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Summary

  1. Olympic gold-winning show jumper Nick Skelton retires
  2. Build-up to Premier League, inc Chelsea v Man City
  3. Indian Premier League starts, with Tymal Mills in action
  4. Master par-three tournament begins 20:00 BST

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By Ellie Thomason and Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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Masters
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So Tony Husband's barber's mood and plenty more depends on tonight's action.

Catch you tomorrow for more Sportsday with all the build-up to the opening round of the Masters.

'Three points is a must for Palace'

Southampton v Crystal Palace (19:45 BST)

Tony Husband

BBC South Today sports editor

Sam Allardyce
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A Crystal Palace fan cut my hair last week and when I suggested Sam Allardyce would steer them to safety he warned me to take a look at their daunting fixture list.

Palace still have to play Spurs, Arsenal, Liverpool and both Manchester clubs. So the barber's point, with no disrespect aimed at Southampton, was that three points is a must on the south coast.

However, that was before the Eagles' stunning win at Chelsea. The low-scoring Saints will want to avoid going the same way as the champions-elect and need a performance in front of their home fans.

If Palace win, my barber will be singing while he's trimming next time around.

'Spurs simply must win this one'

Swansea v Tottenham (19:45 BST)

Steve Wilson

Match of the Day commentator

Mauricio Pochettino
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Having cut the gap to Chelsea at the top to seven points, Spurs simply must win this one and hope for a favour from Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.

It may not be that simple though. For all that they have impressed so thoroughly this season, their win at Turf Moor on Saturday was only their fifth away league win - the same number as Crystal Palace and half as many as enjoyed by Chelsea and Manchester City.

Swansea boss Paul Clement has seen his side take just one point from their last three games, and has spoken of the tension at the Liberty Stadium during Sunday's draw with Middlesbrough. No wonder, sitting just a point above resurgent Hull is not a comfortable place to be.

'Bournemouth still need two more wins'

Liverpool v Bournemouth (19:45 BST)

Jonathan Pearce

Match of the Day commentator

Klopp Howe
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Sadio Mane's injury has come at a horrible time for Liverpool. He's been involved in 18 league goals this season - his most productive in England by far.

Jurgen Klopp has admitted he has no direct  "one-for-one" replacement.

The likely return of Daniel Sturridge is timely but with Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson also out, their squad looks thin for the run-in.

It gives Bournemouth a chance. They still need two more wins. They're as likely to get a victory here as they were in the home meeting when Liverpool's attacking brilliance was betrayed by defensive buffoonery.

That was an open thriller. This will be tighter.

The kid in the red shirt

Golf

Tiger Woods and Sean Foley
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On the 20th anniversary of Tiger Woods memorable evisceration of the Masters field, his former swing coach Sean Foley has written an insightful profile for Players Tribune.

"It’s been 20 years since the kid in the red shirt changed golf forever," he writes,

"Let’s just be happy that we were able to witness one of the greatest of all time for as many years as we did. And we should be grateful for whatever else he is able to give us. How many people truly change an entire sport?

"Not just in a season or over a career, but in only four days in April."

'He is the horse everyone remembers'

Horse Racing

Grand National 2017: 40 years on from Red Rum's historic feat

It's the 40th anniversary of Red Rum's historic third Grand National win.

Jockey Tommy Stack, who rode Red Rum that day, reflects on his part in one of racing's greatest stories and the impact the horse made on the Aintree event.

A Shanghai surprise or Mercedes to bounce back?

Formula 1

Vettel
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For the first time in what seems like an eternity, Mercedes are not leading the championship.

Granted, we are only one race into the season, but Ferrari's win in Australia hints at a potentially closer title fight this season.

This week, Formula 1 is in China, leaving behind the street circuit in Melbourne for the more traditional F1 track in Shanghai, where the impact of significant changes in regulations and car designs should become more evident.

Here's our Chinese Grand Prix preview.

Qatar cut World Cup 2022 budget

Football

Qatar
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The budget for the 2022 World Cup has been cut by as much as a half by hosts Qatar.

Only eight stadiums - the minimum required by Fifa - will be used to host the tournament, as opposed to the 12 proposed in the original bid if the scaled-down plans are approved.

"We wanted to ensure there is financial responsibility," Hassan Al Thawadi, secretary general of the Qatar 202's delivery and legacy, told CNN.

"That's why we had set an initial budget early on and made a commitment towards reducing it as the market became clearer, as the project became clearer, as we define the scope."

The country's economy has suffered with a recent fall in oil and gas prices.

Arsenal breach Premier League rules - report

Football

Laurent Koscielny
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Time to raid the Emirates petty cash?

