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Summary

  1. Build-up to Sunday's Manchester derby
  2. Ten Premier League news conferences (Man Utd 15:30 BST)
  3. Day two of Aintree's Grand National meeting
  4. Tributes paid to cricket icon Richie Benaud, who has died aged 84
  5. Send us your Benaud tributes #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Elizabeth Hudson and Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

Get involved

This is all from Sportsday for this week. Be sure to tune in to all the aforementioned great sport on offer this week on the BBC. We will see you on Monday with reaction from it all.

We'll leave you with a picture that illustrates just how loved the late Richie Benaud was, particularly amongst cricket fans. This is from the Sydney Ashes Test on 4 January 2014 and features a few of the thousands of Richie lookalikes in attendance that day...

Fans dressed as Richie Benaud at the SCG
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BBC Radio 5 live

Before all that, though, there are three programmes on

BBC Radio 5 Live tonight that you may well want to tune in to....

At 19:00 BST, Mark Pougatch presents a special programme live from Liverpool, with champion jockey AP McCoy, ahead of his final Grand National.

From 20:00 BST, there is an hour-long tribute to former Australia captain and iconic cricket commentator Richie Benaud, who has died at the age of 84.

And, at 21:00 BST, Mark Chapman presents live golf coverage from day 2 of The Masters in Augusta. Coverage continues on 5 live sports extra from 10pm.

Women to make Boat Race history

Rowing

The Oxford women's crew
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History is being made this weekend as female crews representing Oxford and Cambridge will row the same Boat Race course on the same day as the men for the first time.

The crews will row the four miles, 374 yards from Putney Bridge to Chiswick Bridge on Saturday from 16:50 BST - for the first time in the 87 years they have competed.

Oxford have won six of the last seven stagings over a straight, 2000m course, including last year's race at Henley-on-Thames.

You can

watch as BBC Sport meets the crews ahead of the race and the race will be live on BBC Television.

Oxford favourites for Boat Race success

Rowing

Oxford president Constantine Louloudis
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Oxford's president Constantine Louloudis will be going for a

fourth win in five years in Saturday's Boat Race. which will be shown live on BBC One.

The 23-year-old missed out in 2012 as he competed for Great Britain at the London Olympics, winning a bronze medal in the men's eight competition.

But he will stroke the Dark Blues in the 161st Boat Race as Oxford aim for a sixth success in eight years and their 11th since the turn of the century.

"I feel quite relaxed," Louloudis told BBC Sport. "We've got a great bunch of guys and a good coaching staff so we've every reason to be confident."

Aintree set for Grand National

Horse Racing

Action at Aintree
PA

The main equine event of the weekend is Saturday's Grand National which gets underway at 16:15 BST.

If you are still unsure where your money is going to go, why not

have a look at our pinstickers' guide.

And BBC racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght

looks at some of the key stories in Saturday's race.

Manchester United v Manchester City (16:00 BST on Sunday)

Football

Robin van Persie
Reuters

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie will miss out despite returning to training following an ankle injury.

Chris Smalling is doubtful through illness, while Luke Shaw is injured and Jonny Evans suspended, while Andreas Pereira is with Brazil's under-20 side.

Manchester City will assess captain Vincent Kompany, who has a hamstring injury and remains doubtful.

Wilfried Bony is sidelined by ankle and knee problems, while Dedryck Boyata and Stevan Jovetic will also miss out.

QPR v Chelsea (13:30 BST on Sunday

Football

Loic Remy
AP

QPR defender Richard Dunne is fit after knee surgery but lacks match fitness and

is not expected to feature.

Darnell Furlong could return from a calf problem, but Michael Doughty and Rio Ferdinand are both ruled out.

Chelsea striker Diego Costa is out with a hamstring injury, so Loic Remy is set to start against his former club.

Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas would be banned for games versus Manchester United and Arsenal if booked on Sunday but both will start at Loftus Road. Fabregas will wear a protective mask, having broken his nose against Stoke last weekend.

Burnley v Arsenal (17:30 BST on Saturday)

Football

Matt Taylor
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Burnley midfielder Matt Taylor could make his

first appearance since August on Saturday after recovering from an Achilles injury.

Ross Wallace and Steven Reid may return from respective knee and calf injuries.

Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny is a doubt with related hip and thigh problems, while Wojciech Szczesny will have a fitness test on a rib injury.

Mathieu Debuchy, Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Abou Diaby are all back in contention.

West Ham v Stoke (15:00 BST on Saturday)

Football

Enner Valencia
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West Ham striker Enner Valencia is available to face Stoke after

recovering from a toe injury.

However, James Collins is expected to miss the rest of the season after dislocating a shoulder.

