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  1. Post update

    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
  2. Post update

    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.

  3. Women to make Boat Race history


    The Oxford women's crew

    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.

  4. Oxford favourites for Boat Race success


    Oxford president Constantine Louloudis

    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."

  5. Aintree set for Grand National

    Horse Racing

    Action at Aintree

    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.

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


    Robin van Persie

    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.

  7. QPR v Chelsea (13:30 BST on Sunday


    Loic Remy

    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.

  8. Burnley v Arsenal (17:30 BST on Saturday)


    Matt Taylor

    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.

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


    Enner Valencia

    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.

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


    West Brom's Youssuf Mulumbu

    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.

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


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

    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.

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


    Crystal Palace's Mile Jedinak

    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.

  13. Southampton v Hull (15:00 BST on Saturday)


    Hull's Tom Huddlestone

    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.

  14. Swansea v Everton (12:45 BST on Saturday)


    Everton striker Romelu Lukaku

    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.

  15. Post update

    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...

  16. Spieth on top at Augusta


    Jordan Spieth

    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.

  17. 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.

  18. Charlton cup shock possible - Parsons


    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."

  19. 2015 like a 'second chance' - Wakely


    Alex Wakely

    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."

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. Bale to be rested by Real


    Gareth Bale

    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.

  23. West Brom honour Jeff Astle


    Jeff Astle

    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."

  24. Bookmakers fear McCoy win

    Horse Racing

    Tony McCoy

    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.

  25. Louis van Gaal news conference


    Louis van Gaal addresses the media

    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."

  26. Louis van Gaal news conference


    Robin van Persie

    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."

  27. Dick Advocaat news conference

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

    Dick Advocaat

    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."

  28. 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.

  29. Action continues at Augusta


    Jordan Spieth

    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.

  30. Doyle extends Luton Town contract


    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.

  31. Spahic faces investigation


    Emir Spahic

    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.

  32. America's Cup World Series to start in Portsmouth


    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.

  33. 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

  34. Mauricio Pochettino news conference

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

    Mauricio Pochettino

    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."

  35. 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.

  36. London Welsh reach funding agreement

    Rugby Union

    London Welsh

    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.

  37. 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.

  38. Pulis backs Peace over sale


    Tony Pulis

    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."

  39. Crawley recall Harrold from U's loan


    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."

  40. Bedene suffers Moroccan defeat


    Aljaz Bedene

    New British number two Aljaz Bedene is out of the Casablanca Open after losing 6-1 6-4 to Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic.

    The Slovenia-born 25-year-old switched countries last month

  41. Cyrus Darius lands Aintree win

    Horse Racing

    Brian Hughes records his 99th win of the season when leading the 8-1 shot Cyrus Darius to victory in the E-Lites Top Novices' Hurdle at Aintree.

    The horse, trained by Malcolm Jefferson, was having his fifth run over hurdles in five weeks and beat Vago Collonges (7-1), ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies into second with Qewy (5-1)and Tony McCoy in third

  42. Philander 'ready to go' for Notts


    Vernon Philander

    South Africa bowling all-rounder Vernon Philander has said playing for Nottinghamshire is a "great opportunity".

    Philander will feature in six County Championship and three T20 Blast matches before being replaced by Australian seamer Ben Hilfenhaus.

    The 29-year-old last played county cricket for Kent in 2014, and has also had spells with Middlesex and Somerset.

    "I've always enjoyed playing county cricket," he told BBC Radio Nottingham.

  43. Fresh Joyce expecting Sussex challenge


    Sussex captain Ed Joyce is feeling no ill-effects from the Cricket World Cup, despite cricket manager Mark Robinson expressing concerns about his workload.

    The 36-year-old left-hander, Sussex's top run-scorer in 2014, played in all of Ireland's pool matches.

    "My fitness is very good," the 36-year-old told BBC Sussex.

    "The weariness of having being involved in a such a big tournament has hit in the last few weeks but I feel ready and raring to go."

  44. Bresnan tools up


    Tim Bresnan

    Sticking with Yorkshire and England cricket, bowler Tim Bresnan has been trying his hand at plastering and plumbing this winter as part of a weekly course at the YTA centre in Bradford. Bresnan, along with his Yorkshire team-mates Richard Pyrah and Andrew Hodd, took part in the sessions.

    "I don't think it would get me a job at the Plumb Centre or anything like that but it will be useful in doing jobs around the house," said Bresnan. So don't expect to see Tim et al fixing your U-bend anytime soon.

  45. Stars of the County Championship


    We've been talking to Yorkshire bowler Ryan Sidebottom about England's dismal showing at the World Cup, the new County Championship season, and the passing of legendary commentator Richie Benaud, who has died aged 84.

