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Maxxis grips onto Ironman triathlon fever

Views - 7 Monday, 18 February 2019 00:00

A year since the successful conclusion of the international sporting event IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon, over 500 athletes are said to be gearing for yet another edition of this prestigious event. One of them, a rally specialist who has shifted gears from


HNB partners 85th Battle of the Saints

Views - 11 Monday, 18 February 2019 00:00

HNB, one Sri Lanka’s leading private sector banks, will power the 85th Battle of the Saints annual cricket encounter between St. Joseph’s College and St. Peter’s College, as the platinum sponsor. Schoolboys and ‘old boys’ will descend on th


Seylan Bank clinches 28th mercantile basketball championship

Views - 6 Monday, 18 February 2019 00:00

Seylan Bank’s women basketball team clinched the women’s A Division level two title at the 28th mercantile basketball league championship which concluded recently at the Henry Pedris Sports Complex in Colombo. Organised by the Mercantile Associat


Sudden calm among almost all competitors

Views - 5 Monday, 18 February 2019 00:00

After a week which ended in a sudden silence, Navod Paranavithana of Mahinda College still holds on to his lead in All-Island Schools as the end of the 18th week results of the Dialog 4G-the Sunday Times Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2


Man City end Newport’s Cup dream to reach quarter-finals

Views - 4 Monday, 18 February 2019 00:00

Reuters: Manchester City endured some anxious moments but escaped from fourth-tier Newport County with their FA Cup hopes intact as Phil Foden scored twice in an ultimately comfortable 4-1 fifth-round victory on Saturday. Newport, 82 rungs below City


Finch’s Renegades win Melbourne derby BBL final as Stars implode

Views - 4 Monday, 18 February 2019 00:00

MELBOURNE (AFP): Aaron Finch’s Melbourne Renegades clinched their first Big Bash League title Sunday after city rivals the Stars imploded during a tense run chase. Chasing 146 to win at Docklands Stadium, Glenn Maxwell’s men were 93 without los


Guptill century secures ODI series for New Zealand over Bangladesh

Views - 4 Monday, 18 February 2019 00:00

CHRISTCHURCH, AFP: A rejuvenated Martin Guptill produced his second century in as many games as New Zealand wrapped up their one-day series against Bangladesh with an eight-wicket win in Christchurch on Saturday. It followed a similar overwhelming e


Du Plessis on Durban drama: “This is what Test cricket should be”

Views - 12 Monday, 18 February 2019 00:00

ESPNCricinfo: His team ended up on the losing side in one of the most dramatic finishes in recent memory, but after South Africa’s one-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka in the first Test at Kingsmead, captain Faf du Plessis insisted: “This is what Test


Di Grassi snatches win from Wehrlein with frantic finish in Mexico City

Views - 5 Monday, 18 February 2019 00:00

Lucas di Grassi stole the victory from under the nose of Pascal Wehrlein in a sensational sprint to the finish line on the final lap in Mexico City. Wehrlein, who led the entirety of the E-Prix and was on course for his first-ever victory in Formula


Korda keeps it in the family to win LPGA Australian Open

Views - 8 Monday, 18 February 2019 00:00

ADELAIDE (AFP): Nelly Korda added to an amazing family tradition of winning top titles Down Under by claiming the LPGA Australian Open by two shots in Adelaide and celebrating with a scissors kick Sunday. The world number 16 American has been the fo


Police beat Navy

Views - 9 Monday, 18 February 2019 00:00

Police Sports Club secured their 4th win this season when they beat Navy SC by 26 points (1 goal, 2 tries, 3 penalties) to 17 points (2 goals, 1 penalty) win at Welisara yesterday. At the short breather Police led 15/10. Referee – Tasuka Kawahara


Kusal Perera advances 58 places after monumental effort

Views - 9 Monday, 18 February 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Perera has advanced an astonishing 58 places in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after a memorable performance helped his team score a thrilling one-wicket victory over South Africa in Durban. Perera’s gain is one of m


“Just doing my job”, says ‘superman’ Perera after epic Sri Lanka win

Views - 20 Monday, 18 February 2019 00:00

DURBAN, AFP: Match-winner Kusal Perera insisted “all I did was my role” after his epic 153 not out took Sri Lanka to a dramatic one-wicket victory over South Africa in the first Test at Kingsmead on Saturday. Perera scored 67 of his runs in an u


Sensation Perera hailed for Test-winning heroics

Views - 138 Monday, 18 February 2019 00:00

AFP: Kusal Perera became a national hero in Sri Lanka on Sunday after scoring an unbeaten 153 to guide his country to a sensational first Test victory in South Africa. The country’s cricket legends and politicians lauded Perera, who has become a l


Havies secure number 1 spot in league

Views - 17 Monday, 18 February 2019 00:00

What a sensational win it was after many at commencement of the season wrote them off. Martis and his boys did the club proud to take them to the top spot after the conclusion of their 14 games in round 1 and 2 when they edged out the defending champ


Perera and Fernando, the highest last-wicket stand in a successful chase

Views - 6 Monday, 18 February 2019 00:00

ESPNCricinfo: 78* – The final-wicket partnership between Kusal Perera and Vishwa Fernando – the highest-ever in a successful chase. The previous was 57 between Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mushtaq Ahmed against Australia in Karachi in 1994. The Perera-Fern


Off-field distractions have created uncertainty: Hathurusingha

Views - 14 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 - 30 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 - 3 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 - 5 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 - 55 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 - 13 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 - 11 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,


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Discipline and the devil’s disciples

Monday, 18 February 2019

That coach who repeatedly slapped a boy under his care has generated a storm of controversy on social media. On one side are aunties, bleeding hearts, civil rights champions et al who are outraged or at the very least shocked or surprised. On the oth


SL growth profile: Arrest moving down the staircase immediately to avoid hard landing on the floor

Monday, 18 February 2019

Strong message in the Sri Lanka Development Update 2019 Sri Lanka Development Update for 2019 was released by the World Bank last week. This document contains a review by the bank’s residential staff of the present state of the country’s economy


Prudential banking and saga of MTD Walkers

Monday, 18 February 2019

The matters referred to in the article under this title published in the Daily FT (15 February) are spotlighted in more detail under this scrutiny. While the general attention of the public remains more focused on recently arrested underworld kingpin


Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe’s empty rant

Monday, 18 February 2019

Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe (WR) has joined President Sirisena’s reckless verbal onslaught on the Constitutional Council (CC) that was set up by the 19th Amendment (Daily Mirror 15 February). I use “verbal onslaught” intentionally since, as


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