Off-field distractions have created uncertainty: Hathurusingha

Views - 10 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:10

ESPNCricinfo: Sri Lanka have arrived in South Africa in substantial turmoil. Not only have they not won a match since October, the administration and selectors are on poor terms with coach Chandika Hathurusi

Top spot decider in Inter Club League 2018/2019

Views - 26 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:10

A thriller on the cards at the Park A mouth-watering clash is on the card between

Malani Harischandra Challenge Trophy Sabaragamuwa Province Open Ranking Table Tennis Championship

Views - 2 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:00

Malani Harischandra Challenge Trophy Table Tennis tournament was organised by the Dudley Senanayaka Central College Table Tennis Parents Association 2nd took place at Dudley Senanayake Colllege in Thola

Arsenal lose at BATE as Chelsea, Napoli and Inter win in Europa League

Views - 2 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:00

Reuters: Arsenal suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at BATE Borisov on a night forward Alexandre Lacazette will want to forget after being sent off late on, while Chelsea, Inter Milan and Napoli all won away in Europa League last 32 first-leg ties on Thursd

UEFA satisfied with VAR debut in Champions League knockouts

Views - 3 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:00

Reuters: Video Assistant Referee (VAR) “worked perfectly” at all stadiums that hosted the first leg of the last-16 Champions League ties this week, according to UEFA’s chief refereeing officer Roberto Rosetti. VAR was implemented for the first

Turn up stump mics to curb sledging, says Moeen

Views - 3 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): England all-rounder Moeen Ali differs with coach Trevor Bayliss and believes turning up the stump microphones could curb sledging in cricket. West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel was banned for four One-Day Internationals on Wedn

Halep sets up Doha semi-final showdown with Svitolina

Views - 4 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:00

Reuters: Top seed Simona Halep battled past German Julia Goerges 7-6(1) 7-6(6) in the Qatar Open on Thursday to set up a semi-final clash against Ukrainian Elina Svitolina. Playing in her first tournament with new coach Thierry Van Cleemput, Halep ra

India pick Pant ahead of Karthik; Rahul recalled

Views - 4 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:00

MUMBAI (Reuters): Dinesh Karthik’s World Cup hopes suffered a blow on Friday after India named Rishabh Pant as the second wicketkeeper for next month’s home One-Day series against Australia. With Mahendra Singh Dhoni assured of his place behind t

South Africa ahead against Sri Lanka after burst of wickets

Views - 3 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:00

DURBAN, AFP: South Africa took three Sri Lankan wickets in three overs to finish in a strong position on the third day of the first Test on Friday. Sri Lanka, needing 304 to win, were 83 for three at the close, 221 runs short of their target. The t

SLT speedup with Southern Eliyakanda Hill Climb 2019 on 17 Feb.

Views - 47 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), the provider of ultra-fast broadband connectivity in the country together with the Southern Motor Sports Club (SMSC), a club affiliated to the Sri Lanka Automobile Sports, has announced that the ‘Southern Eliyakanda Hill Cl

SLBC Sports Weekly program hosts Anura Tennekoon

Views - 9 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC), the pioneer radio broadcaster in Sri Lanka interviewed Anura Tennekoon the former Sri Lanka cricket captain and former CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket on their new sports program ‘The Sports Weekly’ which i

‘Crawl if you fall’: the Julie Moss story and the strength of the human spirit

Views - 9 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

Thirty-seven years ago, the surprise front-runner Julie Moss collapsed just 15 feet shy of the finish line at the 1982 IRONMAN World Championship in Hawaii. In one of the most famous moments in televised sports history, the 23-year-old fledgling tria

Vishwa Fernando’s success despite the system, not because of it

Views - 10 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

ESPNCricinfo: Before we dwell on Sri Lanka’s good start to the series, let us count off all the ways in which it could all go south from here: nSri Lanka’s innings goes down in a whirl of outside edges and flying bails, before South Africa tear t

Sri Lanka’s green seamers ‘caught us off guard’, admits Quinton de Kock

Views - 4 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

ESPNCricinfo: Quinton de Kock, South Africa’s best batsman on day one of the first Test, has conceded that Sri Lanka’s inexperienced quicks caught his team “off guard” at Kingsmead. There are few real surprises in top-level cricket any more,

England beat West Indies by 232 runs in final test

Views - 5 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

Reuters: England wrapped up a comprehensive 232-run victory over West Indies in the third test in St Lucia on Tuesday after home batsman Roston Chase made a century but got little help. Number five Chase scored an unbeaten 102 for his fifth test ton,

Bandiwewa Maha Vidyalaya, Polonnaruwa and Muslim Madya Maha Vidyalaya, Kalutara clinch U14 trophy

Views - 7 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

The 2018 Under 14 Interschool Football Championship sponsored by Samaposha was held recently for the 10th consecutive year, with over 12,000 eager participants from 500 boys’ schools and 150 girls’ schools across the length and breadth of the cou

Harin promises new Constitution for SL Cricket

Views - 13 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

Sports Minister Harin Fernando yesterday promised to push through long called-for changes to Sri Lanka Cricket’s Constitution, potentially paving the way for a wider range of candidates running for office in future elections.  As it stands, SLC el

