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New Delhi, Jul 7 (PTI) The following are the top/expected stories at 1700 hours: EXPECTED STORIES: *An interview of SAI Director General Sandip Pradhan.

*Report of Croatia Grand Chess Tour.

STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-HOCK-DATT-3RDLD DEATH Olympic gold-winning hockey legend Keshav Datt dies New Delhi, Jul 7 (PTI) Two-time Olympic gold medal-winning hockey legend Keshav Datt died on Wednesday due to age-related ailments, marking the end of a glorious era in the sport.

SPO-HOCK-DATT-OBIT The bygone era: Another link gone as hockey icon Keshav Datt passes away New Delhi, Jul 7 (PTI) A man of many talents but one passion. Keshav Datt was the last of connects to the golden era of Indian hockey which has attained mythical status over the years.

SPO-CRI-IND-SELECTOR-CAPTAIN-DIFFERENCES History of controversial selections: Easwaran again pits alpha male captain against selectors By Kushan Sarkar New Delhi, Jul 7 (PTI) The breakdown in communication between national selectors, led by chairman Chetan Sharma, and the team management comprising skipper Virat Kohli over Bengal opener Abhimanyu Easwaran's contentious selection, is not the first such instance.

SPO-DILIPKUMAR-FOOT Football lover, Chuni fan Dilip Kumar had a 'run-in' with spectators during Rovers Cup final Kolkata, Jul 7 (PTI) Legendary actor Dilip Kumar was an avid football lover, shared a deep connect with one of Kolkata's big three legacy clubs, Mohammedan Sporting, and was a huge fan of the great Chuni Goswami.

SPO-CRI-LANKA-LD CONTRACTS Mathews opts out of India series as players sign tour contracts Colombo, Jul 7 (PTI) Senior batsman Angelo Mathews on Wednesday pulled out of the upcoming limited-overs series against India citing personal reasons as Sri Lanka Cricket announced that 29 of the 30 players short-listed for the assignment have signed their contracts.

SPO-CRI-ICC-PLAYER OF THE MONTH Shafali, Sneh nominated for 'ICC player of the month' award after exploits against England Dubai, Jul 7 (PTI) India's teen batting sensation Shafali Verma and all-rounder Sneh Rana were on Wednesday nominated for for ICC women's 'Player of the Month' award for June following their standout performances in the ongoing series against England.

SPO-DILIPKUMAR-REAX Sporting fraternity condoles demise of Dilip Kumar Mumbai, Jul 7 (PTI) India's sporting stars joined the country in mourning the demise of iconic actor Dilip Kumar here on Wednesday, describing him as an incomparable genius in their tributes.

SPO-HOCK-ALAM Pakistan's World Cup winner Naveed Alam diagnosed with cancer, seeks govt help for treatment Karachi, Jul 7 (PTI) Former Pakistan hockey player Naveed Alam, member of the 1994 World Cup winning squad, has sought financial help from the government after being diagnosed with blood cancer.

SPO-CRI-AFRIDI Playing for Pakistan has become too easy, laments Afridi Karachi, Jul 7 (PTI) Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi feels playing for the national team has become way too easy and the players should only be picked after spending at least a couple of seasons in domestic cricket.

SPO-CRI-ASHWIN-COUNTY Ashwin could play county game for Surrey before England Tests London, Jul 7 (PTI) Premier India spinner R Ashwin could play a first-class game for Surrey as early as July 11 ahead of next month's Test series against England if he is able to get his work visa in time. PTI APA APA

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