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By Ellie Thomason and Saj Chowdhury

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That's your lot from us. Let the weekend begin! 

We'll have live Masters coverage here until the end of the second round. You can also watch Leicester Riders v Sheffield Sharks on Connected TV and here  from 19:30 BST.

There's also one Championship fixture, where Brighton can return to the top of the Championship if they win away at QPR. You can follow the action from that one here at 19:15 BST.

We'll be back on Monday for more Sportsday fun.

Until then, cheerio.

The Jill Ellis interview

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Read this great interview with the World Cup-winning US women's coach who "never wanted to coach"

Find it here.

Ladies Day gallery

Aintree racegoers
Any luck?
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There were some stylish racegoers about at Aintree...
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... and some fancy hats
Robbie Power on Fox Norton
Robbie Power on Fox Norton celebrates winning the Melling Chase on Fox Norton
Aintree racegoers
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At the end of the day, if you can't beat 'em join 'em

Nostalgia for Kane


Barca blow

          📍 [INJURY NEWS] @Rafinha will be out for around 4 months - more information 👉 #ForçaRafinha

📍 [INJURY NEWS] @Rafinha will be out for around 4 months - more information 👉 #ForçaRafinha

Midfielder Rafinha, who has scored seven goals in 28 games for Barcelona this season, will be out for four months after knee surgery.

Want a shirt from 'The Beast'?


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Just take a photo of you holding a giant sign asking for one, and hey presto!

Controversy and prohibited items - Sport quiz of the week

Sports quiz

Sport quiz of the week

What decision should the referee have made at Newcastle this week? What are you not allowed to bring into The Masters? Test yourself with BBC Sport and A Question of Sport's weekly quiz here .

Teenage kicks


Masters latest

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Spain's Sergio Garcia is on -4 after birdies on the first three holes.

He is four behind American Charley Hoffman, who now leads on -8.

It's hotting up at Augusta.

Live coverage here.

South Shields sell 9,000 tickets for Wembley trip


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19,000 tickets have been sold for the Non-League finals day at Wembley on Sunday 21 March, according to the Non League Paper's Matt Badcock.

Northern League side South Shields have sold 9,000 of them.

They face Cleethorpes Town in the FA Vase final, on the same day Macclesfield Town face York City in the FA Trophy final.

Meet the three-year-old announcer


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Three-year-old Everton fan Elijah will get the chance to be the pitch announcer at Goodison Park this weekend. 

Brown: 'I'm available for Scotland'

Scott Brown

Scott Brown has told BBC Sport he is willing and ready to play for Scotland in the World Cup qualifier against England in June.

The Celtic captain has yet to hold talks with Scotland coach Gordon Strachan, but hopes to be selected.

Brown announced his  international retirement  last August amid injury concerns but returned in November.

More here.

Ultragold wins the Topham

Horse Racing

Ultragold, a 50-1 shot, wins the Topham Handicap Chase to follow up victory in the Melling Chase for trainer Colin Tizzard.

Harry Cobden, just 18, was taking his first trip over the Grand National fences.

He goes on Just A Par tomorrow in the Grand National.

Alistair Brownlee set for half-Ironman


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Double Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee will take part in the 70.3 Gran Canaria race as part of a move towards long-distance triathlons.

The 28-year-old, gold medallist in 2012 and 2016, will take part in the race over half-Ironman distance on 22 April.

"It's no secret that I am going to spend a couple of years racing some different distances," said Brownlee.

"I'm really looking forward to preparing for some longer distance races and competing at them."

'Merit' in plans for a Women's GB team at the 2020 Olympics


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Chief executive Jonathan Ford says the Football Association of Wales (FAW) can see merit in a GB women's football team competing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Talks are continuing between the English, Northern Irish, Scottish and Welsh Football Associations.

Ford expects a decision 'within six months' with the FAW softening its previous opposition to the plan.

"From a football merit basis, we can see the merits more than we did in the past," Ford told BBC Radio Wales.

On this day


2007: Greg Rusedski announced his retirement from tennis following his Davis Cup doubles victory for Great Britain alongside Jamie Murray against Holland.

Jamie Murray and Greg Rusedski
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Can Dame Judi land Aintree success?

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Ahead of Saturday's Grand National, jockeys will get a final chance to ride over the fences in the Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase (16:05).

A field of 30 go to post, including the Paul Nicholls-trained As De Mee, who won December's Grand Sefton over the fences and is part-owned by Oscar-winning actress Judi Dench, 

Last year's winner Eastlake from the Jonjo O'Neill yard will be another strong contender.

Dame Judi Dench
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Where's Poch?