The Independent report that Arsenal could be fined £300 for failing to have a designated captain on the pitch in the second half of Sunday's 2-2 draw against Manchester City.

Skipper Laurent Koscielny came off at half-time with an injury and none of his team-mates assumed the armband.

A first breach of the rules on player identification could cost the Gunners £300, although the Independent adds that "the Premier League are expected forego a fine on this occasion and merely remind Arsenal of their duties." 

Gilles Simon to miss Davis Cup tie

Tennis

Gilles SIMON
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Gilles Simon will be replaced by Jeremy Chardy in the French team for this weekend's Davis Cup quarter-final against Great Britain.

World number 68 Chardy joins Lucas Pouille, Nicolas Mahut and Julien Benneteau in Yannick Noah's team.

In the absence of the injured Andy Murray, the GB team is made up of British number two Dan Evans, Kyle Edmund, and doubles specialists Jamie Murray and Dom Inglot.

'This is City's last chance to stay involved'

Chelsea v Man City (20:00 BST)

Guy Mowbray

Match of the Day commentator

KLOPP CONTE
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Five years ago this week  City were eight points behind  Premier League leaders Manchester United with only six games remaining. You know what happened then.

If they manage to follow  Crystal Palace's lead  and win at Stamford Bridge, they'll be eight behind Chelsea with eight games to play.

Precedent shows possibility, although, like most, I don't envisage a Chelsea collapse that could allow a turnaround this time.

This is City's last chance to stay involved, though, and they'll have to play like it, having failed to go for the Arsenal jugular on Sunday.

Ditto Chelsea, to avoid a blip becoming a wobble becoming a crisis.

With all that and  December's fiery clash  between the teams in mind - there's an exhilarating night in store."

There's a new Tiger in town

Golf

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Twenty-five-year-old Tyrrell Hatton is heading into his first Masters.

Here's a brilliant article from way back in 1997, when a six-year-old Hatton was dubbed the new Tiger Woods.

Can Hatton win the green jacket 20 years on from Tiger's first win at Augusta?

Twenty years on

Golf

The market for Masters memorabilia is big.

This four-day pass from 1997 is still much sought after at auction.

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Why?

This.

'Boro have been caught up in a big way'

Hull City v Middlesbrough (19:45 BST)

Simon Brotherton

Match of the Day commentator

Hull Boro
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When Marco Silva became Hull head coach in January, the Tigers were six points behind Middlesbrough. His team are now four points ahead of them in the table and will go into this encounter in a more optimistic mood than their out-of-form opponents.

Boro didn't appear to be in trouble for most of the season, but their lack of goals and creativity has caught up with them in a big way.

They've now gone 12 games without a win and travel to face a team with renewed hope of survival, who have won four of their five Premier League home games since Silva's arrival.

Super League salary cap proposal

Rugby league

Wigan celebrate
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Super League clubs have backed a new structure to raise the salary cap from £1.825m to £2.1m by 2020.

The 12 teams will be able to spend £1.9m next year, £2m in 2019 and then £2.1m in 2020.

There has also been an agreement reached that clubs can have two marquee players - up from one - with exemptions for new or returning players as well as some under the age of 21.

The Rugby Football League board will vote on the proposals on Thursday.

'Wenger and Bilic in the spotlight'

Arsenal v West Ham (19:45 BST)

Steve Bower

Match of the Day commentator

Wenger Bilic
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If ever there was a match where both managers were in the spotlight, then this is it.

While the footballing world waits for confirmation from Arsene Wenger on his future, Slaven Bilic has received  a public vote of confidence  from West Ham's owners on his.

Wenger has rightly alluded to the challenge he faces to maintain his record of always delivering a top-four finish for Arsenal.

The fact that they came from behind and  didn't lose to Manchester City  was important, but it remains to be seen if they have the mental strength in the remaining games.

They will hope to exploit West Ham's low confidence levels, as the Hammers look to avoid a fifth consecutive defeat.

"I don't care, I just go"

Ice Hockey

Alex Ovechkin
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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin says that he will defy the National Hockey League's block on players going to the Olympics.

 "I don't care, I just go," he said.

"Because it's my country," Ovechkin added. "I think everybody wants to play there. It's the biggest opportunity in your life to play in the Olympic Games." 

The owners of the NHL's 30 clubs are unhappy at having to halt the season for three weeks for the Games.  

"We're not giving up"

Football

Michael Carrick
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Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick says they will not give up on a top-four finish despite slipping off the Champions League qualification pace with successive draws against West Brom and Everton.

