HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Nepal Army and Nepal Spinal Cord Injury Sports Association (NSCISA) ‘B’ clinched the second National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament on Thursday. The Armymen overwhelmed Nepal Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) 26-7 to defend the championship. With only two teams in fray, the NSCISA ‘B’ beat their ‘A’ team 5-4 to clinch the women’s title. Himal Aryal of Nepali Army and Jyoti Aryal of NSCISA ‘B’ were declared the most valuable player of the tournament.
CAN announce squad
KATHMANDU: Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) on Thursday named the final 15-member squad for the ICC U-19 World Cup scheduled for August 4-27 in Australia. Prithu Baskota has been named the skipper with Pradeep Airee to assume the role of vice-captain. Others in the squad include Rajesh Pulami, Sagar Pun, Naresh Budhayer, Krishna Karki, Avinash Karn, Faizlur Rahman, Bhuwan Karki, Hasim Ansari, Subash Khakurel, Rahul Bishwokarma, Gopal Kumar Singh, Saurav Khanal and Ram Naresh Giri. Surendra Chand, Pawan Shrestha, Rupesh Shriwastav and Prajesh Bahadur Singh were named as reserves. Pubudu Dasanayake is the coach while Jagat Tamatta is the assistant coach. The team will be accompanied by CAN member Kiran Rana as manager and another CAN member Sunil Amatya as assistant manager. Raman Siwakoti will also travel to Australia as a technical analyst.
Trinity lift trophy
KATHMANDU: Trinity ‘A’ and Golden Gate claimed the first Pyramid Inter-college 3x3 Basketball Tournament titles on Thursday. Trinity edged Morgan ‘A’ 10-9 in boys’ section final. The outcome was decided from the extra time after the teams were deadlocked at 7-7 in the normal time. Tenzing Yeshi Lama alone contributed eight points. In girls’ final, Golden Gate beat Classic College 8-5 with Bina Nakarma netting five points for the winners. National ‘B’ in boys’ and Saipal ‘B’ in girls’ section won the third-place playoffs. In all, 24 teams in boys’ and seven in girls’ section took part in the tournament.
PJ Club advance
LALITPUR: Photo Journalists (PJ) Club and Nepal 1 Television advanced to the quarter-finals of the fifth Media Cup Knockout Football Tournament here at the Buddhi Bikash Khel Mandal grounds on Thursday. PJ Club laboured to a 5-4 sudden-death penalty shootout victory over CJMC FM. Kapil Dhakal, Yubaraj Sharma, Raju Thapa, Ayush Khadka and Sundar Khanal scored for PJ Club in penalty. Nepal 1, meanwhile, sneaked past Himalaya Television 2-1 on goals from Mangal Lama and Binod Mainali. Sushil Baskota replied for Himalaya.
ACCRA: Striker Asamoah Gyan has made himself available for Ghana after a five-month break from international football following his African Cup disappointment. Gyan, who recently agreed a permanent deal to stay at United Arab Emirates club Al Ain, sent a letter to the Ghana Football Association to confirm his return. Gyan said he was now “fully committed and focused” on helping Ghana qualify for next year’s African Cup and 2014 World Cup.