India avoid Hong Kong upset after Dhawan’s hundred

Views - 12 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

AFP: India survived a scare against Hong Kong after Shikhar Dhawan’s hundred as they battled to a 26-run win over the minnows in the Asia Cup on Tuesday. Chasing a big 286-run target, Hong Kong gave their illustrious opponents a run for their money

SL women make seven changes from Asia Cup to face India

Views - 5 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

By Madushka Balasuriya  The inclusion of the uncapped Kaveesha Dilhari and the return of veterans Eshani Lokusuriyage and Dilani Manodara are among seven changes Sri Lanka have made from the Asia Cup earlier this year as they announced their T20I sq

Colombo Marathon set for 7 Oct.

Views - 3 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

The Colombo Marathon, now in its 18th iteration, returns in all its glory this October, bigger and better than ever before, as some 10,000 runners are expected to descend on the streets of Colombo for the iconic event. The marathon is set to start at

Stokes and Hales charged with bringing game into disrepute

Views - 9 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): England all-rounder Ben Stokes and batsman Alex Hales will appear before a disciplinary hearing in December after being charged on Tuesday with bringing the game into disrepute for a fracas outside a Bristol nightclub a year ago. Th

Afghanistan knocks SL out of Asia Cup

Views - 35 Tuesday, 18 September 2018 01:34

Afghanistan continued their rise in international cricket with an upset 91-run win over Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi on Monday, knocking the former champions out of the Asia Cup. Sri Lanka needed to win the Group B match to stay in the tournament but were

Girls need more exposure in International Sevens: Sri Lanka Women’s Rugby Head Coach

Views - 13 Tuesday, 18 September 2018 01:32

The Sri Lanka Women’s Sevens outfit ended the first leg of the Asian Sevens 2018 in Hong Kong on a high note when they accounted for the Plate (fifth position) at Happy Valley last weekend.

Bale says Real Madrid more of a team without Ronaldo

Views - 5 Tuesday, 18 September 2018 01:30

MADRID (Reuters): Gareth Bale says Real Madrid work together more as a collective unit without former talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, after the Portuguese forward moved to Juventus in the close season.

‘Excited by captaincy, but also a bit nervous’: Rohit Sharma

Views - 4 Tuesday, 18 September 2018 00:02

Rohit Sharma is all set to lead India for the first time in a major international tournament at the Asia Cup 2018, and on the eve of the match, he said he was “a bit nervous, but very excited”.

International franchise ‘The Little Gym’ in Sri Lanka

Views - 8 Tuesday, 18 September 2018 00:00

The Little Gym is a leading holistic child development centre that uses physical activity as a conduit to build physical, mental and social skills in children from the ages of four months to 12 years. The program emphasises the importance of movemen

Ronaldo returns to Spain in Juve’s Champions League opener

Views - 7 Tuesday, 18 September 2018 00:00

BARCELONA (Reuters): Fresh from scoring his first goals for Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo makes an eagerly-awaited return to Spain when the Italian champions play Valencia on Wednesday in their opening Champions’ League group game. All eyes will be o

Fitness and Sports magazine presented to President

Views - 10 Tuesday, 18 September 2018 00:00

The latest volume of Fitness and Sports magazine was recently presented to President Maithripala Sirisena, making this a momentous occasion for the magazine. Fitness and Sports is a magazine that encourages Sri Lankans to live the fitness lifestyle

NDB Athletics felicitated with 5 Gold Medals at ‘The Mercantile Athletic Meet 2018’

Views - 8 Tuesday, 18 September 2018 00:00

The NDB Athletics Team was felicitated with five Gold Medals with a Meet Record, five Silver Medals and nine Bronze Medals at ‘The Mercantile Athletic Meet 2018’ held on 18 and 19 August at the Sugathadasa Stadium. Furthermore, NDB Athlete

Altair sponsors RCGC open golf tournament for 2nd successive year

Views - 9 Tuesday, 18 September 2018 00:00

A large group of spectators was treated to a rare sudden death playoff at the 2018 RCGC Open when the top two contenders, Mithun Perera and Anura Rohana, were tied at 277 at the end of the 72-hole, four-round tournament, which Perera went on to win.

Pakistan crush Hong Kong in Asia Cup

Views - 14 Monday, 17 September 2018 00:30

DUBAI (AFP): Former champions Pakistan thrashed an inexperienced Hong Kong by eight wickets in a one-sided match to open their Asia Cup campaign in style on Sunday.

Relentless Liverpool sweep Spurs aside as Chelsea go top

Views - 4 Monday, 17 September 2018 00:28

Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Wembley on Saturday to post a fifth consecutive win at the start of the season for the first time since 1990-91 and banish the memory of last year’s London mauling by Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

Golovkin suffers first loss of pro career as Alvares prevails

Views - 5 Monday, 17 September 2018 00:26

Gennady Golovkin suffered the first loss of his professional career when Saul ‘Canelo’Alvares won an epic middleweight world title fight in Las Vegas on Saturday. A year after their first fight ended in a controversial....

