National Sports Briefs

Deep Jyoti in final

KATHMANDU: Deep Jyoti and Rhododendorn International Boarding School (RIBS) reached the final of Daffodil Cup Junior Boys Football Tournament on Sunday. In the first semi-final match, Deep Jyoti defeated Niten Memorial School (NIMS) 4-3 following a brace each from Bikash Pun Magar and Sujit Dahal. Milan Rai scored a double and Biju Basnet added the another for NIMS. RIBS saw off Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) School 4-3 after Dhiraj Pradhan and Bitpul Raut scored two goals each. Binaya Sapkota struck twice while Dinesh Shahi netted the other goal for the APF. In boys' basketball tournameht, Unique and Trungram International Academy (TIA) set the title clash. Unique outplayed NIMS 71-47 riding on 29 points from Bikash Gurung while Chhambele Lama posted 25 points for the losing side. In a high scoring match, TIA edged past Penwood 88-62.

Hosts claim trophy

KATHMANDU: Hosts New Diamond School claimed the first Inter-school Valleywide Running-shield Girls Volleyball Tournament on Sunday. New Diamond defeated Deep Jyoti 25-9, 25-19, 25-11 and pocketed Rs 15,100 cash prize. Deep Jyoti earned Rs 7,100. In the third place decider, Gyan Sudha overcame Samakhushi English Boarding School (SEB) 25-14, 25-20, 17-25, 25-21 to take home Rs 4,100 while the latter got Rs 1,100. Ramila Tandukar and Ranjan Khadka of New Diamond were declared the best player and spiker respectively. Jeevan Purja of Deep Jyoti was awarded the best server and Shanti Shrestha of Gyan Sudha the best setter.

Waiba takes gold

KATHMANDU: Kancha Lal Waiba won the 55kg gold in the sixth Vanasthali and Late Tirtha Man Bajracharya Memorial Cup Nationwide Men's Weight Category and Women's Open Full-contact Karate Tournament here on Sunday. Waiba defeated Krishna Shrestha of Vanasthali in the final bout. Bir Man Lama earned 65kg gold defeating Bishnu Tamang of Vanasthali. In the women's open category, Pratima Majhi of Bal Kumari sneaked past Sabina Shrestha of Sinamangal.

Rating Chess tourney

LALITPUR: The Himalaya Chess Club is organising the first Rambir Memorial Rating Chess Tournament here from March 8. Players finishing in the top three positions will earn Rs 10,000, Rs 7,000 and Rs 5,000 respectively, informed the organisers here on Sunday. Others rounding up in the top 10 are also assured of their share of cash prizes. The best veteran, U-19, U-15 and best among the local participants will also be awarded with Rs 1,000 each. The tournament will be played in Swiss League format.