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Rain forces suspension of play in historic Pakistan Test

Views - 5 Saturday, 14 December 2019 00:20

RAWALPINDI, AFP: Pakistan’s first home Test in a decade was affected by bad weather Friday, with rain and an already sodden pitch forcing officials to suspend play on the third day of the contest against Sri Lanka. After day three’s first session


Inter Club Rugby League 2019/2020 Two unbeaten teams meet at Nittawela

Views - 21 Saturday, 14 December 2019 00:05

Two unbeaten teams in the Inter Club Rugby League, Kandy Sports Club and Army Sports Club, will lock horns today at the Nittawela Rugby Stadium today. Kick-off is scheduled at 3.45 p.m. Kandy, though won


Having Mickey Arthur as coach “a big advantage”: Dimuth Karunaratne

Views - 7 Saturday, 14 December 2019 00:04

ESPNCricinfo: Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne, who has a strong side at his disposal in Pakistan, feels it is a “great pleasure to play a part” in the revival of Test cricket in the country. When Sri Lanka toured Pakistan for a white-ball se


SLB to kick off ‘Gamin Ratata Badminton’ in Ambalangoda

Views - 6 Saturday, 14 December 2019 00:02

Sri Lanka Badminton, in association with its Provincial and District Badminton Development Committee, will host the ‘Gamin Ratata Badminton’ program at the Dharmasoka College Indoor Stadium in Ambalangoda on 14 – 15 December. The Gamin Ratata


Madawala Madina to play their maiden game in rugby today

Views - 10 Saturday, 14 December 2019 00:02

Madawala Madina National School will play the first rugby encounter in their 86-year-old school history when they host Sarasavi Uyana School in Madawala today. Kickoff is scheduled for 3.30 p.m.


Home advantage good as gold for SEA Games hosts, yet again

Views - 4 Saturday, 14 December 2019 00:02

CLARK, AFP: The Philippines easily topped the Southeast Asian Games medal table with 149 golds, continuing a rich tradition at the regional Olympics whose flexible sporting program is usually skewed in the hosts’ favour. The Philippines’ best-eve


Woods to sit out Saturday fourballs at Presidents Cup

Views - 4 Saturday, 14 December 2019 00:02

MELBOURNE (Reuters): United States captain Tiger Woods has decided to sit out Saturday morning’s fourball matches against the Internationals at the Presidents Cup. Justin Thomas, whose partnership with Woods at Royal Melbourne has helped keep the U


Asia Rugby Under-19 Division 1 Final Sri Lanka favoured to win

Views - 618 Saturday, 14 December 2019 00:02

Sri Lanka Youth rugby players under Thulaib Hassen will be all out for a win against Philippines in the final of the Asia Rugby Under-19 Division 1 encounter at Yongchuan Sports Centre in China today. Before this encounter both Thailand and China wil


Australia, New Zealand launch joint bid for 2023 women’s World Cup

Views - 4 Saturday, 14 December 2019 00:02

SYDNEY (Reuters): Australia and New Zealand have launched a joint bid backed by both governments to bring the women’s soccer World Cup to the southern hemisphere for the first time in 2023. The bid to host the women’s World Cup, the first to feat


Five Australians in top bracket for IPL auction

Views - 5 Saturday, 14 December 2019 00:02

MUMBAI (Reuters): Five Australians are among seven overseas cricketers who have enlisted themselves at the highest base price of INR 20 million (about $279,000) for the Indian Premier League auction next week, the Indian cricket board (BCCI) said on


Second half burst takes Cops through

Views - 9 Saturday, 14 December 2019 00:01

Police Sports Club put up yet another sensational display when they made a bold second half comeback to beat Sri Lanka Navy Sports Club by 26 points (4 tries,3 conversions) to 18 points (2 tries, 1 conversion, 2 penalties) at Welisara yesterday. At t


MCA Girls Academy excels in MCA Inter Academy U-15

Views - 3 Saturday, 14 December 2019 00:00

MCA Girls Academy Team, coached by Shashikala Siriwardena, performed quite well against Brendon Kuruppu’s Boys Team in the ongoing ‘DFCC Junior Trophy – 14th MCA Inter Academy U-15/30-Over League Tournament 2019’ continued on Thursday 12 Dece


“Don’t worry about the lines – you say you’re Sri Lankan”

Views - 4 Saturday, 14 December 2019 00:00

ESPNCricinfo: Mohammad Abbas broke a Pakistan Test drought that had lasted 10 years, nine months and nine days when he shuffled in to bowl at 9.45am, but for me the wait was slightly longer. The plan had been to be


Leicester show no sign of giving up title chase

Views - 8 Friday, 13 December 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): Widespread pre-season predictions of a two-horse Premier League title race look like being proved correct but the fact it is Leicester City, not Manchester City, vying with Liverpool has provided a novel twist to the plot. Should Le


Jesus hat-trick gives Man City 4-1 win at Dinamo

Views - 5 Friday, 13 December 2019 00:00

ZAGREB (Reuters): Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus netted a superb hat-trick as they came from behind to beat Croatian title holders Dinamo Zagreb 4-1 away in an entertaining Champions League Group C clash on Wednesday. City, who had already sec


