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Mr. Minister, take this also into consideration

We learned that upon the Melbourne debacle, some of the high-backed cushioned chairs at a Maitland Place building, which is called by its most appropriate name, Sri Lanka Cricket, began to heat up. Anyway SLC Secretary Nishantha Ranatunga was in Melbourne to swallow the bitter pill while some of the other big wigs rushed back [...]

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SLC to send new list with old names

SLC to send new list with old names

By S.R.Pathiravithana Sri Lanka cricket will forward a list of eleven names for the Sports Minister’s perusal this week to form the next cricket selection committee. However, according to Secretary SLC, Nishantha Ranatunga the list will also include the incumbent lot of Asantha de Mel, Don Anurasiri and Hemantha Wickramaratne. Ranatunga said, “We hope to [...]

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The cunning approach

The cunning approach

There is trouble brewing at a major sports body and to sort things over, an official from the body had approached a senior official with the hope that he would attend a crucial meeting scheduled to be held the other day to sort things over. This lackey, in the hope of winning the official’s favour [...]

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Joes stumble to a wobbly victory

Joes stumble to a wobbly victory

By David Stephensá St. Joseph’s College almost squandered a hefty lead, which at times swelled to nearly 20 points, as they were forced to dig deep to produce a 46-41 victory against a resilient St. Anthony’s College Wattala, in their All Island ‘A’ Division Under 17 match, played at the Royal College Courts yesterday. The [...]

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Only a single ‘A’ team engagement in 2013

In spite of Lankan cricket presently going through a period of uncertainty and with supplies to the national grid from the junior levels being limited, the Sri Lanka ‘A’ team will have only one engagement in 2013. The only ‘A’ team tour in the pipeline for this year will be a tour of the West [...]

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Orville at the helm

The 60th Annual General Meeting of the Sri Lanka Society of Rugby Football Union of Referees was held at the Auditorium of the Organisation of Professional Association yesterday. The meeting was attended by a large section of its members and the following were elected uncontested. Veteran Referee and long serving committee member who played for [...]

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New Zealand 47-6 at stumps

New Zealand 47-6 at stumps

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, Jan 12, 2013 (AFP) – New Zealand were 47-6 at stumps on the second day of the second and final Test against South Africa at St George’s Park on Saturday, chasing the home side’s first innings of 525-8 declared. Scoreboard South Africa first innings (overnight 325-4) A. Petersen c Patel b [...]

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Kaushalya, Sameera, Shalika guide Ragama CC to maiden title

Kaushalya, Sameera, Shalika guide Ragama CC to maiden title

Premier Limited Over Final By M. Shamil Amit Kaushalya Weeraratne along with skipper Sameera de Zoysa and Shalika Karunanayake cracked match winning knocks to guide Ragama CC to a comfortable four wicket win over SSC in the final of the Premier limited over tournament played at the SSC ground. In the process they lifted their [...]

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SLRFU selects preliminary national pool for Asiad

The SLRFU selectors have named an initial pool of 58 players, which is set to be reduced to 30 towards the arrival of the Asian Five Nations Division One tournament, which will be played in late March or early April. The union is in the process of doing the necessary paperwork to get the commitment [...]

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Vidyartha to seek legal assistance

Parents of rugby players and old boys of Vidyartha College Kandy were delayed in filing a case against the Sri Lanka Schools Ruby Football Union due to the current action of lawyers to not appear in courts. According to sources of the school, action will be filed early this week. While not contesting the decision [...]

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Shuttle guru Fernando to shoot the bird in Sri Lanka

By Naushad Amit ;áPix by Amila Gamage Former national badminton player, Dharshana Fernando, who is domiciled in Canada, expressed his discontent over the manner the sport is being handled in Sri Lanka, saying that it has been highly polluted. Fernando, the founder and head coach of Fernando’s Youth Badminton Academy in Canada, was an instrumental [...]

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Hirdaramani win opener over Ceylinco

The Hirdaramani Group won the opening fixture of the Mercantile Football Association ‘A’ division knockout championship when they beat Ceylinco Insurance by five goals to one, at the CR and FC grounds recently. In the ninth minute of play, Ceylico Insurance opened the day’s scoring when centre forward Gayan Chandrasekera unleashed a powerful strike. However, [...]

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Mini cager camp set for tip-off

The Sri Lanka Veteran’s Basketball Association (SLVBA) will conduct its 14th annual Mini Basketball Coaching Camp on January 12 and 13, at the Otters Basketball Courts in Colombo. The coaching camp will be open for children between the ages of four and 13, who will be trained by leading school coaches. “The mini basketball coaching [...]

