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Over 60 teams compete at the Inaugural SLASSCOM Cricket Carnival 2019

Views - 4 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:10

The Sri Lankan Association of Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM) is pleased to host the inaugural SLASSCOM Cricket Carnival (SLCC) 2019 on 27 April at the CH&FC grounds from 10.00 a.m. onwards. This promises to be an exciting tournament with


PSG win sixth French title in seven years

Views - 4 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:10

PARIS, AFP: Paris Saint-Germain won the French Ligue 1 title for a sixth time in seven seasons yesterday after second-placed Lille could only draw 0-0 at Toulouse. Qatar-backed PSG are now 16 points ahead of Lille who have five games to play after a


Singer League 2019: Plate Kingswood hand off Sumangala

Views - 8 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:00

By Shamseer Jaleel Kingswood College scored an easy 58/18 win over Sri Sumangala College, Kandy in their Singer League 2019 Plate encounter which worked off at the Nittawela Rugby Stadium on 20 April. At the short breather, the winners led 22/13. Kin


Barcelona put one hand on La Liga title after edging past Sociedad

Views - 3 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:00

Barcelona (Reuters): Barcelona closed in on the La Liga title on Saturday after earning a hard-fought 2-1 win over Real Sociedad at the Nou Camp, with goals from defenders Clement Lenglet and Jordi Alba restoring their nine-point lead at the top of t


Steve Smith says two weeks away from full recovery

Views - 5 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:00

Mumbai (Reuters): Steve Smith has laid to rest concerns about his fitness and form ahead of Australia’s Cricket World Cup title defence and said he is two weeks away from completely recovering from the elbow surgery he underwent earlier this year.


Amir left out of Pakistan’s provisional World Cup squad

Views - 3 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:00

Reuters: Fast bowler Mohammad Amir was left out of Pakistan’s 15-man preliminary World Cup squad but will feature in their warm-up games against England, the country’s cricket board (PCB) said on Thursday. Since producing a match-winning three-w


Pakistan’s Shadab ruled out of England tour with illness

Views - 3 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:00

Karachi (Reuters): Pakistan all-rounder Shadab Khan faces a race against time to be fit for the Cricket World Cup after he was ruled out of the limited-overs series in England with an illness. The 20-year-old has played 34 one-day internationals for


Nadal blown away by Fognini in Monte Carlo semis

Views - 3 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:00

Monte Carlo (Reuters): Rafa Nadal suffered a shock 6-4 6-2 semi-final defeat against flamboyant Italian Fabio Fognini at the Monte Carlo Masters on Saturday, showing rare signs of weakness five weeks before the French Open. The 11-time champion’s l


Australia beat Belarus to make first Fed Cup final since 1993

Views - 3 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:00

Brisbane, AFP: Australia powered into its first Fed Cup final since 1993 on Sunday with Ashleigh Barty and Samantha Stosur clinching the deciding fifth rubber in Brisbane against Belarusian pair Victoria Azarenka and Aryna Sabalenka. Their battling


Everton hand woeful Manchester United a 4-0 hammering

Views - 3 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:00

Reuters: A woeful Manchester United suffered their fifth straight away defeat, in all competitions, with a 4-0 Premier League hammering at the hands of a vibrant Everton at Goodison Park yesterday. Brazilian Richarlison fired Everton ahead in the 13t


Singer League: All matches postponed

Views - 9 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:00

Singer League 2019 second round Cup and Plate segment matches which were supposed to be played yesterday and today were postponed for a future date which will be notified by the organisers. The postponed Cup matches are as follows. St. Joseph’s vs


Ton-up Kohli hails Moeen for crucial IPL win

Views - 5 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:00

KOLKATA, AFP: Virat Kohli scored his first IPL century of the year, then paid tribute on Saturday to Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate Moeen Ali for setting up a crucial second win of the season. “Moeen changed the game completely and that allo


Juventus clinch eighth Serie A title in a row

Views - 5 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:00

TURIN (Reuters): Juventus overcame their European blues when they fought back to beat Fiorentina 2-1 at home on Saturday and claim the Serie A title for a remarkable eighth season in a row. Knocked out of the Champions League by Ajax in the quarter-


‘Chris Gayle changed my life in terms of power hitting’: Andre Russell

Views - 6 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:00

Andre Russell, the West Indies all-rounder, has been in phenomenal batting form in the Indian Premier League 2019, accumulating 377 runs at 75.40 at a strike-rate of 220.46. His team, Kolkata Knight Riders, fell short against Royal Challengers Bangal


Manchester City edge out Spurs to top Premier League

Views - 5 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:00

London (Reuters): Phil Foden’s first Premier League goal ensured Manchester City edged past Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 on Saturday to return to the top of the Premier League and avenge their Champions League elimination by Mauricio Pochettino’s side.


