Intensive triumph

KATHMANDU: Suman Sunwar netted 31 points to guide hosts Intensive School to a comfortable 60-22 win over New Zennith School in the senior boy’s section match during the second Intensive Inter-school Basketball Tournament here on Wednesday. Also Nalanda School edge past Whitefield 37-34 and Oasis overcame Angel’s Heart 48-24 in other senior boys’ matches. Likewise, Whitefield beat Rupy’s International 13-6, NIMS defeated Galaxy 29-4 and Marsyangdi edged Angel’s Heart 8-2 in the girls’ section. Winners in the junior boys’ section include Intensive, Whitefield and Marsyangdi. — HNS

Penwood win

KATHMANDU: Penwood Academy won both the boys and girls’ section matches against Brihaspati Vidyasadan in the BVS Inter-school Basketball Tournament played under home and away system on Wednesday. Penwood registered an easy 41-24 victory in the boys’ section before cruising to a 21-8 win over the same opponent in the girls’ section. Himalayan White House will meet Bagmati School on Thursday. — HNS

Players felicitated

KATHMANDU: Nepal International Taekwondo Federation (NITF) felicitated players and coaches to mark its 11th anniversary on Wednesday. Chachi Dangol and Arati Raut were honoured as the best male and female players while Robin Rai and Puja Giri were feted as the best junior boy and girl respectively. Umesh Rajthala was declared the best coach and Milan Shrestha a rising coach. Likewise, Palpa Taekwondo Association was honoured as the best association. On the occasion, Nepal Sports Journalists Forum was also feted for their contribution to the sports. — HNS

Gerrard battles fitness

LIVERPOOL: Liverpool could be without midfield dynamo Steven Gerrard for their August 13 Champions League qualifier against Belgium’s Standard Liege as he battles a thigh strain, the club said on Wednesday. With Gerrard doubtful coach Rafa Benitez ponders his selection for the match with a place in the group stages a financial must. Liverpool next face Italian outfit Lazio at Anfield on Friday. — AFP

Germany, Brazil draw

BEIJING: It may be two days until the official opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics but Wednesday saw the first action of this year’s Games, with the women’s football kicking-off the action. Germany and Brazil played a goalless draw. The honour of scoring the first goal fell to Canada’s Candace Chapman whose 27th minute effort saw her team beat Argentina 2-1. Japan and New Zealand played out a 2-2 draw. — AFP

Barca to loan Crosas

MADRID: Barcelona said they reached an agreement in principle with Celtic on the transfer of Spanish midfielder Marc Crosas to the Scottish club. It said the fee was 500,000 euros plus a further 900,000 euros depending on the players appearances, qualification for the Champions League and titles won. Barca has an option to buy him back in the 2009-10 season for two million euros. — AFP