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New Delhi, Jan 4 (PTI) The following are PTI's

top/expected sports stories at 5:30 pm:

STORIES IN THE PIPELINE:

CAPE TOWN - Press Conferences ahead of the first Test match between India and South Africa.

MUMBAI- IPL Player Retention Press Conference.

LUCKNOW - Report of Premier Badminton League tie between Awadhe Warriors and Mumbai Rockets.

KOCHI - Report of Indian Super League match between Kerala Blasters and Pune City.

STORIES ON THE WIRE:

SPO-TENDULKAR-INTERVIEW (PTI EXCLUSIVE)

By Kushan Sarkar

New Delhi, Jan 4 (PTI) South Africa is not known for producing spin-friendly tracks and that's why Sachin Tendulkar wants Indian pacers to create "enough rough" on the Newlands pitch for R Ashwin, something that Zaheer Khan did for Harbhajan Singh in 2010-11.

SPO-IND-PREVIEW

Confident India eager to shed poor travellers tag in SA

By Chetan Narula

Cape Town, Jan 4 (PTI) Towering giants in the sub- continent, India would be aiming to assert themselves as good travellers when they face South Africa in the opening chapter of a 12-Test overseas challenge, starting here tomorrow.

SPO-ANKITA

Need a travelling coach, physio to break into top-100: Ankita

By Amanpreet Singh

Pune, Jan 4 (PTI) Enduring a stagnation on the professional circuit, India's top woman singles player Ankita Raina says she can certainly break into the top-100 barrier but for that to happen she needs a travelling coach and physio.

SPO-ISL-ATK

Fatigued FC Goa hold ATK 1-1 in midnight drama

Kolkata, Jan 4 (PTI) FC Goa shook off a day-long ordeal to play out a valiant 1-1 draw against defending champions ATK in a delayed Indian Super League match that got over well past midnight under unforeseen circumstances at the Saltlake Stadium, here.

SPO-NEUFC

NEUFC appoints Avram Grant as adviser for remainder of ISL

Guwahati, Jan 4 (PTI) Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant has been appointed as an adviser by NorthEast United FC for the remainder of the Indian Super League season.

SPO-ISL-SHERINGHAM

It was a tough day in office: Sheringham on delayed ISL game

Kolkata, Jan 4 (PTI) Former Manchester United star and Indian Super League side ATK's coach Teddy Sheringham said it was unusual to finish a football game post midnight, something that he had never experienced in his long association with the game.

SPO-GOLF-MERCEDES

Pune's Sachin qualifies for Nationals Finals of Mercedes Trophy

Pune, Jan 4 (PTI) Sachin Gangal earned the distinction of becoming the first golfer to qualify for the National Final of the 18th MercedesTrophy, here today.

SPO-ISL-DYNAMOS

Delhi Dynamos sign Spanish goalkeeper Xabi Irureta

New Delhi, Jan 4 (PTI) Delhi Dynamos today roped in 31- year-old Spanish goalkeeper Xabi Irureta as their eighth foreign recruit for the ongoing Indian Super League (ISL)

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