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Police hold the edge

Views - 12 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 01:48

Police Sports Club will be all out to reach the final of the Clifford Cup Knock Out Rugby when they lock horns with Air Force in the first semi-final, which will be worked off at the Racecourse Rugby Grounds today. Kick-off is scheduled at 4 pm. Poli


All four teams agreed to play at Pallekele: SLR Tournament Committee Chairman

Views - 43 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 01:48

Four teams, namely, Police SC, Air Force SC, Army SC and Havelock SC booked their semi-final berth at the Clifford Cup Knock Out Rugby 2019, which will take place today (19) and 21 March. With the defending champions Kandy Sports Club pulling out of


Hampshire stint on hold as Dimuth enters frame for Sri Lanka World Cup captaincy

Views - 18 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 01:48

ESPNCricinfo: Dimuth Karunaratne’s forthcoming stint with the Hampshire county side may be cancelled, with Sri Lanka’s selectors now strongly considering handing the ODI reins to Karunaratne for the World Cup. Hampshire had signed Karunaratne as


South Africa pin World Cup hopes on bowlers

Views - 11 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 01:48

CAPE TOWN, AFP: South Africa finished their one-day series against Sri Lanka with a clear idea of both the team and the tactics they will use in the upcoming Cricket World Cup. Sri Lanka, after their fourth 5-0 series defeat in less than two years,


Nalanda College wins 45th Battle of the Maroons one day encounter by 16 runs (D/L).

Views - 3 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 01:46

Dialog Finance PLC Chief Executive Officer Asanga Priyadarshana handing over the winner’s trophy to cricket captain of Nalanda College Lakshitha Munasinghe.  Also in picture from left: Ananda-Nalanda Joint Committee Co-Chair Manjula Wijemanne, Ana


Visakha and St. Peter’s emerge victorious at Vidudaya Ritzbury Swimming Championship

Views - 47 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 01:46

Sri Lanka’s No. 1 chocolate brand, Ritzbury Chocolates, continues to uplift swimming by organising the 2019 Vidudaya Ritzbury Interschool Swimming Championship for the second successive year. The Overall Girls’ Trophy of this event was won by Vis


CCC through by 5 wickets

Views - 9 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 01:45

CCC was through to the final in the SLC One Day Semi-Final which concluded at the Colts ground over the weekend. Moors SC 138 in 43 overs


Zahira Veterans off to Indonesia

Views - 7 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 01:44

The Zahira Veterans Soccer Team will tour Indonesia on 20 March to participate in the annual friendly match with Jakarta Veterans and Trisakti Team. The match will be held on 21 and 22 March at the Senayan Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia. Since 2011 Za


Shah shines in Afghanistan’s maiden test win against Ireland

Views - 6 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 01:44

Reuters: Afghanistan registered their first test victory after Rahmat Shah’s second fifty of the match helped secure their seven-wicket win against Ireland in a one-off contest in Dehradun on Monday. Chasing 147 for the victory, Afghanistan rode a


Thomians edge out Kingswood

Views - 9 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 01:44

S. Thomas’ College edged out Kingswood College by 22 points (3 tries, 2 conversions, 1 penalty) to 17 points (3 tries, 1 conversion) at Mount Lavinia yesterday. At the short breather, Kingswood led 12/8. Thomians have so far won against St Peter’


Richard Aluwihare Shield: Trinity win by 59 runs

Views - 7 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 01:44

Trinity beat Antonians by 59 runs in a low-scoring one day encounter at the Asgiriya International Stadium to safe keep the Richard Aluwihare shield. This was the 39th encounter and now the tally reads as Trinity 19 wins to Antonians 17 with two no r


Manchester City fight back to keep quadruple bid alive

Views - 5 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): Premier League leaders Manchester City recovered from two goals down to beat Championship side Swansea City 3-2 at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday and progress to the FA Cup semi-finals. Having secured a last-eight spot in the Champ


Atletico title hopes hit by limp defeat at Bilbao

Views - 5 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

BILBAO, Spain (Reuters): Atletico Madrid’s faint La Liga title hopes suffered a setback with a 2-0 defeat at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday which could leave them 10 points behind leaders Barcelona by the end of the weekend. Atletico had failed to mus


FIFA votes for new Club World Cup, Euro clubs confirm boycott

Views - 8 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

MIAMI (Reuters): FIFA will go ahead with a new 24-team Club World Cup starting in 2021, its President Gianni Infantino said on Friday, setting the world soccer governing body in conflict with Europe’s top clubs. Infantino, speaking at a news confer


Royal College winners of 44th Mustangs Trophy powered by Dialog

Views - 26 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

Royal pulled off a sensational 1 wicket win over their traditional rivals Thomians at the SSC Grounds. Half centuries from Suwaris (81), Hapuhinna (51) and Ryan (51) was not enough to stop the Royal win. The Reid Avenue school was well supported with


CASA organises 21st Annual six-a-side Softball Cricket Tournament

Views - 192 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

The Ceylon Association of Shipping Agents (CASA), the voice of the shipping industry, organised the 21st CASA Annual six-a-side Softball Cricket Tournament on 9 February at the NCC grounds. This is the most awaited sporting event of the year for all


