Spikers honoured

KATHMANDU: Nepal Volleyball Association honoured the beach volleyball players who won gold medals in the Pepsi Cup Beach Volleyball Tournament held in Bangladesh from April 19-21. The men’s team of Bharat Bahadur Shah and Prem Bahadur Bhandari of Mahendra Police Club and the women’s team of Anju Shrestha and Manida Shah of Jawalakhel Volleyball Training Centre won gold medals in the tournament. Care-taker member secretary of National

Sports Council Kishor Bahadur Singh gave away felicitation letters to the players and officials. — HNS

Kathmandu, Nuwakot win

KATHMANDU: Kathmandu and Nuwakot district teams registered wins in the CAN-BDM Region No 3 Under-17 Cricket Tournament matches held at Laboratory School ground on Friday. Kathmandu beat Lalitpur by 112 runs. Batting first, Kathmandu scored 192/8 in 25 overs, riding on Rupesh Agrawal’s half century. In reply, Lalitpur could muster just 80 runs 21.1 overs. In the other match, Nuwakot defeated Bhaktapur by 77 runs. Nuwakot scored 250/4 in 25 overs with Dipen Shrestha (78), Sunam Gautam (59) and Abhaya Rana (53) scoring half centuries. In reply, Bhaktapur were packed off for 96 runs, chasing a revised target of 173 in 16 overs. — HNS

Real to continue fight

MADRID: Real Madrid will appeal for the second time against one-game suspensions imposed on midfielder Zinedine Zidane and defender Walter Samuel after the Spanish soccer federation ruled that the punishments must stand. Madrid said it will resort to the Spanish Committee for Sports Discipline, the country’s senior sporting appeals body, in a bid to free Zidane and Samuel. Madrid needs to win the game to maintain realistic hopes of clinching the title. — AP

Hoyzer banned for life

FRANKFURT: Robert Hoyzer, the referee who triggered Germany’s biggest match-fixing scandal, was banned for life by the German soccer federation (DFB) on Friday. “Hoyzer caused immeasurable damage to German soccer,” said Rainer Koch, the head of the DFB’s sports court. Hoyzer admitted in January that he received $87,000 to fix games. Prosecutors are investigating 25 people — including four referees and 14 players — suspected of fixing at least 10 games, mostly in lower divisions. — AP