Kiwi Seifert blitzkrieg gives India its heaviest T20 defeat

Views - 10 Thursday, 7 February 2019 00:00

Reuters: Opener Tim Seifert’s 43-ball 84 helped New Zealand thump India by 80 runs in Wednesday’s first Twenty20 international to hand the tourists their heaviest defeat in the format. Asked to bat on a flat Wellington wicket by Indian skipper Ro

West Indies calls for slow over rate policy to be modified

Views - 5 Thursday, 7 February 2019 00:00

Reuters: The International Cricket Council (ICC) should modify its policy for slow over rates, Cricket West Indies president Dave Cameron said on Tuesday. Speaking in the wake of the suspension of captain Jason Holder from the third test against Engl

Osaka pulls out of Qatar Open with injury

Views - 4 Thursday, 7 February 2019 00:00

TOKYO (Reuters): World number one Naomi Osaka has pulled out of next week’s Qatar Open with an unspecified back injury, tournament organisers said on Tuesday. Osaka, who was set play for the first time since her Australian Open triumph, has suffere

Sarfraz to captain Pakistan at World Cup, says PCB chief

Views - 3 Thursday, 7 February 2019 00:00

Reuters: Sarfraz Ahmed will continue as Pakistan captain at the World Cup in May despite serving a suspension for breaching the anti-racism code, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani said on Tuesday. Sarfraz was suspended for four matches

FIFA says incumbent Infantino is sole candidate for president

Views - 5 Thursday, 7 February 2019 00:00

ZURICH (Reuters): World soccer body FIFA has received just one candidate for its presidential election in June: that of incumbent Gianni Infantino, it said on Wednesday. “Following the call for election issued by the FIFA Council on 10 June 2018, F

Patriots Edelman becomes unlikely Super Bowl MVP

Views - 5 Thursday, 7 February 2019 00:00

ATLANTA (Reuters): Patriots’ Julian Edelman, an undersized wide receiver few thought would ever make a name for himself in NFL, won the Super Bowl MVP trophy on Sunday after his key plays helped lift New England to a 13-3 victory over the Los Angel

Australia to manage return of Smith and Warner

Views - 6 Thursday, 7 February 2019 00:00

SYDNEY (Reuters): Steve Smith and David Warner will not be rushed back into the Australia side as soon as their bans expire next month but coach Justin Langer thinks it would be “crazy” not to include them in the World Cup squad. The former test

Let’s play like a girl?

Views - 218 Wednesday, 6 February 2019 00:10

As we complete 71 years of independence and look back on 2018 – it is unmistakable – once again women and girls from Sri Lanka have emerged triumphant in sport! It was heartening to see a series of news headlines, social media posts and videos c

No quick fixes, Sri Lankan cricket needs a bottom-up overhaul

Views - 19 Wednesday, 6 February 2019 00:00

By Andrew Fidel Fernando ESPNcricinfo: Sri Lanka have lost 16 of their last 18 international matches, so there are rumours floating around about replacing the coach again. Rumours that Sri Lanka Cricket has inquired about the availability of top coac

Chandimal dropped, Karunatne to lead SL in SA

Views - 12 Wednesday, 6 February 2019 00:00

Dinesh Chandimal has been dropped and Dimuth Karunaratne will take over as Captain, Sri Lanka Cricket has announced, among a raft of changes to Sri Lanka’s Test squad ahead of their tour of South Africa later this month. “The National Selectors h

Liverpool stutter in draw at West Ham

Views - 5 Wednesday, 6 February 2019 00:00

REUTERS: Leaders Liverpool faltered in the Premier League title race for the second time in six days as they were held to a 1-1 draw at West Ham United yesterday. After being held at home by Leicester City last Wednesday, then seeing closest rivals M

World Rugby approves new five-a-side competition

Views - 19 Wednesday, 6 February 2019 00:00

REUTERS: World Rugby has given its approval for a new five-a-side version of the sport with an international tournament likely to be held in London this year, according to a report in the Times. The sport’s world governing body is hopeful the short

Standard Chartered launches first-ever global running event along the Belt and Road

Views - 37 Wednesday, 6 February 2019 00:00

Standard Chartered announced the launch of the Standard Chartered Belt & Road Relay, the first-ever global running event spanning the Belt and Road initiative, with the aim of highlighting the bank’s continued commitment to Belt and Road, and the p

Japan have no time to feel sorry for themselves: Yoshida

Views - 5 Tuesday, 5 February 2019 00:00

REUTERS: Japan captain Maya Yoshida says his side must learn from Friday’s painful Asian Cup final defeat and use the experience to make a breakthrough at the next World Cup by getting beyond the last 16 for the first time. Japan had been looking

Qatari goal machine Ali targets Europe move before 2022 World Cup

Views - 8 Tuesday, 5 February 2019 00:00

ABU DHABI, REUTERS: Almoez Ali brushed off a row about his eligibility to scoop an Asian Cup winner’s medal and smash a 23-year-old scoring record on Friday, confirming that Qatar have a potential star in the making for when they host the 2022 Worl

