Siddhi Ganesh Cup

BHAKTAPUR: Bhaktapur Municipality, Jagaran Group, Uchha Sikhar Youth Club, Brihaspati Youth Club, Unique Group of Sanga, Buddhist Youth Club, Kamal Youth Club, and Bhaktapur Youth Club entered the quarter-finals of the Siddhi Ganesh Cup Football Tournament here today. In the day’s matches, Brihaspati Youth Club beat hosts Siddhi Ganesh ‘Red’ 3-1, and Bhaktapur Youth Club defeated Navadurga Youth Group 4-2. On Thursday, it’s Bhaktapur Municipality vs Jagaran Group and Unique Group of Sanga vs Buddhist Youth Club. — HNS

Under-11 Mini Football

KATHMANDU: Vidya Sadan School and Amar School from Pool ‘A’ and Kailash Bodhi and hosts Tri-Jyoti ‘B’ from Pool ‘B’ entered the semi-finals of the Valley Wide Inter-school Under-11 Mini Football Tournament, which has been organised by Tri-Jyoti School to mark the 34th birthday of Crown Prince Paras and the 10th anniversary of the school. In the day’s matches, Vidya Sadan and Amar School registered wins, while Joseph School and Tri-Jyoti played a 2-2 draw. On Thursday, it’s Kailash Bodhi vs Amar and Vidya Sadan vs Tri-Jyoti ‘B’. — HNS

Shoaib Akhtar in doubt

SYDNEY: Pakistani paceman Shoaib Akhtar is in doubt for Monday’s all-star cricket fundraiser for the tsunami relief fund after injuring his right leg on the last day of the third Test against Australia. The fast bowler’s availability for the charity match in Melbourne would depend on medical scans of his sore hamstring, said Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer. Akhtar was selected in an Asian squad, that also features Indian stars Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly and Sri Lankans Muttiah Muralitharan and Sanath Jayasuriya, to play a World XI. — AP

Santos joins Mallorca

PALMA DE MALLORCA: Mallorca has signed Valencia’s Uruguayan midfielder Gonzalo De Los Santos on loan until the end of the season. The deal also gives Mallorca an option to sign De Los Santos on a four-year contract in June. De Los Santos is the second player to recently join Mallorca, which is languishing in 19th place in the 20-team Spanish league. Japan striker Yoshito Okubo arrived on loan from Cerezo Osaka last month for the rest of the season. — AP

Windies open with loss

MELBOURNE: West Indies opened their Australian tour with a seven-wicket loss in a limited-overs warmup match. Chris Gayle belted 33 runs, while six other batsmen reached double figures in a disappointing total of 201. Victoria got the required runs with 18 overs to spare, with Matthew Elliott scoring 87 and David Hussey blazing an unbeaten 83. West Indies will begin their tri-series campaign — also involving Pakistan — against Australia on January

14. — AP

Schumi donates $10m

BEIJING: Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher, leading a campaign in the sporting world to help tsunami victims, has himself donated $10 million of his personal fortune to aid charities in Asia. Leading sports governing bodies have not even coming close to such a level of generosity. The International Olympic Committee is offering $2 million of aid to the victims. — Agencies