The unsung Suranga Lakmal

Views - 9 Saturday, 17 August 2019 05:13

With 58 caps and 141 wickets under his belt, a cursory glance at Suranga Lakmal’s Test career wouldn’t warrant a second thought. But say he’s the second most capped fast-bowler in Sri Lanka’s Test history, on the verge of becoming...

Wallabies win could end venue hoodoo, losing run and NZ’s top ranking

Views - 7 Saturday, 17 August 2019 05:12

Australia could not only regain the Bledisloe Cup and end an Eden Park hoodoo with a win over the All Blacks on Saturday but also end New Zealand’s decade-long reign at the top of the world rankings.

Osaka survives Hsieh to reach quarters in Cincinnati

Views - 2 Saturday, 17 August 2019 05:12

World number one Naomi Osaka survived a tough test against Hsieh Su-Wei and eked out a 7-6(3) 5-7 6-2 victory to reach her first ever quarter-final at the Cincinnati Masters on Thursday.

Aleem Dar equals Steve Bucknor’s record for most Tests as umpire

Views - 2 Saturday, 17 August 2019 05:11

When Aleem Dar walked out to the middle at Lord’s for the second Ashes Test on Thursday, 15 August, it was his 128th Test match as an umpire.

Fate of India-Pak Davis Cup tie to be decided after Monday

Views - 1 Saturday, 17 August 2019 05:10

The All India Tennis Association will discuss its concerns over next month’s Davis Cup tie between India and Pakistan with security advisers from the International Tennis Federation (ITF) on Monday, AITA General Secretary Hironmoy Chatterjee has sa

Brendon McCullum named KKR head coach

Views - 3 Saturday, 17 August 2019 05:05

Brendon McCullum is set to take over as head coach at Kolkata Knight Riders for the upcoming season, to go with his appointment as the head coach of Trinbago Knight Riders, the other team owned by the same group, as well.

Watling edges NZ ahead in rollercoaster third day

Views - 5 Saturday, 17 August 2019 05:03

A day that had begun with a potentially match-saving Niroshan Dickwella 61, ended with a potentially match-winning 63 not out from BJ Watling. Such has been the back and forth nature of this Test that both these innings...

Federer stunned by Russian qualifier Rublev in Cincinnati

Views - 3 Saturday, 17 August 2019 05:02

Fearless Russian qualifier Andrey Rublev needed just over an hour to beat Roger Federer 6-3 6-4 in the third round of the Cincinnati Masters on Thursday, the Swiss 20-time Grand Slam champion suffering his quickest defeat for 16 years.

Mithun to lead Havies

Views - 10 Saturday, 17 August 2019 05:01

Former Mahanama College and National Sevens sensation, Mithun Hapugoda will lead the Park Club in the 2019/2020 rugby season which will kick off in October. Defending Clifford Cup champions will need an uphill task....

Van Dijk, Messi and Ronaldo vie for UEFA Player of the Year award

Views - 2 Saturday, 17 August 2019 04:58

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil Van Dijk have been shortlisted for the UEFA Player of the Year award, the sport’s European governing body said on Thursday. While Ronaldo, a three-time winner....

Pochettino unsure if Eriksen will remain at Tottenham

Views - 0 Saturday, 17 August 2019 04:47

Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Christian Eriksen is in contention to start Saturday’s Premier League clash at Manchester City but doubts remain if he will stay at the club beyond the European transfer deadline, manager Mauricio Pochettino said on Frid

Liverpool win Super Cup after penalty shootout

Views - 10 Friday, 16 August 2019 00:00

ISTANBUL (Reuters): Champions League winners Liverpool won the Super Cup 5-4 on penalties against Chelsea on Wednesday after the game ended 2-2 following extra-time. With the first nine penalties all converted, Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham saw his e

Dickwella, Lakmal battle back after Ajaz five-for

Views - 27 Friday, 16 August 2019 00:00

By Madushka Balasuriya  An unbeaten 66-run partnership for the eighth wicket between Niroshan Dickwella and Suranga Lakmal ensured that Sri Lanka were left with a fighting chance at stumps on the second day of the first Test in Galle. At the end of

Sri Lanka’s senior women spikers eye top-placed finish at 2019 Asia Championship

Views - 7 Friday, 16 August 2019 00:00

A 14-member strong senior volleyball team leaves Sri Lankan shores this week to compete for a top finish at the Asian Volleyball Championship 2019, which will be worked off from 18-25 August in Seoul, South Korea. In the previous Asian championship,

Chandrika wins silver, bronze at World Senior Badminton Championships

Views - 8 Friday, 16 August 2019 00:00

Veteran Sri Lankan badminton star, Chandrika de Silva added one more medal to her impressive career when she bagged two medals at the World Senior Badminton Championships in Poland last Sunday. The 11-time national champion won the silver medal in th

National Age Group Swimming Championship 2019 kicks off on 22 Aug.