 "You can't give up on anything and results can go funny ways sometimes," he told MUTV. 

"We're obviously giving ourselves the tougher task, but we're not giving up." 

United can also qualify for next season's Champions League by winning this season's Europa League. They are in the last eight.

Premier League table
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Edmund up for the clay-court fight

Tennis

Kyle Edmund
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Kyle Edmund believes his clay-court form is good enough to cause some upsets in Great Britain's Davis Cup quarter-final against France in Rouen.

The 22-year-old won both his singles rubbers against Serbia at the same stage in in last season's competition which was the last time he played on the surface. 

"I definitely played some good tennis there so there are lots of good memories," said the world number 47. 

Great Britain - who are without world number one Andy Murray - are underdogs against a French team that includes Jeremy Chardy and Lucas Pouille.

The first singles rubber is on Friday afternoon.

Get Involved - Who is the best manager?

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Eddie Howe
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Brian Musau: For me it has to be Jurgen Klopp, if he were to get a barca, real or united he would be flying. LFC will still win with him

Nadir Rouabhi: Eddie how has been impressive, completely changed Bournemouth! 

Adam Harris: Has to be simeone, has changed the whole dynamic of La Liga. Now a three horse race and they nearly won two Champions Leagues

Play suspended

Golf

The par-three fun may soon be distinctly stop-start today at Augusta National.

Play has been suspended with thunderstorms in the area.

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'Is that a shameless troll by Jamie?'

Football

Carragher Sturridge
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We've had an anonymous text in about Jamie Carragher's comments about Daniel Sturridge 

"Re Carragher 14:58 is that a shameless troll by Jamie? How exactly is Sturridge playing for Tottenham - the second best team in the country statistically - 'a level down' from playing for Liverpool who are currently 3rd?"

Rafael returns to Clay

Tennis

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Good news tennis fans. Rafael Nadal is back on clay ahead of the Monte Carlo Masters in Monaco later this month.

Sturridge should leave Liverpool - Carragher

Football

Daniel Sturridge
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Daniel Sturridge should leave Liverpool according to former defender Jamie Carragher.

Sturridge, 27, has appeared just three times in the league since the turn of the league and appears to have slipped down manager Jurgen Klopp's pecking order.

"It might be better for everyone if he moves on and tries to rejuvenate his career because he had a brilliant start to his Liverpool career," Carragher told Newsweek.

"Him and [Luis] Suarez were devastating. But it just seems to have tailed off now.”

“If you’re going to play week in week out, it may have to be a level down, but he certainly has the quality to play for Tottenham, there’s no doubt about that."

Swansea will stay in Premier League - Toshack

Football

Swansea will stay in Premier League - Toshack

Former manager John Toshack says Swansea will stay in Premier League and that he has been impressed with boss Paul Clement.  

Geraghty edging towards More Of That

Horse Racing

Barry Geraghty
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Leading jockey Barry Geraghty is set to pick More Of That ahead of Cause Of Causes for the Grand National at Aintree on Saturday.

The pair lead four possible contenders for Geraghty's boss, the racehorse owner JP McManus.

A final field of 40 runners will be named on Thursday morning.

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Craig Shakespeare
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Johnny Di Girolamo:  Conte took an embarrassingly weak Italy team & turned them into heroes. An outstanding manager at every club, and modest

Scott Mullins: It has to be Simeone, he's kept Athletico up near the top consistently and reached the quarters in the past four seasons

Craig C: I voted other. Got to be Craig Shakespeare surely!

Yak back on the market

Football

Yakubu
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Coventry have terminated the contract of striker Yakubu by mutual consent.

The former Portsmouth and Everton forward  joined the Sky Blues  on a deal until the end of the season in February, having been released by Turkish side Kayserispor last summer.

Yakubu, 34, played three games for Coventry without scoring, but suffered a hamstring injury in a 3-1 defeat by Swindon on 25 February.

'You can't break us'

Football

The team on the #StPetersburg metro #NoFear #YouCantBreakUs
The team on the #StPetersburg metro #NoFear #YouCantBreakUs
The team on the #StPetersburg metro #NoFear #YouCantBreakUs
The team on the #StPetersburg metro #NoFear #YouCantBreakUs

The team on the #StPetersburg metro #NoFear #YouCantBreakUs

Zenit Saint Petersburg players have ridden the metro in the city after Monday's blasts blast between two stations, which killed 14 people and injured almost 50.

The club's official Twitter account tweeted a series of pictures of players on the metro, before paying their respects to the victims.

Get ready to push the boat out

#GetInspired

Adults and children take part in Push the Boat Out
RYA

The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) has extended its programme of sailing and windsurfing taster sessions to 360 clubs across the country for 2017.

