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DSI Supersport Schools Volleyball Championship 2017 Finals next week

Views - 15 Wednesday, 18 October 2017 00:00

The finals of the DSI Supersport Schools Volleyball Championship 2017 are scheduled to take place on 23 and 24 October at the National Youth Services Centre in Maharagama.


Former skipper Taylor back to strengthen Zimbabwe team

Views - 5 Wednesday, 18 October 2017 00:00

Bulawayo, Zimbabwe (Reuters): Former captain Brendan Taylor and bowler Kyle Jarvis were both included in the Zimbabwe test squad for the first time after lengthy absences when a 16-man party was named on Tuesday for the two-test series at home to the


Sterling enjoying life with Pep - and without social media

Views - 5 Wednesday, 18 October 2017 00:00

Manchester, England (Reuters): Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling says he is loving playing under Pep Guardiola for the Premier League leaders and admits that his life is also better for having tuned out critics on social media.


France hopes Ryder Cup will help break sport’s elitist image

Views - 2 Wednesday, 18 October 2017 00:00

Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines, France (Reuters): France is hoping to break golf’s elitist image in the country when it host the Ryder Cup next year, the president of the organising committee said on Monday.


Chalitha Pushpika topples Indian top seed

Views - 10 Wednesday, 18 October 2017 00:00

It was a glorious day for Sri Lanka as Chalitha Pushpika came from behind to stretch the top-seeded Karthik Sharma from India to square the match and force a sudden death play-off. Neither man wanted to give in and they


Ban on Gunathilaka halved before Pakistan tour

Views - 6 Wednesday, 18 October 2017 00:00

AFP: Sri Lanka’s cricket board Tuesday halved a six-match ban imposed on all-rounder Danushka Gunathilaka for misconduct, amid speculation several players may drop out of an upcoming Twenty20 series final in Pakistan.


Tiger cleared by doctors to return to golf

Views - 2 Wednesday, 18 October 2017 00:00

Reuters: Tiger Woods has been cleared to resume full golf activity with no restrictions by the doctor that performed back surgery on the 14-time major champion in April, ESPN reported on Monday.


Sri Lankan Sevens teams need more exposure: Inthi Marikar

Views - 114 Wednesday, 18 October 2017 00:00

The Hong Kong and Japanese men’s teams booked their places from Asia for next year’s Rugby Sevens World Cup in San Francisco. Hong Kong defeated Japan 19-14 in extra time in the final of the third leg of the Asia Rugby Sevens Series in Colombo.


Azam, Shadab complete Pakistan’s incredible comeback

Views - 11 Tuesday, 17 October 2017 01:55

Espncricinfo: Babar Azam’s seventh ODI hundred combined with a sublime all-round performance from Shadab Khan saw a listless Sri Lanka slump to their ninth consecutive ODI defeat. They lost by 32 runs, but the margin would have been much greater bu


Sri Lanka to go ahead with Pakistan tour

Views - 12 Tuesday, 17 October 2017 01:54

AFP: Sri Lanka’s cricket authority said Monday it will go ahead with its tour of Pakistan later this month for the third and final Twenty20 match despite security concerns expressed by several players.


Federer eyes ATP Finals title, top ranking after Shanghai triumph

Views - 6 Tuesday, 17 October 2017 01:21

Reuters: Roger Federer is eyeing a seventh ATP Finals crown and has not ruled out pinching the world number one ranking from Rafa Nadal if he maintains the form that won him his second Shanghai Masters trophy on Sunday.


Lanka looks to forge strategic economic and rugby partnership with NZ

Views - 22 Tuesday, 17 October 2017 01:20

During the recent visit of Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrama to New Zealand, where he was hosted by the Minister of Trade, Todd Mcclay, the possibility of a strategic economic partnership between the two cou


Sharapova eyes strong finish to season after Tianjin title

Views - 4 Tuesday, 17 October 2017 01:19

Reuters: Maria Sharapova is looking for a strong finish to a season that began with a doping ban and hit a high in China on Sunday when she won her first title in over two years.


Top seeds through to 2nd round of 130th Sri Lanka Amateur Golf Championship 2017

Views - 8 Tuesday, 17 October 2017 01:18

The top 32 qualifiers of the 130th Sri Lanka Amateur Golf Championship 2017 geared into a match play format and the top four seeds made their way into the second round.


Real hold no fear for ‘quality’ Tottenham, says Eriksen

Views - 2 Tuesday, 17 October 2017 01:18

Reuters: Tottenham Hotspur have plenty of quality and no need to be afraid of Real Madrid in their Champions League clash in Spain on Wednesday, midfielder Christian Eriksen has said.


George Steuart Teas joins CH17 Loyalty network for Nuwara Eliya Golf Club cardholders

Views - 19 Tuesday, 17 October 2017 00:00

George Steuart Teas, known as the ‘Original Ceylon Tea People’, is now being offered exclusively to NEGC membership through the loyalty program managed by CH17 Loyalty. Following discussions CH17 CEO Jumar Preena had with GS Consumer CEO Paddy We


Royal Soccer Carnival 2017 being organied

Views - 5 Tuesday, 17 October 2017 00:00


Khawaja criticises Australia’s selection policy

Views - 6 Tuesday, 17 October 2017 00:00

Sydney (Reuters): Australia batsman Usman Khawaja has criticised the country’s selection policy and says the constant team changes hampered his attempts to develop his all-round game.


