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Dominant Bangladesh inflict innings defeat on Zimbabwe

Views - 9 Wednesday, 26 February 2020 01:02

Bangladesh crushed Zimbabwe by an innings and 106 runs in the one-off test on Tuesday to register their first victory in this five-day format in 15 months. Having bowled out Zimbabwe for 265 in their first innings....


Bangladesh cricket chief urges Mushfiqur to tour Pakistan

Views - 6 Wednesday, 26 February 2020 01:02

Dhaka, AFP: Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan on Tuesday urged star batsman Mushfiqur Rahim to change his mind and tour Pakistan next month.


Japan suspends football over virus as Olympics loom

Views - 7 Wednesday, 26 February 2020 00:59

Japan suspended its football league on Tuesday, making it the latest sporting victim of the deadly coronavirus with just five months to go before the Tokyo Olympics.


Haroon Aslam creates history at Donald Steel Championship 2020

Views - 186 Wednesday, 26 February 2020 00:57

Sixteen-year-old golf sensation Haroon Aslam created history by winning the main event of the Victoria Golf and Country Resort (VGCR) to claim the Donald Steel Championship 2020, at the Victoria Golf and Country Resort in Rajawella...


Badminton shuttle time for the intellectually disabled!

Views - 8 Wednesday, 26 February 2020 00:56

Sri Lanka Badminton in partnership with Special Olympics Serendib will organise a Para Shuttle Time Program on Sunday, 1 March at the SLB Stadium Courts at Maitland Place.


Confidence got India to top, will keep playing that way: Kohli

Views - 9 Wednesday, 26 February 2020 00:55

India’s batsmen will still take a confident mindset into the second test against New Zealand in Christchurch, despite struggling to deal with the hosts’ disciplined pace bowling attack in a 10-wicket loss in the first test.


Brand Ambassador of Alliance Finance Sachin wins 3 Silver Medals at South Asian Games

Views - 9 Wednesday, 26 February 2020 00:54

National badminton player Sachin Dias, once again hit the limelight by winning 3 Silver Medals (Men’s Double, Mixed Double and the Team Event) at the 13th South Asian Games 2019, held in Kathmandu/Pokhara – Nepal.


Nadal feels at home in Acapulco as he returns to action

Views - 7 Wednesday, 26 February 2020 00:53

Rafa Nadal says the Mexican Open in Acapulco feels “a little bit like home” as the Spaniard returns to action on Tuesday for the first time since being dethroned as world number one by Novak Djokovic.


American teenager Anisimova upsets Svitolina in Qatar

Views - 6 Wednesday, 26 February 2020 00:48

American teenager Amanda Anisimova claimed the third victory of her career over a top-10 player on Monday by stunning fifth seed Elina Svitolina 6-3 6-3 in the Qatar Open second round.


Ashan Silva fastest at Eliyakanda while Sangeeth Suriyage sets new course record

Views - 13 Wednesday, 26 February 2020 00:39

Ashan Silva, driving a Mitsubishi Evolution IX, clocked 32.428 seconds in the SLGT 3500 cc event to record the fastest time for cars as well as the fastest time at the 24th Eliyakanda Hill Climb last Sunday, while Sangeeth Suriyage....


Zahira College Colombo Super 16 Soccer 7s championship on 29 February

Views - 69 Wednesday, 26 February 2020 00:32

The Past Prefects Association of Zahira College Colombo will be organising the Super 16 Soccer 7s championship for the 15th consecutive time this year, to be held at Race Course International stadium on 29 February and will be happening throughout th


New Zealand restore pride by thrashing India in first test

Views - 10 Tuesday, 25 February 2020 01:14

WELLINGTON (Reuters): With a dark cloud hanging over New Zealand cricket since last month’s humiliating 3-0 defeat in Australia, Kane Williamson’s side delivered the perfect response to their critics with a 10-wicket win over India in the first t


Defeat to New Zealand not end of the world, says Kohli

Views - 10 Tuesday, 25 February 2020 01:13

WELLINGTON (Reuters): India captain Virat Kohli had a simple and honest message for the tens of millions of fans in his cricket-crazy nation after they lost the first test to New Zealand by 10 wickets at the Basin Reserve yesterday. “We did not pla


Hovland sinks long putt for first PGA Tour victory

Views - 6 Tuesday, 25 February 2020 01:12

Reuters: Viktor Hovland became the first Norwegian to win on the PGA Tour when he rammed home a 25-foot birdie at the final hole for a one-shot triumph at the Puerto Rico Open on Sunday. Hovland, who won the 2018 U.S. Amateur Championship and was mak


Australia avert elimination by beating SL as India dominate Bangladesh

Views - 7 Tuesday, 25 February 2020 01:09

SYDNEY (Reuters): Defending champions Australia returned from the brink of elimination to pip Sri Lanka but India underlined their title credentials with their second successive victory in the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup in Perth yesterday. Australi


Reed outlasts DeChambeau for one-shot win at WGC-Mexico Championship

Views - 7 Tuesday, 25 February 2020 01:09

Reuters: Patrick Reed displayed typically steely resolve and an assured putting touch, outlasting fellow American Bryson DeChambeau for a one-stroke victory at the WGC-Mexico Championship on Sunday. Reed took the lead with a tap-in birdie at the 16th


