National Sports Briefs

White House in last 16

KATHMANDU: Hosts White House College (Baneshwor) and Jawalakhel Club advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of the White House Cup third U-19 National Basketball Tournament on Friday. White House defeated National Campus 52-24 riding on 16 points from Prajjwal Thapa while Prajun scored 14 points as Jawalakhel eased past Lincoln College 57-38. In another match, Naya Bazaar Club saw off Baylor Boys of Kavre 42-37 with 23 points from Siddhartha Maharjan. Prime won the only girls’ section match of the day after Orient left the match protesting over referee’s decision when Prime were leading 30-14 in the third quarter.

Ganesh, Punya on top

KATHMANDU: Former Nepal champion Punya Man Karmacharya and Ganesh Man Duwal shared the lead with 7.5 points after the completion of ninth round of the Makhan Rating Chess Tournament. Punya Man beat Niraj Niraula in the eighth round before outplaying Prachanda Man Malakar in the ninth while Ganesh Man beat Sujendra Prasad Shrestha and Uttam Raj Thapa. Dharam Bahadur Lama and Sajan Pandey are joint second with 6.5 points.

LG to sponsor RCT

KATHMANDU: Top flight football club, Ranipokhari Corner Team (RCT) signed a one-year sponsorship deal with the LG Mobile on Friday. Ramesh Shrestha, GM of LG Mobile’s authorised distributor Chaudhary Group Impex GM and club president Bijaya Narayan Manandhar signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Friday. According to the MoU, the sponsor will provide Rs 700,000 to the club while the RCT will wear LG Mobile imprinted jersey during the Martyrs Memorial San Miguel A Division league beginning on Saturday. Shrestha also announced a

surprise package for RCT players, if the club wins the league. Shrestha said the company looks forward to continue with the sponsorship in the years to come.

Nima, Prem win gold

NUWAKOT: Nima Lama of Karnali won the boys’ 20-24kg section spiring gold medal on the opening day of the eighth Senior and seventh Junior National ITF Taekwondo Tournament on Friday. Bishal Thapa of Rapti claimed silver while Amrit Tamang of Narayani and Suman Koirala of local hosts Nuwakot ITF Taekwondo Association shared the bronze medals. Likewise, Prem Magar of Koshi claimed the boys’ 25-29kg spiring gold while Bishal Khawas of Mechi claimed silver. Bansanta Lama of Janakpur and Kumar Thapa of Bheri bagged bronze. In all 140 players - 104 men and 3 women - are taking part in the tournament organised by Nuwakot ITF in coordination with Nepal International Taekwondo Federation (ITF).

New Diamond win

KATHMANDU: Hosts New Diamond and Samakhushi English Boarding School (SEB) registered wins at the first Inter-school Valleywide Running-shield Girls’ Volleyball Tournament on Friday. The hosts defeated Annal Jyoti School 25-13, 25-7, 25-10 and SEB defeated Awareness International Academy 26-24, 25-17, 25-18. In other matches, DeepJyoti overcame Angel Heart 25-22, 21-25, 25-3, 23-25, 16-14 and Gyan Sudha beat Bijeshwori Gyan Mandir 25-10, 25-13, 18-25, 25-14.