BIRTHDAYS

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Today: Geoff Gapes, British shot-putter known as the `Gentle Giant,' Commonwealth Champion twice in the 1970s (born 1949). Peter Thompson, Australian golfer, who set a post-war record of five Open titles between 1954 and 1965 (1929).

Tomorrow: Sam Torrance, British golfer who led Europe to Ryder Cup victory in 1985 (1953).

Thursday: Showjumper Malcolm Pyrah, twice winner of the King George V Gold Cup at Wembley (1941).

Friday: Don Bradman, one of the all time great cricketers, with 6,996 Test runs to his name in 52 matches, at a record average of 99.94 per innings (1908.) John Lloyd, British tennis player who won two mixed doubles titles at Wimbledon, with the Australian Wendy Turnbull (1954).

Saturday: Emlyn Hughes, the former Liverpool, England and Question of Sport captain, who famously fawned over the Princess Royal (1947).

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