New Delhi, May 14 (PTI) The following are the top stories at 1715 hours: STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-CRI-VIHARI-INTERVIEW Never imagined getting hospital bed would be so difficult: Vihari talks about own COVID-19 help team By Kushan Sarkar New Delhi, May 14 (PTI) Crushing the pain barrier to save a Test match is by no measure a small feat but for Hanuma Vihari, the biggest satisfaction these days comes from being able to arrange a hospital bed or oxygen cylinders for desperate COVID-19 patients through a network of friends.
SPO-CRI-WOM-COACH-LD CONTROVERSY Raman Effect: Neetu David's selection panel, CAC members Lal and Naik under scanner New Delhi, May 14 (PTI) Former opener WV Raman's unceremonious ouster from the Indian women's team head coach's position has opened a can of worms with both the Madan Lal-headed Cricket Advisory Committee and Neetu David-led selection panel coming under the scanner of BCCI bigwigs.
SPO-CRI-SHASTRI-IND Boys have earned fair and square: Shastri on India's numero uno Test status New Delhi, May 14 (PTI) India's head coach Ravi Shastri says his team deserved the status of the world's number one Test side after overcoming every obstacles, including a change in points system, on its journey to the summit.
SPO-CRI-IND-HARDIK-SELECTOR Hardik doesn't fit into playing XI even in ODIs and T20s if he can't bowl: Sarandeep Singh New Delhi, May 14 (PTI) Former India selector Sarandeep Singh has backed the current committee's call to ignore Hardik Pandya from the Test squad and said the all-rounder doesn't fit into the playing XI even in the shorter formats if he can't bowl his quota of overs.
SPO-CRI-WTC-BROAD Broad questions allocation of points in World Test Championship London, May 14 (PTI) England's seasoned pacer Stuart Broad has questioned the points allocation system in the World Test Championship, wondering how a five-match Ashes can be worth the same as a two-game series between India and Bangladesh.
SPO-CRI-BUMRAH-BOND Bumrah says Bond played a major role in shaping his career Mumbai, May 14 (PTI) India's star pacer Jasprit Bumrah has said that former New Zealand speedster Shane Bond, who is currently the bowling coach of Mumbai Indians, has played a major role in shaping his career.
SPO-CRI-IPL-COVID Hussey tests negative, Wriddhiman tests positive again New Delhi, May 14 (PTI) For Australia batsman and CSK batting coach Michael Hussey has recovered from COVID-19 and is likely to fly back home on Sunday where he will be doing his quarantine.
SPO-ATH-VIRUS-LD SAI Olympic-bound race walker Irfan and four others return negative in second COVID test (Eds: Updating with fresh SAI statement) New Delhi, May 14 (PTI) Olympic-bound race walker K T Irfan and four other elite track-and-field athletes have returned negative for COVID-19 in a confirmatory second test conducted at Sports Authority of India's Centre of Excellence in Bengaluru, the nodal body said on Friday.
SPO-SHOOT-IND-ZAGREB Indian shooters doing dry firing, will hit range on May 19 New Delhi, May 14 (PTI) In quarantine till May 19, India's Olympic-bound shooters are keeping themselves busy with dry firing in their respective hotel rooms at Zagreb before they hit the range next week.
SPO-HOCK-GURJANT-IND Gurjant says pandemic has helped in building team bonding before Olympics Bengaluru, May 14 (PTI) Staying together in a bio-bubble for most of last year helped in team bonding and building understanding among players before the Tokyo Olympics, feels Indian men's hockey outfit striker Gurjant Singh.
SPO-GOLF-LAHIRI-PGA Lahiri placed tied 96th at Byron Nelson on PGA Tour McKinney (US), May 14 (PTI) India's Anirban Lahiri, who returned to action after recovering from COVID-19, hit the ball well but left a lot of putts inside 10 feet to card 2-under 70 for a tied 96th place in the first round of AT&T Byron Nelson Championship here.
SPO-GOLF-SHARMA-MASTERS Sharma makes cut at British Masters Wishaw (UK), May 14 (PTI) Shubhankar Sharma helped avert an Indian wipeout as he made up for a disappointing first round with 1-under 71 in the second round to make the cut at the Betfred British Masters here.
SPO-GOLF-GANGJEE-JAPAN Modest start for Rahil Gangjee in Japan Kanagawa (Japan), May 14 (PTI) Indian golfer Rahil Gangjee had a less than satisfactory start with 2-over 74 in the first round of the Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup on the Japan Tour and was placed tied 61st.
SPO-GOLF-WOM-TVESA Good start for Tvesa, lies fifth in South Africa Capetown, May 14 (PTI) India's Tvesa Malik made a good start before dropping two bogeys to finish at even-par 72 and lie tied fifth after the first round of the Investec South African Women's Open golf tournament here.
SPO-VIRUS-TT-SATHIYAN-DONATION TT player Sathiyan donates Rs 1 lakh for fight against COVID Chennai, May 14 (PTI) Indian table tennis player G Sathiyan on Friday said that he was donating a sum of Rs one lakh to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's Public Relief Fund in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
SPO-TT-ITTF-STUPA ITTF ties up with Stupa to provide performance analytics to member nations New Delhi, May 14 (PTI) The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has entered into a tie-up with an Indian start-up company, Stupa Sports Analytics to provide Artificial Intelligence (AI)-enabled real-time match and practice solutions to leading players in all its 226 member associations.
SPO-FOOT-FCBU-KETKAR FC Bengaluru United's Shreyas Ketkar included in India U-19 set-up Bengaluru, May 14 (PTI) FC Bengaluru United teenaged mid-fielder Shreyas Ketkar has been included in the country's U-19 team, having learned a lot from former India international Gouramangi Singh. PTI AH AH