Ampara Educational Zone triumphs at Samaposha Eastern Provincial School Games

Views - 8 Monday, 5 August 2019 00:00

The Eastern Provincial School Games of the islandwide ‘Samaposha Provincial School Games 2019’ series concluded recently, with the athletes representing the Ampara Educational Zone declared the overall winners. The Paddirippu Educational Zone ath

Anura Rohana wins RCGC Altair Open Championship 2019

Views - 17 Saturday, 3 August 2019 00:10

The RCGC Altair Open Championship was contested by 60 golfers from all over the country with M. Dharma from India being the sole overseas entry from overseas. It was the 3rd consecutive year that Altair sponsored this prestigious tournament, which w

Australia hails return of saviour Smith

Views - 8 Saturday, 3 August 2019 00:08

MELBOURNE (Reuters): After an 18-month exile from test cricket, Steve Smith’s defiant century on day one of the Ashes series restored the former Australian captain to hero status in the eyes of a grateful nation on Friday. Jeered by a hostile Edgba

Rested Hamilton hoping to be fighting fit for Hungary

Views - 13 Saturday, 3 August 2019 00:05

BUDAPEST (Reuters): Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton hopes to be fully fit for Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix after being laid low by a bug in Germany last weekend and then taking to his sickbed. The Mercedes driver won from pole position l

‘Complete’ Ronaldo above everyone else for Virat Kohli

Views - 12 Saturday, 3 August 2019 00:05

MUMBAI (Reuters): Cristiano Ronaldo may not be the most popular footballer in South Korea at the moment but he has an ardent fan in India cricket captain Virat Kohli, who changes his club allegiance every time the Portuguese forward is transferred. L

No fun playing since Australian Open, says out-of-form Osaka

Views - 9 Saturday, 3 August 2019 00:05

Tokyo (Reuters)”: World number two Naomi Osaka admitted on Thursday that the last few months have been “the worst of my life” and that she hasn’t had fun on the tennis court since winning the Australian Open in January. Osaka’s triumph in M

Sri Lanka at boxing championships in Kuwait

Views - 19 Saturday, 3 August 2019 00:01

Sri Lanka will participate at the inaugural ASBC Asian Confederation Schoolboys Boxing Championships in Kuwait City which got underway yesterday and will continue till 9 August. The competition is for boxers who were born in 2005 and in 2006 or aged

OTRS AGM today

Views - 18 Saturday, 3 August 2019 00:01

Old Trinitians Rugby Scrummage (OTRS) will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) today at the Orient Club, Colombo. Kick-off is scheduled at 10 a.m.

Re-think neutral umpires, Ponting says after Ashes debacle

Views - 25 Saturday, 3 August 2019 00:01

Reuters: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has called for cricket to ditch its requirement for neutral umpires in the wake of a slew of poor decisions that blighted the opening day of the Ashes series. Umpires Aleem Dar and Joel Wilson drew wide

‘I have a team I can work with’: Karunaratne sees good signs for the future

Views - 20 Friday, 2 August 2019 00:00

ESPNCricinfo: In many ways, this was a low-octane bilateral series. It came on the heels of the World Cup. There was no major hype around it beyond Lasith Malinga’s retirement. There was a sense of fatigue around Bangladesh’s performance, and the

Sri Lanka bench strength makes Karunaratne hopeful of fresh start

Views - 14 Friday, 2 August 2019 00:00

Reuters: Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne is impressed with the bench strength displayed during their one-day international series win over Bangladesh, saying the next generation of players represent a fresh start for the island nation. A solid a

Sri Lanka Jr. Men’s volleyball team eyes strong finish at Asian Championship

Views - 18 Friday, 2 August 2019 00:00

The 12-member strong U-23 team Men’s 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 3-11 August in Myanmar. The team, led by K B M Shehan Laksh

Unsettled India start rebuilding in Florida

Views - 14 Friday, 2 August 2019 00:00

Lauderhill, AFP: India head into their all-format tour of the West Indies this weekend with more on their mind than simply winning a couple of T20s. For Virat Kohli’s side -- and indeed for the West Indies -- it is a chance to pick up the pieces a

Anura, Mithun and Thangaraja take the lead

Views - 10 Friday, 2 August 2019 00:00

Anura Rohana, Mithun Perera and N Thangaraja took a commanding lead at the Royal Colombo Golf Club-Altair Open championship which saw its 3rd day play ended yesterday. Altair is sponsoring RCGC events for the third consecutive year. This event, which

Spieth confident of getting back to winning ways

Views - 7 Friday, 2 August 2019 00:00

GREENSBORO, North Carolina (Reuters): Former world number one Jordan Spieth is confident he will soon be back on top form and believes this week’s Wyndham Championship will offer a chance to gauge the quality of his game. Spieth, 67th on the PGA To

Bangladesh’s Shakib asks teammate Tamim to take a break

Views - 10 Friday, 2 August 2019 00:00

Dhaka, AFP: Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan on Thursday asked out-of-form teammate Tamim Iqbal to take some time away from international cricket, saying he will emerge stronger after some rest. Bangladesh were whitewashed 0-3 in a one-day int

Mathews leads all-round Sri Lanka to series whitewash

Views - 23 Thursday, 1 August 2019 05:11

A second consecutive fifty by Angelo Mathews and a series of other cameos with bat, ball and in the field, saw Sri Lanka through to a 122 run victory over Bangladesh in the third and final ODI in Colombo yesterday, and with it a 3-0 series whitewash.

