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Pepe scores on 100th appearance as Portugal hold Croatia

Views - 2 Saturday, 8 September 2018 00:10

FARO, Portugal (Reuters): Portugal defender Pepe celebrated his 100th cap by heading the equaliser to give his side a 1-1 dra


Sunil Gavaskar slams Karun Nair omission from Oval Test

Views - 3 Saturday, 8 September 2018 00:10

ESPNCricinfo: Former India Captain Sunil Gavaskar led the severe criticism of India’s decision to not play middle-order batsman Karun Nair in fifth Test against England at The Oval. Nair was part of the original 18-m


Asian Sevens Series Hong Kong 2018: Ranjan and Muthu to miss HK leg

Views - 19 Saturday, 8 September 2018 00:10

Sri Lanka will have to do without the service of experienced sevens Captain, Sudarshana Muthuthanthri, and the most feared player in Asian Sevens Rugby from Sri Lanka, Dhanushka Ranjan, as both will be missing the first leg of the Asian Sevens Series


Osaka storms past Keys to reach first Grand Slam final

Views - 2 Saturday, 8 September 2018 00:10

NEW YORK (Reuters): Naomi Osaka announced her arrival on the big stage at the US Open on Thursday, beating last year’s runner-up Madison Keys 6-2 6-4 to reach her first Grand Slam final and set up a clash with her childhood idol Serena Williams. Th


Firsts on cards in Rugby Championship

Views - 4 Saturday, 8 September 2018 00:10

The Rugby Championship resumes this weekend with an historic first Test for the All Blacks in Nelson and the potential for Australia to slip to their lowest-ever position in the World Rugby Rankings.


Departing Cook denied farewell century

Views - 3 Saturday, 8 September 2018 00:10

LONDON (Reuters):Alastair Cook was denied a dream century in his farewell Test as the England opener was dismissed for 71 on the first day of the fifth Test against India at The Oval on Friday.


Chamari Athapaththu back to lead Sri Lanka against India

Views - 4 Saturday, 8 September 2018 00:10

Sri Lanka have announced a 15-player squad, to be led by Chamari Athapaththu, for the forthcoming one-day international home series against India. The three-match series,


Williams crushes Sevastova to reach US Open final

Views - 2 Saturday, 8 September 2018 00:10

NEW YORK (Reuters): Serena Williams swept past Anastasija Sevastova 6-3 6-0 on Thursday and into the final of the US Open to sit one win away from a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title to continue her remarkable return to the top levels of the gam


Sri Lanka netball team eyes World Cup slot at Asian Championship 2018

Views - 62 Friday, 7 September 2018 00:00

The national netball team, currently having a dream run at the Asian Netball Championship, is on the path to secure a World Cup berth by beating top-ranked teams in the region at the ongoing Asian Championship 2018, which is being worked off in Singa


Japan and Kazakhstan to represent Asia

Views - 7 Friday, 7 September 2018 00:00

By Shamseer Jaleel Japan’s Men’s outfit and Kazakhstan’s Women’s team will take their flight to 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 13-15 October, when they represent Asian Zone. Japan will be representing Asia for the s


Young drivers pose triple headache for Mercedes F1 boss

Views - 6 Friday, 7 September 2018 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): Formula One world champions Mercedes may have to rethink their junior program if young drivers like Frenchman Esteban Ocon are unable to find a race seat, according to team boss Toto Wolff. The sport’s annual game of driver musica


Bairstow to keep wicket against India at Oval

Views - 4 Friday, 7 September 2018 00:00

Reuters: Jonny Bairstow will keep wicket for England in the fifth and final Test against India after recovering from a broken middle finger, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Thursday. The 28-year-old, who sustained the injury in the Trent


Campus Cricket creates international atmosphere: Former Roy-Tho stars

Views - 3 Friday, 7 September 2018 00:00

Almost any cricketer who competes in the annual Royal-Thomian Big Match will describe it as a surreal experience. For many who have grown up in the institutions, to play the Big Match is the finest achievement of their schooling years, so highly is i


Djokovic beats heat and Millman to reach US Open semis

Views - 2 Friday, 7 September 2018 00:00

NEW YORK (Reuters): Novak Djokovic sweated it out from behind the baseline to beat Australian John Millman 6-3 6-4 6-4 at the US Open on Wednesday and set up a semi-final with Japan’s Kei Nishikori. Djokovic, a two-times champion at Flushing Meadow


India attempt to sweep away Moeen misery

Views - 4 Friday, 7 September 2018 00:00

ESPNCricinfo: On Wednesday morning, two days ahead of the Oval Test, every Indian batsman was practising one type of shot: the sweep, and its other variant, the reverse sweep. Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, K. L. Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shikhar Dhawa


Nishikori takes revenge on Cilic

Views - 3 Friday, 7 September 2018 00:00

New York (Reuters): Kei Nishikori advanced to the US Open semi-finals on Wednesday with a grinding 2-6 6-4 7-6(5) 4-6-6-4 win over Marin Cilic, gaining a small measure of revenge on the man who crushed his grand slam dream in the 2014 final. The vict


Hong Kong hold their nerve to clinch Asia Cup berth

Views - 4 Friday, 7 September 2018 00:00

In a rain-affected final of the Asia Cup Qualifier 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong beat the United Arab Emirates by two wickets (DLS method) to book their place in the Asia Cup. A fine five-for from Aizaz Khan first helped Hong Kong restrict UAE to 1


