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Kerber survives seeding cull to reach Wimbledon quarter-finals

Views - 4 Tuesday, 10 July 2018 00:50

London (Reuters): German 11th seed Angelique Kerber became the highest-ranked player to reach the women’s quarter-finals after she outclassed Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic 6-3 7-6(5) at Wimbledon yesterday. Over the last week, Kerber has watched a


Easy win for Serena as she rolls into quarter-finals

Views - 8 Tuesday, 10 July 2018 00:50

London (Reuters) - Seven-time champion Serena Williams prevailed in a Centre Court mothers’ meeting yesterday, roaring past Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina into the Wimbledon quarter-finals. The 36-year-old American was untroubled in a 6-2 6-2 vi


Federer leaves yet another rival chasing shadows

Views - 9 Tuesday, 10 July 2018 00:44

LONDON (Reuters) - Over the past week none of Roger Federer’s opponents needed to play on a court with a retractable roof as Wimbledon has been roasting in 30 degrees Celsius temperatures. What they would probably have preferred is to play on a Cen


Na wins by five at Greenbrier for first victory since 2011

Views - 4 Tuesday, 10 July 2018 00:00

Reuters: American Kevin Na won his first PGA Tour event since 2011 as he shot a final-round six-under 64 for a five-stroke victory at The Greenbrier in West Virginia on Sunday. Five birdies in six holes on the front nine put Na in control, and he fin


NDB Private Wealth Junior Masters Golf Championship 2018 on 8 Aug

Views - 21 Tuesday, 10 July 2018 00:00

For 2018, Sri Lanka’s most popular junior golf tournament, sponsored by expert financial planner NDB Wealth, will add a new segment to the tournament with the introduction of schools. Re-branded as the NDB Private Wealth Junior Masters Golf Champio


Kim sets LPGA mark with 31-under total at Thornberry

Views - 5 Tuesday, 10 July 2018 00:00

South Korea’s Kim Sei-young shattered the LPGA’s scoring record on Sunday while winning the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic in Oneida, Wisconsin by nine strokes. Kim closed with a 7-under-par 65, leaving her at 31-under 257 for the tournament. The


Brazil fans greet team after World Cup knockout

Views - 7 Tuesday, 10 July 2018 00:00

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters): Members of Brazil’s national team, which was knocked out of the 2018 World Cup, were applauded by fans greeting their arrival at Rio de Janeiro’s international airport on Sunday. Five-time champion Brazil lost to Belgiu


DFCC Bank continues to build on strong sporting culture; 3 team members represent SL at SABA 2018

Views - 24 Tuesday, 10 July 2018 00:00

DFCC Bank has always encouraged sportsmanship and teamwork at all levels of its organisation. In keeping with its strong sporting culture, three team members from the Bank recently represented Sri Lanka at the South Asian Basketball Championship (SAB


Singer School Rugby Sevens 2018: Joes outclass Royal

Views - 58 Monday, 9 July 2018 01:11

St. Joseph’s College claimed their first cup this season when they outclassed league champions Royal College 21-12 in a tense and entertaining Singer Schools Sevens 2018...


Masterful Rohit leads India to series win over England

Views - 10 Monday, 9 July 2018 01:10

Rohit Sharma’s superb unbeaten century led India to a seven-wicket win over England in a run-filled third and final Twenty20 international on Sunday....


Zaman blasts Pakistan to tri-series final win over Australia

Views - 9 Monday, 9 July 2018 01:08

Opener Fakhar Zaman smashed a career-best 91 from 46 balls as Pakistan defeated Australia by six wickets in a record run chase to lift the tri-series trophy....


Vettel wins, Hamilton second at Silverstone

Views - 7 Monday, 9 July 2018 01:05

SILVERSTONE, England (Reuters): Sebastian Vettel won the British Grand Prix for Ferrari on Sunday to deny Lewis Hamilton a fifth successive home victory and move eight points clear at the top of the Formula One standings.


Surain wins Highlanders Cup in Diyatalawa

Views - 11 Monday, 9 July 2018 01:05

Former Trinitian Surain Premathilake once again created history on the golf circuit, this time at the Highlanders Cup Golf 2018 where he emerged the overall nett winner....


Sri Lankan youth leave for World Youth Championship in Finland

Views - 13 Monday, 9 July 2018 01:03

The Sri Lanka youth outfit of 11 athletes left the island to the IAAF World Youth Championship which will take place in Finland from 10-15 July.


Asian Games 2018 in Indonesia: First round favours SL

Views - 12 Monday, 9 July 2018 01:03

The Sri Lankan Sevens rugby outfit, which is currently in France preparing for the Asian Games 2018, will have a relatively easy first round as they will need to see off only.....


Hsieh casts spell on Halep to cause Wimbledon shock

Views - 7 Monday, 9 July 2018 01:02

LONDON (Reuters): Women’s top seed Simona Halep suffered a tortuous third round exit to Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei as a wildly unpredictable Wimbledon continued to produce huge shocks on Saturday.


Mercantile Rugby Sevens 2018: MAS Holdings to defend title

Views - 13 Monday, 9 July 2018 01:01

The 48th edition of the Mercantile Rugby Sevens 2018, along with the Women’s Tag Rugby Sevens, conducted by the Mercantile Rugby Football Association(MRFA) will take place from 20 to 22 July at the Race Course Rugby grounds.


