New Delhi, Jul 9 (PTI) The following are the top/expected stories at 1705 hours: EXPECTED STORIES: *Report of Croatia Grand Chess Tour.
STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-HOCK-MANPREET-INTERVIEW Moulded by challenges, India hockey captain Manpreet aims to make sacrifices count in Tokyo By Saumojyoti S Choudhury New Delhi, Jul 9 (PTI) Having seen his mother toil hard to raise him, India's men's hockey captain Manpreet Singh understood the meaning of challenges quite early in life and as he gears up for his third successive Olympic appearance, he is driven by the desire to make her sacrifices count more than ever.
SPO-OLY-SHOOT-MANU Manu Bhaker says working towards Olympic glory for past five years New Delhi, Jul 9 (PTI) Top Indian medal contender at the Tokyo Games, ace pistol shooter Manu Bhaker on Friday said she has been 'working really hard' for the past five years to win an Olympic gold.
SPO-ATH-OLY-FITNESS AFI asks Olympic-bound trio of Sreeshankar, Irfan and Bhawana to pass fitness test New Delhi, Jul 9 (PTI) Race walker Bhawana Jat underwent a fitness test on Friday while other two Olympic-bound athletes K T Irfan and M Sreeshankar will have to prove their fitness in the coming days to confirm their participation in the Tokyo Games.
SPO-CRI-SL-LD VIRUS Sri Lanka team's data analyst tests positive for COVID-19, second case after batting coach Flower (Eds: Adds details) Colombo, Jul 9 (PTI) Sri Lankan team's data analyst G T Niroshan has tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the limited overs series against India, the country's cricket board said on Friday, a day after its batting coach Grant Flower contracted the virus.
SPO-BAD-SINDHU I have got a good draw but it's not going to be easy: Sindhu New Delhi, Jul 9 (PTI) A strong medal contender at the Tokyo Games, ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu on Friday admitted that she has got a favourable draw but insisted that she has to be on top of her game since no match will be easy at the Olympic level.
SPO-GOLF-ADITI-LPGA Aditi begins with a modest 71 in Marathon Classic Sylvania (US), Jul 9 (PTI) India's Olympic-bound golfer Aditi Ashok shot an even par 71 in the opening round to be tied-65th in the Marathon LPGA Classic here.
SPO-GOLF-IND Sharma, Bhullar need good second round to make cut at Scottish Open North Berwick (Scotland), Jul 9 (PTI) Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma sunk four birdies but still finished the first round of the Scottish Open at one-under 70 to be placed Tied-73rd at the Renaissance Club.
SPO-CRI-LAXMAN-IND-ODIS Bowling in ODIs against Sri Lanka will boost Kuldeep and Chahal's confidence: Laxman New Delhi, Jul 9 (PTI) Former India batsman VVS Laxman feels Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal must feature in the upcoming ODI series against Sri Lanka as bowling in the three matches will help the spin duo regain confidence.
SPO-GOLF-LAHIRI Lahiri opens with 71 but lies way back in John Deere Silvis (Illinois), Jul 9 (PTI) Anirban Lahiri shot an even par 71 in the first round of the John Deere Classic but with scores going really, the Indian golfer was placed way down at Tied-102nd on the leaderboard .
SPO-CRI-GOLF-DIKSHA Diksha's team Tied-third after first round in Aramco Series London, Jul 9 (PTI) Diksha Dagar did not figure very high on the individual leaderboard but her team which has Olivia Cowan and Sara Schmidt, was Tied third in the Aramco Ladies Open.
SPO-OLY-IND-PM-LD INTERACTION PM Modi reviews Olympic preparations; to interact with Tokyo-bound athletes on July 13 (Eds: Recasts with PM's tweets) New Delhi, Jul 9 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi took stock of India's Olympic preparations on Friday and also announced an interaction with the country's Tokyo-bound sportspersons on July 13, three days before the first batch departs for the Japanese capital.
SPO-CRI-MANJREKAR Suryakumar Yadav can bat at No. 3 in T20 World Cup: Manjrekar Mumbai, Jul 9 (PTI) Former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar says since skipper Virat Kohli is likely to open with Rohit Sharma in the T20 World Cup, Suryakumar Yadav is an ideal candidate for the number three slot. SPO-CRI-LANGER Hurt Langer keen to continue as Australia coach despite criticism Gros Islet (St Lucia), Jul 9 (PTI) Hurt by the criticism that has followed him ever since an injury-ravaged India upstaged Australia early this year, coach Justin Langer said most of it confused him.
SPO-CRI-ARAVINDA De Silva refutes Ranatunga's second string remark on visiting Indian side Mumbai, Jul 9 (PTI) The legendary Aravinda De Silva says the Indian cricket has so much depth that the team selected for the Sri Lanka tour can not be termed a 'second-string' side, as claimed by his former teammate Arjuna Ranatunga. PTI ATK ATK