New Delhi, Jul 8 (PTI) The following are the top/expected stories at 1745 hours: EXPECTED STORIES: *Indian women's cricket team captain Harmanpreet Kaur's pre-match press conference copy ahead of the first T20 against England.
*Report of Croatia Grand Chess Tour.
STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-OLY-BOX-VIKAS-LD INTERVIEW Crores spent on me, no longer indisciplined: Vikas Krishan ahead of 3rd Oly appearance By Poonam Mehra New Delhi, Jul 8 (PTI) Among the most accomplished names in Indian boxing and a strong Olympic medal hope he might be but Vikas Krishan has no qualms admitting that he has been 'indisciplined' and 'too reliant on luck in the past', problems that he claims to have fixed ahead of the Tokyo Games.
SPO-OLY-SHOOT-IND-TRAVEL Indian shooting contingent to leave for Tokyo on July 16 By Abhishek Hore New Delhi, Jul 8 (PTI) Currently in its last leg of the long competition-cum-training tour of Croatia, the Olympic-bound Indian shooting contingent will leave Zagreb for Tokyo on July 16 and reach the Japanese capital the following day.
SPO-LD MINISTER Anurag Thakur takes charge as sports minister New Delhi, Jul 8 (PTI) Anurag Thakur on Thursday took charge as the country's 17th sports minister, succeeding Kiren Rijiju and promised to do everything possible to make India a sporting powerhouse.
SPO-CRI-IND-WOM-PREVIEW Pressure on Harmanpreet to engineer batting turnaround in T20s Northampton, Jul 8 (PTI) India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur would be aiming to overcome her prolonged form slump and provide a much-needed boost to the struggling batting line-up in the opening T20 International against formidable hosts England here on Friday.
SPO-RIJIJU India's journey to become great sporting nation will continue: outgoing sports minister Rijiju New Delhi, Jul 8 (PTI) Outgoing Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Thursday said the journey to make India a great sporting nation will continue after Anurag Thakur replaced him in the position with just a fortnight left for the Tokyo Olympic Games.
SPO-CRI-WBBL-IND Indian players emerge as hottest overseas property in WBBL Sydney, Jul 8 (PTI) Indian players, led by teen sensation Shafali Verma, have emerged as the hottest overseas property for the Women's Big Bash League, considering they will already be in Australia before the event kicks off on October 14.
SPO-CRI-GAMBHIR-ARCHERS Yamuna Sports Complex upgraded not converted to cricket field, says Gambhir after archers react New Delhi, Jul 8 (PTI) Former India opener and BJP MP Gautam Gambhir on Thursday clarified that the archery ground at the Yamuna Sports Complex has only been upgraded after some top Indian archers, including world no.1 Deepika Kumari, raised concerns about it being converted into a cricket field.
SPO-CRI-LANKA-PANEL SLC forms five-member panel to probe bubble-breach in England Colombo, Jul 8 (PTI) Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has formed a five-member panel to probe the bio-bubble breach committed by Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella and Danushka Gunathilaka during the recent tour of England.
SPO-ILEAGUE-TEAM-LAUNCH I-League's latest entrant launched in Visakhapatnam New Delhi, Jul 8 (PTI) Sreenidi Deccan FC, the latest entrants into the Hero I-League this season, was launched in Visakhapatnam with Andhra Pradesh Sports Minister Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao attending the event as the chief guest.
SPO-FOOT-ISL-HYDERABAD-OGBECHE Hyderabad FC sign Nigerian World Cupper Bartholomew Ogbeche Hyderabad, Jul 8 (PTI) Adding experience to their attack ahead of the upcoming Indian Super League season, Hyderabad FC have completed the signing of Nigerian World Cupper Bartholomew Ogbeche, the club announced on Thursday. PTI APA APA