Gurung enters final

LALITPUR: Gam Bahadur Gurung entered the Men’s Masters final beating Ajay Singh 9-6, 9-5, 9-6 in the National Squash Championship held at the Squash Academy in Satdobato on Thursday. Prem Singh defeated Ananta Keshar Singh and Lal Bahadur Gurung edged past Dilip Adhikari to reach the semi-finals in the same event. Suresh Kumar Gurung registered a 9-1, 9-2, 9-4 victory over Prajwol Gurung in the Men’s Open while Bhawana Sunuwar cruised past Krishna Thapa 9-0, 9-1, 9-1 and Tshitiz Gurung beat Manida Shah 9-2, 9-6, 9-0 in Women’s Open. — HNS

National karate

KATHMANDU: Nepal Karate Federation is organising the National Karate Selection Tournament from June 18-20 at the National Sports Council covered hall. The objective of the long-pending tournament is to select and prepare players for the 10th South Asian Games to be held in Sri Lanka in August. Teams from five development regions, national team and three departmental teams (Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and Nepali Army) will take part in the selection tournament, the organisers said on Thursday. — HNS

Inter-school soccer

LALITPUR: Laboratory School defeated New Life English Secondary School 3-0 in a match marred by sent offs in the Coca Coal Inter-school Football Tournament here on Thursday. Deepesh Gurung, Deepak Kunwar and Lok Bahadur Bote scored a goal each for Laboratory School. Kabin Maharjan of the winning team and Binod Subba of New Life School were sent off after a brawl in the 66th minute. In the other match, Mount Kailash Boarding School beat Bishnumati Higher Secondary School 2-1. Anil Mahat and Nigma Tsering scored one goal each for Mount Kailash while Bishal Ghimire pulled one back for Bishnumati. — HNS

Martyn retires

LIVERPOOL: Everton goalkeeper Nigel Martyn retired on Thursday after learning that he needs surgery to repair a damaged ankle. Former England goalkeeper Martyn hadn’t played since January due to a cracked bone, but was to be offered a new deal by Everton. However, Martyn was advised after a scan to have a pin inserted in his ankle. “It was a decision based on being able to live a normal sort of life afterwards,” Martyn told the club’s Web site. — AP

Austrian Open

OBERWALTERSDORF: Colin Montgomerie dodged trouble to birdie the ninth and 18th holes at the BA-CA Austrian Open, helping him to a 4-under-par 67 and share of the early lead on Thursday. His fellow Scot, Alastair Forsyth, France’s Gregory Bourdy and Ireland’s David Higgins also shot 67. Montgomerie, who started on the back nine, put his second shot on the par-5 18th into the grandstand. But he was able to take a free drop, and chipped to inside three feet for a birdie. On the ninth, he picked up another shot despite hitting into a flower bed on the par 5 to finish with five birdies. — AP