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New Delhi, Apr 3 (PTI) The following are the top sport stories at 2100 hours: SPO-CRI-IPL-VIRUS-LD MUMBAI BCCI keen on hosting scheduled IPL matches in Mumbai; Axar, 10 ground staff members test positive By Kushan Sarkar/Nikhil Bapat Mumbai, Apr 3 (PTI) The BCCI is bullish about holding the 10 IPL games in Mumbai between April 10-25 despite an enormous spike in COVID-19 cases in the city, saying creating a bio-bubble at an alternative venue would not be feasible at a short notice.

SPO-CRI-VIRUS-IPL-LD AXAR Delhi Capitals' Axar Patel tests positive for COVID-19, set to miss match against CSK New Delhi, Apr 3 (PTI) Delhi Capitals and India all-rounder Axar Patel has tested positive for COVID-19 and is set to miss the team's IPL-opener on April 10 due to quarantine protocols.

SPO-CRI-GANGULY I am obsessed with Rishabh Pant, he is an absolute match-winner: Ganguly New Delhi, Apr 3 (PTI) BCCI president Sourav Ganguly says he is 'obsessed' with Rishabh Pant's game and calls the swashbuckling India wicketkeeper-batsman 'an absolute match-winner'.

SPO-CRI-IND-UMESH Can pull my body for another two to three years: Umesh Yadav New Delhi, Apr 3 (PTI) India pacer Umesh Yadav says he can 'mostly pull his body for another two to three years' and wants to make a match-winning contribution in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand in June.

SPO-CRI-IPL-HUSSEY We have got almost all bases covered: CSK batting coach Hussey Mumbai, Apr 3 (PTI) Chennai Super Kings batting coach Michael Hussey on Saturday said the franchise has got all its bases covered and is looking to start afresh after a forgettable outing in the last IPL.

SPO-CRI-IPL-SWOT-RCB Will the arrival of Maxwell and Jamieson help RCB end title drought? By Aparajita Upadhyay New Delhi, Apr 3 (PTI) Armed with exciting new recruits, including Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell and New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson, perennial under-achievers Royal Challenger Bangalore will hope to battle hard in their bid for the elusive IPL trophy.

SPO-CRI-IPL-DC-SMITH Smith reaches Mumbai to join DC squad, to be in quarantine for seven days Mumbai, Apr 3 (PTI) Star Australian batsman Steve Smith on Saturday joined the Delhi Capitals squad and will undergo a mandatory seven-day hard quarantine.

SPO-ARCHERY-VACCINATION Tokyo-bound archers' second dose of vaccine next week Pune, Apr 3 (PTI) Olympic-bound Indian archers, who are based at the Army Sports Institute here, will get their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine next week before leaving for the upcoming World Cup Stage I in Guatemala City.

SPO-GOLF-TEXAS-LAHIRI Lahiri moves into top-10 with a 69, Tringale leads at Texas Open San Antonio (Texas), Apr 3 (PTI) Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri battled to a three-under 69 to move up to tied eighth after the second round of the Valero Texas Open, five shots behind leader Cameron Tringale.

SPO-GOLF-WOM-MAJOR-ADITI Late flourish enables Aditi Ashok to make cut at ANA Inspiration golf Rancho Mirage (US), Apr 3 (PTI) India's Aditi Ashok battled hard to pick up three birdies in a five-hole stretch in the second round and make the cut at the ANA Inspiration golf tournament here.

SPO-FOOT-WOM-IND Youngsters hoping to get valuable experience from friendlies New Delhi, Apr 3 (PTI) The Indian women's football team youngsters are hoping to gain invaluable experience from the upcoming friendly internationals against Uzbekistan and Belarus.

SPO-CRI-IPL-KKR-RANA Rana joins KKR practice after returning negative COVID-19 test Mumbai, Apr 3 (PTI) Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Nitish Rana joined his teammates at the practice session here on Friday after his COVID-19 test reports returned negative for the second successive day.

SPO-BAD-PARA-DUBAI Pramod, Kadam enter finals of Dubai Para Badminton Event Dubai, Apr 3 (PTI) Indian shuttlers Pramod Bhagat and Sukant Kadam stormed into the finals of their respective categories in the 3rd Dubai Para Badminton Tournament here on Saturday. PTI APA APA