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New Delhi, Feb 1 (PTI) The following are the top/expected stories at 2100 hours: EXPECTED STORIES: *Report of ISL match between Odisha FC and Jamshedpur FC in Bambolim.

STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-BOX-AIBA-KREMLEV-INTERVIEW We will send observer for Boxing Federation of India elections: AIBA President By Poonam Mehra New Delhi, Feb 1 (PTI) The International Boxing Association (AIBA) President Umar Kremlev on Monday told PTI that the world body will send an observer for the Boxing Federation of India's presidential elections on February 3, a request that came from the BFI itself to ensure 'free and fair polls'.

SPO-CRI-IND-LD SPECTATORS 50 per cent crowd for 2nd India-England Test; media also allowed to cover from press box Chennai, Feb 1 (PTI) The BCCI and the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association have decided to allow 50 per cent spectators at the second India-England Test to be held at the M A Chidambaram stadium here, a top TNCA official told PTI on Monday.

SPO-CRI-VIRUS-LD ENG India, England players clear COVID-19 tests, to have nets from Tuesday Chennai, Feb 1 (PTI) Members of the Indian and England cricket teams have returned three negative tests for COVID-19 during their six-day quarantine, clearing the way for their first full strength net sessions three days before the opening Test here on Friday.

SPO-CRI-IND-TRAINING Indian team undergoes first outdoor session ahead of England Tests Chennai, Feb 1 (PTI) The Indian team on Monday underwent its first outdoor session since arriving here, ahead of the opening Test against England beginning on Friday.

SPO-BUDGET COVID effect: Sports budget takes cut of Rs 230.78 crore, Khelo India sees biggest reduction New Delhi, Feb 1 (PTI) The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic was felt on the national sports budget as the central government on Monday allocated Rs 2596.14 crore for the financial year 2021-22 -- a reduction of Rs 230.78 crore when compared to the amount earmarked initially for the previous year.

SPO-CRI-IND-LEACH Don't necessarily have to be quick in air to be successful in India: Jack Leach Chennai, Feb 1 (PTI) Bowling quicker in the air brought success to Monty Panesar in the 2012 tour of India but England left-arm spinner Jack Leach feels the same tactic may not work for him on his maiden series against the mighty hosts.

SPO-CRI-PANESAR Moeen Ali most likely English spinner to trouble Indian batsmen, must start series: Panesar By Bharat Sharma New Delhi, Feb 1 (PTI) Monty Panesar, the man who co-plotted India's last defeat at home in 2012, feels England would be making a mistake if they don't play the experienced Moeen Ali alongside left-arm spinner Jack Leach in the first Test beginning in Chennai on Friday.

SPO-CRI-GAMBHIR I don't see England winning any Test against India: Gambhir Mumbai, Feb 1 (PTI) Former India opener Gautam Gambhir does not see the visiting England team winning any Test in the upcoming four-match series with the kind of spin attack it has.

SPO-CRI-FM India's spectacular Australia triumph represents country's unsuppressed thirst to succeed: FM New Delhi, Feb 1 (PTI) The Indian cricket team's historic Test series triumph in Australia last month was recounted in the budget speech of Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who said it epitomises the country's 'unsuppressed thirst to succeed'.

SPO-TENNIS-IND Nagal begins 2021 season with defeat Melbourne, Feb 1 (PTI) India's Sumit Nagal began his 2021 season with an opening round defeat at the Murray River Open, losing in straight sets to Ricardas Berankis, here on Monday in the run up to the Australian Open. SPO-CRI-IND-RIGHTS Channel 4 likely to grab telecast rights for India-England series London, Feb 1 (PTI) Channel 4 has emerged as the front-runner to grab the TV rights for the upcoming high-profile Test series between India and England unless a last-minute bid by a rival beats them.

SPO-CRI-T10 Pooran stars as Northern Warriors down Bangla Tigers in Abu Dhabi T10 Abu Dhabi, Feb 1 (PTI) Nicholas Pooran's power-packed 26-ball 89 helped Northern Warriors outplay Bangla Tigers by 30 runs in the Abu Dhabi T10 event here.

SPO-HOCK-WOMEN Indian women's hockey team holds world No.2 Argentina to 1-1 draw Buenos Aires, Feb 1 (PTI) The Indian women's hockey team put up a spirited performance to hold world No.2 Argentina to a 1-1 draw and end its tour of the country on a high.

SPO-ISL-SCEB East Bengal hope to keep playoff hopes alive against Bengaluru Vasco, Feb 1 (PTI) A desperate SC East Bengal will look for maximum points to keep their playoff hopes alive when they face former champions Bengaluru FC in an Indian Super League match, here on Tuesday.

SPO-FOOT-RKFC-COACH Rise of Real Kashmir FC nothing short of fairytale: coach Kolkata, Feb 1 (PTI) Real Kashmir FC's rise as a top side in the I-League has been 'nothing short of a fairytale', feels its Scottish coach David Robertson, who is happy to have refused more lucrative assignments in other countries considering the 'pure passion' for the beautiful game in Kashmir Valley. PTI PDS PDS PDS