    Ryan Sidebottom

    "England were very predictable at the World Cup, with no left-arm seamer, no left-arm spinner, no mystery spinner. When you look around all the other countries, even the minnows had all variations covered, but we were very samey. I'd like to think we won't make that mistake again because we have a lot of variety in this country.

    "There are players like Adil Rashid, Scott Borthwick, James Vince has been very consistent, scoring heavy runs and is becoming more and more mature. Ben Stokes, England were very quick to drop him but he adds that variety, he smacks the ball out of the park, is a brilliant fielder, and bowls heavy pace. Mark Footit, if they do look at a left-armer, is still young, has got pace and can swing the ball into right-handers. He's the type of player that we have really missed."

  46. Get involved - boasting bosses

    Here are some more of your suggestions for boasting bosses, via Twitter...

    The Tea in Team: Tim Sherwood. He salutes himself more often than Redknapp reminded us that #thfc only had 2pts when he took over.

    Jack Cummins: "Rome wasn't built in a day. But I wasn't on that particular job" - Brian Clough

    Send your opinions via Twitter using #boastingbosses and via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  47. Savage on Manchester derby


    Vincent Kompany

    We've already heard from Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini ahead of this weekend's Manchester derby. Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will be addressing the media at around 15.30 BST. Before that, though, here are the views of BBC pundit Robbie Savage on Sunday's big clash...

    "Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is wrong when he says Sunday is a good time for his side to be facing local rivals Manchester United.

    "Yes, the derby is a chance for City to give themselves a much-needed lift by putting in a big performance in a massive match that would make a statement about how they still can finish a disappointing season on a high... But the bad news is they are playing United about four weeks too late."

  48. Cup success 'addictive' for Man City Women


    Manchester City Women

    Manchester City men's team may well end this season trophyless but the manager of the Man Citywomen's team, Nick Cushing says his side have an "addiction" to winning silverware as they look to add to the Continental Cup they won last year.

    Cushing's side host Birmingham City in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Sunday.

    "Winning that trophy has given us a real infectious, addictive feeling that we want more of," he told BBC Sport. "We know it's not easy but last year provided us with that experience of having to work unbelievably hard to gain that trophy."

  49. Aintree- First winner of the day

    Horse Racing

    Theinval wins the opening race - the Alder Hey Children's Charity Handicap Hurdle - of Ladies' Day at the Grand National Festival. The 7-1 shot held off the late challenge of AP McCoy's horse, The Saint James, with Daneking third.

    • 1. Theinval (J McGrath) 7-1
    • 2. The Saint James (A P McCoy) 11-2 Fav
    • 3. Daneking (R Walsh) 8-1
  50. Brook confident of beating Gavin


    Kell Brook

    Speaking of boasting, Kell Brook has had this to say on the subject of his newly-announced IBF world welterweight title defence against Frankie Gavin on 30 May...

    "I feel like I'm unbeatable right now and Gavin isn't going to be able to cope with my speed and power on fight night."

  51. Get involved - boasting bosses

    You have been quick out of the blocks with your boasting bosses. One Brian Clough has received the early backing...

    Adam Taylor: "I wouldn't say I was the best manager in the business. But I was in the top one" - Clough. Hard to top that even for Jose.

    Michael Bell: Pardew or Allardyce. Photo finish, but maybe Allardyce edges it.

    Rojo Fan: Mourinho. Best manager in the Prem and second worldwide.

    Send your opinions via Twitter using #boastingbosses and via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  52. Aintree action

    Horse Racing

    Racegoers enjoy the atmosphere during Ladies Day at Aintree

    It is Ladies' Day at Aintree today and as you would expect it is a colourful affair at the course. The action is set to get under way at 13:40 BST, with the first race; the Alder Hey Children's Charity Handicap Hurdle. We'll bring you the results as they happen throughout the afternoon.

  53. Sport birthdays

    John Madden (American football) - former NFL head coach and media pundit, born 1936.

    Ian Callaghan (football) - midfielder who made a record 856 appearances for Liverpool, born 1942.

    David Moorcroft (athletics) - former 5,000 metres world record-holder and former chief executive of UK Athletics, born 1953.

    Steve Claridge (football) - much-travelled veteran striker, now a media pundit, born 1966.

    Mario Stanic (football) - former Chelsea and Croatia utility player, born 1972.

    Ian Harvey (cricket) - former Australia, Gloucestershire and Yorkshire all-rounder, now an assistant coach with Gloucestershire born 1972.

    Roberto Carlos (football) - former Brazil and Real Madrid full-back, born 1973.

    Fernando Gago (football) - Boca Juniors and Argentina midfielder, born 1986.

    Vincent Kompany (football) - Manchester City and Belgium defender, born 1986.

