Sports Highlights

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New Delhi, Apr 8 (PTI) The following are the top sports stories at 1700 hours: EXPECTED STORIES: *A Copy from RCB skipper Virat Kohli's press conference.

*A copy on Indian sailors, who qualified for Tokyo Olympics. STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-CRI-IPL-OVERALL-PREVIEW IPL-14: Formidable MI aim for hat-trick, Kohli aims to break RCB deadlock behind 'closed doors' Chennai, Apr 8 (PTI) Rohit Sharma has a legacy to defend, Virat Kohli would be looking to create one while a 'been-there-done-that' Mahendra Singh Dhoni seems ready to pull off a fresh trick when the Indian Premier League starts here on Friday, cooped up in a bio-bubble as a raging pandemic wreaks fresh havoc. SPO-SAILING-OLY-3RDLD IND Vishnu, Ganapathy-Varun pair qualify for Olympics; unprecedented 4 Indian sailors to compete in Tokyo New Delhi, Apr 8 (PTI) In a historic first for India, four sailors from the country will compete at this year's Olympics after Vishnu Saravanan and the pair of Ganapathy Chengappa and Varun Thakkar made the cut for Tokyo at the Asian Qualifiers in Oman on Thursday.

SPO-CRI-IPL-IND-REDBALL 'Optional': BCCI may provide Dukes balls if India's Test stars want red ball net sessions during IPL By Kushan Sarkar New Delhi, Apr 8 (PTI) India's leading Test stars will be busy with their IPL engagements but the BCCI is ready to help them out by providing Dukes balls in case they want to sneak in a few red ball net sessions during the course of the T20 tournament.

SPO-CRI-IPL-ROHIT-CHAWLA Mumbai Indians expect Chawla to play key role this season Chennai, Apr 8 (PTI) Piyush Chawla's skill-set will not only help Mumbai Indians in the pressure situation in this year's IPL but his immense experience will also be useful in mentoring the young spinners in the squad, the defending champions said on Thursday.

SPO-CRI-SHREYAS-SURGERY Surgery done, Shreyas vows to return in no time Mumbai, Apr 8 (PTI) India batsman Shreyas Iyer on Thursday said he has undergone a successful surgery for a shoulder injury and vowed to return to action at the earliest.

SPO-CRI-WARWIKSHIRE-VIHARI Warwickshire completes Vihari signing, Indian likely to play next week Birmingham, Apr 8 (PTI) Warwickshire have completed the signing of Hanuma Vihari and the English county side on Thursday said the India all-rounder is likely to feature in the early part of the championship, after undergoing six days of quarantine.

SPO-FOOT-FCGOA-AFC-SQUAD FC Goa announces 28-man squad for AFC Champions League Panaji, Apr 8 (PTI) Indian Super League side FC Goa on Thursday announced a 28-member squad for the upcoming AFC Champions League campaign, including 11 players from the state.

SPO-FOOT-AFCCUP-CHHETRI After recovering from COVID, Chhetri to lead BFC in AFC Cup match on Apr 14 Bambolim, Apr 8 (PTI) Talismanic India captain Sunil Chhetri has returned to action after recovering from COVID-19 and will lead Bengaluru FC in their AFC Cup preliminary stage two match here on April 14.

SPO-CRI-ICC-PLAYERS-NOMINATIONS Bhuvneshwar nominated for ICC monthly award after exploits against England Dubai, Apr 8 (PTI) Experienced India seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar was among the cricketers nominated for the ICC 'Player of the Month' award for March following his standout performances in the limited overs matches against England.

SPO-HOCK-IND-US-HARENDRA-LD COACH Former India hockey coach Harendra Singh named head coach of US men's team Colorado Springs (USA), Apr 8 (PTI) Former India hockey coach Harendra Singh, who trained both the national men's and women's teams at different stages of his accomplished career, has been appointed as the new head coach of the US men's team.

SPO-HOCK-IND-ARG-REID Hockey: Reid regrets missed opportunities in India's 4-4 draw with Argentina Buenos Aires, Apr 8 (PTI) The Indian men's hockey team coach Graham Reid rued missed opportunities after his side let slip an early lead to be held 4-4 by Olympic champions Argentina in the second practice match here.

SPO-CRI-WC-SERIES-RESCHEDULE Two men's World Cup challenge League series rescheduled Dubai, Apr 8 (PTI) The two remaining series of the men's World Cup Challenge League A, which forms part of the qualifying pathway to the 2023 showpiece ODI event in India, have been rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the game's governing body ICC said on Thursday.

SPO-CRI-IPL-RCB-SIRAJ My dream is to be the highest wicket-taker for India: RCB's Mohammed Siraj Chennai, Apr 8 (PTI) Fast-rising pacer Mohammed Siraj is ready to put in the hard yards and make full use of the opportunities that will help him realise a long-cherished dream of becoming India's highest wicket-taker. PTI ATK ATK