Stoke are set to recall Victor Moses, who was ineligible against his parent club Chelsea last week.

Marc Wilson has a broken hand and will have to wear a protective cast in order to play. Jon Walters has a minor knee injury but his participation is not thought to be in serious doubt.

West Brom v Leicester (15:00 BST on Saturday)

Football

West Brom's Youssuf Mulumbu
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West Brom midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu

begins a three-match ban for his red card against QPR last weekend.

Craig Dawson is likely to be recalled in defence after serving a suspension in that match.

Leicester defender Matt Upson has overcome the Achilles problem that ruled him out of last weekend's win against West Ham.

Midfielder Dean Hammond has recovered from the ankle injury he suffered three months ago.

Tottenham v Aston Villa (15:00 BST on Saturday)

Football

Tottenham defender Kyle Walker (left) and manager Mauricio Pochettino (right)
AP

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris remains out with a knee injury, while right-back Kyle Walker is

unavailable because of a foot problem.

Defender Jan Vertonghen has been suffering from illness and is doubtful for Saturday's game.

Aston Villa are again without the injured quartet of Alan Hutton, Scott Sinclair, Ashley Westwood and Carles Gil.

However, left-back Aly Cissokho has trained all week and could return from a groin injury.

Sunderland v Crystal Palace (15:00 BST on Saturday)

Football

Crystal Palace's Mile Jedinak
PA

Sunderland midfielder Sebastian Larsson

begins a two-match ban.

Jack Rodwell returns from a hamstring problem, while Wes Brown, Ricky Alvarez and Emanuele Giaccherini are all still sidelined.

Crystal Palace captain Mile Jedinak is available following a four-game ban, and his return is timely with fellow midfielder Joe Ledley (hip) a doubt.

The Eagles are still without Marouane Chamakh, Fraizer Campbell and Jordon Mutch because of injury.

Southampton v Hull (15:00 BST on Saturday)

Football

Hull's Tom Huddlestone
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Southampton will be without Serbian midfielder Filip Djuricic because of an ankle injury.

Steven Davis and Florin Gardos missed the defeat at Everton last week through injury but

both return to the squad.

Hull are likely to replace the suspended David Meyler with Tom Huddlestone, who is back after a ban.

Andy Robertson and Curtis Davies are both injury doubts, while Gaston Ramirez is ineligible to face his parent club.

Swansea v Everton (12:45 BST on Saturday)

Football

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku
Reuters

Swansea full-back Angel Rangel is

expected to deputise for Kyle Naughton, who will miss the rest of the season with ankle ligament damage.

Winger Jefferson Montero is nearing a return from a hamstring problem and could be named as a substitute.

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku is doubtful with a hamstring injury, and boss Roberto Martinez says he will not be risked unless he is 100% fit.

Midfielder Darron Gibson is out for the season with a broken metatarsal. Bryan Oviedo and Tony Hibbert are also ruled out, while Aiden McGeady is a major doubt with a back problem.

There is plenty of top-class sporting action to look forward to this weekend, including the Premier League. Here is the team news ahead of Saturday's and Sunday's matches...

Spieth on top at Augusta

Golf

Jordan Spieth
AFP

Jordan Spieth remains the dominant force in the 79th Masters at Augusta. He has moved to -10 from his overnight score of -8. His lead is four strokes from Australia's Jason Day and fellow American Charley Hoffman.

The lowest 36-hole score at the Masters is Ray Floyd's 131 in 1976, when he went on to win it. Spieth needs a 66 today to beat that mark, which is three more shots.

You can follow every important shot

via our live text commentary.

Barters Hill claims victory

Horse Racing

The Ben Pauling ridden Barters Hill (11-2) has claimed victory in the final race of the day at Aintree: the Weatherby's Wealth Management Champion Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.

The winner proved strongest down the final straight to finish a length ahead of Bellshill (8-1), in second, and Potters Corner (20-1), who claimed third.

Charlton cup shock possible - Parsons

Football

Charlton Ladies boss Jeremy Parsons says getting a result away to Everton, last year's FA Women's Cup runners-up,

is not beyond his third-tier side.

Charlton face the Toffees, of WSL 2, who were playing in the top-tier of English women's football last season, on Sunday for a place in the semi-finals.

"We've nothing to lose, it's definitely within us," Parsons told BBC Sport.

"The pressure is on Everton, to come out and have a go at us and try and beat us. I like being the underdogs."

2015 like a 'second chance' - Wakely

Cricket

Alex Wakely
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Northants captain Alex Wakely says

he has a completely different attitude to cricket after recovering from a career-threatening injury.

The 26-year-old batsman told

BBC Radio Northampton he had regained his passion for the game.

"I feel I haven't achieved what I wanted to, or should have done, during my career so far," Wakely said.

