Xavier’s beat Don Bosco:

KATHMANDU: Sworup Thapa netted 18 points as St Xavier’s College defeated hosts Kathmandu Don Bosco College 30-20 in the basketball match under Weeka Talentia 2005. In other matches, Xavier International beat Loyola College 31-12; and Prime beat Himalayan White House 65-55. In girls’ section, Prime beat Don Bosco 27-7. — HNS

Greenland overwhelm TIA:

KATHMANDU: Kumbha Ghale and Sushil Dangol scored a goal each as Greenland Children’s Academy beat Trungram International Academy 2-1 and Shree Kamana School blanked Joseph School 3-0 in the Inter-school Under-5ft Football Tournament. In other matches, hosts Amar ‘B’ and Ganesh School earned walkovers. — HNS

Cosmos College win:

KATHMANDU: Cosmos College defeated Nobel College in the inaugural match of the 3D Cup Knock out 20-20 Inter-college Cricket Tournament today. Alok Das was named the man of the match for taking four wickets and scoring 22 runs. On Wednesday, Galaxy will take on NIST College. — HNS

Kaka named best:

MILAN: AC Milan won five of the nine honours at Italy’s annual player’s association awards ceremony. Brazil midfielder Kaka won both the overall best player award for 2004 and top foreigner honours. Other members of Milan honoured were captain Paolo Maldini (defender), Carlo Ancelotti (coaching) and Andriy Shevchenko (best goal). Pierluigi Collina was elected best referee for the sixth time. — AP

Murali back in squad:

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan offspinner Muttiah Muralitharan will return to Test cricket in March for the series against New Zealand after an extended layoff with shoulder injury. He has been sidelined since August when he withdrew before the second Test of the two-match series against South Africa. — AP

FA fines Arsenal:

LONDON: English champions Arsenal were fined £10,000 by the Football Association after admitting using an unlicensed agent in the transfer of teenage striker Quincy Owusu-Abeyie from Ajax. Arsenal received a warning as to its future conduct and was given a suspended transfer ban. — AFP

Pakistan beat PM XI:

CANBERRA: Yousuf Youhana and Younis Khan each scored half-centuries as Pakistan cruised to a five-wicket victory over the Prime Minister’s XI at Manuka Oval. The visitors reached their modest target of 192 with seven overs to spare. Youhana was Pakistan’s best batsmen before he was run out for 50. Khan remained unbeaten on 62. The PM XI had a strong start when it was 51-0 off four overs with Luke Ronchi scoring 40 off 13. — AP

Bolton edge Blackburn:

BLACKBURN: Bolton edged Blackburn 1-0 in the Premier League on a contentious goal from El Hadji Diouf. Diouf appeared to have been brought down by Blackburn goalkeeper Brad Friedel in the 75th minute and was awarded a penalty by referee Steve Bennett. Friedel saved the penalty, but Diouf scored from the rebound. — AP