Mayweather says he will fight Pacquiao again this year

Views - 7 Monday, 17 September 2018 00:25

Former heavyweight champion Floyd Mayweather said on Saturday he was coming out of retirement for a 2018 rematch with Manny Pacquiao. “I’m coming back to fight Manny Pacquiao this year

Asian Sevens Series Hong Kong 2018: Sterling Girls prove a point in HK

Views - 27 Monday, 17 September 2018 00:24

Sri Lankan Men’s outfit ended the first leg of the Asian Sevens 2018 first leg on number 3 position beating Philippines 40/12 at the Hong Kong Football Club (HKFC) in Happy Valley last weekend

Hamilton opens 40-point lead with Singapore victory

Views - 5 Monday, 17 September 2018 00:22

SINGAPORE (Reuters): Britain’s Lewis Hamilton eased to victory from pole position at the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday as the Mercedes driver extended his championship lead over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to 40 points with six rounds remaining.

Maldives stun India to take South Asian title

Views - 9 Monday, 17 September 2018 00:21

HONG KONG (Reuters): The Maldives won the South Asian Championship for only the second time in their history with a shock 2-1 victory over India in Saturday’s final in Dhaka.

SL detains five Indians over match-fixing fears

Views - 7 Monday, 17 September 2018 00:20

AFP: Sri Lanka cricket’s anti-corruption unit detained five Indian spectators on suspicion of match-fixing during Sunday’s third and final women’s ODI between the hosts and India, an official said.

Champions France back in Davis Cup final with win over Spain

Views - 3 Monday, 17 September 2018 00:11

Veteran pairing Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut booked France’s place in another Davis Cup final as they won the doubles to seal the champions’ 3-0 victory over Spain in their World Group semi-final on Saturday.

Park Sang-hyun claims wire-to-wire win at Shinhan Donghae Open

Views - 3 Monday, 17 September 2018 00:00

SEOUL, AFP: South Korean golfer Park Sang-hyun on Sunday fired an eight-under-par 63 to claim a stunning wire-to-wire victory at the Asian Tour’s Shinhan Donghae Open in Incheon, South Korea.

Mola claims 3rd straight World Triathlon Series title

Views - 4 Monday, 17 September 2018 00:00

Reuters: Spain’s Mario Mola clinched his third straight World Triathlon Series men’s title after finishing second in the final race on the Gold Coast in Australia on Sunday.

Nigel Richards wins Sri Lanka International Open Scrabble Championship 2018

Views - 13 Monday, 17 September 2018 00:00

Three-time World Scrabble Champion Nigel Richards from New Zealand continued his dominance of the Sri Lanka International Open Scrabble Championships by winning the 7th edition held from 7-9 September at OZO Hotel Colombo.

Cinnamon Lakeside Inter-Department Cricket Tournament 2018

Views - 4 Monday, 17 September 2018 00:00

Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo held their much-anticipated Inter-Department Cricket Tournament on 8 September at the Malay Grounds in Colombo.

3,000 fans watch Atherton win first Red Bull Hardline

Views - 10 Monday, 17 September 2018 00:00

Reuters: Two-time world champion Gee Atherton clinched the fifth edition of Red Bull Hardline for the first time in his illustrious career.

A glimpse of the old Slinga Malinga

Views - 7 Monday, 17 September 2018 00:00

ESPNCricinfo: They came in huge numbers with the Lasith Malinga wig, only to find out the long locks had been chopped shorter.

Strokemakers and chase-breakers: 10 things to watch at Asia Cup

Views - 29 Saturday, 15 September 2018 00:00

ESPNCricinfo: From Pakistan’s pace and India’s muddled middle, to Sri Lanka’s silkiness and Bangladesh’s Fizz, here’s what you should watch out for in the 2018 Asia Cup which gets underway today when Sri Lanka take on Bangladesh in Dubai (

Hopes alive for Sri Lanka

Views - 20 Saturday, 15 September 2018 00:00

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Accessibility at buildings and places – Indispensable need to enjoy civil rights

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Have you not yet realised that the chances are now very high that at any stage or any moment in life, for a short time or for a long time, for different reasons, you or your loved ones could experience physical and/or sensory impediments, and fall in

Over-tourism: The new buzz word in tourism

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Periodically the tourism industry is in the habit of coming up with some interesting name to describe a new emerging trend or situation in the industry. Sometimes the phenomena is not new, but has become relevant and topical enough to ‘package’ a

Depreciation of the rupee and Sri Lanka’s dilemma

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

The rupee depreciated by Rs. 29 from 2005 to 2014 and the average year-on-year depreciation of the Sri Lankan rupee was 2.8% per year. Official foreign reserves increased from $ 2.7 billion to $ 8.2 billion over the same period. In stark contrast, th

Laurels of ‘Living Together’: Refreshing reflections

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

It was a memorable evening with a mega gathering for a meaningfully different reason. It was not just another book launch with ego-boosting speeches about the author. It was also not an event where a popular politician coming late and preaching about

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