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Old Bens and Moratuwa University to meet in CDCA final

Two unbeaten teams, Old Bens SC and the University of Moratuwa will clash in the final of the CDCA Division three cricket championship, which is scheduled to be played on January 13 at the SSC grounds from 10.00 a.m. The match will be played under the new ICC rules, according to the Chairman of the [...]

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Friendship GC clinches nationals

By Bandula M The Friendship Gymnastic Club of Colombo emerged champions at the Gymnastic Nationals, held at the Sugathadasa Stadium recently. The Friendship Club won both the team and boys events finals. The Success Gymnastic Club of Colombo emerged champions in the girls events while New Torrington emerged runners up in the girls and boys [...]

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Commonwealth Sri Lankan sports report to be issued soon

By Bandula M The Commonwealth Secretariat Sports Advisor, Swaran Singh Chabbra, is set to present his survey report on Sri Lanka’s sports during the coming week. Chabbra will present his survey report to the Minister of Sports, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, who is expected to follow up the report with high sports officials. Sri Lanka will also [...]

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Nandimithra down depleted CFC

Nandimithra SC defeated a depleted Colombo Football Club by two goals to nil, in a Premier League Division One ‘B’ soccer match, at the City League grounds recently. At the short whistle, Nandimithra held a 1-0 lead. Colombo Football Club were severely limited by the absence of their brilliant Nigerian midfield Stanley Uchena, and the [...]

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Did rifle shooting pass away with Daya Rajasingha?

By Bandula Molligoda A once popular sport in the country, rifle shooting seems to have passed away with the death of veteran rifle shooter and administrator Lieutenant Colonel Daya Rajasingha. There is no doubting the fact that rifle shooting was one of the country’s established sports a few years ago and produced several skilled shooters [...]

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Sri Lanka forms Bodybuilding Federation

The Natural Bodybuilding, Fitness and Culture Federation (NBFCF) was formed recently under the leadership of former muscleman Thilak Jayaweera. Anura Fernando and Nimal Padmas were appointed Founder Secretary and Treasurer respectively of the new federation, which has been registered under the Ministry of Culture and Arts. Other officials of the NBFCF are Sanath Weerasooriya, Basil [...]

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Matale football veterans off to Chennai

By L.D. Chandrasiri – Matale Corr On the invitation of the Chennai Sports Club, the Matale Football League Veterans team, comprising 14 players accompanied by two officials, will take wing to Chennai, India on January 15 to take part in a series of exhibition soccer matches, at the Nehru Stadium in Chennai. Matale FL Veterans, [...]

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CH and FC ‘B’ in 3-0 win over UoM

CH and FC ‘B’ posted a 3-0 win over the University of Moratuwa in their Pioneer Shield ‘B’ division hockey fixture, played at the Astro turf recently. At the short whistle CH and FC led 1-0 after J. Jayakody scored in the 17th minute of the game. After the turnaround, H.M.S. Ekanayake added the second [...]

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Hunting Petes on the prowl

By Naushad Amit heir posture this season may look a bit tentative this season but St. Peter’s College Colombo has all the right to put themselves among the top school cricket sides of Sri Lanka. As always the Peterites have been one of the top teams in school cricket and despite of the absence of [...]

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A season of learning for Lumbini

his year around in the schools first XI season, Lumbini College Colombo are in the process of team building. After six matches they are sans a win but according to their coach, Dinesh Weerasinghe, Lumbini has all the possibility of transforming into a top-notch side in another year or two. But that does not make [...]

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This is an avenue that Sri Lanka could runů.not walk

This is an avenue that Sri Lanka could runů.not walk

By Pix by Amila Gamage Despite the fact that local female athletes have excelled in sports such as netball, they are rarely afforded the opportunities and aid provided to their male counterparts. The Sunday Times set out to learn if the support women’s sports like netball earn is sufficient for their growth and development.  

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TENNIS: The Competition

TENNIS: The Competition

“The loneliest place on earth” was the description of the Wimbledon finals by Boris Becker of Germany, after winning. Thousands of spectators fill up centre court but rules forbid players having contact with anyone. As a coach, I was warned in Belgium in an open event just for supporting a player. Competition is an adventurer’s [...]

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The ‘shape theory’ and modern day Lankan rugby

The ‘shape theory’ and modern day Lankan rugby

Writing in a popular blog, Charitha Ratwatte, a former heavyweight in politics and a Ministry Secretary, developed an argument based on the ‘Shape Theory’ or what can be called the ‘Shape Niyaya’. Explaining the theory he said, “It would be useful at this stage to consider what exactly is meant by the word ‘shape’ in [...]

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Udaya helps put Kandy on TT map

Udaya helps put Kandy on TT map

By Aubrey Kuruppu The main feature of the Junior Nationals, held last weekend at the Jagath Rajapakse International Stadium, was the dominance of Kandy’s Junior Table-Tennis players. One player stood out from the rest: fifteen-year-old Udaya Ranasinghe, who had a triple, winning the Under 15 and Under 18 singles events as well as the Under [...]

