RIBS, TIA in final


RIBS and TIA entered the final of the Kathmandu Districtwide Inter-school Basketball Tournament, which has been organised by PABSON under the sponsorship of Sipradi Trading, to mark the 78th birthday of Queen Mother Ratna and the 41st Children’s Day. The two-time RIBS will be looking to clinch the running shield when they face first-time finalists TIA on August 27. In all, 31 schools took part in the event. — HNS

Chunlai Bao advances


Fourth seeded Chunlai Bao of China cruised into the second round of the men’s singles at the World Badminton Championships with a 15-1, 15-6 win over Canada’s Bobby Milroy. No 5 Chong Wei Lee of Malaysia overcame a shaky start against the Czech Republic’s Jan Frohlich to advance with a 15-10, 15-0, while sixth-seeeded Indonesian Taufik Hidayat defeated Rodrigo Pacheco of Peru 15-7 15-3. In women’s singles, Mia Audina Tjiptawan of the Netherlands routed Estonia’s Helen Reino 11-0, 11-1 and unseeded German Juliane Schenk upset eighth-seeded Mi Zhou of China 11-2, 11-9. — AP

Jventus take Abbiati


Italian champions Juventus have accepted AC Milan’s offer of help in solving their goalkeeping crisis by taking Christian Abbiati on loan from their Serie A rivals for the forthcoming season. Juve will be without Gianluigi Buffon for the first three months of the season after the Italy international dislocated his right shoulder in last week’s Berlusconi trophy match against AC Milan. And with Buffon’s deputy Antonio Chimenti not considered good enough, Juve have taken up AC Milan’s offer made by AC Milan owner and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. — AFP