Paris Games 2018: Lanka Lions win all group matches

Views - 19 Monday, 9 July 2018 01:01

The Lanka Lions, led by Sudharshana Muthuthanthri, won all three of their matches at the Paris Games 2018 in France yesterday.


Djokovic tames Edmund, silences crowd in comeback win

Views - 6 Monday, 9 July 2018 01:00

Three-time champion Novak Djokovic silenced a raucous Centre Court crowd as he came back to beat home favourite Kyle Edmund 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-4 in the third round of Wimbledon on Saturday.


Russia salutes ‘heroes’ after Croatia ends World Cup dream

Views - 8 Monday, 9 July 2018 00:00

MOSCOW (Reuters): The Kremlin dubbed the Russian national team ‘heroes’, and proud soccer fans saluted their underdog host team after the side lost on penalties to Croatia, bringing an end to its World Cup challenge at the quarter-finals.


Croatia’s Modric chasing World Cup dream after shootout win

Views - 3 Monday, 9 July 2018 00:00

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters): Croatia captain Luka Modric put in a man of the match performance to lead his side to a penalty shootout victory over hosts Russia, but he has no interest in personal awards as they chase their World Cup dream in a semi-final


Swedes stumble against England but leave Russia rejuvenated

Views - 4 Monday, 9 July 2018 00:00

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters): Sweden’s gritty performances in Russia that ended with a 2-0 defeat to England in their quarter-final indicate a bright, if not very entertaining, future for Janne Andersson’s side.


Confident England reach first World Cup semi-final in 28 years

Views - 6 Monday, 9 July 2018 00:00

SAMARA, Russia (Reuters): England defied almost three decades of disappointment to move confidently into the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1990 as headers from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli downed a dogged but toothless Sweden 2-0 on S


Teams look for clarity following ball-tampering crackdown

Views - 21 Saturday, 7 July 2018 04:41

Sri Lanka and South Africa will both be seeking clarity on what exactly constitutes ball-tampering ahead of the first Test in Galle next week, with both sides likely to exercise extra caution in the wake of newly-announced ICC sanctions.


FICA opposes cap on number of leagues per player

Views - 4 Saturday, 7 July 2018 04:40

Any restraint on player movement across lucrative domestic Twenty20 leagues globally will only hamper the growth of the international game, according to Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA).


France beat Uruguay 2-0 to reach semi-finals

Views - 4 Saturday, 7 July 2018 04:38

Raphael Varane’s glancing header and a goalkeeping blunder that gifted Antoine Griezmann a soft goal gave France a 2-0 victory over Uruguay in the first World Cup quarter-final yesterday, and a set up a last-four tie with Brazil or Belgium.


Dazed champion Muguruza ambushed in Wimbledon second round

Views - 10 Saturday, 7 July 2018 04:38

When Garbine Muguruza clutched her temple with both hands and shook her head repeatedly, she laid bare the throbbing pain racing through her body as her Wimbledon title defence was hijacked by a little-known Belgian on Thursday.


Asian Games 2018: Paris Games 2018 to kick off today

Views - 13 Saturday, 7 July 2018 04:37

The Sri Lanka Sevens rugby outfit under Sudarshana Muthuthanthri will play in Group A, alongside Congo and two French club outfits at the Paris Games Rugby Sevens which will kick off today (7 July).


Asian Games 2018: Sri Lanka to send 185 athletes

Views - 27 Saturday, 7 July 2018 04:34

Sri Lanka will send its largest-ever contingent for the 18th Asian Games with 185 athletes participating in 28 sports for the multi-sport extravaganza which will take place in Jakarta and Palembang in Indonesia from 18 August to 2 September.


Setbacks have made Mercedes stronger, says Hamilton

Views - 3 Saturday, 7 July 2018 04:33

Recent strategy errors and mechanical failures have only made Mercedes stronger as a team, Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton said on Thursday.


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National prosperity through quality and productivity

Monday, 16 July 2018

I was so delighted to get involved with the national convention of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Quality and Productivity (SLAAQP) with the fitting theme, “National Prosperity through World Class Quality and Productivity”.


Sanjeewa Pushpakumara’s ‘Davena Vihagun’ (Burning Birds): A realistic and authentic film

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Filmmaker Sanjeewa Pushpakumara is a bright star in the cinematic firmament of Sri Lanka. His second feature film ‘Davena Vihagun’ (Burning Birds) is currently being screened in Sri Lanka. The film completed in 2016 has been shown at several inte


Yameen regime in Maldives turns to Islamic countries for support

Saturday, 14 July 2018

The Abdulla Yameen Government in the Maldives is turning to Islamic countries in a bid to resist pressure from the West and India to restore democracy as per their prescription, and to do their bidding in economic, foreign policy and strategic matter


Of Erdogan, Mahinda and Gota or the dance of the Vidayaka Janadhipathi

Saturday, 14 July 2018

We have been talking about Turkey’s Erdogan who recently won electoral support to be the country’s first Executive President. At the elections, Turkey began digging its grave. To be sure, one cannot blame th


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