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Sri Lanka to attend Esports World Championship 2018

Views - 1 Monday, 12 November 2018 01:35

During the last decade, esports in Sri Lanka has continued to grow with new and exciting milestones being achieved each year. This year has seen many achievements in esports. In this light, a talented group of esports athletes hoping to make their ma


Australia rest Starc, Lyon for SAfrica, India T20s

Views - 4 Saturday, 10 November 2018 00:10

SYDNEY (AFP): Pace spearhead Mitchell Starc, veteran spinner Nathan Lyon and all-rounder Mitch Marsh were all left out of Australia’s Twenty20 squad Thursday to play South Africa and India. Coach Justin Langer said they, along with Peter Siddle, w


Arsenal and Chelsea through to Europa last 32, Marseille out

Views - 2 Saturday, 10 November 2018 00:10

LONDON (Reuters): Arsenal and Chelsea were among seven teams to reach the Europa League knockout stage on Thursday, while last year’s runners-up Olympique de Marseille were eliminated at the group phase. The two Premier League teams were joined by


Bayern under pressure to deliver against leaders Dortmund

Views - 2 Saturday, 10 November 2018 00:00

BERLIN (Reuters): Champions Bayern Munich are unusually with their backs to the wall as they travel to Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, with coach Niko Kovac quickly running out of time. The Bavarians, who have won the last six leagu


Robertson urges Liverpool to rediscover missing spark

Views - 2 Saturday, 10 November 2018 00:00

Reuters: Defender Andy Robertson is confident Liverpool can recover from their Champions League loss to Red Star Belgrade but admits the squad must rediscover their “spark” to get their season back on track. Having picked up three victories in th


‘Taking 14 wickets in Mahela’s last Test was my best’

Views - 1 Saturday, 10 November 2018 00:00

ESPNCricinfo: In the days before his final Test, Rangana Herath looks back on his spectacular career that started in 1999, and explains why he’s retiring.


‘ Greatest role model Sri Lankan cricket ever had ’

Views - 2 Saturday, 10 November 2018 00:00

Russel Arnold:“What an incredible lad he is. So calm, so understanding, and he’s always there for everyone. For the youngsters, especially, having an influence like that is very, very good. Rangana Herath is very approachable to anyone. When you


Bottas will have to win on his own merits, says Hamilton

Views - 2 Saturday, 10 November 2018 00:00

SAO PAULO (Reuters): Lewis Hamilton has no plans to gift any wins to Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas despite having a fifth Formula One championship sewn up. The Briton has won nine of the 19 races so far this season while Bottas, who has dutifull


Ronaldo left out again by Portugal

Views - 1 Saturday, 10 November 2018 00:00

LISBON (Reuters): Portugal again left out Cristiano Ronaldo, their all-time record scorer and most capped player, as Coach Fernando Santos named the squad for this month’s Nations League matches against Italy and Poland on Thursday. Santos previous


Soori and Gayan to miss out Kandy opener

Views - 17 Saturday, 10 November 2018 00:00

Defending League and Clifford Cup champions Kandy Sports Club will be down in Colombo when they lock horns with Sri Lanka Air Force at Ratmalana on 10 November. Kandy SC will be led by former Science College player Richard Dharmapala. Kandy started t


Dialog Rugby League 2018/2019 Close tussle expected between CR and CH

Views - 18 Saturday, 10 November 2018 00:00

CR and FC will be hosting their traditional rivals CH and FC in their opening encounter, which will be played at Longdon Place on 10 November. CR and FC, who ended fifth at the last tournament, will be fielding one of the Samoan players (Joseph) for


Vishwa Ranaraja signs up with CR

Views - 13 Saturday, 10 November 2018 00:00

Former Trinity College dashing Wing three-quarter, Vishwa Ranaraja signed up with CR and FC recently for the Dialog Inter Club League rugby encounter. Ranaraja who is currently with the National Under-19 squad training for the Taipei tour will repres


England take series lead as Herath takes final bow

Views - 8 Saturday, 10 November 2018 00:00

England played the role of spoilers on Rangana Herath’s farewell, recording their first away Test victory in 14 attempts and their first in Galle as they trounced Sri Lanka by 211 runs in the first Test to go 1-0 up in the three Test series. Debuta


Final Matches of Mercantile Volleyball Tournament just around the corner

Views - 17 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

The final matches of the Mercantile Volleyball Tournament will take place on 10 and 11 November at the National Youth Services Council in Maharagama. The tournament consists of three categories – ‘A’ Division, Championship and Super League. Th


19th Annual Royal-Thomian hockey encounters on Saturday

Views - 5 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

The 19th Annual Royal-Thomian hockey encounter played for the Orville Abeynaike Memorial Trophy on 10 November at the Astro Turf. The Thomians won the match last year after 10 years. The tally reads as eight wins for the Thomians, six wins for Royal


