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SLC to support girls’ school big matches in 2018

Views - 6 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:55

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) in a bid to popularise women’s cricket in the country has decided to support the big matches of 30 identified girls’ schools during the year 2018. SLC will provide a grant of Rs. 100,000 for each game and in addition will


“Politicians are destroying cricket in Sri Lanka”: Murali

Views - 8 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:19

Sri Lankan cricket is a mess because politicians have taken over, and with little or no knowledge of the game they are destroying the institution with every passing day, cricket legend Muttiah Muralitharan said. In an interview with Indian Economic T


Beware the Hamilton fightback, warns Rosberg

Views - 2 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:18

London (Reuters): Lewis Hamilton’s Formula One rivals should beware the backlash because the four-time world champion’s dip in form will not last long, his former Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg has warned.


Sri Lanka needs more sevens exposure

Views - 48 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:18

The Sri Lanka rugby sevens outfit who was at the Commonwealth Games 2018 showed some class in the opening minute of play in all three games but lacked continuity and sustaining of the full game, with missing out on first tackles constantly occurring.


Sharapova to make grasscourt return in Birmingham

Views - 4 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:17

(Reuters): Former world number one, Maria Sharapova, will compete at the Birmingham Classic grasscourt event in the lead-up to Wimbledon, Britain’s Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) announced yesterday (18 April).


Surrey open to Warner, Smith county deals

Views - 4 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:16

ESPNCricinfo: Surrey head coach Michael Di Venuto has left the door ajar for David Warner and Steven Smith to play for the county during their ball-tampering bans if the ECB were to permit the pair to be available for the English domes


Sloppy Tottenham held by resolute Brighton

Views - 3 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:16

(Reuters): Tottenham Hotspur were held to a 1-1 draw at Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday (17 April), giving fresh hope to Chelsea in the battle for a Premier League top-four finish while edging the hosts further away from the relegation zone.


BBC outbid for rights to England’s tours to Sri Lanka and West Indies

Views - 9 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:15

The BBC has suffered a significant setback after being outbid for the radio broadcasting rights for England’s tours to Sri Lanka and the West Indies next winter. The live ball-by-ball radio rights have been bought by talkSPORT, which is also close


Cricket Australia to begin hunt for new coach on Friday

Views - 5 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:15

ESPNCricinfo: Cricket Australia (CA) will begin the process of appointing a new head coach this Friday (20 April), even as one report suggested that Justin Langer is all but confirmed as Darren Lehmann’s replaceme


Tag Rugby Carnival, Sports Medical Camp, Hawker Style Food Street and more at Bradby Fiesta 2018

Views - 51 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:00

With the extravagance, the festivities and the carnival atmosphere to add to the excitement of the most anticipated game of school rugby, the stage is all set for the after party Bradby Fiesta 2018, to kick-start with the signal of no-side, marking t


Zlatan Ibrahimovic joins Visa ahead of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Views - 8 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:00

San Francisco, CA: Visa Inc. announced professional footballer, Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be the new face of its global marketing campaign in anticipation of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. As the Official Payment Services Partner of FIFA, Visa, in col


Qatar Airways celebrates inaugural E-Prix in Rome as Official Airline Partner

Views - 6 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:00

After expanding its highly-successful sponsorship of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship earlier this year, Qatar Airways this weekend celebrated its partnership in Rome where the airline was represented a


Fox Hill Supercross 2018 made hot & spicy with Prima KottuMee

Views - 4 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:00

True to its nature Prima KottuMee has leapt back into action, this time into the very heart of it all, as the main sponsor of the Fox Hill Supercross 2018. Organised by the Sri Lanka Military Acade


Mahagastotte Hill Climb powered by Mobitel

Views - 16 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:00

Mobitel partnered with Ceylon Motor Sports Club to sponsor the eagerly-anticipated Mahagastotte Hill Climb Race at Mahagastotte Hill, which has become a regular feature in the motor sports calendar in Sri Lanka. By


Rugby to expand worldwide: World Rugby’s Mark Egan

Views - 11 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:58

World Rugby Competition and Performance Head Mark Egan, speaking to media at the Commonwealth Rugby Sevens 2018 in Gold Coast, said: “We have opened the bids for the World Series selection process for 2018/2019 venues. We want to include or change


Japan hails school clerk who won Boston Marathon

Views - 7 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:56

Tokyo, AFP: Japan on Tuesday hailed local school clerk Yuki Kawauchi, the surprise winner of the Boston Marathon, who called work after his victory to ask for an extra day off to celebrate.