Sri Lanka National Rowing Championships 2019 commences

Views - 20 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka National Rowing Championships 2019 kicked off at the Diyawanna Rowing Centre (DRC) from 13 February. This year’s National Championships is unique as the event is conducted in two segments, Junior/Intermediate and Open, whereas in all pre

Japanese referee Kawahara for Havies vs Kandy encounter

Views - 21 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

Rugby will be at its best when the two top teams in the league Kandy SC and Havelock SC lock horns to decide who will have the home advantage for the Super 4 rugby. Kandy SC, the defending champions lead the points table after 13 matches by a single

T20 Club cricket to feature 24 teams

Views - 4 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

The Major T20 Tournament 2018/19 will be worked off with 24 club teams aiming for glory, commencing today. The Clubs will be divided into 4 groups of 6 teams each, with every team playing 5 of the T20 matches. Two teams from each group will move forw

Win for Colombo FC and Defenders FC

Views - 4 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

Colombo Football Club stamped their class at the Dialog Champion League 2018, when they outclassed Sea Hawks Sports Club by 4/0 at the Sugathadasa Stadium. For the winners, goals were scored by M N Mohamed Fazal, T F Bodrix Dimithri and M Zarwan Joha

Steyn grabs advantage for South Africa

Views - 4 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

DURBAN, AFP: Dale Steyn and his fellow fast bowlers enabled South Africa to gain an advantage over Sri Lanka on the second day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Kingsmead in Durban on Thursday. Steyn took four for 48 as South Africa took a firs

Fernando shines as Sri Lanka defy odds

Views - 13 Thursday, 14 February 2019 02:43

DURBAN, AFP: Vishwa Fernando took four wickets as underdogs Sri Lanka heeded new captain Dimuth Karunaratne’s call to “compete in every session” on the first day of the first Test against South Africa at Kingsmead on Wednesday. South Africa, o

Dharmadasa and Co. unveil election manifesto

Views - 25 Thursday, 14 February 2019 02:42

Presidential candidate Jayantha Dharmadasa and his camp yesterday outlined several proposals for Sri Lanka Cricket ahead of this month’s board elections, though the majority of an hour-long media briefing yesterday centred around addressing the mor

85th ‘Battle of the Saints’ to be broadcast live on TV

Views - 18 Thursday, 14 February 2019 00:09

The 85th Battle of the Saints will be telecast live this year, with the games being aired on Dialog Television Channel Number 77, live-streamed on and on the Mobile TV streaming application MyTV, with no data charges applicable for My

Bilal leads the Peterites at Rugby

Views - 20 Thursday, 14 February 2019 00:03

By Shamseer Jaleel St. Peter’s College will be led by flanker/hooker Bilal Hilmy in the 2019 schools rugby season. St. Peter’s will be playing S. Thomas’ for the Archibald Perera Trophy which will be also a tournament game. The Bambalapitiya la

Chatham Luxury Watches brings Omega Trophy to Royal Colombo Golf Club

Views - 24 Thursday, 14 February 2019 00:00

Boutique multi-brand store Chatham Luxury Watches hosted the first Omega Trophy in Colombo on 26 January, in partnership with the Royal Colombo Golf Club. Chatham is the representative for Omega in Sri Lanka. The tournament was followed by cocktails

BAD Premier League 2019

Views - 8 Thursday, 14 February 2019 00:00

The BAD Club, one of the emerging interactive badminton clubs of the country, conducted the BAD Premier League for the first time in the local context. The tournament was held at Chen Active Centre, Maharagama, with the participation of 45 players, r

19th DSI Supersport Schools Volleyball Championship kicks off in April

Views - 6 Thursday, 14 February 2019 00:00

DSI announced the launch of the 19th DSI Supersport Schools Volleyball Championship at a press conference held at Olympic House. The number one footwear manufacturer in the country has come forward, with the support of the Sri Lanka Volleyball Fede

CCC wins Premier League

Views - 10 Thursday, 14 February 2019 00:00

Colombo Cricket Club (CCC) won the Premier League when they defeated the seventh-placed NCC by five wickets at Colts grounds in the Super Eight encounter. Colts Grounds – CCCwon by 5 wickets NCC 411 and 305 in 73.4 overs Chaturanga De Silva 114, Pe

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MMDA, ACJU, politicians and women

Saturday, 16 February 2019

It is 10 years since Justice Saleem Marsoof (JSM) and his committee was appointed to review and make recommendations to reform the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA), passed originally in 1951 and amended in 1954, 1955, 1965 and 1969 before becom

President Trump looked for the failed idea of a wall

Saturday, 16 February 2019

The talks over the “Wall of Trump” between the US-Mexico Border Security broke down with Congressional leaders over the weekend. After the renewed call for a wall at his second State of the Union, President Donald Trump attended a political rally

‘The Man Who Would Be King’: Remembering Anura Bandaranaike on his 70th birth anniversary

Friday, 15 February 2019

‘The Man Who Would Be King’ is the title of a long tale written by Rudyard Kipling in 1888. This very popular story was made into a successful film starring Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Christopher Plummer by the well-known director John Husto

Of pseudo-democrats, discipline and the coming death of liberty?

Friday, 15 February 2019

I despair of our politicos and would-be politicians. Not that they are not all honourable men. From the honourable prime minister to the former defence secretary discharging his duty honourably after premature retirement! But that honour often dresse

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