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It’s not a game of make believe, but believing in

It’s not a game of make believe, but believing in

There are people who could make an impression from what they try to portray in life. For instance, the late Henry Jayasena in his stage play Hunuwataye Kathawa, an adaptation of Bertol Bretch’s Caucasian circle, made a huge impact playing the role of the judge Azdak. After many decades I still vividly remember the scenes [...]

Havelocks-CR rivalry a key event in Havies Centenary celebrations 2014

Havelocks-CR rivalry a key event in  Havies Centenary celebrations 2014

Old rivals Havelock met CR&FC at Havelock Park last week and it was another occasion to continue tradition. Havelocks and CR keep alive the core values of Rugby as a game steeped in tradition where its players and supporters enjoy a deep sense of community and involvement. Next year, 2014 will be the centenary year [...]

Hayleys Agriculture Food Exports stages annual sports day

Hayleys Agriculture Food Exports held its annual get-together and sports day at the Buddadasa ground in Pelawatta, Battaramulla. Many sports and other recreational events were lined up for the day with large participation of staff members and their families. The main attraction of the day, the inter-department six-a-side cricket tournament, was won by ‘Reach the [...]

Nimble-footed Silva outclasses Gunasekera

Nimble-footed Silva outclasses Gunasekera

Revatha Silva reached into a deep bag of tennis trickery, utilising deft strokes and clever angles to outwit and outclass Supun De Vas Gunasekara and fashion a 6-1, 6-1 victory, which secured him the Men’s Mercantile Tennis Championship second division title, at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association yesterday. Silva was the more nimble of the [...]

Sri Lanka over the moon after defeating Pakistan

Sri Lanka over the moon after  defeating Pakistan

DUBAI, Dec 14, 2013 (AFP) – Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal said his team was over the moon on keeping their world number one status intact with a win against Pakistan in the second Twenty20 in Dubai on Friday. The 24-run win leveled the two-match series 1-1 and dashed Pakistan’s hopes of replacing Sri Lanka [...]

Ranasinghe in line for TT triple

The ongoing three day Sakuna Challenge Trophy Table Tennis Tournament organised by the Kandy District TTA has provided another opportunity for Sri Lanka’s ‘Wonder-Boy’ Udaya Ranasinghe to stake his claims for a hat-trick. The matches are being conducted at the Jagath Rajapakse International Stadium in Doluwa. Players from Vidyartha and Mahamaya, as expected, have dominated [...]

Saverimutto at the wrong end and time?

Saverimutto at the wrong end and time?

Alastair Saverimutto, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union (SLRFU) is afraid of becoming a victim of a well-planned sabotage, the Sunday Times learns. Saverimutto, who hailed Asanga Seneviratne, the President of SLRFU, as a man on a mission, has now been subjected to harassment from some high-handed individuals within [...]

Hendahewa and Maduranga win singles titles

Thilini Hendahewa downed Thilini Jayasinghe and R.S. Kasun Maduranga defeated Sachi Dias to win the women’s and men’s singles titles as the SSC Open Badminton Championships that was conclude at the SSC indoor sports complex recently. In the final of the Open Men’s singles, Kasun Hewage undid Sachin Dias in two straight sets 21/12, 21/15 [...]

Sports Diary

Local CRICKET: MCA-DPMC Bajaj Div ‘E’ League – Aitken Spence vs Hemas Group at St. John’s Panadura – McLarens Group vs Orient Finance at St. Sebastian’s Moratuwa RUGBY: Dialog Division ‘A’ – Kandy vs Hambantota Sharks at Nittawela FOOTBALL: Dialog Champions League 2013 semi-final – Air Force vs Solid SC at Bogambara Cargills Food City [...]

Chris Woakes to lead England Lions tour to Sri Lanka

Chris Woakes to lead England Lions tour to Sri Lanka

Chris Woakes will captain a 15-man England Lions squad to tour Sri Lanka in February and March 2014. The Warwickshire all-rounder, 24, is one of four men in the squad to have been capped at Test level. Woakes, Yorkshire’s Jonny Bairstow and Lancashire’s Simon Kerrigan featured in the last home Ashes series during the summer, [...]

