Kayastha drops down

KATHMANDU: Nepal’s Madan Krishna Kayastha dropped to second after the overnight leader bagged a mixed result in the sixth Jugal Kishor Newatia Memorial International Open FIDE Rating Chess Tournament in Assam, India on Friday. Kayastha defeated India’s Abhijit Mistry in the eighth round after facing a defeat at the hands of 2147-rated Indian player Santu Mondal in the seventh. Kayastha has 6.5 points from eight rounds. Likewise, Bhupendra Niraula is joint third with six points after he shared points with Ambarish Sharma in the seventh round and bounced back to beat Nirab Jyoti Bordoloi in the eighth. Another Nepali player, Prakash Nepal defeated Arunava Bhattacharjee of India before losing Somak Palit in the seventh and eighth rounds respectively. Mondal is at the top of the table with 7.5 points.

Assistance for victim

KATHMANDU: Former sports journalists living in US and Canada have contributed in the NSJF Relief Fund set up to help the April 25 earthquake victims. Sharad Prakash Dhital, Rajendra Gyawali, Bishal Malla, Dinesh Jung Shah, Bibek Dhakal, Bishnu Hari Ghimire and Bal Mukunda Nepal raised a total amount of Rs 73,377 for the family of sports journalist Suman Bhomjan, who lost his life in the devastating earthquake. Likewise, RJ Sports and GoalNepal contributed Rs 10,000 each in the fund. According to the NSJF, a total of Rs 754, 394 has been deposited in the fund and it would hand over the amount to the Bhomjan family on Saturday.

Players suspended

SANTIAGO: Brazil’s Neymar and Colombia striker Carlos Bacca have been provisionally suspended for one match after being sent off in their teams’ Copa America clash, organisers said on Thursday. Wednesday’s Group C match in Santiago, which Colombia won 1-0, was marred by scuffles involving most of the players at the final whistle and Chilean referee Enrique Osses showed Neymar and Bacca the red card. The tournament’s disciplinary tribunal has given the Brazilian and Colombian football federations 24 hours to prepare a case for their defence. Neymar will miss Brazil’s last group match against Venezuela on Sunday and Bacca will be unavailable for Colombia when they meet Peru the same day. Brazil and Colombia were tied on three points after two matches.