Lalitpur blank Lamjung


Santosh Maharjan scored four goals as Lalitpur defeated Lamjung 6-0 and entered the quarter-finals of the Tribhuvan Memorial Inter-DDC Chairman Cup Under 14 Football Tournament here at Sano Gaucharan. Bikram Gurung and Mohan Basnet also scored for Lalitpur. In quarter-final matches, Milan Subba scored the only goal as Jhapa beat Surkhet 1-0; Gyanendra Shrestha and Sagar Singh scored in Kailali’s 2-1 win over Dhankuta; Ilam beat Sunsari 3-1. Dolakha beat Bara 3-2. — HNS

Samir Maharjan wins


Samir Maharjan of Siddhartha Vidyapeeth beat Sandeep Lalchan in the men’s final of the table tennis tournament at the Midnorth Winter Sports, which has been organised by Midnorth Mutual Board. Sunil Khatiwada and Sujan Khatiwada finished joint third. In men’s doubles final, the Khatiwada duo beat Samir Maharjan and Sandeep Lalchan. The event also includes basketball, football and cricket. — HNS

FA charges LuaLua


Portsmouth striker Lomana LuaLua was charged with improper conduct by the Football Association for his reaction to receiving a red card in 1-0 home defeat by Blackburn Rovers. The Congo international LuaLua, 24, was sent-off for an off-the-ball incident with Rovers’ Andy Todd, television replays indicating the former Newcastle player had headbutted the defender. — AFP

Kenyan crisis escalates


Kenya’s cricket crisis escalated when the sport’s ex-ruling board, sacked by the sports minister last week, won a court order preventing the government from interfering. A Nairobi court issued a restraining order barring government action against the Kenya Cricket Association, pending a ruling in a civil suit soon to be filed by its members that aims to quash their dismissal. The order also prevents a government-appointed interim committee from taking over the KCA’s work and offices. — AFP

Schoeman breaks record


Roland Schoeman of South Africa broke one world record and narrowly missed another at the short course swimming World Cup. Schoeman broke German Thomas Rupprath’s world record in the 100-metre individual medley by .07 seconds, clocking 52.51 seconds. Fellow South African Ryk Neethling was second in 52.61 seconds. Schoeman also dominated the 100m freestyle in 46.45 seconds. His time was the fastest ever in a World Cup, but .2 seconds behind American Ian Crocker’s world record. — AP

Schwarzer to stay till 2008


Middlesbrough goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has agreed a three-year contract extension with the English Premiership side. Australia international Schwarzer, 32, is now set to sign a deal that will see him stay at the Riverside Stadium until 2008. Earlier this season he had been linked with moves to Premiership giants Arsenal and Manchester United. Negotiations between Schwarzer and Boro had proved tricky, the player angrily denying reports he’d turned down an offer of 30,000 pounds per week. — AFP