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B’desh team arrives

KATHMANDU: The Bangladesh Cricket Board Under-17 team arrived here on Friday to play three one-day and one two-day matches against the Nepali U-17 team. The visiting teams are scheduled to have a practice session on Saturday. The two teams will play the one-day matches on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. The two-day match will begin on November 29. Vice President of Cricket Association of Nepal, Upendra Prasad Bhattarai, welcomed the Bangladeshi team at the Tribhuvan International Airport. The tour of Bangladeshi team is a tune-up for the Nepali team that is currently in the camp for the ACC Under-17 Elite Cup slated for February, 2009 in Kathmandu. — HNS

Golden Gate in final

LALITPUR: Golden Gate College and Little Angels’ College entered the final of the football tournament, held under the second LACM Inter-college Sports Meet, here on Friday. In the semi-finals, Golden Gate defeated Sun Shine College 3-1 and LAC hammered Capital College and Research Centre (CCRC) 8-0. Sun Shine took lead through Saroj Dahal’s 19th-minute goal, while Jagjit Shrestha equalised in the 35th minute. Shiva Shrestha scored in the 47th and Ram Krishna GC found the net in the 70th minute for Golden Gate. Utsav Shrestha scored four goals, while Suraj BK netted a hat-trick and Sujan Pradhananga scored one goal for LAC. The final is on Sunday. — HNS

Roddick hires Stefanki

PARIS: Former World No 1 Andy Roddick has hired fellow American Larry Stefanki as his new coach, the player announced on his website. Stefanki has previously coached John McEnroe, Marcelo Rios, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Tim Henman and most recently Fernando Gonzalez. Under his guidance both Rios and Kafelnikov reached the World No 1 ranking. Roddick, 26, the 2003 US Open champion, is now at number six in the world rankings and suffered a miserable end of season when injury forced him to quit the Masters Cup in Shanghai. Roddick had been working previously with Jimmy Connors. — AFP