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New Delhi, Jul 17 (PTI) The following are the top/expected stories at 1730 hours: EXPECTED STORIES: *Shikhar Dhawan press conference copy ahead of first ODI between India and Sri Lanka in Colombo.

*Indian Olympic contingent departure copy.

*Report of FIDE chess World Cup in Sochi.

STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-OLY-BAD-SINDHU-COACH Sindhu has improved on her defence, worked on motion skills for Olympics: Park By Amit Kumar Das New Delhi, Jul 17 (PTI) A weak defence was the reason behind P V Sindhu's slip in performance early in the year and the COVID-induced break has helped her address the flaw and also work on her motion skills ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, said India's foreign coach Park Tae-sang.

SPO-OLY-IND-BOX-ANALYSIS 'Nav Ratna': Meet India's nine boxing gems By Poonam Mehra New Delhi, Jul 16 (PTI) An unprecedented nine Indian boxers will be taking the ring at the Tokyo Olympics, conscious of the fact that medal expectations from them are at an all-time high.

SPO-OLY-HOCK-SREEJESH-INTERVIEW Made a lot of sacrifices, I want to make them count in Tokyo: Sreejesh By Saumojyoti S Choudhury New Delhi, Jul 17 (PTI) Competing in his third straight and possibly last Olympics, Indian hockey team's seasoned goalkeeper P R Sreejesh says he has 'made a lot of sacrifices' and wants to make them count at all costs in Tokyo.

SPO-OLY-IND-SHOOT-TRAINING Quarantine not required, Indian shooters to start training at venue from Jul 19 By Abhishek Hore New Delhi, Jul 17 (PTI) Not required to undergo any quarantine ahead of the Olympics, the Indian shooters will begin training at the venue from July 19, having got their rooms allotted at the Games Village after arriving in Tokyo in the wee hours of Saturday.

SPO-CRI-RAMAN-INTERVIEW Raman backs Prithvi Shaw to partner skipper Dhawan in Sri Lanka series By Nikhil Bapat Mumbai, Jul 16 (PTI) Former India batsman WV Raman has backed Prithvi Shaw to open in the upcoming limited overs series against Sri Lanka alongside skipper Shikhar Dhawan as young Mumbaikar needs to be given enough opportunities to succeed in his comeback trail.

SPO-CRI-IND-SL-SHANAKA Both teams will start evenly, reckons new Sri Lankan captain Shanaka Colombo, Jul 17 (PTI) Newly-appointed Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka on Saturday said it will be an even contest between his struggling side and overwhelming favourite India as the visiting team is full of newcomers.

SPO-CRI-IND-SL-PREVIEW Rookie Roster: India's white-ball newbies start Lankan audition for vacant T20 WC slots Colombo, Jul 17 (PTI) A bunch of fresh faces will be desperate for a fair T20 World Cup audition when India's different-looking yet formidable white-ball squad face an under-fire Sri Lanka in the six-match limited overs contest, beginning with the first ODI here on Sunday.

SPO-GOLF-ADITI Aditi and Pajaree share lead after three rounds in LPGA Michigan (US), Jul 17 (PTI) India's Aditi Ashok and Pajaree Anannarukarn got into a great position for their maiden LPGA success as they shared lead with defending champions Cydney Clanton and Jasmine Suwannapura after the third round of Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational here.

SPO-BOX-NATIONALS Domestic boxing action to begin this month with youth and junior Nationals New Delhi, Jul 17 (PTI) The national youth and junior boxing championships will mark the resumption of domestic tournaments after more than a year, the BFI announced on Saturday. SPO-OLY-IND-SHOOT-ARRIVAL Indian shooters check into Tokyo Games Village Tokyo, Jul 17 (PTI) India's 15-member shooting contingent on Saturday checked into the Games Village with the support staff ahead of the Olympics beginning July 23.

SPO-GOLF-LAHIRI Olympic-bound Lahiri moves to T-10 at Barbasol Championship Nicholasville (Kentucky), Jul 17 (PTI) Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri's plan to seal his PGA Tour card for 2022 got a big boost as he shot a 5-under 67 to move to T-10 at the Barbasol Championship here. PTI APA APA

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