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Malinga in top bracket for The Hundred draft

Views - 2 Thursday, 17 October 2019 00:45

Sri Lanka T20I Captain Lasitha Malinga has been listed as one of the most expensive players in Sunday’s draft for the new English domestic tournament The Hundred, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced. Australian trio of Steve Smi


Ireland must frustrate the hell out of All Blacks, says D’Arcy

Views - 2 Thursday, 17 October 2019 00:44

TOKYO (Reuters): Ireland must frustrate the All Blacks to the point of error if they are to win on Saturday and reach the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup for the first time, according to 83-cap former Irish centre Gordon D’Arcy. A stunning upset


Mental strength key to Japan’s preparation for South Africa clash

Views - 2 Thursday, 17 October 2019 00:44

TOKYO (Reuters): Attention to detail has been key to Japan’s success so far at the Rugby World Cup, with coach Jamie Joseph preparing the players in camp since January and stressing the need for different game plans for each opponent. This stretche


Viper conducts World Rugby Level 1 coaching

Views - 3 Thursday, 17 October 2019 00:42

Former Antonian, Kandy SC, national player and rugby trainer Viper Gunaratne (Jnr.) assisted by Shamly Nawaz and Rajiv Perera conducted a World Rugby Level 1 coaching program in Colombo recently. 10 of the participants were accredited with the certif


St. Sylvester’s sports balanced side for Singer Under 19 Inter-School Cricket Tournament

Views - 2 Thursday, 17 October 2019 00:41

Sylvester’s College, Kandy is fielding a balanced outfit for the Singer Under 19 Inter-School Cricket Tournament. Despite some early setbacks, after seeing their game against Isipathana College postponed and losing to Nalanda College away in Colomb


Kamil leads Antonians

Views - 3 Thursday, 17 October 2019 00:40

By Shamseer Jaleel Antonians who got promoted this year to the top division in Under-19 cricket will be led by All-Rounder Mohamed Kamil. One of the best school teams produced by the central hills school will be coached by Suneth Gunatilake. They hav


Stuttering Spain draw with Sweden to qualify for Euro 2020

Views - 1 Thursday, 17 October 2019 00:39

STOCKHOLM (Reuters): A stuttering Spain qualified for Euro 2020 as a stoppage-time strike by substitute Rodrigo cancelled out Marcus Berg’s opener for Sweden in a 1-1 draw in Group F on Tuesday. The result left Spain top of the standings on 20 poin


CIS to defend schools team event at NDB Private Wealth Junior Masters Golf Championship 2019

Views - 2 Thursday, 17 October 2019 00:38

A significant and overwhelming response is seen for Sri Lanka’s most popular junior golf tournament, the NDB Private Wealth Junior Masters Golf Championship. Last year’s winners Colombo International School represented by Reshan Algama and Kvahn


Kilinochchi Central College embraces golf

Views - 3 Thursday, 17 October 2019 00:36

Sri Lanka Golf Union the governing body of golf in Sri Lanka taking forward the initiative of creating golf awareness throughout the country, took another step forward with the Sri Lanka Golf Junior Sub-Committee represented by enthusiastic committed


Bulgarian football chief quits in racism row

Views - 8 Wednesday, 16 October 2019 00:25

SOFIA (Reuters): The President of the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) stepped down on Tuesday after the prime minister urged him to quit following racist abuse from Bulgarian fans towards black English players during their Euro 2020 qualifier. Prime M


Ireland weighing up Aki appeal, but preparing for New Zealand showdown without him

Views - 20 Wednesday, 16 October 2019 00:24

TOKYO (Reuters) - Ireland would have to just move on and prepare for their World Cup quarter-final against New Zealand without centre Bundee Aki even if they still may appeal his three-match ban, forwards coach Simon Easterby said yesterday. New Zeal


Ritzbury Junior National Squash C’ship sees action across range of age groups

Views - 12 Wednesday, 16 October 2019 00:23

The 30th Ritzbury Junior National Squash Championship, conducted by the Sri Lankan Squash Federation and sponsored by the Ritzbury brand of CBL Foods Internationals Ltd, saw a series of matches worked off on 14 October. Results Girls’ Under 13 Semi


Formula One to keep three day format with Friday tweaks

Views - 7 Wednesday, 16 October 2019 00:22

LONDON (Reuters): Formula One is to stick with its three-day race format but with changes to the Friday schedule to cater for an expanding calendar, according to the sport’s managing director for motorsport Ross Brawn. Schedule changes have been de


If Wallabies’ backs click, then watch out England, says White

Views - 11 Wednesday, 16 October 2019 00:20

ODAWARA, Japan (Reuters) - An often maligned pack has so far gained most of the plaudits for an under-par Australia in the Rugby World Cup, and scrumhalf Nic White feels if the backs can raise their game to the forwards’ level, England has better w


Tendulkar, Lara to play T20 tournament in India

Views - 10 Wednesday, 16 October 2019 00:20

MUMBAI (Reuters): Batting greats Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara are among former cricketers who will return to the field for the Road Safety World Series in India next year. The World Series will be an annual Twenty20 tournament played between retir


Kosgei among 11 nominees for female athlete of the year

Views - 7 Wednesday, 16 October 2019 00:19

Reuters: Kenya’s marathon world record holder Brigid Kosgei was one of 11 nominees for the IAAF female athlete of the year, athletics’ governing body announced on Tuesday. The 25-year-old Kosgei finished the Chicago Marathon in two hours, 14 minu


‘I don’t look for records, they look for me’: Ronaldo after 700th goal

Views - 9 Wednesday, 16 October 2019 00:19

(Reuters) - Cristiano Ronaldo has lost count of the number of records he has broken, the Portugal forward said after scoring the 700th goal of his career during a 2-1 defeat to Ukraine on Monday. “The records come naturally, I don’t look for them


