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Djokovic passes Medvedev test to reach quarter-finals

Views - 4 Tuesday, 22 January 2019 00:00

MELBOURNE (Reuters): Novak Djokovic struck back for the old guard at the Australian Open early on Tuesday, soaking up the pressure from an impressive Daniil Medvedev before crushing the young Russian 6-4 6-7(5) 6-2 6-3 to reach his 10th quarter-final


Kurtis Patterson picked in selectors’ backflip

Views - 3 Tuesday, 22 January 2019 00:00

ESPNCricinfo: Australia’s selectors have added Kurtis Patterson to the Test squad at the last possible moment, to face Sri Lanka after his twin centuries in the Hobart tour match made his case undeniable. Originally omitted from the group to play i


Never-say-die Nishikori into Open quarters after five-set epic

Views - 4 Tuesday, 22 January 2019 00:00

MELBOURNE, AFP: Japanese marathon man Kei Nishikori recovered from two sets down to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals with an epic five set win over Pablo CarrenoBusta Monday. It was never-say-die Nishikori’s third five-setter of the tourna


Tillakaratne hopeful of bright future for Under-19 charges

Views - 4 Tuesday, 22 January 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka Under-19 coach Hashan Tillakaratne was full of praise for his side after they beat their Australian counterparts in a one-off 3-day Youth Test. It was the first time since 1985 that Sri Lanka had beaten Australia in a Youth Test match. “T


ICC satisfied with progress of amnesty conduct

Views - 4 Tuesday, 22 January 2019 00:00

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has stated that the anti-corruption amnesty conduct in Sri Lanka is progressing satisfactorily. ICC’s General Manager Anti-Corruption Alex Marshall, said that he was satisfied with the progress of the 15-day


Federer knocked out of Australian Open by Greek wunderkind Tsitsipas

Views - 19 Monday, 21 January 2019 00:50

MELBOURNE (Reuters): Roger Federer’s bid for a hat-trick of Australian Open titles was crushed on Sunday as Greek wunderkind StefanosTsitsipas rose up to floor the Swiss master and become his nation’s first Grand Slam quarter-finalist. In a match


Unseeded American Collins hammers Kerber to reach Australian Open quarters

Views - 5 Monday, 21 January 2019 00:48

MELBOURNE (Reuters): Unseeded American Danielle Collins took less than an hour to thrash 2016 champion Angelique Kerber 6-0 6-2 and power her way into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open yesterday. The unheralded 25-year-old had not won a match


ICC approves postponing SLC elections

Views - 16 Monday, 21 January 2019 00:45

The International Cricket Council yesterday approved the decision to postpone Sri Lanka Cricket Board elections by two weeks following a meeting between CEO Dave Richardson and the country’s Sports Minister Harin Fernando.AThe meeting, which was gr


Soldiers pull off sensational win

Views - 10 Monday, 21 January 2019 00:43

Army SC proved that their Kandy win in the Hills was no luck but sheer good performance when they got the better of the Sailors away at Welisara (27/24). At the short breather, Navy led 17/14. Navy forward Kasun De Silva powered his way through for t


Birthday boy Tiafoe topples Dimitrov to reach Melbourne quarters

Views - 3 Monday, 21 January 2019 00:43

MELBOURNE (Reuters): American Frances Tiafoe celebrated his 21st birthday by stunning Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov 7-5 7-6(6) 6-7(1) 7-5 in the fourth round of the Australian Open yesterday. Tiafoe, the last American man standing at Melbourne Park, f


Kandy survives

Views - 10 Monday, 21 January 2019 00:40

Kandy was in a tense mode when their only club in town, the Kandy Sports Club, survived the last few minutes of their encounter against Police SC in Colombo with a 27/20 win. After their shocking defeat by the Soldiers, the defending champions will n


Mithra Wettimuny no more

Views - 91 Monday, 21 January 2019 00:39

Sri Lanka’s 22nd Test cap, Mithra Wettimuny passed away yesterday at the age of 67. The stylish right-handed batsman is also Sri Lanka’s 32nd ODI cap. His brothers Sidath and Sunil too represented Sri Lanka during the late 70s and early 80s. He


CH & FC edge out Air Force

Views - 9 Monday, 21 January 2019 00:39

CH & FC continued their winning streak in the second round with a hard fought 29/22 win over the Air Force outfit away at Ratmalana. Air Force led 17/14 at the short breather and led the attack in the game. CH & FC, who got the lead in the latter hal


Nadal blows away Berdych to reach Australian Open quarter-finals

Views - 4 Monday, 21 January 2019 00:39

MELBOURNE (Reuters): Rafa Nadal routed Tomas Berdych 6-0 6-1 7-6(4) in a centre court masterclass to charge into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday. The 2009 champion was relentless at Rod Laver Arena, claiming the first two sets in


Havies continue winning streak

Views - 7 Monday, 21 January 2019 00:36

Havies made a bold fight back late in the second half to pull off a thrilling 31/20 win over their traditional rivals, CR& FC, and win the Matthysz Trophy. Omalka Gunaratne drew first blood for the Red Shirts with Reza Rafaideen taking the kicking du


Lowry endures Sterne test to win Abu Dhabi Championship

Views - 3 Monday, 21 January 2019 00:33

Reuters: Shane Lowry claimed his first European Tour title since 2015 by winning the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Saturday, finishing one shot ahead of South Africa’s Richard Sterne in a thrilling final round battle. Overnight leader Lowry was pu