Views - 19 Thursday, 15 August 2019 00:00

The National Age Group Swimming Championship 2019 will take place from 22-25 August at the Sugathadasa Indoor Swimming Complex. More than 300 participants will show their colours in water sports, which will span for 4 days. Visakha Vidyalaya (Girls

SAG initial pool of 36 players selected

Views - 13 Thursday, 15 August 2019 00:00

By Shamseer Jaleel Sri Lanka pool of 36 players for the 13th South Asian Games, which will take place in Nepal was selected recently. Sri Lanka Aquatic Sports Union (SLASU) has named a 36-member initial pool whom will have their training locally (30)

Rain washes out first two sessions of second Ashes Test

Views - 8 Thursday, 15 August 2019 00:00

LONDON, AFP: Rain has prevented play before tea on the first day of Wednesday’s second Ashes Test between England and Australia at a soaking wet Lord’s. When the match should have been getting underway at 11:00 am (1000 GMT), the square and pitc

Venus stuns holder Bertens in Cincinnati, Serena withdraws

Views - 9 Thursday, 15 August 2019 00:00

Reuters: Former world number one Venus Williams, playing what she called “smart” tennis, beat defending champion Kiki Bertens 6-3 3-6 7-6(4) in the second round of the Cincinnati Masters on Tuesday before her sister Serena withdrew due to back pr

Akila on the comeback trail

Views - 19 Thursday, 15 August 2019 00:00

By Madushka Balasuriya in Galle It was seven years ago, on a rainy evening in Hambantota in November 2012, that Akila Dananjaya, just 19 at the time, was set to make is one-day international debut for Sri Lanka. In the end it was not to be, as rain

Taylor, Akila leave first Test evenly poised as rain looms

Views - 20 Thursday, 15 August 2019 00:00

By Madushka Balasuriya  in Galle Rain brought a premature end to an engrossing opening day’s play in Galle, one which would have undoubtedly been New Zealand’s but for the defiance of Akila Dananjaya. Dananjaya, who would end the day with figure

TV umpires to call front-foot no-balls in ICC trial

Views - 9 Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:00

TV umpires may soon become the sole adjudicators of front-foot no-balls, if planned ICC trials prove successful. The ICC will identify a number of limited-overs series over the next six months for implementing a system where the TV umpire – and not

ITF ‘satisfied’ with Islamabad security plan as India advises more checks for Davis Cup tie

Views - 8 Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:00

MUMBAI (Reuters): Tennis chiefs are satisfied with the current safety plan in place for next month’s Davis Cup tie between Pakistan and India in Islamabad even after the latter asked for another round of security assessment. Pakistan last week expe

Central Province Senior Athletic Championship 2019

Views - 13 Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:00

By Shamseer Jaleel Defending champions, Walala A Ratnayaka Central won both Boys and Girls Senior Athletic Championship titles at the Central Province Inter-Education Zone Track and Field Meet 2019 which concluded at the Bogambara Stadium in Kandy re

Under 17 Singer Cup Cricket: Win for Trinity

Views - 16 Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:00

Trinity College beat Lumbini College by 104 runs in their Under 17 Inter School second round encounter which concluded at the Asgiriiya Stadium in Kandy. Match was reduced to 27 overs due to heavy over-night rain in the Central Hills. Trinity 180 for

“I’ve never been better”: Archer ahead of Ashes debut

Views - 5 Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): England fast bowler Jofra Archer says he has fully recovered from a side strain and is raring to go as he looks poised to make his test debut in the second Ashes test against Australia at Lord’s on Wednesday. Archer, who missed th

Racing Star Kushan Peiris appointed Brand Ambassador for Hutch

Views - 140 Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:00

Hutch, Sri Lanka’s fastest growing mobile broadband network, is proud to tie-up with Sri Lanka’s upcoming young race car driver Kushan Peiris as the Brand Ambassador. This comes in light with Hutch’s sponsorship of the biggest motor racing eve

Murray won’t play US Open singles after loss on return

Views - 7 Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:00

Reuters: Andy Murray announced on Monday he would not play singles at the US Open after losing in his long-awaited return from hip surgery at the Cincinnati Masters. The Scot lost 6-4 6-4 to Richard Gasquet in his first singles match since January be

Venus prevails in opening Cincinnati match

Views - 7 Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:00

Reuters: Former world number one Venus Williams moved through the first round of the Cincinnati Masters when she defeated compatriot Lauren Davis in straight sets on Monday. Wild card Williams won 7-5 6-2 on centre court as she maintained her streak

Commonwealths firm on shooting exclusion despite India threat

Views - 6 Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:00

Reuters: Commonwealth Games chief Louise Martin said shooting will not be part of the 2022 edition in Birmingham despite a threat by India to boycott the entire event in protest. Martin, the Commonwealth Games Federation president, told Britain’s D

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