England overpower Ireland to reignite Six Nations hopes

Views - 8 Tuesday, 25 February 2020 00:39

LONDON (Reuters): England roared back into the Six Nations mix with another comprehensive demolition of Ireland on Sunday as tries by George Ford, Elliot Daly and Luke Cowan-Dickie helped them to a 24-12 Twickenham victory in their best performance o


American Gauff breaks into top 50 at the age of 15

Views - 7 Tuesday, 25 February 2020 00:38

Reuters: American teenage sensation Coco Gauff made her top 50 debut in the updated WTA rankings released on Monday, becoming the first 15-year-old in 15 years to achieve the feat. Gauff, who continued her dramatic rise by reaching the fourth round o


Ronaldo scores for record-equalling Serie A appearance in Juve win

Views - 9 Tuesday, 25 February 2020 00:37

FERRARA, Italy (Reuters): Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated his 1,000th professional match by scoring for a record-equalling eleventh consecutive Serie A appearance to set leaders Juventus on the way to a 2-1 win at SPAL in a top-versus-bottom match on Sa


Warner stranded as Australia fall short in second T20

Views - 7 Tuesday, 25 February 2020 00:36

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (Reuters): Opener David Warner scored an unbeaten half-century in vain as Australia blew what appeared to be a comfortable chase and South Africa claimed a 12-run victory in the second Twenty20 International on Sunday. So


United outclass Watford to stay in top-four hunt

Views - 7 Tuesday, 25 February 2020 00:36

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters): Manchester United kept alive their hopes of finishing in the Premier League’s top four after goals from Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood secured a 3-0 home win over Watford on Sunday. Portugal midf


CICT empowers wheelchair tennis in Sri Lanka

Views - 13 Tuesday, 25 February 2020 00:32

Colombo International Container Terminals Ltd., the only deepwater container terminal operator in the Port of Colombo, together with the China Merchants Charitable Foundation (CMCF), the social responsibility arm of China Merchants Group (CMG), the p


MCA ‘E’ Division 25-Over League Tournament commences

Views - 35 Tuesday, 25 February 2020 00:31

The MCA ‘E’ Division 25-Over League Tournament for the DPGC Challenge Trophy, sponsored by the David Pieris Group of Companies, got off the ground over the weekend. Twelve half-day matches were played and the first winners were Brandix Essentials


Fury annihilates Wilder in heavyweight title rematch

Views - 19 Monday, 24 February 2020 00:48

Reuters: Britain’s Tyson Fury delivered a dominant performance in his heavyweight championship bout with Deontay Wilder on Saturday, overwhelming his opponent to earn a seventh round TKO victory in Las Vegas. In the highly-anticipated super fight r


Hasaranga credits club cricket for success

Views - 17 Monday, 24 February 2020 00:48

ESPNCricinfo: If Wanindu Hasaranga kept his nerve in the frenzied finish, it’s because he’s been a similar situation before. If he batted cleverly with the tail, and measured the last Sri Lanka push to perfection, it’s because memories of trium


West Indies recall Russell, Thomas, Hetmyer, Allen and Hope for Sri Lanka T20Is

Views - 13 Monday, 24 February 2020 00:47

Cricket West Indies (CWI) have named a 14-member squad for the two-match series, which could see Andre Russell play his first T20I since August 2018. Roger Harper, CWI Lead Selector, felt Russell would contribute to all facets of the side, saying he


Second half rally takes Kandy through

Views - 27 Monday, 24 February 2020 00:44

By Shamseer Jaleel Kandy SC 39 points CR & FC 15 points Kandy Sports Club continued their unbeaten run in the league when they outplayed CR & FC by 39 points (six tries, three conversions, one penalty) to 15 points (two tries, one conversion, one try


Havies pull it off in the end

Views - 15 Monday, 24 February 2020 00:43

Havies pull it off in the end Havelock SC 25 points Navy SC 18 points Havies pulled off a nail-biting win over Navy SC 25/18 at Havelock Park under lights. At the short breather it was the Sailors who led 11/10. Radeesha Seneviratne scored the visito


Marvellous Messi hits four as Barca hammer Eibar 5-0

Views - 10 Monday, 24 February 2020 00:41

BARCELONA (Reuters): Barcelona captain Lionel Messi was in a prolific mood as his side crushed Eibar 5-0 at home in La Liga on Saturday, scoring four goals to placate supporters who began the game by showing their discontent with president Josep Mari


Devine’s sixth T20I 50 in a row seals New Zealand win

Views - 9 Monday, 24 February 2020 00:41

Sophie Devine’s sixth consecutive 50-plus score steered New Zealand to victory in their ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 opener against Sri Lanka. Chamari Athapaththu (41) and Hasini Perera’s 60-run first-wicket stand – Sri Lanka’s best openi


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Jothipala A unique playback singer who sang to joy, emotion and grief

Saturday, 29 February 2020

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Saturday, 29 February 2020

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Friday, 28 February 2020

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Friday, 28 February 2020

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