Sports Highlights

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New Delhi, Apr 8 (PTI) The following are the top sports stories at 2100 hours: STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-SAILING-OLY-4THLD IND Vishnu, Ganapathy-Varun pair qualify for Olympics; unprecedented 4 Indian sailors to compete in Tokyo New Delhi, Apr 8 (PTI) In a historic first for India, four sailors from the country will compete at this year's Olympics after Vishnu Saravanan and the pair of Ganapathy Chengappa and Varun Thakkar made the cut for Tokyo at the Asian Qualifiers in Oman on Thursday.

SPO-CRI-IPL-OVERALL-PREVIEW IPL-14: Formidable MI aim for hat-trick, Kohli aims to break RCB deadlock behind 'closed doors' Chennai, Apr 8 (PTI) Rohit Sharma has a legacy to defend, Virat Kohli would be looking to create one while a 'been-there-done-that' Mahendra Singh Dhoni seems ready to pull off a fresh trick when the Indian Premier League starts here on Friday, cooped up in a bio-bubble as a raging pandemic wreaks fresh havoc. SPO-CRI-IPL-RCB-KOHLI Washington, Siraj showing their mettle for India augurs well for RCB, feels skipper Kohli Chennai, Apr 8 (PTI) The confidence gained from their exploits for India will help youngsters like Washington Sundar and Mohammed Siraj when they represent Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL, feels skipper Virat Kohli.

SPO-CRI-IPL-IND-REDBALL 'Optional': BCCI may provide Dukes balls if India's Test stars want red ball net sessions during IPL By Kushan Sarkar New Delhi, Apr 8 (PTI) India's leading Test stars will be busy with their IPL engagements but the BCCI is ready to help them out by providing Dukes balls in case they want to sneak in a few red ball net sessions during the course of the T20 tournament.

SPO-CRI-IPL-ROHIT We are lucky to be playing when many are not able to do what they like to: Rohit Chennai, Apr 8 (PTI) India's star batsman Rohit Sharma says he is lucky to be playing cricket at a time when many, living outside the safety of bio-secure bubbles, are struggling to do their favourite activities.

SPO-CRI-TENDULKAR-DISCHARGED Tendulkar discharged from hospital; to continue COVID recovery in home isolation Mumbai, Apr 8 (PTI) Former India captain and batting icon Sachin Tendulkar, who was hospitalised as a precautionary measure after testing positive for COVID-19, was on Thursday discharged and is now recuperating in home isolation here.

SPO-SAILING-OLY-IND-PARENTS Financing a costly sport, training headaches all worth it after Oly qualification: sailors' parents By Philem Dipak Singh/C Shyam Sundar New Delhi/Chennai, Apr 8 (PTI) From spending more than Rs one lakh per month for training to hiring boats at huge cost for international events, the four Indian sailors who have qualified for the Olympics have a lot to thank their parents for in their journey to make the cut for the Tokyo Games.

SPO-CRI-IPL-ROHIT-CHAWLA Mumbai Indians expect Chawla to play key role this season Chennai, Apr 8 (PTI) Piyush Chawla's skill-set will not only help Mumbai Indians in the pressure situation in this year's IPL but his immense experience will also be useful in mentoring the young spinners in the squad, the defending champions said on Thursday.

SPO-CRI-SHREYAS-SURGERY Surgery done, Shreyas vows to return in no time Mumbai, Apr 8 (PTI) India batsman Shreyas Iyer on Thursday said he has undergone a successful surgery for a shoulder injury and vowed to return to action at the earliest.

SPO-SAILING-OLY-IND-EXPLAINER Historic feat: The sailing events in which India would compete in Tokyo Olympics New Delhi, Apr 8 (PTI) Indian sailors on Thursday scripted history after an unprecedented four of them qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in three events.

SPO-CRI-WARWIKSHIRE-VIHARI Warwickshire completes Vihari signing, Indian likely to play next week Birmingham, Apr 8 (PTI) Warwickshire have completed the signing of Hanuma Vihari and the English county side on Thursday said the India all-rounder is likely to feature in the early part of the championship, after undergoing six days of quarantine.

SPO-FOOT-FCGOA-AFC-SQUAD FC Goa announces 28-man squad for AFC Champions League Panaji, Apr 8 (PTI) Indian Super League side FC Goa on Thursday announced a 28-member squad for the upcoming AFC Champions League campaign, including 11 players from the state.

SPO-FOOT-AFCCUP-CHHETRI After recovering from COVID, Chhetri to lead BFC in AFC Cup match on Apr 14 Bambolim, Apr 8 (PTI) Talismanic India captain Sunil Chhetri has returned to action after recovering from COVID-19 and will lead Bengaluru FC in their AFC Cup preliminary stage two match here on April 14.

SPO-CRI-ICC-PLAYERS-NOMINATIONS Bhuvneshwar nominated for ICC monthly award after exploits against England Dubai, Apr 8 (PTI) Experienced India seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar was among the cricketers nominated for the ICC 'Player of the Month' award for March following his standout performances in the limited overs matches against England.

SPO-HOCK-IND-US-HARENDRA-LD COACH Former India hockey coach Harendra Singh named head coach of US men's team Colorado Springs (USA), Apr 8 (PTI) Former India hockey coach Harendra Singh, who trained both the national men's and women's teams at different stages of his accomplished career, has been appointed as the new head coach of the US men's team.

SPO-HOCK-IND-ARG-REID Hockey: Reid regrets missed opportunities in India's 4-4 draw with Argentina Buenos Aires, Apr 8 (PTI) The Indian men's hockey team coach Graham Reid rued missed opportunities after his side let slip an early lead to be held 4-4 by Olympic champions Argentina in the second practice match here.

SPO-CRI-WC-SERIES-RESCHEDULE Two men's World Cup challenge League series rescheduled Dubai, Apr 8 (PTI) The two remaining series of the men's World Cup Challenge League A, which forms part of the qualifying pathway to the 2023 showpiece ODI event in India, have been rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the game's governing body ICC said on Thursday. PTI PDS PDS PDS