Sri Lanka snubs media duties after World Cup defeat

Views - 9 Monday, 17 June 2019 00:47

LONDON, AFP: Sri Lanka are likely to be hit with an International Cricket Council sanction after failing to fulfil their media duties following Saturday’s damaging World Cup defeat against Australia. Dimuth Karunaratne’s side were beaten by 87 r

Dysfunction, hope, more dysfunction; Sri Lanka’s World Cup rolls on

Views - 17 Monday, 17 June 2019 00:15

ESPNCricinfo: The wife of Sri Lanka’s once-captain has accused – on Facebook – one of their players of being a political appointment made by the Sports Minister of the country. That captain – one of the seven ODI captains tried by Sri Lanka s

South Africa ease to first World Cup win

Views - 4 Monday, 17 June 2019 00:14

CARDIFF (Reuters): South Africa finally got a World Cup win under their belts as they eased to a nine-wicket triumph over Afghanistan on Saturday to keep alive their hopes of reaching the semi-finals. Leg-spinner Imran Tahir took 4-29, engineering an

Starc keen to pitch up at every World Cup game

Views - 7 Monday, 17 June 2019 00:13

REUTERS: Preserving the fitness of Mitchell Starc has been a national obsession since he bowled Australia to the World Cup title in 2015, but the left-arm paceman has no intention of putting his feet up in England. Having not played a one-day match

Windies allrounder Brathwaite reprimanded for showing dissent

Views - 4 Monday, 17 June 2019 00:11

Reuters: West Indies allrounder Carlos Brathwaite has received an official reprimand and one demerit point for showing dissent to an umpire’s decision during the World Cup match against England, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Satur

Relieved Warner gifts signed shirt to recovering net bowler

Views - 3 Monday, 17 June 2019 00:11

LONDON, REUTERS: Australia opener David Warner has presented a signed team shirt to a net bowler who is recovering from a blow in the head by a straight drive from the southpaw during last Saturday’s training session at The Oval. Jaykishan Plaha h

Olympic Day Celebrations: Worthy project by NOC

Views - 12 Monday, 17 June 2019 00:11

By Shamseer Jaleel The National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Sri Lanka has come up with worthy project and a CSR project to mark the Olympic Day which is on 23 June. The event is being organised on 25 June at Polhena, Matara with replanting the corals

We have to compete, but we can’t do that by copying India: Dimuth

Views - 9 Saturday, 15 June 2019 04:41

ESPNCricinfo: Dimuth Karunaratne has had an interesting year. He was merely Sri Lanka’s Test-match opener in January, but in the months since, he has been elevated to Test captaincy - leading that team to a historic win in South Africa - before bei

Both teams were blessed with top coaching staff

Views - 14 Saturday, 15 June 2019 02:36

It’s Bradby time once more in the country. All crowds will be making their way towards the Royal Sports Complex today when the home team who hold a 17 points advantage take on their traditional rivals, Trinity in the 2nd leg of the 75th Bradby Shie

Royal out for five in tandem

Views - 20 Saturday, 15 June 2019 02:36

Royal College will be the favoured team to keep the 75th Bradby Shield at Reid Avenue when they lock horns with Trinity College at the Royal Sports Complex. Kick-off is scheduled at 4 p.m. Royal 1982 skipper, former Kandy SC, CR&FC and National fifte

Australia fret on team balance after Stoinis injury

Views - 3 Saturday, 15 June 2019 02:35

LONDON, REUTERS: All-rounder Marcus Stoinis’ injury has upset the team balance, Australia coach Justin Langer said ahead of his side’s Saturday World Cup group stage match against Sri Lanka at the Oval.

Singer League 2019 Plate Segment Vidyartha edge out Antonians

Views - 8 Saturday, 15 June 2019 02:34

Vidyartha College showed their intentions clearly during the Plate Segment when they edged out Katugastota Antonians 22/19 at the Nittawela Rugby Stadium yesterday. At the short breather, the winners led 12/10. Referee Gihan Yatawara (SJ)

Singer League 2019 Cup Segment Wesley end Joes’ unbeaten run

Views - 14 Saturday, 15 June 2019 02:33

Dark horse of the Singer League 2019, Wesely College put a stop to St. Joseph College’s unbeaten run in the league when they edged them out by a 15 points (3 tries) to 13 points (2 tries, 1 penalty) win at Longdon Place yesterday. It was Joes who l

Root hits century as England coast to World Cup win against West Indies

Views - 3 Saturday, 15 June 2019 02:31

SOUTHAMPTON, AFP: Joe Root scored his second century of the World Cup as England crushed the West Indies by eight wickets in Southampton on Friday with 16.5 overs to spare. The host nation won the toss and made the most of favourable bowling conditi

Antonians hold the edge

Views - 19 Friday, 14 June 2019 00:00

By Shamseer Jaleel St. Anthony’s College, Katugastota will be playing their second game in round two of the Plate encounter when they battle it out against Vidyartha College at the Nittawela Rugby Stadium today. Kick-off is scheduled at 4 pm. Katug

HNB official banking partner of Royal College Rugby

Views - 43 Friday, 14 June 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka’s most customer-friendly bank, HNB, announced that it was placing its support squarely behind Royal College Rugby, signing on as official banking partner for 2019. “As a bank with a trusted reputation that spans well over a century, we