  54. On this day in sport...

    Nick Flado plays a shot at the Masters in 1989

    1916: The Professional Golfers' Association of America (PGA) was established in New York.

    1989: Nick Faldo won his first Masters title, beating Scott Hoch in a play-off at the second extra hole in Augusta.

    2002: England captain David Beckham suffered a broken foot during Manchester United's Champions League match against Deportivo La Coruna, sparking fears he would not be fit for the World Cup. However, the midfielder recovered to lead his country out against Sweden in Saitama on 2 June.

    2010: Don't Push It, trained by Jonjo O'Neill and ridden by Tony McCoy, won the John Smith's Grand National at Aintree.

    2014: Owner Assem Allam's application to change the name of Hull City to Hull Tigers was rejected by the Football Association. The decision was later set aside by an arbitration panel due to the involvement of Football Supporters' Federation chairman Malcolm Clarke.

  55. Get involved - #boastingbosses

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho

    "I think I have a problem, which is I'm getting better at everything related to my job since I started" - Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

    "I knew it would be a tough job at Tottenham and it proved that. But I was very successful, both as a development coach and as a manager" - Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood.

    "I don't think there is any coach more sophisticated than me any more" - West Ham's Sam Allardyce.

    Considering these quotes from the last week, we want to know your views on boastful bosses. Which managers have mastered the art of self-aggrandising? Are they justified in their bragging or deluding themselves? Send your opinions via Twitter using #boastingbosses and via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  56. Manuel Pellegrini news conference

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

    More from Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini on Sunday's derby against Manchester United.

    "It's an important game as we're close in the table but I don't think the season is finished for either side after," he said.

    "I think that they have a lot of respect for us - in the last few years we dominated the derby and the Premier League.

    "The derby gives the game an extra boost - I hope that not only the intensity is high but the quality too - for the fans."

  57. Manuel Pellegrini news conference

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

    Vincent Kompany

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says he will leave it until Saturday to see whether captain Vincent Kompany will play in Sunday's derby against Manchester United.

    Kompany, who turns 29 today, has a hamstring injury.

    Pellegrini also told his pre-match news conference that Stevan Jovetic has a muscle injury while Wilfried Bony twisted his ankle and knee before last Monday's Crystal Palace game and will not be fit.

  58. Jose Mourinho news conference

    QPR v Chelsea (Sunday 13:30 BST)

    Jose Mourinho

    Jose Mourinho also had some interesting things to say about Chelsea's reported interest in Japan international striker Yoshinori Muto. In February, Premier League leaders Chelsea announced a new shirt sponsorship deal with a Japanese tyre manufacturer worth a reported £40m a year and Mourinho was asked about the possibility of signing players for commercial reasons...

    "That is modern football. It is modern management. In modern management you cannot close the door to a bit of commercial interests. But at the same time a football club is always a football club and a top club only has space for really good players or prospects. We would not bring in a player who does not have the capacity to perform or potential to do so."

  59. Jose Mourinho news conference

    QPR v Chelsea (Sunday 13:30 BST)

    Jose Mourinho

    Jose Mourinho was also asked about the situation at the top of the league, which sees his side hold a seven-point advantage over second-placed Arsenal, with a game in hand. The Chelsea boss played down the significance of this, while also commenting on Manchester City's faltering challenge (they were beaten at Crystal Palace on Monday).

    "Mathematically it [the league] is open. Any team with less than 21 points distance from us is mathematically in the race. A team with seven, eight points is still in the race.

    "I am not surprised [by what happened to Man City]. This is the Premier League. For a top team to lose six, seven games in any other league in the world is difficult. But not here. We have more points than the others. We have been top of the league since day one - which shows, consistency, stability, dominance. We deserve to be there."

  60. Jose Mourinho news conference

    QPR v Chelsea (Sunday 13:30 BST)

    Jose Mourinho (right) and Diego Costa

    When Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho speaks, people tend to listen. Today is no different as he addresses the press at his news conference ahead of this weekend's derby against QPR. He had this to say about injured striker Diego Costa...

    "Only Diego is injured, everybody else is fine and ready (to play at QPR). I think we have eight matches to play, if he plays four it is normal. If he plays three he is a bit below what I am expecting. If he plays five that is more than I am expecting. I am not concerned (by his injury)."

    So, with a bit of luck, Chelsea fans can expect to see Costa again sometime around the start of May.

  61. Brook to fight in London in May


    Kell Brook has announced he will defend his IBF world welterweight title against Frankie Gavin at the O2 Arena on 30 May.

    Brook, 28, successfully defended his IBF world welterweight title with a fourth-round victory over Romanian-born Jo Jo Dan in Sheffield on 28 March and had wanted to fight Amir Khan but the Bolton boxer has opted to fight American Chris Algieri next.