"I've had a lot of time to think, and it feels like a fresh start, like being given a second chance in a way."

Get involved - boasting bosses

Earlier, we asked you for your examples of boasting bosses following the public self-confidence of Jose Mourinho, Tim Sherwood and Sam Allardyce this week...

Jay: LVG on Leicester:"I know everything about the team, individuals, subs, how they take free-kicks, everything". Utd lost 5-3.

Seamus in Warsaw: PL managers don't have time to delude themselves. They're too busy collaborating with media to delude the fans.

Arka Dey: Jose Mourinho, the most boastful of all the bosses around, but the thing is he delivers too. Not a Chelsea fan.

Send your opinions via Twitter using #boastingbosses and

via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

Thistlecrack wins at Aintree

Horse Racing

Tom Scudamore added to his big race wins with success on outsider Thistlecrack in the Sefton Novices Hurdle at Aintree.

The 25-1 shot looked strong approaching the final hurdle alongside top weight Alpha Des Obeaux and he benefitted when his rival took a crashing fall.

Vyta Du Roc (100-30) finished second for Daryl Jacob with Noel Fehily and Our Kaempfer (20-1) third.

Bale to be rested by Real

Football

Gareth Bale
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Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says winger Gareth Bale will be rested for Saturday's La Liga game at home to Eibar, joining suspended midfielders Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez on the sidelines.

Real will have Ronaldo available after the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) rescinded a yellow card the Portugal forward was shown in Wednesday's 2-0 win at Rayo Vallecano which would have carried a one-match suspension.

West Brom honour Jeff Astle

Football

Jeff Astle
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The Hawthorns will be sold out tomorrow as West Brom celebrate Jeff Astle Day, in honour of their former striker, who scored 174 times in 361 games for the club between 1964 and 1973 and died, aged 59, in January 2002 from a degenerative brain disease.

West Brom boss Tony Pulis had this to say at his pre-match news conference...

"It's going to be an absolutely wonderful day. We've got to put the icing on the cake by trying to get three points. The players should have their minds on just doing what Jeff would want most - getting the three points."

Bookmakers fear McCoy win

Horse Racing

Tony McCoy
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Jockey AP McCoy

has bookmakers fearing a £50m loss as he prepares to ride favourite Shutthefrontdoor in his final Grand National on Saturday.

The 19-time champion, from Northern Ireland, will retire if he wins on a record 20th appearance in the race.

Louis van Gaal news conference

Football

Louis van Gaal addresses the media
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More from Louis van Gaal now, and the Manchester United boss seems fully aware of just what this fixture means to everyone connected to his club, not just because of the race for a top-four finish but for pride in the city...

"I dream of it, every player shall dream of the victory," said Van Gaal. "I have to think with my staff and players already a lot of days how we have to beat Man City. You are sitting in that process to beat your next opponent and of course you want to win because it is a big step in the table also. When you win the third place in then reachable and a month ago nobody was thinking about that, besides me of course."

Louis van Gaal news conference

Football

Robin van Persie
Reuters

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie will not feature in this weekend's Manchester derby, says his manager Louis van Gaal. The Dutch striker, who had declared that he would be fit for the clash earlier in the week, has not played for United since he suffered an ankle injury in the 2-1 defeat to Swansea on February 21.

The United boss also revealed that Andreas Pereira and Luke Shaw would not feature.

"Most of the players are fit but fit for me is a different situation. I don't think every player is fit," said Van Gaal. "Perreira has been invited by Brazil team and I have given him position to go. RVP is not fit enough to play. I don't think Luke Shaw is fit enough to play. But I cannot say they are not fit. In my opinion they are not fit to play."

Dick Advocaat news conference

Sunderland v Crystal Palace (15:00 BST on Saturday)

Dick Advocaat
AFP

Dick Advocaat ingratiated himself superbly with the Sunderland fans, courtesy of a

1-0 victory over Newcastle last weekend. But the Black Cats manager has told his players to forget that result on focus instead on the forthcoming matches, that will decide their Premier League future...

"We cannot think any more of Newcastle - I have told them that - because we have in principle five games in which we have to do it. We still have a chance in the last two away games, but in principle, we have to do it in the first five games, so the most important game is now tomorrow."

Waley-Cohen wins on Rajdhani Express

Horse Racing

The remarkable Sam Waley-Cohen shows his skill around the Aintree fences once again as he wins the Topham Chase on Rajdhani Express - his sixth win at the Merseyside track.

The amateur rider guided the 10-1 shot, trained by Nicky Henderson, around the Grand National fences superbly, pulling clear three from home to win from Fairy Rath (25-1) with Rathlin (20-1) third and Hunt Ball (25-1) fourth.