Madina National School commences playing rugby

Views - 58 Friday, 13 December 2019 00:00

Text and Pix by Shamseer Jaleel Madina National School will be starting rugby at the Under-14 level when they meet Sarasaviya College, Peradeniya on 14 December in Madawala in the Central Province.  This encounter will kick off at 3.00 p.m. Dhananja


Barça and Real face stern tests ahead of Clasico

Views - 5 Friday, 13 December 2019 00:00

MADRID (Reuters): Barcelona and Real Madrid are level on points at the La Liga summit and both face stern tests this weekend ahead of their rearranged Clasico clash next Wednesday. Barça travel to the Basque Country to take on fourth-placed Real So


Ferrari to launch 2020 car on Feb 11

Views - 7 Friday, 13 December 2019 00:00

MARANELLO, Italy (Reuters): Ferrari will launch their new Formula One car on Feb 11 and expect it to have less outright speed than this year’s but be better equipped to take the fight to champions Mercedes after a disappointing 2019. Team boss Matt


Labuschagne ton stalls Kiwis in day-night Test

Views - 5 Friday, 13 December 2019 00:00

PERTH, AFP: Emerging Australian batsman Marnus Labuschagne on Thursday posted his third successive Test century to frustrate a resilient New Zealand attack on the opening day of the first Test in Perth. After Australia won a potentially pivotal toss


Historic Pakistan-Sri Lanka Test hit by bad weather; Dhananjaya solid

Views - 6 Friday, 13 December 2019 00:00

RAWALPINDI, AFP: Heavy rain and bad light hit the second day of the historic Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Rawalpindi on Thursday, Pakistan’s first home Test since a deadly attack in 2009. Sri Lanka, resuming at 220-5, had progressed to 22


Kohli floors West Indies to secure T20 series win

Views - 4 Friday, 13 December 2019 00:00

MUMBAI (Reuters): India captain Virat Kohli led a six-hitting fest against West Indies during a blistering unbeaten knock of 70 off 29 balls, guiding his team to a 67-run series-clinching victory in the third and final Twenty20 international on Wedne


Hong Kong Sevens curtain-raising Rugby Tens scrapped

Views - 8 Friday, 13 December 2019 00:00

Hong Kong, AFP: Hong Kong’s international Rugby Tens tournament in April next year – a curtain raiser to the city’s famous Sevens -- has been cancelled, the latest sporting event to fall victim to seething political unrest. Organisers for the 1


Saudi Arabia to host first-ever women’s golf tournament in March 2020

Views - 8 Friday, 13 December 2019 00:00

Reuters: Saudi Arabia will host its first ever golf tournament for women from March 19-22 next year at the Royal Greens Golf & Country Club in Jeddah, with 108 professionals set to participate. The Ladies European Tour (LET) event will be staged in c


Kandy to be tested by unbeaten Army

Views - 93 Friday, 13 December 2019 00:00

Defending league champions Kandy Sports Club will be under pressure to perform well when they confront an unbeaten Army outfit at Nittawela. Although Kandy won both their matches against Air Force and Navy, they looked off colour in their last encou


Pakistan dominate Sri Lanka in first home Test in ten years

Views - 11 Thursday, 12 December 2019 01:02

Rawalpindi, AFP: Test cricket made its long-awaited return to Pakistan after a deadly attack in 2009, with the home team led by fast bowler Naseem Shah dominating Sri Lanka on Wednesday. Naseem, who is just 16, grabbed 2-51 on the opening day of the


Australian Barty named WTA Player of the Year

Views - 5 Thursday, 12 December 2019 01:01

London (Reuters): Australia’s Ash Barty has been named WTA Player of the Year after capturing her maiden Grand Slam singles title and reaching the top of the world rankings. The 23-year-old, who quit tennis to play cricket in 2014 before returning


Afghanistan reappoint Asghar Afghan as captain for all formats

Views - 7 Thursday, 12 December 2019 00:59

Mumbai (Reuters): Former Afghanistan cricket captain Asghar Afghan has been brought back to replace Rashid Khan and lead the team in all formats, the country’s cricket board (ACB) said on Wednesday. “As per the decision by ACB Top management, sen


South Africa beat New Zealand to win Dubai Sevens

Views - 9 Thursday, 12 December 2019 00:57

South Africa ended a run of three defeats against New Zealand to win a seventh Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens title. South Africa lead the standings after the first of ten events in a season that culminates in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Jap


Sri Lanka outclass China

Views - 38 Thursday, 12 December 2019 00:55

The Sri Lanka rugby outfit under Thulaib Hassen outclassed the hosts China by 39 points (5 tries, 1 conversion, 4 penalties) to 14 points (2tries, 2 conversions) in China yesterday at the Asia Rugby Under 19 Division 1 encounter yesterday. Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka finish with 40 gold medals

Views - 16 Thursday, 12 December 2019 00:43

Sri Lanka added another gold, two silvers and four bronze medals to their final tally and finished third overall as the 13th South Asian Games (SAG) came to an end at the Dasarath Stadium in Kathmandu, Nepal yesterday. Pugilist Rumesh Sandakelum del


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