Shooters depart

KATHMANDU: A three-member Nepali shooting team on Saturday left for Thailand to participate in the first Asian Youth Shooting Training Camp to be held in Bangkok. Shooters Juhi Chaudhary and Sneh RL Rana were selected as per their performance in the first Asian Youth Games held last month in Singapore. Out of the total 400 points, Juhi had scored 380 and Shen 385 in the 10m Air rifle category. Coach Dhruba Bikram Shah is also accompanying the players. Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) is organising the training from August 1-14. Nepal Shooting Association President Pushpa Das Shrestha and coach Pradeep Khati bade farewell to the team. — HNS

Unique, TIA in final

KATHMANDU: Unique Academy and Trungram International Academy (TIA) entered the final of the Inter-school Basketball Tournament organised by Grammar Public School here on Saturday. In the day’s first semi-final, Unique defeated Kathmandu Xavier 80-59. Krishna Subedi of Xavier top scored in the match with 32 points, while Manish Tamang contributed 28 for Unique. In the other match, TIA beat Lycium 59-39. — HNS

Third day washed out

BIRMINGHAM: The third day's play in the third Ashes Test between England and Australia on Saturday was abandoned without a ball being bowled because of persistent rain. Umpires Rudi Koertzen and Aleem Dar held several inspections before

a fresh downpour ended what slim chance there had been of play.

England were 116-2 in reply to

Australia's 263 — a deficit of 147. England captain Andrew Strauss

was 64 not out and Ian Bell was unbeaten on 26. — AFP