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New Delhi, Mar 18 (PTI) The following are the top/expected sports stories at 1700 hours: EXPECTED STORIES: *Reports related to fourth T20 International between India and England in Ahmedabad.

*Report of Federation Cup Senior Athletics Championships in Patiala.

*Lead report of All England Championship badminton tournament.

*Stories related to ISSF World Cup in New Delhi.

STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-BAD-IND All England: Saina retires due to injury, four Indians enter 2nd round of men's singles Birmingham, Mar 18 (PTI) Four Indian male shuttlers, including Olympic hopeful B Sai Praneeth, advanced to the second round but former world no 1 Saina Nehwal was forced to concede her opening women's singles match after suffering an injury at the All England Championships here.

SPO-SHOOT-IND ISSF World Cup: Indian shooters renew quest for excellence New Delhi, Mar 18 (PTI) Deprived of competition for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, India's phenomenal pistol and rifle shooters will renew their quest for excellence when the ISSF World Cup begins here from Friday.

SPO-BOX-VIJENDER Vijender aims to extend unbeaten run, gears up for 'Battle on Ship' Panaji, Mar 18 (PTI) Unconquered thus far, star Indian boxer Vijender Singh would look to extend his unblemished record when he spars with tall Russian opponent Artysh Lopsan in the 'Battle on Ship', here on Friday.

SPO-BOX-IND Zareen stuns world champion Ekaterina to enter Bosphorus boxing quarters New Delhi, Mar 18 (PTI) India's Nikhat Zareen stunned reigning world champion Paltceva Ekaterina to breeze into the women's 51kg quarter-finals at the Bosphorus Boxing tournament in Istanbul here.

SPO-BAD-INDONESIA-PULLOUT Indonesian team pulls out of ongoing All England Championships after COVID-19 case in flight Birmingham, Mar 18 (PTI) The Indonesian badminton team has withdrawn from the ongoing All England Championships after all players and officials were forced to isolate themselves for 10 days following a COVID-19 positive case of an unnamed passenger in their flight to London, the world governing body (BWF) said on Thursday.

SPO-CRI-LEGENDS India Legends beat WI Legends by 13 runs, enter World Series T20 final Raipur, Mar 18 (PTI) Sachin Tendulkar-led India Legends defeated West Indies Legends by 13 runs to storm into the summit clash of the Road Safety World Series T20 here.

SPO-CRI-ICC-QUALIFIERS Three regional qualifiers for men's 2022 T20 WC postponed due to COVID-19: ICC Dubai, Mar 18 (PTI) Three men's T20 World Cup Qualifiers in Africa and Asia -- pathway tournaments to the 2022 showpiece event in Australia -- have been postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic, the game's governing body ICC said on Thursday.

SPO-CRI-PCB-PSL-AFRIDI Afridi blames PCB for PSL 6's postponement Karachi, Mar 18 (PTI) Former skipper Shahid Afridi has criticised the Pakistan Cricket Board for postponing PSL 6 due to COVID-19 scare among the franchises, saying the deferment proved that PCB didn't have a plan B to fall back upon.

SPO-CRI-PCB-MANI Pakistan optimistic about hosting India in 2023 Asia Cup, says Mani Karachi, Mar 18 (PTI) Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ehsan Mani is optimistic about hosting India in the Asia Cup in 2023 and hopes the political relations between the two neighbouring countries would improve by then.

SPO-BOX-MANDEEP Mandeep Jangra signs up with Pro Box Promotions, to make his debut on May 1 in Florida New Delhi, Mar 18 (PTI) Glasgow Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Mandeep Jangra has signed up with Florida-based Pro Box Promotions and will be making his debut on May 1 against a yet-to-be-decided opponent in Tampa, Florida. PTI SSC SSC SSC