Sri Lanka misses out on deadline

Views - 50 Thursday, 1 August 2019 05:10

Sri Lanka Schools Rugby Football Association (SSRFA) has missed out on the deadline in sending the name of the players of the National Under 20 players for the Asia Rugby Under 20 Sevens 2019, which will take place in Laos at the end of this month. T

Cricket needs ICC World Test Championship

Views - 12 Thursday, 1 August 2019 05:09

By Mahela Jayawardena Cricket needs the ICC World Test Championship. Context is essential, to play for points as well as pride. We have a World Championship in other formats and I think it’s important to bring that over into T

Harin gives deadline to Hathurusingha

Views - 33 Thursday, 1 August 2019 05:06

AFP: Sri Lanka was considering applications from three “top international cricket coaches” to replace incumbent Chandika Hathurusingha, who has until mid-August to step down, the country’s sports minister said Tuesday. Harin Fernando said Hath

Inaugural I-PACE eTROPHY season comes to an end with Sri Lankan flag present at the races

Views - 10 Thursday, 1 August 2019 00:00

Simon Evans from Team Asia New Zealand polled in at fourth place overall having placed in at first place at the inaugural race of the season which was held in Saudi Arabia. He recorded the fastest lap in Hong Kong and Paris, France. He placed second

NSB crowned Nationalised Services cricket champs

Views - 25 Thursday, 1 August 2019 00:00

The NSB cricket team emerged the champions of the Division 1, Nationalised Services Limited Over Cricket Tournament 2019, by beating the strong BOC team by 1 wicket in the last ball. It was the most competitive and tense final match ever held in the

Sri Lanka hosts first international baseball event

Views - 16 Thursday, 1 August 2019 00:00

Described as the best West Asia Cup tournament organized to date, the West Asia Baseball Cup 2019 edition, which was held at the Japan Friendship Baseball Stadium in Diyagama, was well received by participants and spectators alike, re-defining Sri La

ICC launches World Test Championship

Views - 27 Wednesday, 31 July 2019 00:00

The International Cricket Council on Monday officially launched the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC). Getting underway on 1 August, the WTC will see the top nine Test teams in the world – Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, P

AIA, Tottenham announce extension of global principal partnership until 2027

Views - 15 Wednesday, 31 July 2019 00:00

AIA Group Ltd., the world’s largest independent publicly listed pan-Asian life insurance group, last week announced the extension of its long standing and successful partnership with Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. Following an expansion of the pa

Australia aim to pour cold water on England’s summer

Views - 10 Wednesday, 31 July 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): England are still basking in the glow of an epic World Cup triumph but if anything can throw cold water over their memorable summer it would be a first home Ashes series loss to Australia for 18 years. Battle commences at Edgbaston

New Zealand add Samaraweera to support staff for Lanka tests

Views - 11 Wednesday, 31 July 2019 00:00

Wellington, Reuters: New Zealand Cricket added former Sri Lanka batsman and batting coach Thilan Samaraweera to their support staff on Tuesday for next month’s two-test series in the island country. The Black Caps on Monday named four frontline sp

SL, Bangladesh both look to end series on high

Views - 18 Wednesday, 31 July 2019 00:00

By Madushka Balasuriya With the series decided, the stakes may be lower but Sri Lanka and Bangladesh still have much to play for as they head into today’s third and final ODI in Colombo.  For Bangladesh, after the first two games, more than the lo

Matt Lee takes over Head Coach

Views - 20 Wednesday, 31 July 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka 15sHead Coach Matt Lee took over the same position for the shorter version of the game at the Asia Rugby Sevens 2019 which will kick off in South Korea later this month. Lee will be taking over from Peter Wood’s another New Zealander who

Eight young footballers travel to Barcelona to represent Sri Lanka in U-12 MILO Champions Cup

Views - 33 Wednesday, 31 July 2019 00:00

Eight young talented footballers have left the island to represent Sri Lanka at the first-ever Under-12 MILO Champions Cup, which will be held in Spain in partnership with FC Barcelona. Nestlé MILO and FC Barcelona have a four-year global partnersh

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Friday, 16 August 2019

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