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New Delhi, Jul 2 (PTI) The following are the top stories at 2100 hours: SPO-CRI-WOM-IND-ENG-PREVIEW 3rd WODI: Time running out for Harmanpreet as India look to avoid English clean sweep Worcester, Jul 2 (PTI) An under-fire Indian women's team would be desperate to address vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur's prolonged lean patch as it seeks to stop a marauding England side from completing a 3-0 sweep in the final ODI here on Saturday.

SPO-WREST-SUMIT-BAN Malik handed two-year ban; has a week to appeal By Amanpreet Singh New Delhi, Jul 2 (PTI) His hopes of competing in the Olympics over, Indian wrestler Sumit Malik was on Friday banned for two years by the sport's world governing body UWW after his B sample also returned positive for a prohibited stimulant.

SPO-CRI-ASHWIN-KOHLI Kohli only expressed his opinion on best of three WTC final, never demanded it, says Ashwin London, Jul 2 (PTI) Coming to the defence of Virat Kohli, ace Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said the skipper only expressed his opinion that the WTC final should be a best of three series rather than a one-off Test but never demanded the format to be changed.

SPO-CRI-IND-LD RANATUNGA Ranatunga says 'second string Indian team' touring Lanka; SLC rejects assertion Colombo, Jul 2 (PTI) Sri Lanka's World Cup-winning former captain Arjuna Ranatunga has slammed the country's cricket board for agreeing to host a 'second string Indian team' in a white-ball series later this month, saying that it is nothing short of an 'insult'.

SPO-BAD-OLY-SINDHU Government clears Sindhu's request for advanced recovery system New Delhi, Jul 2 (PTI) Acting on world champion PV Sindhu's request, the government on Friday sanctioned the purchase of an advanced recovery equipment, which will help her remain in best physical shape ahead of the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

SPO-CRI-IND-WOM-MITHALI-FITNESS Mithali set to play third ODI after recovering from neck pain Worcester, Jul 2 (PTI) India skipper Mithali Raj has recovered from the neck pain she felt during the second women's ODI against England and is set to lead the the team in the third and final game here on Saturday.

SPO-OLY-IND-SWIM-MAANA Indian swimmer Maana Patel gets Olympics confirmation through 'Universality quota' New Delhi, Jul 2 (PTI) Indian woman swimmer Maana Patel's participation in the Tokyo Olympics has been confirmed through 'Universality quota', the Swimming Federation of India (SFI) said.

SPO-CRI-IND-TRAINING Dhawan-led Indian team starts training in Sri Lanka Colombo, Jul 2 (PTI) The Indian cricket team on Friday underwent its first training session ahead of the limited series against hosts Sri Lanka from July 13.

SPO-BOX-DRONACHARYA Boxing: Former national coach Sandhu recommends Manoj Kumar's trainer for Dronacharya New Delhi, Jul 2 (PTI) Former national boxing coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu has recommended two-time Commonwealth Games medal-winner Manoj Kumar's personal coach Rajesh Kumar Rajound for the Dronacharya award for a second successive year.

SPO-TENNIS-WIM-LD IND Bopanna-Mirza pair wins historic all-Indian Wimbledon match London, Jul 2 (PTI) The experienced pair of Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza defeated the brand new combination of Ramkaumar Ramanathan and Ankita Raina 6-2 7-6 (5) in the historic all-Indian mixed doubles first round match at the Wimbledon here on Friday.

SPO-CRI-IND-WOM-SHIKHA We need to get into a better rhythm: Shikha Pandey Worcester (United Kingdom), Jul 2 (PTI) Indian women's team pacer Shikha Pandey feels it would be unfair to blame only the batters for their ongoing struggles in the UK as they need to get into a 'better rhythm' as a team.

SPO-SHOOT-OLY-IND-VACCINATION After help from SAI, NRAI and Peter Gorsa, India's Olympic-bound skeet shooters vaccinated New Delhi, Jul 2 (PTI) The Sports Authority of India and National Rifle Association of India did the groundwork before Croatia's top marksman Peter Gorsa helped in 'coordinating' the COVID-19 vaccination of Olympic-bound skeet shooters Mairaj Ahmad Khan and Angad Vir Singh Bajwa in Zagreb.

SPO-CRI-PAK-WAHAB Disappointed on being overlooked for England tour but not given up on T20 WC dreams: Wahab Riaz Karachi, Jul 2 (PTI) Senior Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz may be disappointed on his exclusion from the national team for away series against England and West Indies but is still harbouring dreams of playing the ICC T20 World Cup starting in UAE and Oman from October 17.

SPO-CRI-PCB-LD CONTRACT Babar Azam in category A, PCB announces across the board hike for centrally-contracted players Karachi, Jul 2 (PTI) Senior players like Muhammed Hafeez and Haris Sohail were left out of a list of 20 Pakistan players who were awarded central contracts by the country's cricket board with a 25 per cent hike in annual retainership.

SPO-GOLF-WOM-IND Tvesa, Diksha make cut in Netherlands Arnhem (The Netherlands), Jul 2 (PTI) Indian golfers Tvesa Malik and Diksha Dagar managed to squeeze inside the cutline to ensure weekend action at the Big Green Egg Open.

SPO-CRI-IND-ECB-WARMUP 'Select County XI' for warm-up game against India: ECB London, Jul 2 (PTI) The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is working on COVID-19 protocols to organise a warm-up game for the touring Indian team against 'Combined Counties' side in the third week of July as a tune-up for the first Test in Nottingham starting August 4.

SPO-CWG-SHOOTING-ARCHERY-CANCELLED 2022 Commonwealth shooting and archery in India cancelled due to COVID threat New Delhi, Jul 2 (PTI) The Commonwealth archery and shooting championships, which were scheduled to be held in Chandigarh before the 2022 Birmingham Games, have been cancelled due to the 'uncertainty' posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

SPO-GOLF-IND-OPEN-CANCELLED Indian Open Golf cancelled for second straight year New Delhi, Jul 2 (PTI) The prestigious Indian Open Golf was on Friday cancelled for the second straight year running owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

SPO-PARALYMPICS-IND-FLAGBEARER Rio gold medallist Mariyappan Thangavelu named flag-bearer for Tokyo Paralympics New Delhi, Jul 2 (PTI) Top para high-jumper Mariyappan Thangavelu was on Friday named the flag-bearer of the Indian contingent in the Tokyo Paralympics, which begins on August 24.

SPO-ARCHERY-PARALYMPICS-VISA Denied visas, Indian para-archers pull out of Paralympics qualification event New Delhi, Jul 2 (PTI) Indian para-archers were on Friday forced to pull out of the Final Paralympics Qualification and World Ranking Tournament in Czech Republic beginning on Saturday after their visas were rejected by the host nation. PTI APA APA

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