          💬 "There's a lot more to do and achieve, it's an exciting period for the club." #Brendan2021

💬 "There's a lot more to do and achieve, it's an exciting period for the club." #Brendan2021

We're so used to seeing Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is those 'signing' poses.

And wouldn't it be great to see a sci-fi film called 'Brendan 2021'.

Suggestions for the plot? #bbcsportsday

For those who don't know, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has agreed to a new four-year deal.

Klitschko or Klitsch-cow?


Joshua v Klitschko: Behind-the-scenes at Wladimir's alpine training camp

We've gone behind-the-scenes at Wladimir Klitschko's Austrian training camp, where he is preparing for his world title bout against Anthony Joshua.

Kick-start your career with street cricket


As the County Cricket season gets underway today,  England opener Haseeb Hameed gives his support to a different form of the game....

Street Cricket: From tape balls to playing at the highest level

If you want to find out more about how to get into cricket, take a look at the Get Inspired guide.

Fox Norton wins the Melling Chase

Horse Racing

Fox Norton,  beneath Robbie Power, wins the JLT Melling Chase for trainer Colin Tizzard.

It is a victory to put him into contention for the King George Stakes later this year and the Gold Cup equation for next.

Favourite  Sub Lieutenant  was second with  Traffic Fluide  third.

Family cash in Grand National bet from 1974

Horse Racing

Bob Holmes

It's not often you win £130 from a £1 bet at 11/1.

But that's exactly what happened to a family from Houston in Renfrewshire, who have cashed in a bet on Red Rum winning the Grand National 43 years ago - after discovering an unclaimed betting slip.

Bob Holmes found evidence of the £1 bet while going through his late father-in-law's paperwork.

Through a shop code, William Hill found that the bet had been placed at odds of 11-1, meaning a payout of £12.

But the firm decided to add inflation, making it £130.

France win Davis Cup opener


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Game. Set. Match.

It's first blood to France after GB's Kyle Edmund is beaten 5-7 6-7 (6-8) 3-6 by Lucas Pouille in the Davis Cup quarter-final opener.

Up next, it's Dan Evans v Jeremy Chardy. Follow the action from that one here. 

Horses bid for Melling Chase success

Horse racing

After finishing second in their respective races at the Cheltenham Festival, both Fox Norton and Sub Lieutenant will hope to go one better in the Melling Chase, the big race of the day (15:25 BST) at Aintree.

The Colin Tizzard-trained Fox Norton was beaten narrowly by Special Tiara in the Queen Mother Champion Chase but steps up in trip for the 2m 4f race while Sub Lieutenant, from the Henry de Bromhead yard, was edged out by Un De Sceaux in the Ryanair Chase.

The pair are part of a field of nine for the race and last year's winner God's Own (pictured), who saw his Champion Chase hopes disappear with two bad mistakes, will aim for back-to-back wins for trainer Tom George.

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What happened to Wilfried Bony?

Stoke City

He's not played for Stoke since 27 December - the Ivorian striker is currently still on loan from Manchester City.

Wilf's just nudged Mark Hughes.

          Training hard ready to help the team when I am needed #thepotters 💪

Training hard ready to help the team when I am needed #thepotters 💪

Listen: O'Driscoll on his worst room-mate

Brian O'Driscoll says John Hayes was the worst room-mate he ever had as a player.

Former Lions captain Brian O'Driscoll says fellow Irishman John Hayes was the worst room-mate he ever had as a player.

O'Driscoll revealed that while he was captain of Ireland he had a room to himself and didn't have to share.

The former Ireland centre said: "I never liked a front-rower, they're a different breed.

"I've criticised him before so I probably won't get abused by him for a second time so maybe John Hayes."  

Might Bite triumphs at Aintree

Horse racing

After his incident-packed win at Cheltenham, it was a bit more straightforward for Might Bite (8-13 favourite) to win the Betway Mildmay Novices' Chase.

Once again he was in a battle with Nicky Henderson stablemate Whisper but jumped the better and held on up the Aintree straight to beat Whisper by 

"Whisper put it up to him today," said Henderson. "But Might Bite is a horse who loves attacking."

Follow the latest on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra.

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On this day

Formula 1

1968: Two-time Formula One world champion Jim Clark was killed when his Lotus spun off the track and hit a tree in a Formula Two race at Hockenheim.

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BreakingRodgers signs new four-year Celtic deal


Brendan Rodgers
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Celtic have shown their faith in manager Brendan Rodgers by giving him a new four-year deal.

The 44-year-old, who has already led the team to the Premiership title and League Cup success this season, will be at Celtic Park until 2021.

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell said: "Brendan has made a huge impact at Celtic already.

"He's an outstanding manager and we believe he is one of the best coaches in Europe, if not world football, and we're delighted that he has committed his future to Celtic."  