Entitled 'Push the Boat Out' and running from 13-22 May , the scheme allows beginners to take to the water and learn the basics of water-craft in free or low-cost sessions.

Find out more about the scheme and how you can get involved here.

Republic of Ireland strike summit called

Football

Republic of Ireland women's football team threaten strike over FAI treatment

The Republic of Ireland women's team will meet with officials after a threat from players to go on strike over poor treatment.

Players said the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) had treated them  "like dirt on its shoe"  and they would refuse to train if conditions did not improve.

The FAI has invited them to a meeting on Wednesday evening at 18:00 BST.

The women have grievances over a series of issues, including a demand for match fees of 300 Euros, bonuses of 150 Euros for a win and 75 Euros for a draw, gym membership for the squad and the provision of team clothing.  

Vote results

#bbcsportsday

We've been asking you all morning to vote for who you think is the best manager in the world from a list of 11 bosses.

Obviously, 'Other' won the vote.

That'll teach us.

If you voted 'Other,' get in touch and tell us who you think we missed. We've already heard from a few Pochettino and Rowett fans, but there must be more of you out there!

Get involved via #bbcsportsday

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Jose Mourinho
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Bounce:  Mourinho is a great manager but one of the worse when developing young players. Utd Young players are suffering under him.

DJP: Has to be a toss up between Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho. PG shades it for the simple fact that he's not Mourinho.. and he has better tips.

Maurice Macken:  Mourinho has a track record of singling out players for criticism. Joe Cole, Felipe Luis, Ilker Casillas, Samuel Eto'o, Juan Mata. He even had a dig at Ronaldo during the Euros and he wasnt even involved in the Portugal set up. He always has to have someone to blame and divert attention to. His management style has turned stale.  

Kyrgios is selling his car... On Facebook

Tennis

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Yep, that's right.

Fancy owning the first car Nick Kyrgios ever bought? He says the time has come to let it go.

If you want to know how much it costs, you'll have to inbox him yourself.

Wales set for first 100 club member

Football

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No wonder Wales midfielder Jess Fishlock is celebrating.

She will become the first Welsh footballer to reach 100 caps when Wales play Northern Ireland today.

We spoke to Jess ahead of what will be an incredibly proud moment for the 30-year-old.

You can read her column here.

The hills are alive with the sound of Klitschko

Boxing

The Daily Mirror's David Anderson has visited the very Alpine training camp training camp that Wladimir Klitschko is calling home ahead of his 29 April fight with Anthony Joshua at Wembley.

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Lyon fear losing 'immense' Lacazette

Football

Alexandre Lacazette
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Lyon director Bernard Lacombe admits that it would be a major blow if striker Alexandre Lacazette at the end of the season.

The 25-year-old striker has scored 29 goals for the club this season, but they still seem set to miss out on Champions League qualification, barring a triumph in this season's Europa League.

Arsenal and Atletico Madrid have both been linked with the France international.

"The departure of Alex would be very difficult for our club,” Lacombe told RMC in comments reported by the Mirror. 

“Because even if we could make lots of money, he is an immense player and I do not think that we will understand the magnitude of his departure fully until it happens."

Cavendish out of Paris-Roubaix

Cycling

Mark Cavendish
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Mark Cavendish has been ruled out of Sunday's Paris-Roubaix one-day race with an ankle injury.

His Dimension Data team said on Wednesday. "Mark Cavendish will not take the start at today's Scheldeprijs or at the weekend's Paris-Roubaix due to an overuse injury."

Cavendish, who last raced in Milan-San Remo on 18 March, also missed Ghent-Wevelgem at the end of the month.

Stokes and Morgan get emojis

Cricket


          Wow. #IPL player emojis for @benstokes38 and @Eoin16. What do you think? #stokes #EoinMorgan

          Wow. #IPL player emojis for @benstokes38 and @Eoin16. What do you think? #stokes #EoinMorgan

Wow. #IPL player emojis for @benstokes38 and @Eoin16. What do you think? #stokes #EoinMorgan

Step aside Paul Pogba.

Ben Stokes and Eoin Morgan have got their own emojis ahead of the new IPL season.

Thoughts? Let us know via #bbcsportsday

Bennett out for up to 12 months

Rugby union

Mark Bennett
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Scotland and Glasgow Warriors centre Mark Bennett faces up to 12 months on the sidelines after having cruciate ligament surgery.

The 24-year-old,  who will join Edinburgh Rugby in the summer,  was injured in last month's  Six Nations defeat by England at Twickenham.