BIRTHDAYS

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Today: American motorcyclist Freddie Spencer (1961). In 1985 he became the first man to win the 250cc and 500cc titles in the same season.

Tomorrow: Chris Evert (1954). She won 18 tennis grand slam singles titles. Golfers Walter Hagen (1892) and Christy O'Connor Snr (1924). British flat race jockey Greville Starkey (1938). The double Olympic gold medal-winning sprinter who died last year, Florence Griffith-Joyner (1959).

Wednesday: Graham Kelly, Independent columnist and former chief executive of the Football Association (1945).

Thursday: The former world lightweight, junior welterweight and welterweight champion Barney Ross, or Beryl David Rosofsky as he was christened (1909).

Friday: Former England cricketer Colin Cowdrey (1932). The first man to appear in 100 Tests, he was elected MCC president in 1986 and was followed into cricket by his son Chris. The former Manchester City and England goalkeeper Frank Swift (1914). After his retirement he became a journalist, and was writing for the News of the World when he died in the Munich disaster in 1958.

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