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New Delhi, Jun 7 (PTI) The following are the top/expected stories at 2120 hours: EXPECTED STORIES: *Report of Indian football team's match against Bangladesh in 2022 World Cup Qualifiers in Doha.

STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-CRI-IPL-DATES BCCI may push back IPL final to Oct 15 in order to reduce double headers New Delhi, Jun 7 (PTI) The BCCI brass is exploring the option of using the full window of Indian Premier League by pushing the final back to October 15 in order to reduce the number of double headers in the UAE's searing September heat.

SPO-OLY-JUDO-SUSHILA Judoka Sushila Devi provisionally qualifies for Olympics Budapest, Jun 7 (PTI) Indian judoka Sushila Devi has provisionally qualified for the Tokyo Olympics by claiming the continental quota but her participation in the Games will be confirmed only after the final list of qualifiers is released on June 28.

SPO-ATH-LD NEERAJ Neeraj Chopra reaches Portugal, to compete on June 10 New Delhi, Jun 7 (PTI) Olympic-bound star Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has reached Portugal to take part in an event in Lisbon on June 10, which will mark his return to international competition after more than a year.

SPO-CRI-ICC-WTC-WILLIAMSON Would be cool to walk out with Virat for WTC toss having known each other so well: Williamson London, Jun 7 (PTI) Fierce rivals on the pitch and close friends off it, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson thinks it would be 'quite cool' to walk out for toss alongside his Indian counterpart Virat Kohli in the inaugural ICC World Test Championship final starting June 18 in Southampton.

SPO-CRI-RASHID-KOHLI Kohli is successful because he never deviates from his process: Rashid Khan Abu Dhabi, Jun 7 (PTI) Star Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan feels the reason behind Virat Kohli's batting success is that the Indian skipper never deviates from his process, irrespective of the quality of delivery bowled at him.

SPO-OLY-VACCINATION Olympic-bound athletes, officials to receive second dose of COVID-19 vaccine after four weeks New Delhi, Jun 7 (PTI) The gap between two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for Olympic-bound athletes and officials has been set to four weeks by the Ministry of Health, informed Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra on Monday.

SPO-ATH-MILKHA COVID-afflicted Milkha and wife improving: Family statement Chandigarh, Jun 7 (PTI) There is continuous improvement in the condition of sprint icon Milkha Singh and his wife Nirmal Kaur as they battle COVID-19 in the Intensive Care Units of separate hospitals here, read a statement from their family on Monday.

SPO-CRI-IND-LANKA-SCHEDULE India's limited overs tour of Sri Lanka to be played between July 13 and 25 New Delhi, Jun 7 (PTI) India will play three ODIs and as many T20 Internationals in Sri Lanka between July 13 to 25, broadcaster Sony announced on Monday.

SPO-ATH-USHA Usha requests Kerala CM to vaccinate state athletes taking part in National Championships New Delhi, Jun 7 (PTI) Sprint legend PT Usha on Monday requested Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to vaccinate athletes of the state who are taking part in the upcoming National Inter-State Championships, an Olympic qualifying event to be held from June 25 to 29.

SPO-ARCHERY-IND Indian women archery team reaches Paris, eyes top-3 finish to make Tokyo Olympics Paris, Jun 7 (PTI) Indian women's archery team, led by former world number one Deepika Kumari, reached here on Monday to compete in their Final Olympic Qualification event on June 20.

SPO-OLY-TT-LD CAMP TTFI planning training camp in Sonepat for Olympic-bound paddlers from June 20 By Bharat Sharma New Delhi, Jun 7 (PTI) The Table Tennis Federation of India is planning a training camp for its Olympic contingent in Sonepat from June 20, trying to make up for a far from ideal Games build-up amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

SPO-CRI-ROBINSON-ASHWIN Robinson's suspension indication of what future holds in social media generation: Ashwin New Delhi, Jun 7 (PTI) Senior India spinner R Ashwin feels sorry for England pacer Ollie Robinson, who has been suspended for racist and sexist tweets posted back in 2012, and has called his punishment 'a strong indication of what the future holds in this social media generation.' SPO-CRI-ROOT-ROBINSON Ollie has shown genuine remorse, we need to make cricket more inclusive: Root London, Jun 7 (PTI) England's new fast bowler Ollie Robinson's eight-year-old racist and sexist tweets were completely 'unacceptable' but he has shown 'genuine remorse', skipper Joe Root said while pushing for inclusivity in the country's cricket set-up, starting from the top.

SPO-CRI-DOWDEN-ROBINSON ECB has gone over the top, says UK's culture secretary on Ollie Robinson ban London, Jun 7 (PTI) The UK government's culture and sports secretary Oliver Dowden on Monday said the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has gone 'over the top' by suspending Ollie Robinson for the racist and sexist tweets he posted back in 2012.

SPO-GOLF-ATWAL Atwal shoots 68, finishes T-49th on Korn Ferry Tour Raleigh (USA), Jun 7 (PTI) Indian golfer Arjun Atwal rounded off the week at the Rex Hospital Open with a flawless three-under 68 to sign off tied 49th in the Korn Ferry Tour here.

SPO-HOCK-OLY-KHANDEKAR Indian hockey team strong Olympic medal contender: Khandekar New Delhi, Jun 7 (PTI) The Indian men's hockey team would be a strong medal contender in the Olympic Games thanks to the self-belief it has acquired over the past decade by raising its game against top teams, feels former forward Tushar Khandekar.

SPO-CRI-ROBINSON-PM-SPOKESPERSON PM supports culture secretary's view on Robinson suspension, says Boris Johnson's spokesperson London, Jun 7 (PTI) British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesperson on Monday said the PM is 'supportive' of the culture secretary's view that England and Wales Cricket Board should reconsider the suspension of pacer Ollie Robinson for posting racist and sexist tweets back in 2012.

SPO-CRI-HARBHAJAN-APOLOGY Harbhajan offers unconditional apology for insta post featuring Bhindranwale New Delhi, Jun 7 (PTI) Veteran Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Monday unconditionally apologised for a social media post in which he shared a picture of Khalistani militant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale to pay homage to those who died in 'Operation Bluestar' of 1984.

SPO-CRI-ENG-OVERRATE England team fined 40 per cent match fee for slow over-rate London, Jun 7 (PTI) England have been fined 40 per cent of their match fee for maintaining a slow over-rate against New Zealand in the first Test at Lord's, the ICC said on Monday. PTI APA APA

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