Paris St Germain thrash AS Monaco to clinch Ligue 1 title

Views - 5 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:55

Paris St Germain claimed their seventh Ligue 1 title in emphatic style with a 7-1 home win against defending champion AS Monaco on Sunday (15 April). PSG, who netted four goals in the opening half-hour, have 87 points with five games remaining and le


Russell to return to West Indies squad in fundraiser for Irma-Maria damage

Views - 8 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:53

ESPNCricinfo: Allrounder Andre Russell is set to return to the West Indies squad for the first time since he was banned for a doping-code violation in January 2017, after being named in a 13-man squad for the Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge, a charity


Maskeliya claim Inter-Plantation Cup Championship

Views - 9 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:53

Maskeliya Plantation Plc won the annual Inter-Plantation Cup Championship, the annual rugby Sevens competition held between plantation companies at Darawela recently. Maskeliya Plantations beat Sri Lanka State Plantations Corporation 75-0, James Finl


Afghan leg spinner Rashid will have big impact on IPL, says Moody

Views - 10 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:53

Mumbai (Reuters): “Unique” Afghan leg spinner Rashid Khan will have a major impact on this year’s Indian Premier League for the Hyderabad franchise, coach Tom Moody has predicted.


CDB etches name in MCA record books

Views - 8 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:48

CDB inked an MCA record on the way to claiming the runner-up crown in the MCA ‘C’ Division 50-over League Tournament 2018 for the BMW-Hyundai Trophy.


Lankan Sevens skipper Muthuthanthri says CWG gave team valuable experience

Views - 29 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:45

Despite Sri Lanka losing all three of their Rugby Sevens matches at the Commonwealth Games held in the Gold Coast of Australia they did manage to score first in all of these encounters against Fiji, Wales and Uganda.


Stokes aims to restore England’s Test lustre

Views - 4 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:43

LONDON (AFP): Ben Stokes is desperate to inspire England back to the pinnacle of Test cricket, saying the team has “slacked off” in the past two years, slipping to fifth in the world rankings.


China’s ‘Hawaii’ to allow horse racing, sports lotteries

Views - 6 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:42

BEIJING (AFP): China is encouraging its southern island of Hainan to develop horse racing and introduce a raft of reforms as Beijing pushes the tropical tourism destination as a beacon of openness.


Pakistan tees up first Asian Tour golf event in 11 years

Views - 7 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:41

Karachi (AFP): Pakistan will host its first golf tournament with the Asian Tour in 11 years, organisers announced Tuesday, as international sports gradually returns to a terror-hit country where security has improved.


Pothas quits as Sri Lanka fielding coach

Views - 7 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:39

AFP: South African Nic Pothas has ended his coaching contract with Sri Lanka to spend time with his young family, the island nation’s cricket board said Tuesday.


BMW i increases ties with ABB FIA Formula E championship as race title partner in Berlin

Views - 5 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:32

BERLIN, GERMANY: BMW i has confirmed it’s set to increase its ties with the ABB FIA Formula E Championship as the race title partner of the BMW i Berlin E-Prix on May 19.


Red Bull and Ferrari are prising open the Mercedes grip

Views - 5 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:31

LONDON (Reuters): It may be premature to call the end of an era of Mercedes domination but Daniel Ricciardo’s thrilling win for Red Bull in Shanghai on Sunday marks a clear shift in the Formula One landscape.


Bird holds off late charge from rivals to take victory in Rome

Views - 5 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:28

ROME, ITALY: Sam Bird held his nerve in the closing laps of the CBMM Niobium Rome E-Prix presented by Mercedes EQ and fended off multiple attacks from both Lucas di Grassi and Mitch Evans to etch his name in the history books as the first-ever winner


Manchester City confirmed champions as rivals United lose to West Bromwich in shocker

Views - 8 Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:35

LONDON (Reuters): A week later than they would have preferred Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions on Sunday as second-placed Manchester United suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat by bottom club West Bromwich Albion.


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The glyphosate story – CKDu, food security and national economy

Thursday, 19 April 2018

We in Sri Lanka have a history to be proud of. According to our historical record, the golden age of Sri Lankan agriculture production centres around Polonnaruwa during reign of King Parakramabahu the Great (1153-1186 AD).


President is powerless to remove the Prime Minister

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Some commentators have persistently advanced the proposition that, notwithstanding the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, the President’s power to remove the Prime Minister is intact. It is a view that relies on a literal reading of the Sinhala te


The ‘Trafficbathgoda’ town of Kiribathgoda

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Getting through Kiribathgoda town particularly in the evening after work is a real nightmare. Even the morning is equally bad, creating a huge pileup of vehicles along the main road. In particular, in the evening, to move from Tyre Corporation Junct


Beware of evidence-independent recommendations from academics in positions of power

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

It was just over a year ago that I wrote in this newspaper about the need to fact check politicians and pundits (http://www.ft.lk/article/592541/Fact-checking-politicians-and-pundits). That column was triggered by an evidence-independent claim made a


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