Isco and Bale get Zidane’s second coming off to winning start

Views - 4 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

MADRID (Reuters): Zinedine Zidane’s second spell as Real Madrid coach got off to a promising start with a 2-0 win at home to Celta Vigo in La Liga on Saturday thanks to goals from Isco and Gareth Bale, who had fallen out of favour with previous coa


Sri Lanka suffer whitewash in ODI series with South Africa

Views - 7 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

CAPE TOWN, REUTERS: South Africa completed a clean sweep of their five-match One-Day International series against Sri Lanka with a 41-run victory via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method on Saturday as the final match at Newlands was ended prematurely by


Dreaming of Messi and Ronaldo, Beckham looks for Miami signings

Views - 3 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

MIAMI, Florida (Reuters): David Beckham has less than a year before his new Major League Soccer team, Inter Miami, takes the field and is finally turning his focus to bringing in players with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on his mind. When Beckh


Royal through

Views - 15 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

Royal College pulled off an exhilarating win over Wesley College by 24 points (four tries, two conversions) to 19 points (three tries, two conversions) at the Royal Sports Complex yesterday. At the short breather, the winners led 12/5. Today, Thomian


Second half rally takes Trinity through

Views - 10 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

Trinity bounced back in grand style thanks to a magnificent second half six-try blitz at their Pallekele Rugby Stadium where the Antonians could not score any. Antonians dominated the first half with a penalty and a converted try which Trinity replie


Havies outclass Sailors

Views - 9 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

Havelock Sports Club was through to the semi-final of the Clifford Cup knockout rugby encounter when they outclassed the Sailors by 48 points (seven tries, five conversions, one penalty) to 19 points (three tries, two conversions) at the Racecourse G


Police through

Views - 10 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

Police SC pulled off a magnificent 28/15 win over the favourite CR & FC at Racecourse in one of the quarter-final encounters of the Clifford Cup Knock-Out Rugby Encounter. At the short breather, the winners led 20/5. Cops drew first blood in the 12th


Bottas upstages Hamilton at Australian Grand Prix

Views - 6 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

MELBOURNE, AFP: Valtteri Bottas upstaged his Mercedes world champion teammate Lewis Hamilton yesterday to win the season-opening Australian Formula One Grand Prix in a sizzling performance that he called his “best ever”. The flying Finn started


Two matches down for decision today

Views - 14 Saturday, 16 March 2019 00:00

There will be two Singer League 2019 Inter-School rugby encounters worked off in Colombo today. Unbeaten Isipathana who beat both Trinity and St. Anthony’s will lock horns with Science College at Mount Lavinia, while in the other match Maliyadeva


Zidane begins second coming with Real against Celta

Views - 1 Saturday, 16 March 2019 00:00

MADRID (Reuters): Zinedine Zidane takes charge of his first game since making an astonishing return to Real Madrid on Saturday against Celta Vigo which is set to be a de facto audition for next season for many of the team’s underperforming players.


Sri Lanka’s cricketer captain Chamari Atapattu throws a ball

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Second half rally takes Trinity through

Views - 16 Saturday, 16 March 2019 00:00

By Shamseer Jaleel Trinity 35 points St. Anthony’s 10 points Trinity College bounced back strongly in the later half to beat Katugastota Antonians by 35 points (seven tries) to 10 points (one try, one conversion, one penalty) at their Pallekelle


Liverpool aiming to steal a march on title rivals City

Views - 3 Saturday, 16 March 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): Riding the crest of a wave after their superb victory over Bayern Munich, Liverpool have the perfect opportunity to edge back in front in a titanic Premier League title race at struggling Fulham on Sunday. With leaders Manchester Ci


Hamilton dominates season’s first practice

Views - 5 Saturday, 16 March 2019 00:00

MELBOURNE (Reuters): Five-times champion Lewis Hamilton dominated Friday practice at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, topping the timesheets for Mercedes in both sessions to leave his Formula One title rivals well off the pace. After pipping


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Playing with history

Friday, 22 March 2019

First of all, I was delighted to note a counter criticism ‘A reply to Victor Ivan’s ‘What went wrong with Sri Lanka?’ published in the Financial Times on 11 March in response to my article which appeared in the same newspaper on 22 February.


Sathyodaya for salvation

Friday, 22 March 2019

Professor Ven. Walpola Rahula (1907-1997), a Buddhist rationalist and free-thinker of international repute, was a unique intellectual, teacher and writer who never minced his words when speaking truth to power, a rare quality fast disappearing in a w


Ceylon Tea or Sri Lanka Tourism the stronger category brand?

Thursday, 21 March 2019

The Central Bank officially reported last week that Sri Lanka exports have grown to $ 11.9 billion, recording a growth of 4.7%, which means that the country has not performed up to expectation in 2018. The export volume index has grown by 0.5% in 201


Lip service to AML requirements: Are Sri Lankan designated institutions skating on thin ice?

Thursday, 21 March 2019

The recent announcement by the European Union (EU) blacklisting 20 odd jurisdictions for their failure to adhere to anti money laundering requirements (AML) comes as no surprise as all these jurisdictions have been forewarned by the EU, Financial Act


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