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New Delhi, Apr 9 (PTI) The following are the top/expected stories at 2100 hours: EXPECTED STORIES: *Report of Indian Premier League match between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai.

STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-SAILING-NETHRA-INTERVIEW From tennis and dancing to sailing, Nethra's journey to Olympics By C Shyam Sundar Chennai, Apr 9 (PTI) By the time she was 12, Nethra Kumanan had tried her hand at tennis, cycling, basketball and even some Bharatnatyam but it was in sailing that she found her true calling in life, a choice she justified by becoming the first Indian woman sailor to qualify for the Olympics.

SPO-CRI-IPL-PUNJAB-RICHARDSON Jhye Richardson plans to deal with extreme pressure of IPL with a 'smile' By Bharat Sharma New Delhi, Apr 9 (PTI) The T20 format can be unforgiving for the bowlers and Australian pacer Jhye Richardson plans to deal with high pressure situations in his maiden IPL with a 'smile' before his delivery stride.

SPO-CRI-IPL-CSK-DC-PREVIEW It's MSD vs Pant as CSK take on DC in their IPL season opener By Nikhil Bapat Mumbai, Apr 9 (PTI) It will be a battle between the 'young apprentice and his master' when Rishabh Pant's Delhi Capitals and Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings square off in an IPL match here on Saturday, with both sides aiming for a winning start to their campaign.

SPO-VIRUS-SAI-VACATION COVID IMPACT: SAI announces three-week 'summer vacation' at national centres of excellence New Delhi, Apr 9 (PTI) The Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Friday announced a three-week 'summer vacation' at its National Centres of Excellence owing to the relentless spike in COVID-19 cases but said that the Olympic-bound will continue to train at their ongoing camps.

SPO-HOCK-PROLEAGUE-IND-PREVIEW Indian team returns to top level competition after a year against Argentina in FIH Pro League Buenos Aires, April 9 (PTI) The Indian men's hockey team will return to top-level international competition after more than a year when it takes on Olympic champions Argentina in the first match of the two-game FIH Pro League tie here on Saturday.

SPO-CRI-IPL-NZ-TRAVEL New Zealand travel ban from India could affect Black Caps at IPL if extended beyond April 28 Wellington, Apr 9 (PTI) New Zealand's travel ban from India starting Sunday could impact its cricketers playing in the IPL and force them to fly straight to the UK for the two-Test series against England in May-June, followed by the World Test Championship final.

SPO-WREST-OLY-ASIAN-IND India's Greco Roman wrestlers miss Olympic qualification at Almaty event Almaty, Apr 9 (PTI) Much was expected from Sunil Kumar but the country's top Greco Roman wrestler could not make the cut for the Tokyo Olympics after losing his semifinal at the Asian Qualifiers along with four other Indians, here on Friday.

SPO-TENNIS-FED-IND We are hungry, upsets do happen in team events in tennis: captain Vishal Uppal New Delhi, Apr 9 (PTI) Indian players would not care for the reputation of higher-ranked Latvians and play fearless brand of tennis, captain Vishal Uppal said on Friday, confident that they can topple their formidable opponents in their upcoming Billi Jean King Cup tie.

SPO-CRI-IPL-CSK-REPLACEMENT Behrendorff replaces compatriot Hazlewood in CSK squad Mumbai, Apr 9 (PTI) Australian fast bowler Jason Behrendorff will replace compatriot Josh Hazlewood in the Chennai Super Kings squad after the latter pulled out of the Indian Premier League, which begins in Chennai on Friday.

SPO-HOCK-CHAMPIONS-ASIAN-SCHEDULE AHF announces new dates for men's ACT hockey, to be held from Oct 1 to 9 in Dhaka Kuala Lumpur, Apr 9 (PTI) Postponed multiple times due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the men's Asian Champions Trophy hockey will now be held from October 1 to 9 in Dhaka, the continental governing body said.

SPO-CRI-IPL-DCCI Members of Differently-abled Cricket Council to witness IPL lung opener Chennai, Apr 9 (PTI) In a first, office-bearers of the newly formed Differently-abled Cricket Council of India (DCCI) will witness the opening match of Indian Premier League 14 between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore here on Friday. SPO-CRI-DRAVID Data should drive good contest in cricket, says Rahul Dravid Washington, Apr 9 (PTI) Data, which is used in statistics-driven cricket to help in strategy and player selection, should drive a good contest, legendary Indian batsman Rahul Dravid said.

SPO-CRI-IPL-LONDON-MAYOR London Mayor wants to bring IPL matches to British capital London, Apr 9 (PTI) Seeking re-election next month, London's Mayor Sadiq Khan has vowed to work with cricket authorities and bring IPL matches to the British capital after the COVID-19 pandemic has subsided.

SPO-CRI-IPL-DC-PANT-PONTING I am taking help from seniors like Dhawan, Rahane, Ashwin on strategic decisions: Pant Mumbai, Apr 9 (PTI) The presence of seasoned campaigners in the Delhi Capitals side is a blessing for a young captain like Rishabh Pant, who can bounce off ideas from players such as Ravichandran Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane.

SPO-SWIM-IND-QUALIFYING Indian swimming team leaves for Olympic qualifying event in Uzbekistan Bengaluru, Apr 9 (PTI) A 13-member Indian team, including Sajan Prakash and Srihari Nataraj, will leave for Tashkent on Friday to compete at the Uzbekistan Open Swimming Championship, a Tokyo Olympic qualifying event. PTI APA APA