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Nepal Police claim title

KATHMANDU: Nepal Police ‘A’ claimed the first National Men’s Beach Volleyball Championship, organised by the Nepal Volleyball Association, on Sunday. Nepal Police cruised to a comfortable 21-10, 21-14 win over Nepal Army ‘A’ in final. Nepal Army ‘B’ finished third after defeating Purbanchal Volleyball Training Centre 21-13, 21-11. Em Bahadur Magar of the Nepal Police ‘A’ was declared the man of the series. The winner and the runner-up team got Rs 10,000 and and Rs 5,000 respectively. Nepal Army ‘B’ won Rs 3,000. — HNS

Shangri-La enter semis

KATHMANDU: Shangri-La Youth Club, Bindyabasini Youth Club and Varsity Football Club advanced to the Group D semi-finals here at the C Division League qualifying tournament on Sunday. Shangri-La laboured to a 6-5 win over Jwala Bhairav Club in sudden death after a 2-2 draw in normal time. Biplav Lama and Suraj Dhungana replied late in the game for Shangri-La after Arun KC’s double strike had put Jwala 2-0 up till the 73rd minute. Likewise, Bindyabasini defeated Lucky Boys 5-4 in tiebreaker after a goalless draw and Varsity crushed New Generation Youth Club 3-0. Shyam Lama, Raj Kumar Tamang and Nandu Khapangi scored for Varsity. — HNS

Int’l Masters Chess

KATHMANDU: A four-member Nepal Chess Association (NCA) team is slated

to leave for Dhaka to participate in the International Masters’ Chess Tournament on Friday. Among players are defending national champion Keshav Shrestha, Bilam Lal Shrestha and Badri Lal Nepali. Herakaji Maharjan will also accompany the team for the July 25 to August 5. The NCA president Rajesh Hari Joshi, who left for Thailand today, bid farewell

to the team. — HNS

Nepali, Hamal share lead

LALITPUR: Badri Lal Nepali and Manish Hamal share the lead with 5.5 points each after the sixth round of the second Madan Memorial National Youth Open Chess Tournament on Sunday. Nepali defeated Prem Nepali and Hamal overcame Ratna Byanjankar in the fifth round. But the leaders met in the sixth round and ended up playing a draw. Rajendra Bajracharya and Sujendra Prasad Shrestha are tied for the second with five points each after the players won their fifth and sixth round matches. Rajendra beat Surbir Lama before defeating Sitaram Agrawal while Sujendra saw off Shyam Shrestha first before defeating Ratna Byanjankar. Likewise, Prem Krishna Maharjan, Keshav Shrestha, Uttam Raj Thapa, Rabindra Shakya and Rajan Chhetry are joint third with 4.5 points. — HNS