Jazz strikes winning note to lift Singapore title

Views - 2 Monday, 21 January 2019 00:31

REUTERS: Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond fired a blistering round of six-under-par 65 to win the Singapore Open on Sunday, while also securing a spot at the British Open for a second consecutive year. The 23-year-old carded seven birdies, includin


Barty reaches Melbourne quarters with win over Sharapova

Views - 4 Monday, 21 January 2019 00:30

MELBOURNE (Reuters): Ashleigh Barty rallied from a set down to beat former world number one Maria Sharapova 4-6 6-1 6-4 at Melbourne Park yesterday, becoming the first Australian woman in a decade to reach the quarter-finals at her home Grand Slam. T


Kvitova back in Grand Slam big time

Views - 6 Monday, 21 January 2019 00:28

MELBOURNE (Reuters): After a year in the Grand Slam wilderness, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova returned to the limelight with a 6-2 6-1 thrashing of American teenager Amanda Anisimova to storm into the Australian Open quarter-finals yester


Liverpool dig deep to see off Palace in Anfield goalfest

Views - 5 Monday, 21 January 2019 00:26

Reuters: Premier League leaders Liverpool recovered from a poor first-half display as they came from behind to beat an impressive Crystal Palace 4-3 in an enthralling clash at Anfield on Saturday. The win, secured by late goals from Mohamed Salah and


Pacquiao dominates Broner in unanimous decision win

Views - 8 Monday, 21 January 2019 00:24

(Reuters) - WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao showed flashes of his past brilliance as he delivered a dominant performance to earn a unanimous decision victory over Adrien Broner in Las Vegas on Saturday. The 40-year-old Filipino multiple worl


Nuwan Pradeep out of Aussie series

Views - 7 Monday, 21 January 2019 00:22

Sri Lanka Cricket said yesterday that Nuwan Pradeep, who is part of Sri Lanka’s Test squad touring Australia for the two Test series, has sustained an injury and will be out of the series. He has sustained a Grade 1 strain in his left hamstring. Th


Manchester City ease past Huddersfield to close gap on Liverpool

Views - 4 Monday, 21 January 2019 00:22

REUTERS: Manchester City barely got out of second gear as they easily beat bottom club Huddersfield Town to close the gap on Premier League leaders Liverpool to four points on Sunday. Danilo’s deflected shot gave City the lead in an opening half i


Cricket Australia work to fix Gabba lights ahead of day-night SL Test

Views - 5 Monday, 21 January 2019 00:22

BRISBANE, AFP: Cricket Australia was Friday desperately working to find out why floodlights failed in a Big Bash League game at the Gabba, barely a week away from the venue hosting a day-night Test against Sri Lanka. The match between Brisbane Heat


Hazlewood ruled out of Sri Lanka series; uncapped Richardson in

Views - 4 Monday, 21 January 2019 00:22

MELBOURNE (Reuters): Australia fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has been ruled out of the test series against Sri Lanka due to a back injury, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Saturday. Jhye Richardson, uncapped at test level, has been called into the squad i


Twin centurion Patterson and Holland shine on another disappointing day for Sri Lankans

Views - 6 Monday, 21 January 2019 00:00

ESPNCricinfo: The Sri Lankan batsmen ended the three-day practice match in Hobart without a half-century between them in either innings, as they stumbled against the left-arm spin of Jon Holland on day three. The visitors had in fact been modest the


All-Island leader Navod relaxes after giant leap

Views - 5 Monday, 21 January 2019 00:00

After his giant leap last week, with a staggering vote addition of closer to 5500, Navod Paranavithana of Mahinda College has settled in at top position of the All-Island Schools segment, as the 14th week of the Dialog 4G-the Sunday Times Most Popula


Teams prepare for Adventure Race World Championships in Sri Lanka

Views - 12 Monday, 21 January 2019 00:00

The Adventure Racing World Championships will be held in Sri Lanka in December this year, and ahead of entries opening in February, teams are preparing for the most competitive and high profile expedition adventure race of the year, and the opportuni


Ronaldo expected in Madrid Tuesday for tax fraud trial

Views - 2 Saturday, 19 January 2019 00:10

MADRID (Reuters): Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo is expected back in Madrid on Tuesday to attend a trial for tax evasion in which Spanish prosecutors are asking for a 23-month prison sentence and a fine. The Portuguese striker, who left Real Madr


Kyrgios is better on court than behind mic, says Federer

Views - 5 Saturday, 19 January 2019 00:10

MELBOURNE (Reuters): Roger Federer’s third round masterclass against American Taylor Fritz at the Australian Open yesterday drew gushing praise from bad boy of tennis Nick Kyrgios during a guest commentary gig for the host broadcaster. Federer, how


Today's Columnists

Lasantha, journalists and diplomats

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

We find scarce little to celebrate in a sullied land, marking our days remembering the tragedies that tell our blood-soaked history. In the troubled decades preceding, many, from the highest in the land to average citizens, have met with violent ends


Automation and machine learning: Helping organisations extract deeper value from data

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

The world is in the midst of a data explosion. Humans are generating an estimated 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every single day1, according to Forbes, and more data was created in the past two years than in all of human history. No wonder data now r


SL tourism: From TOM to experience the brand in 2019

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Last week I had just crossed the border that separates Laos from Thailand and was on route via land to Thailand. My mind was on Laos – a country branded globally as ‘Simply Beautiful’ (backed by the ADB in 2018) to attract visitors into the cou


Questionable (or absurd) official report on poverty indicators

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

The latest Report issued by the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs on ‘Poverty Indicators’ is both questionable and outrageous.1This Ministry is under the responsibility of the Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe. Most of the sta


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