Lyon rips through England to hand Australia Ashes advantage

Views - 14 Tuesday, 6 August 2019 02:07

Birmingham, England (Reuters): Australia spinner Nathan Lyon ripped through England’s batting line-up as the hosts lost the first Ashes test by 251 runs after being bowled out for 146 in their second innings on Monday. Chasing the second highest su

Dale Steyn retires from Test cricket

Views - 12 Tuesday, 6 August 2019 02:06

Johannesburg, AFP: South African Dale Steyn, one of the great fast bowlers of the modern era, on Monday announced his retirement from Test cricket in a bid to extend his longevity in the shorter forms of the game. Steyn, who made his international d

Hamilton will meditate on his success to come back stronger

Views - 10 Tuesday, 6 August 2019 02:06

Budapest (Reuters): Lewis Hamilton is ready to meditate on his success as he goes into Formula One’s August break on the back of eight wins in the first 12 races. The five-time world champion has never had a season so good but the Mercedes driver e

Barcelona skipper Messi out of US tour with calf strain

Views - 9 Tuesday, 6 August 2019 02:05

Reuters: Barcelona skipper Lionel Messi will not travel to the United States for the club’s pre-season tour after sustaining a calf problem on his return to training from a close season break, the La Liga champions said on Monday. The Argentine for

Softlogic Holdings capture Shakespeare Shield 2019

Views - 34 Tuesday, 6 August 2019 02:03

Niloo Jayathilake and Dihan Dedigama of Softlogic Holdings, two well-known figures in Sri Lanka’s capital markets, displayed their skill on the golf course representing Softlogic Holdings PLC combining well together and holding their nerve to win t

Trinity junior Rugby 2019: Carter Blues champions

Views - 18 Tuesday, 6 August 2019 02:02

Trinity College Junior rugby tournament for Grade 5 students took place at the picture postcard Junior School rugby grounds recently. Reds, Yellows, Blues and Campbell House fought it out. In the end Carter Blues won the event. A ripper rugby tournam

Man City beat Liverpool on penalties to win Community Shield

Views - 17 Tuesday, 6 August 2019 02:02

LONDON (Reuters): Manchester City struck an early blow for the forthcoming Premier League campaign as they beat 5-4 Liverpool on penalties to win the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday after an absorbing contest had finished 1-1. Former Liverpool

Niluka set for BWF World Championships challenge

Views - 8 Tuesday, 6 August 2019 02:02

Sri Lanka’s top badminton star Niluka Karunaratne will be looking to make his presence felt when he takes part in the BWF World Championships in St. Jakobshalle, Basel, Switzerland from 19 to 25 August. Karunaratne, who has been selected for the s

Kyrgios fights off back spasms to win Citi Open title

Views - 4 Tuesday, 6 August 2019 02:01

Reuters: Nick Kyrgios overcame early back spasms to get the better of Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in a pair of tiebreakers and win the Citi Open in Washington on Sunday. The Australian won 7-6(6) 7-6(4) over a frustrated world number nine Medvedev for

Channa heads OTRS

Views - 18 Tuesday, 6 August 2019 02:01

Former Trinity College, 1989 rugby Vice Captain and colours man, Channa Pathirana was elected uncontested as the Chairman at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Old Trinitians Rugby Scrummage. Channa played for Trinity under scrum half, Rohan Ra

Kingswood wins Central Province U20 Football Championship

Views - 8 Tuesday, 6 August 2019 02:00

Kingswood College won the Central Province Under 20 Football Championship for the second consecutive year. The Randles Hill school beat Zahira College, Gampola on penalty shootout 5/4 after the game ended in a 1/1 draw after full time. Kingswood beat

Win for Katugastota Antonians

Views - 8 Tuesday, 6 August 2019 02:00

Katugastota Antonians beat Wattala Antonians by 185 runs in their Under 17 Inter School limited over encounter which concluded at Katugastota last week. Katugastota Antonians 331 for 9 in 50 overs. Kavindu Shehan 85, Asitha Wanninayaka 68, Gihan Eber

Smith scores second century of Ashes opener as England set 398 to win

Views - 16 Monday, 5 August 2019 00:54

BIRMINGHAM, AFP: Australia set England an imposing target of 398 to win the first Ashes Test after the visitors declared their second innings on 487-7 late on the fourth day at Edgbaston on Sunday. Steve Smith made 142, his second hundred of the mat

Kiwis practice under tight security

Views - 21 Monday, 5 August 2019 00:52

The New Zealand national cricket team which arrived in Sri Lanka on Friday to take part in two test matches and 03 T20i games were seen at practice under tight security at the R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on 4 August - AFP

Hamilton denies Verstappen in thrilling Hungarian Grand Prix

Views - 9 Monday, 5 August 2019 00:51

HUNGARORING, AFP: Lewis Hamilton regained his momentum in the drivers’ world championship with a memorable strategic victory on Sunday when he overcame young rival Max Verstappen to triumph in a tense and thrilling Hungarian Grand Prix. The 34-yea

