U-14 Tournament

KATHMANDU: All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) is organising Tribhuvan Memorial Inter-DDC President U-14 Junior National Tournament in the capital from 5-15 March. Boys under the age of 14 will play in eight teams from 39 different DDCs in the competition on league cum knock out basis. Venues for this competition will be grounds of ANFA, Police Academy, Jawlakhel and Sano Gaucharan. National Sports Council, Kathmandu DDC and other participating DDCs jointly will provide required technical assistance for the tournament.

Magnussen penalised

DAYTONA BEACH: Drivers Max Papis and Jan Magnussen have been fined a combined $10,200 for unacceptable driving tactics in the final stages of last Saturday’s Grand Prix of Miami sports car race. Papis and Magnussen, battling for the lead at Homestead Miami Speedway, made repeated contact for nearly an entire lap around the 3.7-kilometer road course. The duel ended with both drivers spinning off course eight laps from the finish. — AP

Dokic beat Pratt

DOHA: Sixth-seeded Jelena Dokic of Serbia-Montenegro came back to beat Nicole Pratt of Australia 0-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of the $600,000 Qatar Open. Fifth-seeded Silvia Farina Elia of Italy also advanced to the second round, topping Lina Krasnoroutskaya of Russia 6-3, 6-3. Earlier, Anca Barna of Germany upset seventh-seeded Conchita Martinez of Spain 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. — AP

Zabaleta advances

ACAPULCO: Fourth-seeded Mariano Zabaleta of Argentina and fifth-seeded Felix Mantilla of Spain advanced to the second round of the $882,000 Mexican Open. Zabaleta came back to beat Giovanni Lapentti of Ecuador 6-7, 6-2, 6-3 on the clay, while Mantilla topped Olivier Patience of France 6-3, 7-6. In the women’s competition, fourth-seeded Emilie Loit of France beat Anne Kremer of Luxembourg 6-7, 6-4, 6-1 and Julia Vakulenko of Ukraine topped Jessica Fernandez of Mexico 6-3, 6-2. — AP

Boxer Magee injured

BELFAST: Boxer Eamonn Magee sustained a broken leg and suspected punctured lung when he was attacked by a gang with pickax handles, his trainer said. Magee, who holds the World Boxing Union welterweight title, was attacked on the outskirts of Belfast on Sunday night after a gang stopped a car in which he was a passenger. Magee underwent surgery at the Royal Victoria Hospital and was listed in stable condition. — AP

India stumble to draw

MADRID: Olympic champion the Netherlands trounced South Africa 5-1 in its opening match at the men’s Olympic qualifying field hockey tournament. In other Pool A games, host Spain hammered Japan 6-1, while Poland defeated Britain 4-2. India, a winner of eight Olympics, only managed to draw 1-1 against Belgium in Pool B. Also, Pakistan beat Canada 4-2 while New Zealand beat Malaysia 1-0. — AFP

G’shire sign Shabbir

LONDON: Pakistan Test bowler Shabbir Ahmed, 27, became the second player from his country to join English county side Gloucestershire for next season on Tuesday. He has taken 33 wickets in six Test matches and has played 19 one-day internationals, joins up with compatriot Shoaib Malik, who had a short spell with them last term. — AFP