Viper (Jnr) to coach CH & FC

Views - 18 Friday, 14 June 2019 00:00

Viper (Jnr) Gunaratne will be the Head Coach of the CH & FC rugby outfit taking over from Ronny Ibrahim for the 2019/2020 rugby season. Viper (Jnr) represented Katugastota Antonians and later played for Kandy SC and the national XV’s and sevens out

Champions Man City to kick off season at West Ham

Views - 6 Friday, 14 June 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): Champions Manchester City will kick off their 2019-20 Premier League season with an away trip to West Ham United while Liverpool get the ball rolling with a Friday evening home clash against promoted Norwich City. The fixtures, rele

Ted Hiran Muttiah: Leadership beyond rugby

Views - 205 Friday, 14 June 2019 00:00

By Yashodha Nirupamala and Seminie Dissanayake Ted Hiran Muttiah is the Chief Guest at the second leg of the 75th Bradby shield encounter this year. As a former captain of Royal College rugby (1982), representative of Kandy sports club, Upcountry, CR

Wesley could stun Joes

Views - 27 Friday, 14 June 2019 00:00

Unbeaten Joes will need to be at full strength and fire all cylinders when they confront the ‘Dark Horse’ of the tournament Wesley College at Longdon Place which is the pick of the four games down for decision this weekend in the Singer League Cu

West Indies and India to kick off World Test Championship

Views - 6 Friday, 14 June 2019 00:00

Reuters: West Indies and India will kick off the new World Test Championship with two five-day matches in the Caribbean in late August and early September, Cricket West Indies announced on Wednesday. The first test will be played at Viv Richards Cric

Archer will take Windies clash in his stride, says Morgan

Views - 7 Friday, 14 June 2019 00:00

London, Reuters: England captain Eoin Morgan is relieved to have fast bowler Jofra Archer at his disposal for Friday’s World Cup clash against West Indies rather than having to face his pace. The Barbados-born 24-year-old, whose father is English,

Captain Sarfaraz urges Pakistan to improve fielding against India

Views - 5 Friday, 14 June 2019 00:00

Reuters: Pakistan must improve their fielding if they are to beat India in their crunch World Cup match on Sunday, captain Sarfaraz Khan said after the team’s 41-run loss to Australia in Taunton. Pakistan conceded overthrows against Australia and w

India out to make fielding superiority count against Pakistan

Views - 8 Friday, 14 June 2019 00:00

Nottingham, Reuters: India’s fielders have been razor-sharp in their opening World Cup games but fielding coach R Sridhar said on Thursday that they cannot afford a drop in their intensity against arch-rivals Pakistan on Sunday. Pakistan looked sl

India, NZ split points after Trent Bridge washout

Views - 3 Friday, 14 June 2019 00:00

Nottingham, Reuters: Inclement English weather claimed yet another World Cup match after India’s group game against 2015 finalists New Zealand was called off without a ball being bowled at Trent Bridge on Thursday. A soggy outfield from overnight

New Zealand coach sees no advantage from abandoned match against India

Views - 7 Friday, 14 June 2019 00:00

Nottingham, Reuters: New Zealand coach Gary Stead said he saw no advantage to his team’s World Cup group stage match against India being abandoned due to rain on Thursday, despite the Indians looking like the team to beat after their opening wins o

Warner hundred sets up Australia World Cup win over Pakistan

Views - 10 Thursday, 13 June 2019 00:54

TAUNTON, AFP: David Warner scored his first international century since completing a ball-tampering ban as Australia returned to winning ways at the World Cup with a 41-run victory over Pakistan at Taunton yesterday. Warner made 107 and, with Austra

India call up Pant as cover, hope Dhawan will be fit to face England

Views - 9 Thursday, 13 June 2019 00:54

NOTTINGHAM, England (Reuters): Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant will join the India team before Sunday’s clash with Pakistan as cover for opener Shikhar Dhawan who will miss the next three to four games with a hand injury, assistant coach Sanjay B

Bangladesh confident injured Shakib will play Windies

Views - 7 Thursday, 13 June 2019 00:53

REUTERS: Bangladesh are optimistic that all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will recover from a thigh injury in time for Monday’s World Cup match against West Indies in Taunton, their coach Steve Rhodes has said. Shakib strained a muscle in his left thigh

New Zealand need to grab half-chances against India, says Ferguson

Views - 4 Thursday, 13 June 2019 00:50

Nottingham, England (Reuters): New Zealand cannot afford to squander even half-chances against a team of India’s calibre in Thursday’s World Cup match at Trent Bridge, Kiwi fast bowler Lockie Ferguson said. The right-arm paceman will be spending

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Whither Sri Lanka?

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

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Our Cricket Board simply cannot deliver – why not they all quit honourably?

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

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Tuesday, 18 June 2019

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Those who go by social proof are easy prey to crafty schemers

Monday, 17 June 2019

Going after social proof Swiss writer and novelist, Rolf Dobelli, in one of the essays in his 2013 book ‘The Art of Thinking Clearly’, has given a fine warning to his readers. He has warned against going by ‘social proof’ or ‘majority view

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