Edmund goes two sets down


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Great Britain's Kyle Edmund has just gone two sets down 5-7 6-7 (6-8) against France's Lucas Pouille in the first match in the Davis Cup quarter final.

Can he bounce back?

Follow the action live here , or watch on BBC Two.

Will Willett win it again? He just made a quadruple bogey

Danny Willett

It doesn't look good for Danny does it?

The Yorkshireman is +5 for the tournament after dropping four shots at the first hole at the start of his second round.


Follow the live action here.

Might Bite odds-on for Aintree victory

Horse racing

At the Cheltenham Festival, stablemates Might Bite and Whisper fought out a thrilling finish to the RSA Chase. Might Bite had the race at his mercy but veered badly on the run-in allowing Whisper to pass him before Might Bite ralled again to get up and win.

The pair meet again in the Betway Mildmay Novices' Chase (14:50 BST) with Might Bite, ridden by Nico de Boinville, set to go off as favourite.

Nico de Boinville on Might Bite
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GB Olympic trio on Joshua undercard

Lawrence Okolie
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Lawrence Okolie made his professional debut in Manchester earlier in April

British Olympians Lawrence Okolie, Joe Cordina and Josh Kelly have been added to the undercard for the Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko fight on 29 April.

All three competed at the Rio Games in 2016 before turning to the paid ranks.

Okolie has already made his professional bow, while Cordina and Kelly will each make their debuts before the Wembley date.

The headline bout will be for Joshua's IBF title and the vacant WBA Super and IBO heavyweight belts.

'The fighting spirit is still there'

Middlesbrough v Burnley (Sat, 15:00 BST)


Middlesbrough are yet to register a Premier League win in 2017, with their last league victory coming back in December.

Steve Agnew says his players are desperate to bounce back.

“The dressing room was very disappointed after the game on Wednesday, and communication goes a long way to putting the players in a positive frame of mind," he said.

“The players understand the frustrations and disappointment, and spirits are good.

“A lot of work has gone in from everybody, and we’ve had a good meeting this morning - the players are positive towards getting the three points we need.

“Three points brings us closer and puts pressure on elsewhere. Confidence comes with results, and that’s what we’re aiming for.

“The fighting spirit is still there and it will be evident on the pitch.” 

Aintree reaction

Horse racing

Assistant trainer to Pingshou Joe Tizzard tells BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra: "It was a beautiful performance. We've had a great season but if we had left without a big win from the two big meetings [Cheltenham and Aintree] it would be a bit disappointing."

Pingshou and Power in Aintree win

Horse racing

There's another big race win for Robbie Power after Pingshou (16-1) wins the Crabbie's Top Novices Hurdle at Aintree.

Power, who guided Sizing John to victory in the Cheltentham Gold Cup, got away from his rivals with three hurdles left, putting pressure on them and they were unable to respond.

The 9-4 joint favourite Mount Mews was second ahead of The Unit (7-1).

Pre-match banter...


This Evening Standard journalist was just trying to do her job... :)

That moment when you're trying to record a video and Cahill and Terry start banging on the window before Costa horns from the #CFC bus...

What's happening with Adnan?

Sunderland v Manchester United (Sunday 13:30BST)

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Jose Mourinho is playing a little game over the Manchester United future of Adnan Januzaj.

The Belgium forward is on a season-long loan with Sunderland, who entertain United in the Premier League on Sunday.

Januzaj cannot play against his parent club but I asked Mourinho if he had decided what he was going to do with the 22-year-old at the end of the season.

"Yes," came the firm reply. "But I am not telling the media."

Boro without Friend and Chambers

Middlesbrough v Burnley (Sat, 15:00 BST)


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Here's the latest Middlesbrough team news before Saturday's game against Burnley.

"George Friend and Calum Chambers will miss the game," said Steve Agnew.

“With Gaston [Ramirez] we’re not sure, he had light training this morning and he’s still out there with the medical staff as we speak.

“Fabio won’t be involved because of his concussion, and the 7-day ruling in place.

“It’s difficult when good players, and players who have done well this season are missing through injury, but this is football."

'Important to get Lingard deal sorted'

Sunderland v Manchester United (Sun, 13:30 BST)

Manchester United

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After Jesse Lingard signed a new contract at Old Trafford until 2021, Jose Mourinho says it was important to get the deal sorted. When asked if he has been surprised by the 24-year-old, he said:

"No. He is a good player already. Because of his age and happiness in the work, he can be even better. He is English. Made in academy.

"These players are very important for clubs. It is a very important contract. I congratulate him and the board to agree with him and give stability to me. Important for me to know he is not in danger."