Baba win opener

KATHMANDU: Baba School defeated Little Angels’ School 28-19 in the inaugural match of the fourth Baba Inter-School Basketball Tournament. Baba’s Prabesh Badgami scored 19 points. In other senior boys’ section matches, Daffodil defeated EPS 55-22; Gyan Niketan beat LRI 39-30; Brihaspati outplayed Shrine Academy 38-7. In junior boys’ matches, Baba thrashed South Point 52-7; Wilson beat Reliance 49-10; and Gyan Niketan beat Young Hearts 22-20. — HNS

BBC outplay TIA

KATHMANDU: Ashik Shrestha scored 19 points as BBC beat TIA 62-40 in the final of the BINS Basketball Tournament organised by Bishal Milan Kendra in association with NCCS for the SLC-appeared students here today. Pujan Shrestha of BBC was adjudged the Most Valuable Player of the tournament, while Galaxy’s Bikash Sherchan was the best scorer. In ladies’ section final, Huskien edged out The Rippers 18-16. — HNS

AP beat PSI Nepal

KATHMANDU: Annapurna Post defeated Population Service International (PSI) Nepal by five wickets in a friendly cricket match at TU ground today. Invited to bat first, PSI were bowled out for 126 runs losing four wickets in 20 overs. Prajwol Bhattarai scored 27, Pariskit Shrestha made 25 and Bibek Singh contributed 21 runs. In reply, AP overcame the target losing five wickets in 18.4 overs, riding on Prabin Bhakta Shrestha’s unbeaten 42. Amit Pradhan scored 18 runs, while Suren Rana made 12. HNS

India to bid for WC

New Delhi: India will bid for cricket’s 2011 World cup after jointly hosting two previous championships with neighbours Pakistan and Sri Lanka. “We are in the race,” S K Nair, BCCI secretary said. The BCCI would decide soon whether India should again make a joint bid with Pakistan and Sri Lanka as was done for the 1987 and 1996 World Cups, Nair said. The decision to bid for the 2011 World Cup was taken at the BCCI meeting held on Friday in Trivandrum. — HNS

Honour for Mourinho

LISBON: Portugal’s President Jorge Sampaio will award Chelsea’s Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho with the Order of Infante Dom Henrique in a ceremony on the occasion of the country’s national day. Mourinho is one of 59 personalities, including actors, filmmakers and journalists, who the president will decorate during the festivities. The 42-year-old manager guided Chelsea to their first championship in 50 years during his first year with the London club. — AFP

Kitchee stun Juventus

HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s third-ranked club Kitchee stunned Italian champion Juventus 5-3 on penalties in an exhibition match. Alessandro Birindelli missed his penalty shot to concede the match after Juventus squandered a 2-0 lead to finish normal time at 2-2. Kitchee’s Fan Zhiyi sealed the win with fifth consecutive penalty kick after Keith Jerome Gum-bs scored two regulation time goals. Juventus’ Alessio Tacchinardi and Alessandro Parisi made the Italian side’s first two kicks but Birindelli’s attempt sailed over the crossbar. — AP