Sri Lankan Ambassador honoured at Bahrain’s Arabian Cricket Carnival

Views - 12 Tuesday, 17 October 2017 00:00

The Arabian Cricket Carnival T20 cricket matches were held at the Bahrain National Stadium over a 10-day period last week and featured a number of teams from many Test-playing countries.


Another win for Eshan Pieris at the Rotax Max Asian Championship Round 6

Views - 5 Tuesday, 17 October 2017 00:00

Eshan Pieris continued his winning streak, taking first place in Round 6 of the Rotax Max Asian Championship held in Malaysia last Sunday. He also went on to be placed second in the overall championship based on the performance across six races held


Sri Lanka finish third in Asian Sevens 2017 Colombo leg

Views - 58 Monday, 16 October 2017 00:25

Hong Kong beat Asian Rugby giants Japan 19-14 in the third leg of the Asian Sevens played at the racecourse rugby grounds.


Sri Lanka ‘A’ team wins International Team Championship and Zia-Ul-Haq Trophy in Nuwara Eliya

Views - 7 Monday, 16 October 2017 00:24

The Sri Lanka ‘A’ team comprising G.P. Sisira Kumara and N. Amarapadma annexed the Parlakimedi Trophy for the International Team Event by one stroke over the formidable Indian team represented by Karthik Sharma and Dhruv Sheoran, with the Pakista


WWE signs first woman wrestler from Arab world in global push

Views - 5 Monday, 16 October 2017 00:22

Dubai (Reuters): World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. signed its first female performer from the Arab world on Sunday, smashing cultural taboos as the U.S.-based pageant seeks to piledrive its way into lucrative foreign markets.


Federer brushes aside Nadal to win Shanghai Masters

Views - 5 Monday, 16 October 2017 00:20

Reuters: Roger Federer brushed aside world number one Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-3 to win the Shanghai Masters on Sunday and register his fourth victory of the year over his Spanish rival.


Sharapova wins first WTA title since return from ban

Views - 5 Monday, 16 October 2017 00:18

Reuters: Maria Sharapova won her first WTA title in more than two years at the Tianjin Open on Sunday, showing plenty of grit and determination as she came from behind in each set to beat Belarusian teenager Aryna Sabalenka 7-5 7-6(8).


FICA calls changes ‘missed opportunity’

Views - 3 Monday, 16 October 2017 00:17

ESPNCricinfo: The ICC’s move to introduce Test and ODI leagues does not go far enough in attempting to reform cricket’s crowded global calendar, according to the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA).


United frustrate Liverpool in disappointing derby

Views - 3 Monday, 16 October 2017 00:14

Liverpool, England (Reuters): A cautious Manchester United frustrated hosts Liverpool as a lacklustre North-West Premier League derby ended 0-0 on Saturday with neither side able to find the creative touch.


Man City’s seven-goal super show puts them clear at the top

Views - 1 Monday, 16 October 2017 00:13

Record-breaking Manchester City opened up a two-point lead at the top of the Premier League table with another demonstration of bewildering brilliance in their 7-2 thrashing of Stoke City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.


Eriksen earns Tottenham first home win of season

Views - 1 Monday, 16 October 2017 00:11

Reuters: Christian Eriksen gave Tottenham Hotspur a long-overdue first Premier League victory at their temporary Wembley Stadium with the only goal in a laboured 1-0 win over struggling Bournemouth on Saturday.


Ronaldo, Suarez strike again to kickstart their seasons

Views - 4 Monday, 16 October 2017 00:07

Madrid (Reuters): Real Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona striker Luis Suarez took centre stage on Saturday in bailing their teams out with late strikes to silence their critics following slow starts to the season.


Today's Columnists

Lessons from Geneva

Saturday, 21 October 2017

‘Mission Impossible – Geneva’ is an inspiring account of developments at the Human Rights Council in Geneva when Dayan Jayatilleka was our Permanent Representative there. It is written by his wife Sanja, which provides for fascinating insights


Xi Jinping to enhance military power while keeping economic growth “moderate”

Saturday, 21 October 2017

In his keynote address on the opening day of the 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in Beijing on Wednesday, the Chinese President and party supremo, Xi Jinping, made two points of great relevance to the rest of the world. One is tha


Priming the pump to make your MP jump

Friday, 20 October 2017

Here’s a radical idea. What if – instead of liking it or lumping it as you do for years on end – the voter could hold his or her Member of Parliament accountable for their performance?


Eyes wide shut: Fate of our times

Friday, 20 October 2017

‘Eyes Wide Shut’ was the title of a film by famed director Stanley Kubrick. Loaded with Freudian sub-currents, the film was about an occult society that eliminates any one who cross its path. A theme that would no doubt appeal to a buccaneer prim


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