  62. Masters - day two


    Jordan Speith

    It was a superb first day of golfing action in the 79th Masters yesterday, particularly for young Jordan Speith, who tore Augusta up with an eight-under 64 to lead by three shots from a pack that includes England's Justin Rose and "The Big Easy" Ernie Els.

    Day two gets under way around about 12:45 BST and you can follow every meaningful drive, chip, putt, slice and hack via our live text commentary.

  63. Palmer enjoys F1 testing debut

    Formula 1

    Jolyon Palmer in the Lotus

    Jolyon Palmer has conceded to feeling like "a proper racing driver again" following his Formula One debut with Lotus on Friday.

    Last season's GP2 champion, the son of former F1 racer Jonathan, joined Lotus over the winter as reserve to Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean and recovered from a second-lap spin to finish just 0.6secs adrift of Maldonado.

    "It was nice because it was like driving on a proper race weekend again which I've missed since GP2," he said.

    "There was always going to be a lot to learn as I hadn't driven the car for two months, and I haven't been to this track before. I didn't even drive it on the simulator."

  64. Poynton signs new Derbyshire deal


    Tom Poynton

    Wicketkeeper Tom Poynton has signed a new contract that will keep him at Derbyshire until the end of 2016.

    Poynton, 25, missed the entire 2014 season with leg injuries sustained in a car crash in which his father was killed.

    "Tom has shown exceptional character since the tragic events that ended his season," elite performance director Graeme Welch told the club website.

    "He has worked tirelessly, both in training and in his off-the-field role, to prepare him for his return. Everyone at the club is delighted to see him back on the field."

  65. Luongo may leave Swindon - Cooper


    Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper has suggested midfielder Massimo Luongo could leave the play-off chasing League One club at the end of the season.

    The 22-year-old Australia international, who starred in his country's Asian Cup success earlier this year, told Australian broadcaster SBS in February he wanted a "new challenge" after two seasons with the Robins.

    "If it's time for him to move on, it's time for him to move on," Cooper told BBC Radio Wiltshire. "He's got to keep playing and playing well to get the best move that he possibly can if he is going to go. I've got no problem with people being ambitious."

  66. MCC pays tribute to an "icon"


    A portrait of Richie Benaud, along with an Australian cricket blazer

    The MCC have issued a statement, paying tribute to the late Richie Benaud, who was elected as an Honorary Life Member of the organisation in 1967...

    It says: "Marylebone Cricket Club would like to express its sadness at the news of Richie Benaud's passing. A triple Ashes-winning captain and icon of cricket commentary and punditry, Benaud was universally liked and respected across the world of cricket, and will be sorely missed by everyone at Lord's."

    MCC president David Morgan adds: "As a cricketer he was a fantastic leader and one of the finest exponents of the art of leg spin the game has ever seen. As a commentator his skill was unrivalled - charismatic, engaging and informative."

  67. Friday's Aintree schedule

    Horse Racing

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    You can hear live coverage of Friday's racing from Aintree on 5 live sports extra from 13:35, presented by Cornelius Lysaght with the main races also on 5 live.

    Then at 19:00 BST, Mark Pougatch presents An Audience with AP McCoy, a special programme on the eve of AP McCoy's final Grand National before retirement. You can also watch the programme on the BBC Red Button.

  68. Friday's Aintree schedule

    Horse Racing

    Aintree racecourse

    Speaking of the Grand National, it is Ladies Day at the Aintree track and here is what you can expect from today's racing.

    13:40 Alder Hey Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)2m 4f

    14:15 E-Lites Top Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2)2m ½f

    14:50 Betfred Mildmay Novices' Chase (Grade 1)3m 1f

    15:25 Betfred Melling Chase (Grade 1) 2m 4f

    16:05 Crabbie's Topham Chase (Grade 3)2m 5½f

    16:40 Doom Bar Sefton Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1)3m ½f

    17:15 Weatherbys Private Banking Champion Standard Open NHF Race (Grade 2)2m 1f

  69. Carlito Brigante out of National

    Horse racing

    The final field for Saturday's Grand National at Aintree is confirmed, with the Karen McLintock-trained Carlito Brigante pulling out lame but it is too late for reserves so 39 runners will now compete.

    You can now get stuck into our pinstickers' guide or, even better, start that office sweepstake.

  70. Chisnall closes gap to Van Gerwen


    Dave Chisnall

    Dave Chisnall won both of his matches in Sheffield on Thursday to narrow the gap at the top of the Premier League table.

    World number one Michael van Gerwen continues to lead the group, maintaining his unbeaten record with a 7-5 win over Stephen Bunting.