Madison Keys locks another US Open semi-final

Views - 3 Friday, 7 September 2018 00:00

New York (Reuters): American Madison Keys clinched her second consecutive US Open semi-final berth on Wednesday, using her powerful serve and fiery forehand to get an edge on 30th seed Carla Suarez Navarro and win 6-4 6-3. While the pair initially se


Unfair format for Club Rugby: Sean Wijesinghe

Views - 149 Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:22

By Shamseer Jaleel Former Trinity Number 8, Sri Lanka flanker, National Fifteens’ skipper, and present Kandy SC Head Coach Sean Wijesinghe feels the new system adopted at the last Council meeting of Sri Lanka Rugby (SLR) is unfair for most of the c


SLC says cheers to ex-cricketers

Views - 84 Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:22

Sri Lanka Cricket, under the guidance of Minister of Sports Faiszer Musthapha, has decided to felicitate 49 past cricketers who represented Sri Lanka prior to obtaining full membership of the ICC as a move to honour them for services rendered to Sri


Nadal survives Thiem test to reach US Open semis

Views - 5 Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:21

NEW YORK (Reuters): Defending champion Rafa Nadal failed to win a single game in the opening set of his US Open quarter-final against Dominic Thiem on Tuesday but fought back to beat the Austrian 0-6 6-4 7-5 6-7(4) 7-6(5) in match that ended past 2 a


Mohammad Hafeez, Imad Wasim out of Pakistan’s Asia Cup squad, Shan Masood included

Views - 4 Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:21

ESPNCricinfo: Mohammad Hafeez’s international career hangs in the balance after the allrounder was left out of Pakistan’s Asia Cup squad. The 37-year old, who was part of the ODI squad for Pakistan’s bilateral series against Zimbabwe, did not f


Serena battles past Pliskova to reach US Open semi-finals

Views - 1 Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:20

NEW YORK (Reuters): Serena Williams fought back from a break down in the first set to beat Czech eighth seed Karolina Pliskova 6-4 6-3 and reach the semi-finals of the US Open in suffocating conditions on Tuesday. The 36-year-old, who is bidding for


Del Potro beats Isner and heat to reach US Open semis

Views - 2 Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:20

NEW YORK (Reuters): Juan Martin Del Potro outslugged John Isner 6-7(5) 6-3 7-6(4) 6-2 to reach the semi-finals of the US Open on Tuesday after a towering battle in a sweltering Arthur Ashe Stadium. The three hour, 31 minute quarter-final was played i


Wimbledon, Australian Open considering final-set tiebreaks

Views - 2 Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:00

NEW YORK (Reuters): Wimbledon and the Australian Open are considering introducing final-set tiebreaks in 2019. The issue hit the headlines after the six-hour, 36-minute semi-final between Kevin Anderson and John Isner at Wimbledon this year, which An


Woods, Mickelson, DeChambeau added to US Ryder Cup team

Views - 4 Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:00

Reuters: Tiger Woods’ and Phil Mickelson’s mediocre Ryder Cup records did not stop United States captain Jim Furyk from adding the duo to his team on Tuesday for this month’s showdown with Europe. Woods has played on only one victorious Ryder C


Colombo beat Dambulla to win SLC T20 2018

Views - 2 Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:00

Upul Tharanga thrashed a rollicking 54-ball unbeaten 104 in firing Colombo to the SLC T20 League 2018 Championship title by an emphatic 7-wicket triumph over Dambulla in the final played at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium on Sunday. Th


KTA Sri Lanka Asian Freestyle X Championships kicks off

Views - 23 Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:00

The KTA, Asia’s long-established kiteboard competition organisation is heading Sri Lanka to bring the countries first every international competition in the sport – the KTA Sri Lanka Asian Freestyle X Championships. Kiteboarding has been growing


Mithun Perera wins 2018 RCGC Open after sudden death playoff

Views - 11 Wednesday, 5 September 2018 00:00

A large group of spectators was treated to a rare sudden death playoff at the 2018 RCGC Open when the top two contenders, Mithun Perera and Anura Rohana, were tied at 277 at the end of the 72-hole, four-round tournament, which Perera went on to win.


A different ball game this time around with HSBC Premier in September

Views - 8 Wednesday, 5 September 2018 00:00

HSBC Premier celebrates the month of September by focusing on the fascinating Far East, coinciding with the exclusive HSBC Premier Golf tournament which heads back to the cool climes of Nuwaraeliya for the sixth season that is scheduled to take place


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In the desert of Tamil films, actor Sivaji Ganesan was an oasis

Saturday, 22 September 2018

‘Indian Film,’ first published in 1963 and co-authored by former Columbia University Professor Erik Barnouw and his student Dr. Subrahmanyam Krishnaswamy, is considered a seminal study of the evolution and growth of Indian cinema. The book is cit


Imran may turn blind eye to blasphemy law and persecution of Ahmadiyyas

Saturday, 22 September 2018

There are clear signs that Pakistan’s freshly minted Prime Minister, Imran Khan, will make a sincere effort to reduce corruption and maladministration in the domestic sphere. In foreign affairs he is likely to make a brave attempt to mend fences wi


The rate of exchange, capital flight and the Central Bank

Friday, 21 September 2018

The Central Bank (CBSL) exists for the sole purpose of price stability. Its controls on the financial system and monetary policy exist to maintain price stability. As put forth many times by the Governor, the failing of the CBSL to control inflation


Red flag over the Sri Lankan Navy

Friday, 21 September 2018

Shocking story Rusiripala, a former banker in Sri Lanka, who has taken to writing in Daily FT, is perturbed by the red flag I have raised (Daily FT article 18 September) over the shocking charge that our Navy had operated a ransom gang that had abduc


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