Final match postponed

JHAPA: The final match of the 16th Tribhuvan Memorial Gold Cup Football Tournament between Mahendra Police Club and Telegraph Association of Kolkata, which was scheduled for Wednesday, has been postponed indefinately due to technical problems, tournament organisers informed. MPC had defeated Jawalakhel Youth Club 2-0 whereas Telegraph beat Dharan Football Club 3-0 in the semis.— HNS

Sankata Club beat RCT

LALITPUR: Anup Lamsal scored a hat-trick as Sankata Club beat Ranipokhari Corner Team (RCT) 4-3 in the Nepal Bank Junior (Under-14) League Football Tournament. Anil Devkota also scored for Sankata. For RCT, Min Kumar Gurung scored two goals and Krishna GC netted one. Sankata’s Nischal Bom Malla was declared the man of the match. In the other match, Friends Club thrashed Brigade Boys Club 7-2. Dipesh Kunwar and Nirajan Malla scored two goals each, while Pukar Ghatraj, Santosh Lama and Sagar Shah netted one goal apiece for Friends. Subash Pun and Raj Kumar Khadka scored for BBC. Subash Lama of Friends was declared the man of the match. — HNS

Sangina Baidya honoured

KATHMANDU: Olympian and taekwondo ace Sangina Baidya was awarded with the Most Outstanding Woman Award 2005 at a programme organised by Xclusive Vibes today. At the official launch of its website, and marking the International Women’s Day, the organisers awarded 10 women for their contribution in different fields. — HNS

Armstrong finishes 44th

CHABRIS: Tom Boonen of Belgium won Monday’s first stage of the Paris-Nice cycling race, while six-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong finished 44th. Boonen, of the Quick Step team, completed the 186.5-kilometre stage at the front of a group of 21 riders in 4 hours, 19 minutes, 15 seconds. He was 41 seconds ahead of Armstrong, who is not making it his objective to win the race but using it as a warmup for July’s Tour. Erik Dekker of the Netherlands is the overall leader, with Armstrong 70th overall, 1:08 back. — AP

Mourinho blasts UEFA

LONDON: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insisted he had not asked for Italian referee Pierluigi Collina to take charge of his side’s vital Champions League match against Barcelona. Chelsea go into Tuesday’s round of 16 second leg at Stamford Bridge trailing 2-1 after a controversial match at Barcelona’s Nou Camp. UEFA Director of Commuinications William Gaillard said earlier Tuesday that Mourinho had said Collina should referee the clash but Mourinho blasted European football’s governing body for those remarks. — AFP

Tim May stands down

SYDNEY: Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) chief executive Tim May announced his resignation after eight years in the job. May, 43, a former Test and one-day international bowler, has been a high-profile fixture on the Australian cricket scene during his tenure, representing players’ interests in everything from the Shane Warne drugs scandal to negotiations for better pay. May said he was standing down because his family was relocating to the United States. He will stay on as chief executive of the International Players’ Association. — AFP