England hold crisis meeting after another thrashing by Windies

Views - 7 Tuesday, 5 February 2019 00:00

REUTERS: England have held a crisis meeting after a second humiliation by the West Indies in as many tests left the team worried by their poor form in a year where they host the World Cup and the Ashes series against Australia, coach Trevor Bayliss s

Smith and Warner to play ‘huge’ part in Ashes series - Paine

Views - 2 Tuesday, 5 February 2019 00:00

CANBERRA, AFP: Skipper Tim Paine yesterday said he expects the banned Steve Smith and David Warner to play “a huge” role in this year’s Ashes series against England, with Australia now in “a really good place”. After a torrid 12 months marr

Qatar celebrates greatest soccer achievement

Views - 7 Tuesday, 5 February 2019 00:00

DOHA, REUTERS: Qatar celebrated its biggest soccer achievement after stunning Japan to win the Asian Cup on Friday, with impromptu street parades marking the country’s long-sought status in a sport that sits at the centre of its economic developmen

Army win

Views - 6 Tuesday, 5 February 2019 00:00

Army hit back with a win over the last placed Air Force 27/15 and their chances for a top four end in the league continued. For Army, their tries were scored by Niroshan Dileepa, Rasika Abeynayake and Danushka Talwatte with Gayan Salinda doing the ki

Sri Lanka Cricket Premier League Tier A Super Eight

Views - 11 Tuesday, 5 February 2019 00:00

Angelo Perera of NCC became only the second cricketer ever after equalling the 81 year-old record to hit twin double centuries in a single first-class match. But his double centuries in each innings were not enough to avoid SSC from getting first inn

Trinity open rugby season with Old Boys encounter

Views - 21 Tuesday, 5 February 2019 00:00

Trinity College under their skipper Reshan Bandaranyake drew with their Old Boys 12/12 in their annual rugby encounter which was played at Trinity College Rugby Stadium in Pallekelle last weekend. Burly Number 8 Rahul Dhanaraj and Trevine Karunathil

Thari’s last minute penalty takes CR through

Views - 9 Tuesday, 5 February 2019 00:00

By Shamseer Jaleel Scores stood at 20-apiece with two minutes of play left when CR & FC playmaker Tharinda Ratwatte was on target with a penalty kick to take his team through in a sensational 23/20 win at Longdon Place. This will give a glimmer of ho

CH end 18-year wait

Views - 14 Tuesday, 5 February 2019 00:00

CH & FC continued their magnificent form in round two when they ended Kandy SC’s winning streak which spanned for 18 years with a magnificent 33 points (four tries, two conversions, three penalties) to 17 points (two tries, two conversions, one pen

Starc takes 10 to lead Australia to 2-0 series win

Views - 4 Tuesday, 5 February 2019 00:00

CANBERRA, REUTERS: Fast bowler Mitchell Starc picked up his second five-wicket haul in the match to lead Australia to a comprehensive 366-run victory in the second test against Sri Lanka and a 2-0 series win at Manuka Oval yesterday. Chasing an impr

Havies beat Police

Views - 8 Tuesday, 5 February 2019 00:00

Havelock SC reached the top of the league table with 35 points (five goals) to 26 points (three goals, one try) win over the Police Sports Club at Havelock Park on Sunday. At the short breather, the Park Club led 21/19 Referee P. Weeranga With this w

Angelo Perera achieves rare double 

Views - 7 Tuesday, 5 February 2019 00:00

By Madushka Balasuriya In the context of the match, Angelo Perera’s nudged single-off Tharindu Ratnayake in the final over before tea was purely academic. Yes, it brought up his second double century of the game, but by that point the game had long

Chandimal says battered team will bounce back in South Africa

Views - 9 Tuesday, 5 February 2019 00:00

CANBERRA, AFP: Sri Lankan skipper Dinesh Chandimal insisted yesterday that his battered team can lift their game and be competitive on the upcoming tour to South Africa despite being outplayed over two Tests by Australia. The visitors lost the openi

Khawaja, Starc return to form as Australia tighten noose

Views - 5 Monday, 4 February 2019 00:01

CANBERRA (Reuters): Usman Khawaja found his scoring touch and fast bowler Mitchell Starc returned to his fiery best as Australia moved within sight of victory in the second test against Sri Lanka at the Manuka Oval yesterday. After Australia, on cour

Australia’s Khawaja admits off-field issue took focus away

Views - 9 Monday, 4 February 2019 00:00

CANBERRA (Reuters): Problems surrounding his family had made it tough for Usman Khawaja to be at the top of his game for Australia, the top-order batsman said after getting back among the runs against Sri Lanka in the second test yesterday. Khawaja

West Indies beat England in second test to clinch series

Views - 9 Monday, 4 February 2019 00:00

REUTERS: Kemar Roach and captain Jason Holder took four wickets each as West Indies thumped England by 10 wickets in the second test in Antigua to gain an unbeatable 2-0 series lead on Saturday. With fellow pace bowler Alzarri Joseph chipping in with

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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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