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New Delhi, Jul 18 (PTI) The following are the top/expected stories at 1710 hours: EXPECTED STORIES: *Report of first ODI between India and Sri Lanka in Colombo.

*Report of FIDE chess World Cup in Sochi.

STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-OLY-VIRUS-3RDLD ATHLETES COVID scare at Olympics: 3 athletes test positive for COVID-19, 2 staying at Olympic Village Tokyo, Jul 18 (PTI) Three athletes, two of them staying at the Olympic Village, have tested positive for COVID-19, the Games Organising Committee announced on Sunday, the development adding to the scepticism around the troubled event which opens on July 23.

SPO-OLY-IND-2NDLD ARRIVAL Olympics: India's contingent checks in at Tokyo, smooth ride to Games Village Tokyo, Jul 18 (PTI) Excited and cautious in equal measure, the first batch of athletes from India's Olympic contingent arrived in Tokyo on Sunday, clearing the exhaustive COVID-19 related protocols at the airport before entering the Games village on a day when two sportsperons staying there tested positive for the dreaded virus.

SPO-OLY-BOX-NIEVA-INTERVIEW Time for final exam now: Santiago Nieva talks about Indian boxers and his own Olympic debut By Poonam Mehra New Delhi, Jul 18 (PTI) 'It's like the big final exam after studying hard,' said Indian boxing's High Performance Director Santiago Nieva, a touch nervous but mostly excited ahead of his own Olympic debut, aware that all the 'good work of past four years wouldn't count if there is no medal to show in Tokyo'.

SPO-OLY-LIFT-ANALYSIS Mirabai Chanu: Indian weightlifting's lone ranger at Tokyo By Aparajita Upadhyay New Delhi, Jul 18 (PTI) Star Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu has emerged as a strong contender in the women's 49kg category in the run up to the Olympics, making her one of the brightest medal prospects at the Tokyo Games.

SPO-OLY-EVENTS-DEBUT Four sports to make debut in Tokyo Olympics; baseball, softball return for one-off Games Tokyo, Jul 18 (PTI) The Olympic Games become a grander affair every four years with the introduction new sports into the program and with 339 medal events in the line up, the Tokyo Games will be the biggest-ever.

SPO-OLY-ARCHERY-INNOVATION Cameras to monitor stress during knock-out matches of archery Tokyo, Jul 18 (PTI) Stress has always got the better of world number one archer Deepika Kumari at the Olympics.

SPO-CRI-IND-SL-SAMSON Sanju Samson out of 1st ODI with ligament injury Colombo, Jul 18 (PTI) Indian Wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson could be ruled out of the white-ball series against Sri Lanka after he sustained a knee ligament injury during a training session, leaving him unavailable for the first ODI here on Sunday.

SPO-CRI-CHAPPELL Depth prized asset of cricket squads in COVID times; India, England well placed: Chappell New Delhi, Jul 18 (PTI) The legendary Ian Chappell believes a cricket team's 'prized' possession amid this COVID-19 pandemic is depth and India and England are well placed on that front unlike Australia.

SPO-GOLF-LAHIRI Lahiri finds his touch on green, shoots 68 to get to 18th at Barbasol Championship Nicholasville, July 18 (PTI) Olympic-bound Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri had a good day on the greens and did not miss many small putts in his round of four-under 68 at the Barbasol Championship here.

SPO-GOLF-ADITI Aditi finishes career-best third with Thai partner in Great Lakes Midland, Jul 18 (PTI) India's Aditi Ashok and Thailand's Pajaree Anannarukarn missed out on their maiden LPGA success but won a lot of praise after finishing Tied-3rd at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational here.

SPO-CHESS-IND-ANAND No-Castling Chess: Anand held to draw by Kramnik, all to play for in decider Dortmund, Jul 18 (PTI) Former world chess champion Viswanathan Anand was held to a draw by a fighting Vladimir Kramnik in the third game of their four-game No-Castling match for the Sparkassen Chess Trophy here.

SPO-CRI-ICC-IRE-LITTLE-FINE Little fined for breaching ICC code of conduct, Adair and Tector reprimanded Dubai, Jul 18 (PTI) Ireland pacer Josh Little was on Sunday fined 15 per cent of his match fee while his team-mates Mark Adair and Harry Tector were reprimanded for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct in separate incidents during the third ODI of their men's Cricket World Cup Super League series against South Africa. PTI SSC SSC SSC

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