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New Delhi, Jul 3 (PTI) The following are the top/expected stories at 2100 hours: EXPECTED STORIES: *Match report of the third ODI between India women and England women.

STORIES ON WIRE: SPO-BOX-AIBA-LD WEIGHT CATEGORIES AIBA rejigs weight categories, adds 3 to men's and 2 to women's competition By Poonam Mehra New Delhi, Jul 3 (PTI) The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has decided to add three weight categories for men and two for women in its competitions from August this year, saying that it will allow a greater pool of boxers to fight in divisions they feel 'most strong and comfortable' in.

SPO-BOX-AIBA-REVIEW SYSTEM AIBA increases bout reviews per team to 3, no fee to be charged either New Delhi, Jul 3 (PTI) In a bid to increase transparency in judging, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) has increased the number of reviews allowed to participating teams in its competitions and also waived off the USD 1,000 fee that was being charged for failed challenges.

SPO-CRI-HOGG-SHAW Shaw should replace Pujara in England Tests: Brad Hogg Sydney, Jul 3 (PTI) Former Australia spinner Brad Hogg feels young Prithvi Shaw is more suited for the number three spot in Test cricket and is the top candidate to step in place of Cheteshwar Pujara if India think of replacing the veteran India batsman in the series against England.

SPO-SWIM-AWARD-NOMINATIONS SFI nominates Sajan Prakash for Arjuna, Kamlesh Nanavati for Dhyan Chand New Delhi, Jul 3 (PTI) Sajan Prakash, first-ever Indian swimmer to achieve a direct qualification for the Olympics, has been recommended for the coveted Arjuna award by the Swimming Federation of India (SFI).

SPO-CRI-IPL-CURRAN-THORPE Playing in high-pressure situations at IPL has helped Sam Curran enormously, feels Thorpe London, Jul 3 (PTI) Playing in the Indian Premier League where he is exposed to high-pressure situations has enhanced all-rounder Sam Curran's white-ball skills, according to stand-in England head coach Graham Thorpe.

SPO-CRI-AUS-SMITH Injured Smith ready to miss T20 World Cup to be fit for Ashes Melbourne, Jul 3 (PTI) Recuperating from an elbow injury, star Australia batsman Steve Smith says Test cricket remains his top priority and he is ready to skip the T20 World Cup to be in the best shape for the Ashes series against England.

SPO-OLY-IOA-MEHTA 1st batch of Olympic-bound Indian athletes to leave on July 14: IOA official Chennai, Jul 3 (PTI) Indian Olympic Association Secretary General Rajeev Mehta on Saturday said first batch of the country's Tokyo-bound Olympic athletes will leave by an Air India chartered flight on July 14.

SPO-OLY-HOCK-IQBAL Former skipper Zafar Iqbal cautions Indian men's hockey team against complacency New Delhi, Jul 3 (PTI) Former skipper Zafar Iqbal has cautioned the Tokyo-bound Indian men's hockey team against complacency, saying the atmosphere at the Olympics will be very different to the test events and there will be no room for slip ups or experimentation.

SPO-OLY-IND-GOPICHAND Gopichand hoping rich haul of medals from 'very different' Tokyo Olympics New Delhi, Jul 3 (PTI) Chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand reckoned the upcoming Olympics would be one 'like never before' because of the coronavirus-related restrictions but he is expecting a rich haul of medals from the Indian athletes to herald a sporting turnaround for the country.

SPO-TENNIS-TEAM-JUNIOR Rethin Pranav to lead India in ITF World Junior Tennis Finals in Czech Republic New Delhi, Jul 3 (PTI) Country's top-ranked Under-14 player Rethin Pranav RS will lead the Indian team at the upcoming ITF World Junior Tennis Finals 2021 as the AITA junior selection committee picked a three-member squad for the tournament.

SPO-CRI-BCCI-LD DOMESTIC Domestic Season: Ranji Trophy to start from Nov 16, over 2100 games scheduled New Delhi, Jul 3 (PTI) The BCCI will conduct all its domestic tournaments across age-groups with the coveted Ranji Trophy, starting on November 16, being the marquee event among the 2127 matches scheduled for 2021-22 season.

SPO-CRI-RAHUL-KOHLI Kohli operates at 200%, inspires teammates to do same: KL Rahul London, Jul 3 (PTI) India skipper Virat Kohli 'operates at 200' per cent and has the unbelievable ability to inspire his teammates to do the same, reckons stylish batsman KL Rahul.

SPO-CRI-WOM-WI-PLAYERS Two Windies women cricketers collapse on field, 'conscious and stable' at hospital Antigua, Jul 3 (PTI) Two West Indies women cricketers -- Chinelle Henry and Chedean Nation -- collapsed briefly on the field in two separate incidents during the second T20 International against Pakistan here and taken to hospital where they were 'stable', according to reports.

SPO-GOLF-IND Bhullar, Sharma make cult; McIlroy, Lowry also make cut in Irish Kilkenny, Jul 3 (PTI) Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar pulled in a flawless bogey-free four-under 68 to comfortably make the cut at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open here.

SPO-GOLF-WOM-IND Tvesa moves up to T-40th in Netherlands, Diksha T-59th Arnhem (The Netherlands), Jul 3 (PTI) Indian golfer Tvesa Malik was off to a troubled start with consecutive bogeys but closed superbly with four birdies on the back nine for a card of 1-under 71 that pushed her up the leaderboard at the Big Green Egg Open.

SPO-CRI-WOM-AUS-COACH-IND We'll be vulnerable against emerging supergiants India: Aus women's team coach Sydney, Jul 3 (PTI) The lack of match practice ahead of the upcoming multi-format home series against 'emerging supergiants' India will make the Australian women's team 'vulnerable', according to head coach Matthew Mott.

SPO-ATH-PARA-IND-LD TEAM PCI picks 24 para athletes for Tokyo Paralympics New Delhi, Jul 3 (PTI) The Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) on Saturday announced a 24-member athletics team, headlined by star javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia and high jumper Mariyappan Thangavelu, for the Tokyo Paralympics, beginning August 24. PTI PDS PDS PDS

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