Mick Schumacher takes his first Formula Two win in Hungary

Views - 9 Monday, 5 August 2019 00:49

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Mick Schumacher, son of seven-times Formula One champion Michael, took his first Formula Two victory in Hungary on Sunday. The 20-year-old German started from pole position on a reverse grid after finishing eighth in Saturday’s

F1 teams agree to 22 races in 2020

Views - 17 Monday, 5 August 2019 00:46

BUDAPEST, (Reuters): Formula One teams have agreed the calendar can expand to a record 22 races next year but without increasing the number of engines allowed, according to Mercedes boss Toto Wolff. Commercial rights holder Liberty Media had asked t

Sri Lanka Schools Under 19 Cricket: Antonians and Royal promoted

Views - 20 Monday, 5 August 2019 00:45

By Shamseer Jaleel Katugastota Antonians and Royal Colombo were promoted to the Singer Cup Under 19 Division 1 inter-school cricket tournament for the 2019/20 season. Thirty teams will take part in four groups in the first round of this tournament co

Japan rout Tonga to continue impressive World Cup build-up

Views - 9 Monday, 5 August 2019 00:25

TOKYO(Reuters): A Yu Tamura-inspired Japan thrashed Tonga 41-7 in Osaka on Saturday to make it two wins from two in the Pacific Nations Cup as they continued their stellar preparations for next month’s Rugby World Cup. The result moved Japan to th

Marquez extends lead with 50th career race win at Czech MotoGP

Views - 8 Monday, 5 August 2019 00:16

BRNO, AFP: Honda’s Marc Marquez claimed his 50th career race win with victory at the Czech MotoGP on Sunday after the race had originally been delayed by 45 minutes due to rain. Spain’s defending champion beat Ducati’s Italian Andrea Dovizioso

Fiji roll over Canada to get back on track

Views - 6 Monday, 5 August 2019 00:15

SYDNEY (Reuters): Fiji’s forwards muscled up to keep their Pacific Nations Cup (PNC) title defence alive and put their World Cup preparations back on track with a thumping 38-13 victory over Canada in Suva on Saturday. Flying Fijians coach John Mc

Du Plessis named South African Cricketer of the Year

Views - 7 Monday, 5 August 2019 00:12

Faf du Plessis and Dane van Niekerk, the captains of the men’s and women’s national teams, have been named ‘South African Cricketer of the Year’ in their respective categories at the Cricket South Africa (CSA) awards function held in Pretoria

South Africa announce management restructuring

Views - 13 Monday, 5 August 2019 00:12

Cricket South Africa (CSA) have announced changes to their management structure that will also see the departure of head coach Ottis Gibson, whose contract is set to expire in September. Gibson, a former West Indian seamer, took over as South Africa

Nations Trust Bank MasterCard woos rugby fans for World Cup Final

Views - 11 Monday, 5 August 2019 00:08

The Rugby World Cup is probably the most anticipated event in the world of rugby and takes place once every four years. This year, the Rugby World Cup will be hosted in Japan and every Nations Trust Bank MasterCard Credit or Debit cardholder has the

Pocock returns to Australia squad for All Blacks test

Views - 6 Monday, 5 August 2019 00:08

SYDNEY, (Reuters): Loose forward David Pocock returned to the Australia squad for next week’s test against New Zealand on Friday after missing most of the season through injury in a major boost for the Wallabies ahead of the World Cup. The 31-year

Manchester United beat AC Milan on penalties in Cardiff

Views - 6 Monday, 5 August 2019 00:08

Reuters: Manchester United beat AC Milan 5-4 on penalties after their International Champions Cup match in Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium ended 2-2 in regulation time on Saturday. United opened the scoring in their final pre-season match through Marc

Hutch powers ‘Victory of Mike-Joes’ launching Hutch 4G in Batticaloa

Views - 9 Monday, 5 August 2019 00:00

Hutch, Sri Lanka’s fastest growing mobile broadband network, powered the annual Big Match between St. Josephs College, Trincomalee and St. Michael’s College Batticaloa for the year 2019 as its main sponsor. The Big Match was held recently at the

‘SLT Speed Up Cycle Sawariya 2019’ in September

Views - 14 Monday, 5 August 2019 00:00

The leading national information and communications technology solutions and broadband and backbone infrastructure provider in the country Sri Lanka Telecom PLC, proudly announced that the much anticipated ‘SLT Speed-Up Cycle Sawariya’ is schedul

All-Island Schools Netball 2019

Views - 35 Monday, 5 August 2019 00:00

Holy Family Convent, Kurunegala stamped their class at the Milo All-Island Schools Netball Champions 2019 for the 12th successive year when they won the overall champions’ title at the 28th Schools Netball Championship which concluded in Kurunegala

NSBM Green Shuttle Fiesta begins

Views - 32 Monday, 5 August 2019 00:00

Green Shuttle Fiesta 2019, the inaugural all-island inter-university and age group badminton tournament organised by the Badminton Club of National School of Business Management (NSBM), kicked off at NSBM Green University Town in Pitipana, Homagama o

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Religion is a problem in Sri Lanka; can it be a solution?

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Friday, 16 August 2019

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