Dominant England set SL world-record chase

Views - 11 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

By Madushka Balasuriya  With a maximum of 180 overs still left to play, Sri Lanka will have to rewrite history if they are to get anything out of this first Test in Galle, after England - inspired by an unbeaten 146 from Keaton Jennings - had virtua


Virat Kohli draws flak for ‘leave India’ remark

Views - 12 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

NEW DELHI (Reuters): Indian cricket Captain Virat Kohli was in the eye of a storm on social media on Thursday after he suggested a local cricket fan relocate to another country for preferring to watch English or Australian batsmen. The 30-year-old wa


Two games to be contested today

Views - 21 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

By Shamseer Jaleel Over the next four months Sri Lankan spectators will witness champagne rugby as the Dialog Rugby League 2018/2019 kicks off today with a game between Police SC and Navy SC at Police Park. Dialog will be sponsoring this event for th


Anderson handed demerit point for dissent in Galle test

Views - 7 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

Reuters: England paceman James Anderson has received an official reprimand and one demerit point for breaching the code of conduct during the ongoing Galle test against Sri Lanka, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Thursday. During the 3


United fight back to snatch unlikely late win at Juventus

Views - 5 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

TURIN (Reuters): Manchester United snatched an extraordinary and barely-deserved 2-1 win at Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday with a late free kick from Juan Mata and a scrappy own goal reviving their hopes of reaching the last 16. Cristi


Super League players would risk a World Cup ban, says FIFA boss

Views - 6 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): FIFA President Gianni Infantino warned on Wednesday that any players taking part in a breakaway European super league would be excluded from the World Cup and other international tournaments. Those who might be barred should such a


Rohit smashes century to give India T20 series win

Views - 7 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

Reuters: India captain Rohit Sharma smashed a blistering century to help the team secure a series-clinching 71-run victory over West Indies in the second Twenty20 International in Lucknow on Tuesday. The right-hander’s unbeaten 111 off 61 balls pow


Trinity Juniors win Gold star at hockey

Views - 17 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

By Shamseer Jaleel Trinity College Under 14 hockey team coached by Mohamed Ashraff won the ‘Gold’ star at the All-Island Under 14 Inter-School Hockey Tournament organised by the Sri Lanka Schools Hockey Association played at the Vincent Dias Stad


Kanrich Finance rout HNB and selects for finals

Views - 34 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

Kanrich Finance B team thrashed the Hatton National Bank (HNB) cricket team and selects for finals by 22 runs in the MCA B Division Tournament at the Marians Ground, Katunayake. Kanrich set a target of 185 runs for HNB who scored only 123 for 34 ove


Australia High Performance Chief Howard sacked

Views - 7 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

MELBOURNE (Reuters): Cricket Australia (CA) announced on Wednesday that High Performance Chief Pat Howard will leave his role next week as the fallout from a scathing cultural review into the governing body continues. Howard, who has been in the rol


CA boss Roberts says board considering lifting player bans

Views - 6 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

MELBOURNE (Reuters): Cricket Australia (CA) is considering a demand by the players’ union that ball-tampering bans on former captain Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft be lifted immediately, the governing body’s CEO Kevin Roberts said


McLarens emerge Overall Champions at 35th Mercantile Inter Firm Team Championships 2018

Views - 7 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

The McLarens Shuttlers illustrated total and complete domination at the two-month long 35th Inter Firm Team Badminton Championships 2018, which proved to be a massive success. Its fiery spirited McLarens Shuttlers impressed yet again by emerging Over


Vietnam to host Formula One race from 2020

Views - 6 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

Reuters: Vietnam will join the Formula One calendar in 2020 with a street race in the capital city Hanoi, the organisers said on Wednesday. The Vietnamese Grand Prix, which will be staged for the first time in April 2020, is the first new race announ


England turn screw on SL

Views - 17 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

By Madushka Balasuriya By the close of play on the second day in Galle, England had taken complete control of the first Test, and looked well at ease at 38 for no loss in their second innings, and 177 runs ahead in total. For Sri Lanka, it was a day


Foakes stars as England survive early stumble

Views - 16 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 01:29

By Madushka Balasuriya It took an early top-order collapse but by stumps on the first day in Galle England had finally seemed to come to grips with Sri Lanka’s spinners, and somehow manoeuvred an advantage that would have scarcely seemed possible


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The fish that swallowed the whale

Friday, 16 November 2018

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Courting democracy; Housing disaster?

Thursday, 15 November 2018

A small step was taken by a sovereign court the day before yesterday. It was a giant leap for the supremacy of the Constitution over all three arms of government in a recently benighted Sri Lanka. As well as being the tangible proof of intra-governme


Sri Lanka’s Judiciary in its finest hour

Thursday, 15 November 2018

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Thursday, 15 November 2018

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