    But St Helens-born Chisnall, 34, is just a point behind the Dutchman after beating world champion Gary Anderson 7-3 and then James Wade 7-1.

  71. London Irish lock Cox to retire

    Rugby Union

    London Irish lock Sean Cox is to retire at the end of the season. The 30-year-old has played 12 times for Irish this season, having signed for the Premiership club in the summer.

  72. The life of Benaud


    As the sporting world continues to reflect on the life of Richie Benaud, who has died aged 84, here is some of what you might have missed about the cricketing great:

  73. Get involved - Best Benaud moments


    Flowers have been laid at the base of a statue of late Australia cricket captain Richie Benaud, located at the Sydney Cricket Ground

    You have been sharing your favourite Richie Benaud commentary moments with us via the hashtag #bbcsportsday on Twitter. Here are some more classics...

    Ed Cook: Richie saying 'don't adjust your TV sets..everything is fine' as picture of lords members in jackets flashes up.

    Eleanor Cunningham: 2nd test, 2005: "I don't think he's got hold of that"...ball sails over boundary..."or it would have gone for nine."

    Tom Heath: Best Richie Benaud line as the ball hit the nether regions of an England batsman...That just missed the right thigh & the left.

  74. Coventry City important to Wasps - Eastwood

    Rugby Union

    Wasps deputy chairman Nick Eastwood insists that struggling football club Coventry City remain an important part of the Premiership rugby side's successful new life at the Ricoh Arena.

    Sky Blues fans have been left perturbed by a press release announcing redevelopment plans at the 32,600-stadium, which the rugby club now own.

    But Eastwood told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire: "Coventry City are a very important part of our business. They have a significant number of fans who come. They are very important."

  75. 'Benaud helped style BBC commentary'


    Richie Benaud

    Another defining BBC voice, football's John Motson, has had this to say about fellow commentary great Richie Benaud on BBC Radio 5 Live...

    "He will always be remembered for the clipped phrase and economy of words. I met him once and he told me when he finished playing Test cricket he trained on a course to be a commentator at the BBC. That is the kind of determination he had.

    "He was part of a group that styled commentary on the BBC from the 1960s onwards. When that cricket tune played on BBC One you knew you would hear that perfect voice of Benaud telling you what was happening in a perfectly economic fashion.

    "Having being an Australian captain he spoke with so much authority and gave such superb insight into the game. He had the ability to put his finger on the key moment that defined it - he had a great gift for that."

  76. 'The master of his craft'


    A tribute to Richie Benaud on the big screen at the Oval on the occasion of his last commentary game on English soil (2005)

    The late Richie Benaud was one cricket's defining voices during his illustrious cricket commentary career. BBC Radio 5 live has been speaking to two other defining sporting voices in Murray Walker and John Motson. Here is what Formula 1 commentator Walker had to say about Benaud:

    "Firstly, he was an extremely nice man. Someone's personality shines through when they commentate. He was a master of his craft. He had been there and done it, played at the highest level and was a master of it all. He had a gift of putting knowledge and experience into meaningful and intelligent words. Benaud had this superb laid back, laconic delivery that fitted his sport perfectly."

  77. Augusta ready for day two of Masters


    Masters at Augusta

    The second round of the Masters gets underway at Augusta at 12:45 BST but here is a look back of what you might have missed from round one:

  78. Lancashire sign Australia's Faulkner


    James Faulkner

    Lancashire have signed Australia all-rounder and World Cup winner James Faulkner as an overseas player to cover for Peter Siddle.

    Pace bowler Siddle has been named in Australia's squad for their Ashes series with England later this year.

    Left-arm seamer Faulkner, 24, will join Division Two side Lancashire after appearing for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League, and he will remain at Old Trafford until the end of August.

  79. Koeman admits to Clyne battle


    Nathaniel Clyne

    Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has admitted the club face a fight to keep hold of right-back Nathaniel Clyne.

    The 24-year-old England defender, who joined from Crystal Palace in July 2012, is under contract until the summer of 2016 and has been linked to a number of clubs and is yet to commit his long-term future to the Saints.

    "We are still trying to keep Clyne in the club. We know it's not easy as maybe there is some interest," Koeman told BBC Radio Solent. "At the moment, there is not a serious bid for whichever player in the team, but we'll do everything to keep them."

  80. Get involved - your Benaud tributes


    You have been paying tribute to the late Richie Benaud via the #bbcsportsday hashtag on Twitter...

    Darren Cook: 1992, I was 13, walked with Richie to the St.Lawrence Grd, Kent, we chatted for the entire 2 miles. Never forgotten.

    Gill Loveday: He knew everything and sounded like your grandad! He was the voice of cricket!

    Salma Iqbal: My favourite quote, 'he's 98 runs short of a century'.