India fines cricketers for ‘sexist’ chat show remarks

Views - 5 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:00

NEW DELHI, AFP: India’s cricket board on Saturday fined players Hardik Pandya and Lokesh Rahul $ 29,000 each for making sexist remarks on a TV chat show that saw them ordered home from a tour of Australia. Pandya “must make amends” for boastin


Viper and Kastro conduct Level 2 in Kandy

Views - 38 Friday, 19 April 2019 00:00

By Shamseer Jaleel Former Antonian and top class rugby educators, Nihal Viper (jnr) Gunaratne and Ananda Kasturiarachchi both conducted World Rugby Level 2 program in Kandy at the Nittawela Rugby ground club house. The following 11 completed the sess


Lee and Viper conduct Level 3

Views - 12 Friday, 19 April 2019 00:00

Prof. Lee Smith and Viper (jnr) Gunaratne both conducted a level 3 program for leading rugby coaching staff/players in Sri Lanka recently. The following attended the training sessions which is continuity where they will need to submit reports plus at


Five takeaways from England’s CWC 2019 squad

Views - 9 Friday, 19 April 2019 00:00

The exclusion of uncapped all-rounder Jofra Archer was the biggest talking point as host nation England announced their preliminary 15-man ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup squad. From the back-up spinner to the back-up back-up batsman, we take a look at


Match-winners galore, South Africa can end World Cup agony: Steyn

Views - 4 Friday, 19 April 2019 00:00

Mumbai (Reuters): South Africa are loaded with match-winners and, with a little bit of luck, can end their World Cup agony at this year’s 50-over tournament in England, fast bowler Dale Steyn has said. South Africa’s World Cup adventures have end


African soccer whistleblower fired after accusing boss of corruption

Views - 5 Friday, 19 April 2019 00:00

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters): African soccer’s ruling body has fired a senior official after he made corruption accusations against the organisation’s president in a potential blow to FIFA’s efforts to clean up the game after a raft of scandals world


Singer league 2019 round 2 kicks off; Isipathana hold the edge

Views - 21 Friday, 19 April 2019 00:00

By Shamseer Jaleel Isipathana placed number 2 in their group will lock horns with the gutsy Thomians outfit in the Cup encounter which will be worked off on 22 April in Mount Lavinia. The only unbeaten team in round 1, Joes led by Tharindu De Alwis a


Spurs stun City to go through after seven-goal thriller, VAR drama

Views - 5 Friday, 19 April 2019 00:00

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters): After an astonishing encounter at the Etihad Stadium, Tottenham Hotspur reached the semi-finals of the Champions League on away goals following a 4-3 defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday. Spurs, who won the first leg


Amla edges out Hendricks to make South Africa’s World Cup squad

Views - 6 Friday, 19 April 2019 00:00

South Africa kept their faith in the experienced Hashim Amla, naming him in their 15-man squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019. His inclusion was the only big question in a South African team that was otherwise more or less settled for the


Selectors shake up squad for World Cup

Views - 263 Friday, 19 April 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka’s selectors have axed roughly half the team that ended the limited overs series in South Africa, and in the process made several left-field picks for their preliminary 15-man World Cup squad. The squad must be finalised by 23 April. Akil


Asian Athletic Championship 2019

Views - 11 Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00

The 23rd Asian Athletic Championship 2019, will be worked off from 21 to 24 April at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha Qatar. More than 700 athletes from 40 countries will run for honours. Asian Athletic Association inception dates back to 1973 were it to


National Age Group Relay Championship 2019

Views - 9 Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00

The National Age Group Relay Championship 2019 will start on 27 April at the Sugathadasa Indoor Swimming Complex commencing at 7 a.m. This annual event will see more than 35 schools confirming the participation with over 900 expected to show their cl


Hutch powers Fox Hill Supercross 2019 edition

Views - 507 Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00

Hutch, Sri Lanka’s fastest growing mobile broadband network, partnered the Fox Hill Supercross as the Title Sponsor for the ninth consecutive year. The 27th Fox Hill Supercross is organised by the Sri Lanka Military Academy, which tests motorists


Smith, Warner return for Australia’s World Cup defence

Views - 8 Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00

Melbourne (Reuters): The return of Steve Smith and David Warner to Australia’s squad for the Cricket World Cup came as little surprise on Monday but selectors still managed to cause a stir by omitting strike bowler Josh Hazlewood and in-form batsma


Iranian female boxer cancels return home after arrest warrant issued

Views - 16 Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00

PARIS (Reuters): The first Iranian woman to contest an official boxing bout has cancelled plans to return home after an arrest warrant was issued for her in Tehran, her representative said yesterday as Iranian authorities issued a denial. Sadaf Khade


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Poignant pondering on a patriarch

Monday, 22 April 2019

Almost five months have gone. It is with a profound sense of sadness that we experienced the demise of our veteran teacher, respected author, legal luminary, an accomplished ambassador, an eminent public servant and an amazing human being, Dr. Wickre


Enemies of democracy – Part I Demand for a strongman to rule the country

Monday, 22 April 2019

I posed the following question to a group of university students recently: ‘Do you desire to have a strongman to rule Sri Lanka today?’ The students, made up of both genders in the age group of 25 to 35, chorused the answer in the affirmative. Wh


The sad demise of Jet Airways

Monday, 22 April 2019

Jet Airways of India, once the premier full-service carrier of the sub-continent, has ceased operations. “Jet Airways and its Board of Directors have been forced to take this extreme measure, as prolonged and sustained efforts with lenders and auth


No more stones to break Sri Lankan bones

Friday, 19 April 2019

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