Undercooked? We’re simmering nicely, says England’s Daly

Views - 9 Wednesday, 16 October 2019 00:17

OITA, Japan (Reuters): England have rubbished suggestions that a two-week break before their World Cup quarter-final against Australia has left them undercooked, with coaches having to step in to cool things down at a white-hot training session yeste


Singer’s Rajitha Priyan delivers dominant spell at MCA ‘B’ Division 50-Over League Tournament

Views - 10 Wednesday, 16 October 2019 00:16

Singer Sri Lanka’s medium pacer Rajitha Priyan claimed the weekend’s spotlight with an incredible bowling performance of 9 overs, 49 runs, 7 wickets, at the ongoing third Fair and Lovely Men – MCA ‘B’ Division 50-Over League Tournament 2020


Singer-MCA Premier League played out amid wet conditions

Views - 10 Wednesday, 16 October 2019 00:16

The weather, which stood firm in the morning, ran out of patience in the afternoon and prevented two of the three matches from going the full distance, with them decided through the Duckworth Lewis method. The game between MAS Unichela and DIMO at K


Teshani, Hasara strike Gold as Sri Lanka return with 6 medals

Views - 14 Tuesday, 15 October 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka’s Teshani Nayanathara and Hasara Wijerathna came from behind to beat their Indian counterparts to win the women’s doubles at the South Asian under-21 Regional Badminton Championship as the team returned home with one Gold, one Silver an


Cargills Bank-Mastercard Rugby World Cup promo winner off to Tokyo

Views - 38 Tuesday, 15 October 2019 00:00

As the ongoing Rugby World Cup continues to inspire and excite ardent fans worldwide, a lucky Cargills Bank Mastercard Credit Card customer has won two all-inclusive tickets to witness the greatest Rugby extravaganza of the year, the 2019 Rugby World


‘Superman’ Saha silences doubters with superior glovework

Views - 10 Tuesday, 15 October 2019 00:00

MUMBAI (Reuters): Wriddhiman Saha’s return to the Indian test side after a long injury-forced absence raised more than a few eyebrows but the wicketkeeper has silenced the doubters with his superlative glovework in the ongoing home series against S


New Zealand’s Hansen glad Japan is on the other side of the draw

Views - 20 Tuesday, 15 October 2019 00:00

TOKYO (Reuters): Japan’s progress to the World Cup quarter-finals has not only enthralled the host nation but it has also made the heavyweights of the rugby world, including defending champions New Zealand, sit up and take notice. Impressed by Sund


Asian Rugby Under-19 Division 1 squad selections held at Nittawela

Views - 85 Tuesday, 15 October 2019 00:00

Asian Rugby Under-19 Division One action between Thailand, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and China will take place from 11-14 December, with the host team yet to be confirmed. The Sri Lankan youth outfit will be selected after the game between Colombo a


Ladies’ College clinch maiden national netball title

Views - 19 Tuesday, 15 October 2019 00:00

Text and pic by Shamseer Jaleel The Ladies’ College Under-18 netball team, led by national Under 21 player Ganya Senanayake, edged out a much-fancied Holy Family Convent, Kurunegala team 37-36 in their final encounter which concluded in Kurunegala


High tackle directive demands cultural change

Views - 11 Tuesday, 15 October 2019 00:00

OITA, Japan (Reuters): A brief exchange in Samoa’s game against Ireland on Friday perfectly encapsulated the internal struggle rugby is undergoing as officials seek to make the game safer in the face of some confusion and blank refusal by those pla


Lakshan century lights up proceedings

Views - 11 Monday, 14 October 2019 00:00

Singer Sri Lanka‘s opening batsman, Lasith Lakshan had the honour of being the first centurion in the ongoing third Fair & Lovely Men MCA ‘B’ Division 50 Over League Tournament 2020, during the match which took place on 9 October. Lasith Laksha


Sachin De Silva seals victory at LECTRA Grand Prix 2019 September Edition

Views - 7 Monday, 14 October 2019 00:00

Sachin De Silva registered a famous victory at the RCGC Course, leading the LECTRA Grand Prix 2019 September Edition from the first round to the fourth round, posting an even par final round to complete a famous victory, four strokes clear of veteran


Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendations 2019 awarded to SLABSA National Coordinator Manoj Fernando

Views - 6 Monday, 14 October 2019 00:00

The Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendations 2019 were awarded to Sri Lanka Baseball/Softball Association (SLABSA) National Coordinator Kachchakaduge Manoj Kaushalya Fernando by Ambassador of Japan to Sri Lanka Akira Sugiyama at a special ceremony


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Facing the chill wind: Decline in agricultural exports in Sri Lanka

Thursday, 17 October 2019

During the past two years, there is a marked increase in the export revenue as indicated in table 1. The export earnings from January to July 2019 also grew by 2.8% compared to the corresponding period of the previous year, despite the uncertainties


The ‘Strategic Blueprint’ of your firm: Articulating your competitive strategy

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Why do many firms fail to achieve their ambitions and growth targets in revenue and profitability? Several reasons can be found and one of the fundamental issues lies with the firm’s leadership not being able to articulate its competitive strategy


Innovation conundrum: We do or don’t do!

Thursday, 17 October 2019

It is perhaps important to highlight the need for seriously considering an aspect that we need to embrace and embed if we are ever to transform our economy from a dependent deprived status to a one worthy of emulation. The aspect in question is innov


Palaly comes to life again

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Today, 17 October, Sri Lanka is scheduled to re-open the Palaly Airport as its third international aerodrome. There will be many who will applaud and give praise for the refurbishment and upgrading of the new airport; and there will be others who wil


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