    Send your tributes via Twitter using #bbcsportsday and via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  81. Kuyt returning to Feyenoord


    Dirk Kuyt in action for Feyenoord

    They say you should never go back. If former Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt has heard this he has clearly opted to ignore the advice as he has announced this morning that he is leaving Turkish club Fenerbahce and returning to Feyenoord in his native Netherlands, nine years after leaving to move to Merseyside.

    The 34-year-old says the decision to leave Turkey had been taken before the gun attack on the team bus last weekend that left the driver injured.

    Kuyt, who was not on the bus at the time of the attack, revealed his intentions in a statement on Facebook addressed to "dear Fenerbahce fans". Of the attack on the team bus, he said: "In football as in life, the most important thing is the health and safety of people. This is not just for Fenerbahce but for all football fans in Turkey. Turkey should come together to find a solution,"

  82. Ibrahimovic given four-game ban


    Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Paris St-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been suspended for four Ligue 1 matches for a foul-mouthed outburst that was captured live on TV.

    The Sweden international lost his temper, criticised match officials then swore when describing France after his side's 3-2 loss at Bordeaux last month.

    Ibrahimovic, 33, later apologised, saying his remarks "were not aimed at France or the French people".

  83. Mark Hughes news conference

    West Ham v Stoke (Saturday 15:00 BST)

    Stoke boss Mark Hughes

    Stoke boss Mark Hughes is adamant he does not want to lose his goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, who has done a sterling job for the Potters in recent seasons. At his press conference ahead of this weekend's game with West Ham he had this to say...

    "We've made it clear that we want him to sign. We will sit & discuss in the summer. That's always been the plan."

    Hughes went on to suggest City may well be prepared to open the chequebook this summer...

    "We are the lowest spenders in the transfer market during my time here. At some point we will have to reinvest significantly. We have managed to do a few really good deals and managed to bring good quality players here so far. I'm comfortable that if we were able to take a top quality player for a large sum of money, then we would be able to do that."

  84. Man arrested after running on to track in Shanghai

    Formula 1

    Sebastian Vettel in a Ferrari

    A man has been arrested at China's Shanghai International Circuit, which hosts this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix, after he ran across the track during the second practice session.

    The local man, in possession of a grandstand ticket, initially scaled 10-foot high fencing that runs along the main straight opposite the pits.

    With cars on track, the man then darted over the starting grid with a Force India approaching in the background before jumping up the pit wall into the pit lane and entering the Ferrari garage.

    It was there he was finally grabbed by security staff and handed on to police for arrest - but not before apparently stating he wanted to try a car.

  85. Chris Ramsey news conference

    QPR v Chelsea (Sunday 13:30 BST)

    QPR host Chelsea on Sunday but after the controversy during the fixture in October 2011 after which John Terry was accused of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, Chris Ramsey is playing down the prospect of unrest in Sunday's game.

    "Fans are fans and it would be odd to think there wouldn't be extra feelings towards that situation," said Ramsey, who also revealed that Rio Ferdinand, Anton's brother, would miss Sunday's game through injury.

    "Ultimately John Terry is a player of Chelsea and I am the manager of QPR and as a man and a person I would shake John's hand after the game, as long as there wasn't anything unprofessional on the field during it."

  86. Chris Ramsey news conference

    QPR v Chelsea (Sunday 13:30 BST)

    Chris Ramsey

    QPR manager Chris Ramsey is facing the media ahead of Sunday's West London derby against Premier League leaders Chelsea.

    "All derbies are big and what both teams have at stake puts extra spice to it. Players live for these sort of games," he said.

    "Our home performances have been good and if we perform like that, our fans would be happy.

    "Chelsea can afford to have a blip and still win the league - we need to pick up every point we can. We are expecting a tough game but they players will be up for it."

  87. Sam Allardyce news conference

    West Ham v Stoke (Saturday 15:00 BST)

    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce

    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is seated and giving his views on this weekend's home game with Stoke at his pre-match press conference. He says Enner Valencia, who missed much of March after cutting his toe on a broken cup, is back in contention.

    "He gives us other options to play different systems," said Big Sam. "To have selection choices up front is important for any team."

    After a superb first half of the season, West Ham have struggled of late, winning just one of their last nine league games. Allardyce added: "The wins have eluded us recently and hence we're disappointed with where we are in the league but not with the performances. Our all important factors are that our creative capability has been endless all season, but what we haven't done is convert as many chances as we were before."

  88. Steve Bruce news conference

    Southampton v Hull City (Saturday 15:00 BST)

    Steve Bruce

    Hull City manager Steve Bruce says his side need to perform better than their first-half display against Swansea when they take on Southampton this weekend with relegation still looming.

