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Nationwide Volleyball

BHAKTAPUR: Janasewa Bikash Mandal and Chitrupur set the championship date of the Nationwide Invitational Men’s Volleyball Tournament here on Friday. In the semi-final matches held at the Martyrs Memorial Sports Ground, Janasewa defeated Sprindell School 25-19, 25-18 while Chitrupur outplayed hosts Youth Sports Group 23-25, 25-18, 25-23. The final is scheduled for Saturday. — HNS

Ecuador coach out

QUITO: Sixto Vizuete is out as the coach of Ecuador following a 1-0 loss to Chile on Wednesday, which ended their hope of qualifying for the World Cup. Luis Chiriboga, the head of the Ecuador Football Federation, said on Thursday that Vizuete’s contract was to expire at the end of the World Cup, or once the team was eliminated in qualifying. A candidate being mentioned to replace Vizuete was Argentine Edgrado Bauza, who coached Liga de Quito to the Copa Libertadores title in 2008. Ecuador played in the last two World Cups in Japan and South Korea in 2002 and Germany in 2006. — AP

Rooney ruled out

MANCHESTER: Wayne Rooney will miss Manchester United’s Premier League clash against Bolton on Saturday after suffering a calf injury on England duty. Rooney sustained the problem during England’s World Cup qualifying defeat against Ukraine last weekend. United boss Sir Alex Ferguson believes Rooney could be available for Wednesday’s Champions League trip to CSKA Moscow. There was some good injury news for Ferguson however as he revealed that Dutch goalkeeper Edwin For Van Der Sar is ready to play against Bolton — his first appearance of the season after he broke two fingers during a friendly with Bayern Munich in July. — AFP