Golovkin and Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.

The 29-year-old has now instead teamed up with Eddie Hearn's Matchroom and again outlined a desire to make those blockbuster bouts happen.

Saunders has agreed a multi-fight deal, with his next opponent to be confirmed next week.

He said in a statement: "This move is going to benefit me massively. Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing can put me right out on the branch for those big fights.

"I'm on Golovkin and Canelo's turf. I've made this move to make them fights because I'm sick of hearing their bulls*** excuses.

"Those fights make financial sense and they make sense because we're on the same network."

Hearn added: "This is a huge signing for us and the perfect place for Billy to be. Everyone in boxing knows how good Billy is and now he is going to get the chance to prove it against the elite."

Saunders has a 28-0 record and has been linked with a huge domestic showdown with Callum Smith at super middleweight next.

Smith, who is also on Matchroom's books, is the WBA 'super' champion and has spoken of wanting to face WBO strap holder Saunders in a unification bout.

Mike Petke has been sacked as Real Salt Lake head coach after serving a three-match MLS ban for abusing a referee in a Leagues Cup fixture.

Petke was sent off following RSL's defeat to Tigres last month as he confronted the officials.

The coach was suspended for three MLS matches, three Leagues Cup matches and fined $25,000 for using "unacceptable and offensive language" and for his "repeated confrontational misconduct towards match officials".

Petke was also required to attend anger management, sensitivity and diversity training.

In addition, RSL suspended their coach without pay for two weeks.

He had been set to return on Monday before the club announced his departure.

A statement described "the steepest sanctions ever imposed on an MLS coach" and added: "After further deliberations and a series of constructive discussions internally and with various members of our community, we have concluded, pursuant to his employment agreement, to immediately terminate Mike Petke's employment."

The club explained: "At Real Salt Lake, we have the privilege to represent our great community and fans here locally and on a national and global basis.

"We hold all of our coaches, players, executives and staff to the highest standards of professionalism.

"As an organisation, it is vital that everyone, particularly our leadership, reflects and embodies our core values and the values of our community, treating all people with respect, civility and professionalism.

"Moreover, throughout our 15-year history, we have championed diversity, acceptance and inclusion throughout our organisation, our stadiums and our community. This is a responsibility that we take very seriously."

RSL have replaced Petke with assistant Freddy Juarez on an interim basis until the end of the season, having collected seven points from three games in the coach's absence.

Petke, who won the 2013 Supporters' Shield with New York Red Bulls, has been infamously outspoken in the past.

Last year, he challenged MLS to "drain my bank account, I don't give a s*** any more" in an incredible rant as he criticised officials following a loss to Minnesota United. He was banned for two matches and fined $10,000.

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