    "Last week was disappointing because all around us picked up points," he said. "The way it has gone all season I would expect it to go to the wire because there are so many teams fighting for it.

    "We have a tough run-in but after this weekend we have four of six at home which will be important."

  89. The life of Benaud


    Richie Benaud looks on during day four of the fifth Ashes Test match between England and Australia in 2005

    Tributes to the late Richie Benaud continue to pour in from across the cricket world...

    Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith: I grew up with his voice in my ears, on my 1st trip to Aus he was the man I was most nervous to meet. #RIPRichieBenaud.

    England bowler Tim Bresnan: Sad to hear the passing of the great man Richie Benaud. You made listening and watching the game we love a true pleasure #RIPRichie.

    Former England spinner and TMS summariser Graeme Swann: One of the greatest spin bowlers and undoubtedly the greatest commentator the cricket world has known has left us. RIP Richie Benaud.

  90. ECB ready to wield the axe

    Friday's sports pages

    Friday's iSport back page

    Today's iSport (otherwise known as the Independent) continues the back page cricket analysis, suggesting that England coach Peter Moores and selectors James Whitaker, Angus Fraser and Mick Newell are also in line for the chop following Paul Downton's exit as ECB managing director. Like the Guardian, iSport also report on Justin Rose's superb opening round at Augusta in the Masters.

  91. KP backs Vaughan

    Friday's sports pages

    Friday's Guardian back page

    On Wednesday, Paul Downton left his post as managing director of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). It has been suggested this could open the door for one Kevin Pietersen to return to international cricket. In today's Guardian, KP has thrown his weight behind former England captain and team-mate Michael Vaughan, who has also been known to grace our very own Test Match Special.

  92. Friday's football gossip


    Theo Walcott

    Here are some of the stories from today's football gossip column.

    Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling, 20, and Arsenal winger Theo Walcott, 26, are poised to swap clubs in the summer with the Gunners ready to pay an extra £20m to complete the deal. (Daily Star)

    Everton will make Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley, 25, currently on loan at Aston Villa, their top summer target. (Guardian)

    Manchester City are favourites to sign Wolfsburg's Kevin de Bruyne, 23, if the former Chelsea midfielder leaves Germany this summer (Times - subscription required)

  93. People were against me at QPR - Redknapp


    Harry Redknapp

    Harry Redknapp has told BBC Sport that he resigned suddenly as manager of QPR in February because he "no longer knew who was on my side" at Loftus Road.

    Redknapp cited crippling knee problems as the primary reasons for his decision to leave Rangers, who were second from bottom in the Premier League table but the 68-year-old told Football Focus that the club had descended into a "soap opera".

    "I always thought I had everyone pulling with me and suddenly I felt some were and some weren't. Behind the scenes, I always thought there were one or two people with their own agendas," he said.

  94. Williamson scores key penalty for England's Under 19s


    Leah Williamson celebrates scoring her penalty

    Watch as Leah Williamson scores the penalty that sees England's women through to the U19s European Championship finals, after a five-day wait.

    Europe's football governing body Uefa ruled that the final seconds of England's match with Norway should be replayed after a refereeing mistake in Saturday's first game.

    Williamson's kick gave England a 2-2 draw and the point needed for qualification.

  95. McIlroy trails leader Spieth in Augusta


    In Augusta, world number one Rory McIlroy is seven shots behind leader Jordan Spieth after the opening round of the 79th Masters.

    American Spieth, who finished joint runner up to Bubba Watson at last year's Masters, produced the performance of the day, carding nine birdies to open a three-shot lead with an eight-under 64.

    We'll have more from Augusta as the morning goes on ahead of the second round, which starts at 12:45 BST.

  96. Evans misses out in qualifying


    Reanne Evans

    Snooker's top female player Reanne Evans has failed in her bid to become the first woman to reach the World Championship.

    Evans lost 10-8 to former world champion Ken Doherty in the first of three qualifying rounds.

    The 29-year-old, who has won the past 10 women's world titles, received an invitation to compete in the qualifiers.

  97. Hamilton fastest in Shanghai

    Formula 1

    Lewis Hamilton

    We move away from cricket and second practice has finished at the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai and Lewis Hamilton is the fastest overall after the day's two sessions.

    His best time, set on the soft tyre, was one minute 37.219 seconds - around four tenths faster than the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen.

    Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo is third, a second down on Hamilton, with the second Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel in fourth. Nico Rosberg is 1.2secs down on team-mate Hamilton, although he did not seem to get a clean lap on the softer - and quicker - Pirelli tyre.

  98. Get involved - your Benaud tributes


    As sporting figures and fans pay their tributes to Richie Benaud, we want your memories of the great man.

