Amir, Tulasa the best

Kathmandu: Amir Maharjan and Tulasa Thapa Magar were declared the the best male and female players of the year by the Nepal International Taekwondo Federation (NITF) on Thursday. The NITF declare the awards annually while celebrating its anniversary. Amir is the gold medallist in the second International ITF Taekwondo Tournament held in India and has also claimed two gold medals during the fifth National Games. Tulasa is also the spiring gold medallist in the fifth National Games. Rewat Bahadur Rana was also declared the best coach and Chitwan district the best association. — HNS

Drogba extends deal

London: Chelsea striker Didier Drogba signed a new three-year contract with the Premier League club on Wednesday. The 31-year-old is now tied to Chelsea until 2012 after extending his current deal, which had a year to run, by a further two years. The Ivory Coast international looked on his way out of Stamford Bridge last season after being dropped by Luiz Felipe Scolari, but he played his way back into form under Guus Hiddink and scored in Chelsea’s FA Cup final victory over Everton. — AFP