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Dehiwela Ahadiyyah take six-a-side cricket title

Dehiwela Ahadiyyah take six-a-side cricket title

Dehiwela Ahadiyyah School beat Battaramulla Ahadiyyah School to clinch the six-a-side cricket tournament, organised by the Colombo District Ahadiyyah Schools Federation (CDASF), which was played at the Vijaya Kumaratunga grounds in Colombo. The President of the CDASF, M.R.M. Zarook, who graced the occasion as the chief guest distributed an award to Amzal Subhany, the skipper [...]

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Ashen named U- 15 inter-provincial top player

Ashen named U- 15 inter-provincial top player

By Text and picturesáby P D de Silva Ashen Deemantha of the Southern Province was named the Best Player of the Under 15 inter-provincial tournament, conducted by Sri Lanka Cricket. His tally of 168 runs, at an average of 33.6, in the five provincial games he played in as well as the nine wickets he [...]

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Jaffna gets its taste of Rugby

Jaffna gets its taste of Rugby

By Sam Hensman,Jaffna Correspondent There was a deep sigh of anguish followed by the words, “my gosh.” Another section unable to contain their feelings shouted out, “Catch the culprit, book him and put him out of the field.” These were the mixed feelings of spectators who were watching the rough and tumble of rugby dished [...]

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D.S.S. beat Kokuvil Hindu College in final

D.S. Senanayake College defeated Kokuvil Hindu College by 43 runs, to win the final of the Under 19 Invitational Inter-School Six-a Side cricket tournament, organized by the Old Asokans Sports Association, and sponsored by Crysbro, at the MCA grounds in celebration of the school’s 40th anniversary. The winners claimed the Old Asokans Challenge Trophy and [...]

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St. Anthony’s Group of 93 cricketers donates gear

St. Anthony’s Group of 93 cricketers donates gear

By L.B.Senartne The 93 Group of Old Boy’s of St: Anthony’s College, Katugastota gifted cricket gear to school’s cricket team, to be utilized for the forthcoming season. The gift was presented by the 1992 St. Anthony’s College Cricket Captain, Umesh de Alwis, who is now residing in London, and who led the last team to [...]

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Joes clinch swimming and diving title for ninth consecutive year

Joes clinch swimming and diving title for ninth consecutive year

By Bandula Molligoda St. Joseph’s College Colombo continued their dominance in swimming when they won the Sri Lanka Schools Swimming and Diving Championship for the ninth successive time last year. In addition they have become champions at eight other swimming meets. The highlight of their victories was the splendid performance of their skipper Kaushal Manawadu. [...]

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Vidyartha and Mahamaya shine at Triangular TT tourney

By Aubrey Kuruppu The triangular (Central, North Western, Sabaragamuwa Provinces) Table Tennis Team Championship, organised by the newly-formed Nittawela TT Club, was held at the Jagath Rajapakse Indoor Stadium in Doluwa. Eighty-eight teams took part in what turned out to be a well-planned and very competitive tournament. As expected, Vidyartha ‘A’, spearheaded by Udaya Ranasinghe, [...]

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Yohan grabs eight as Dharmasoka MV dominate

Yohan grabs eight as Dharmasoka MV dominate

Under 19 Cricket Right arm spinner Yohan de Silva impressed with a return of 8 for 28 as Dharmasoka MV Ambalangoda dominated their Under 19 cricket encounter against Mahinda College Galle concluded at the Training College ground in Balapitiya yesterday. Yohan’s eight wicket haul helped Dharmasoka MV bowl out Mahinda to a low score of [...]

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Clubs query selection process

Clubs query selection process

Inter-provincial limited overs tournament 2013 By Naushad Amit With the completion of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Inter-Club Premier Limited Overs cricket tournament, the local cricket governing body has swiftly taken measures to kick start its Inter-Provincial version from January 17. The tournament which will run for two weeks however has brought dissatisfaction among many [...]

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Lankan hopes fade further with Chandimal injury

Lankan hopes fade further with Chandimal injury

Second ODI begins in Adelaide today “They may be Australia’s “B Team” but George Bailey’s men made a mockery of that moniker with a 107-run one-day win over Sri Lanka at the MCG on Friday.” That is how AAP –the Australian News agency put across the Sri Lankan defeat. In spite of losing the game [...]

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‘96 World Cup champs still can wield the willow

‘96 World Cup champs still can wield the willow

By Naushad Amit They had their paunches and grey hair, but the 96 World Cup winners proved that they were still that formidable force. At the next ground, the Premier League Club final had hardly a spectator, but, the Nondescript Ground was full of cricket fans who had thronged to watch their vintage hero’s in [...]

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