    Send your tributes via Twitter using #bbcsportsday and via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  99. The life of Benaud


    Statue of Richie Benaud

    Flags across Australia are flying at half-mast, including over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, following the news of the death of Richie Benaud.

    The gates were thrown open at the Sydney Cricket Ground, one of the venues Benaud graced, and mourners laid flowers around his giant bronze statue.

    Tributes were also paid by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who has offered a state funeral to Benaud's family.

    "A sad day for Australia," Abbott tweeted. "We have lost a cricketing champion and Australian icon. What an innings. RIP Richie Benaud,"

  100. The life of Benaud


    Richie Benaud

    England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Giles Clarke has also paid tribute to a man who he describes a 'a true giant of the modern game'.

    "Richie was a marvellously talented cricketer who gave much to the Australian team as a player and a leader," he said.

    "But he will always, above all, be remembered as one of cricket's most influential and authoritative voices. Few could match the breadth of knowledge and insight he brought to the commentary box; and all leavened by his marvellous dry wit which millions came to know and love.

    "Cricket has lost perhaps its greatest advocate."

  101. The life of Benaud


    While most people nowadays remember him as a commentator, it is worth remembering that Richie Benaud was also a legendary player.

    BBC Sport looks back at the 1961 Ashes series where his heroics in the fourth Test at Old Trafford helped Australia to victory.

    While in the 1962-63 series, Ted Dexter's hopes of bringing the Ashes back to England were thwarted by Benaud's determination as Australia came from behind to draw the series 1-1 and retain the urn.

    And there is also a look back at the life of the 84-year-old.

  102. The life of Benaud


    There have also been tributes to Benaud from across the cricketing world.

    Kumar Sangakkara: So sad to hear about the passing of Richie Benaud. The great voice of cricket is no more. He defined an era with conviction and sincerity

    Anil Kumble: RIP Richie Benaud.His values cut across all generations & the best example in cricket to everyone associated with it. Always had a kind 2Word to every cricketer. Above all a great human being. Had a special place for every leg spinner. Very sad day for cricket!

    Geoffrey Boycott: Farewell Richie Benaud. Wonderful cricketer, great captain, a master craftsman commentator & top man. Will always be remembered and admired.

  103. The life of Benaud


    Shane Warne, another who went from the cricket pitch to the commentary box, took to Twitter to write an open letter to one of his sporting heroes

    Dear Richie,

    I've known you & Daphne for close to 30 years & to everyone you were a legend on all levels & rightly so too. As a cricketer, commentator & as a person, you were the best there's ever been & to top it off, an absolute gentleman... For me it was an honour & a privilege to call you a close friend & mentor, we had so many wonderful times together, talking cricket & in particular, our love & passion of leg spin bowling. I will cherish our entertaining dinners & all the fun times we shared over a long period of time. I would also like to thank you & Daphne for all your support & time you made for me as a young cricketer & leg spin bowler trying to make his way as an 18 year old, your tips & advice along the journey meant so much!!! Richie, you were loved by everyone, not just the cricket family, you were the godfather of cricket & you will be missed by all... R.I.P my friend #hero #BowledRichie

  104. The life of Benaud


    Tributes have been paid to Benaud from within the sport in Australia.

    Cricket Australia: Rest In Peace Richie Benaud, Forever the voice of our summer.

    Michael Clarke: What a man. Extremely sad day. You were a lot more then just a cricketer Richie. RIP

    Shane Watson: Respected and looked up to by all, you will be sorely missed #Legend Vale Richie Benaud #RIPRichie

    Damien Martyn: Baggy green #190 the legendary Richie Benaud #RIP my friend you will be forever etched in our thoughts. On and off the field you truly lived up to the great spirit of our beautiful game. Thank you for all those great memories.

  105. The life of Benaud


    Richie Benaud

    In November, Benaud revealed he was being treated for skin cancer.

    He took 945 wickets in 259 first-class matches and made 11,719 first-class runs, scoring 23 centuries at an average of 36.50 and was the first man to achieve 2,000 runs and 200 wickets at Test level.

    He was also a highly regarded tactician and never lost a Test series as Australia captain, winning five and drawing two.

  106. The life of Benaud

    Richie Benaud

    But first, it is a sad morning for sports fans the world over after the news of the death of former Australia captain and legendary cricket commentator Richie Benaud.

    A pioneering leg-spin bowler, Benaud played in 63 Tests, 28 as captain, before retiring in 1964 to pursue a career in journalism and broadcasting.

    The 84-year-old's final commentary in England came during the 2005 Ashes series but he continued to work for Channel Nine in Australia until 2013.

  107. Sportsday Live

    Good morning from Sportsday Live where we will bring you all the best from the Premier League news conferences ahead of the weekend's games, as well as the rest of the day's sports news.