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AFP sports schedule for Thursday, April 4:
Europa League quarter-finals, first-leg matches - Chelsea v Rubin Kazan, Tottenham v Basel, Fenerbahçe v Lazio, Benfica v Newcastle
WTA at Charleston, with world number one Serena Williams the top seed, and Monterrey, where Angelique Kerber is the top-ranked player.
Slugs: Tennis-WTA-USA, Tennis-WTA-MEX
Four stage of the Tour of the Basque Country, with Colmbia's Sergio Henao in the lead.
Rory McIlroy is fine-tuning his ghame ahead of the Masters at the Texas Open while women's world number one Stacy Lewis returns to the scene of her first major title which came three years ago at Palm Springs.
Slugs: Golf-USPGA-McIlroy; Golf-USLPGA
Build-up to this Saturday's Grand National which is more in the spotlight than ever with newly introduced reforms the authorities hope will avoid equine casualties after four deaths in the last two renewals.