Action continues at Augusta

Golf

Jordan Spieth
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Action is continuing at Augusta with first round Masters leader Jordan Spieth aiming to extend his lead on day two.

You can

follow the latest on the BBC Sport website.

Doyle extends Luton Town contract

Football

Luton Town midfielder Nathan Doyle

has extended his contract with the League Two side until the end of next season.

The 28-year-old joined the Hatters on a one-year deal in September and has made 27 appearances this season.

Doyle is the latest player to earn an extended contract at Kenilworth Road after veteran goalkeeper Mark Tyler and defender Scott Griffiths both agreed deals until summer 2016.

John Still's side are currently one point off the play-offs in League Two.

Spahic faces investigation

Football

Emir Spahic
Reuters

Bayer Leverkusen defender Emir Spahic could face a club suspension and criminal proceedings after being involved in a fight with security personnel following the German Cup defeat against Bayern Munich.

Spahic, 34, was involved in a fight with Leverkusen's own security personnel, reportedly after the officials refused to allow his friends entry inside the locker room area after Bayern won the quarter-final match on penalties.

America's Cup World Series to start in Portsmouth

Sailing

The America's Cup World Series will now begin in Portsmouth

after the opening event in Sardinia was cancelled.

Officials say the series will now start on the weekend of 25-26 July.

Italian team Luna Rossa withdrew from the race after a majority of teams voted to reduce the size of the boats for the second time in under a year.

Don Cossack wins for McCoy

Horse Racing

Don Cossack gives soon to be 20-times champion jockey AP McCoy another Aintree success with a win in the Betfred Melling Chase.

The 3-1 joint favourite, trained by Gordon Elliott, had battled with Cue Card but pulled clear with two fences to go.

Last season's Champion Chase winner Sire de Grugy departed the race early

Mauricio Pochettino news conference

Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa (Saturday 15:00 BST)

Mauricio Pochettino
Reuters

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says his predecessor in the role, Tim Sherwood, deserves a warm reception when he brings his Aston Villa side to White Hart Lane on Saturday for his willingness to give young talents like Harry Kane and Nabil Bentaleb a first-team chance.

"I think that we share the same idea, we believe in the young talent," Pochettino said.

"This is great, like when I started my career as a manager at Espanyol in Barcelona. We believe in the same things, to encourage and develop the young talent."

Sterling's new kit

Football

Liverpool's Martin Skrtel, Simon Mignolet, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge
Liverpool FC

Raheem Sterling -

who told BBC last week that he had turned down a £100,000-a-week new contract with Liverpool - is pictured with team-mates Martin Skrtel, Simon Mignolet and Daniel Sturridge
in next season's kit. at Friday's launch.

Ladies Day photos

Horse Racing

Ladies Day is always a special day at the Aintree Grand National Festival

Find out what style is on show with

the best pictures from BBC Sport.

London Welsh reach funding agreement

Rugby Union

London Welsh
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London Welsh have

reached an agreement with Premiership Rugby (PRL) over a settlement on current funding issues.

The relegated club argued the odds of top-flight survival are stacked against newly-promoted sides.

The Exiles had called for "a level playing field" in funding to avoid the financial disparity,

"We're delighted we have now reached a settlement which addresses certain aspects of our central funding,"

said Welsh chairman Bleddyn Phillips.

Saphir du Rheu wins Mildmay Novices' Chase

Horse Racing

The third race of the day at Aintree, the Betfred Mildmay Novices' Chase, goes to the 13-8 favourite Saphir du Rheu who got well for an impressive win.

Ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies and trained by Paul Nicholls, the six-year-old stretched clear on the home straight to beat Carraig Mor (12-1) into second with Irish Saint (6-1) third.

Pulis backs Peace over sale

Football

Tony Pulis
PA

Manager Tony Pulis has backed West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace to sell the club to the right buyer.

The Baggies owner is looking to sell for between £150-200m and has set a summer deadline to complete any deal with four groups understood to be interested.

"I don't think Jeremy wants anybody coming in who are not going to invest in the club, he's made that clear to me," said Pulis.

"That's the main point he's made to me. The fact he's put it up for sale and everybody knows now if someone comes in and he does a deal I would imagine there will be bolt-ons to invest in the club. I don't think he wants to see his legacy blown away."

Crawley recall Harrold from U's loan

Football

League One strugglers Crawley Town

have recalled striker Matt Harrold from his loan spell at Cambridge United.

The 30-year-old joined the U's in February and scored one goal in six appearances for the League Two club.

"We need as many bodies as we can for the last few games because we are still struggling with injuries," Reds interim manager Dean Saunders said.

"Matt is back with us having got game time at Cambridge and is in the squad that is travelling to Scunthorpe."