MCA Div ‘E’ KO round in February 2014

The Mercantile Cricket Association (MCA) Division ‘E’ 40-over Cricket Tournament sponsored by David Peiris Group began with 24 the participation from last weekend. The tournament which is played for the DPMC Trophy will including 11 newcomers as 24 teams will battle it out in four groups at 67 encounters. The league round of the tournament [...]

Tennis and Post career prospects

Tennis and Post  career prospects

Gabriela Sabatini’s route There is a ‘retirement age’ in most professions. In competition Tennis and for that matter in any sport, players face retirement when their performances begin to decline. It can be as early as 25. What happens then? Many players have a good life after the competition career but not all. Gabriela Sabatini, [...]

Carrom Nationals from Jan. 18

The Carrom Federation of Sri Lanka (CFSL) will kick off its activities for 2014 with the 46th National Championship which is slotted to begin from January 18. The main competition of CFSL will be held in seven different categories: Men’s and Women’s Singles, Men’s and Women’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles, Veteran Singles and Over-40 Singles. Entries [...]

Kinross to celebrate ‘Club Day’

Kinross Swimming and Life Saving Club will celebrate their ‘Club Day’ today, Sunday, December 15 with their members, families and their dynamic staff. A carnival atmosphere will prevail the whole day and well into the night with food stalls, BBQ, DJ music, competitions and a live band. The pick event of the day will be [...]

Sandaruwan Best Rider 2013

Sandaruwan Best Rider 2013

Champion rider Gayan Sandaruwan clinched the Best Rider 2013 award as the main award on offer for the Best Driver 2013 was held back from being awarded pending an inquiry at the CEAT-SLADA Championship Awards Night which was held last Saturday in Boralesgamuwa. Sandaruwan, a household name in Sri Lanka motor sports won the prestigious [...]

Asanga must move fast to get Sri Lanka into Hong Kong sevens

Asanga must move fast to get  Sri Lanka into Hong Kong sevens

The International Rugby Board this week announced the 12 teams to play in the qualifying competition for core team status in the World Sevens Series next season. These qualifiers will be part of the Hong Kong Sevens in March. Sri Lanka, by virtue of finishing third in the Asian Sevens Series, will unfortunately miss out. [...]

SriLankan Airlines retain TTSC swimming championship

SriLanaka Airlines retained the Travel Trade Swimming Championships for another year when they piled up 172 points at the TTSC swimming championships sponsored by Akquasun Group and held at the Thurstan College pool recently. Walkers/Whittalls swam into second place with 2 points, while Cinnamon Lakeside was third with 58 points. In fourth place was Cinnamon [...]

Nilfer Ibrahim appointed Hambantota Sharks coach

Former Kingswood College, Kandy SC, Navy SC and Sri Lanka Sevens player Nilfer Ibrahim will take over the coaching role with the newly formed Hambantota Sharks who made their Division ‘A’ debut this year. Hambantota Sharks will lock horns with Kandy SC at Nittawela today with the kick off scheduled at 4.00pm. With Ibrahim’s movement [...]

FFSL ready to adopt foreign mold – Rodrigo

FFSL ready to adopt foreign mold – Rodrigo

The Football Federation of Sri Lanka (FFSL) hopes to come out with a comprehensive annual event calendar from 2014 while adopting a new recruitment process to pick a suitable national coach according to its President Ranjith Rodrigo. Rodrigo revealed on the need of a well planned schedule to clip down the amount of hard work [...]

Victory face Colombo Veterans in Yusoof Cup final today

The grand final of the Yusoof Cup Division II knockout football championship will be played between Victory Football Club and Colombo Veterans at the City Football Complex ground in Colombo with the kickoff time set at 3.30pm. Victory FC and Colombo Veterans, the only two sides remained unbeaten in the 16-team football competition dedicated to [...]

Who are the real rebels?

In response to an official media release issued by the Western Province Badminton Association (WPBA) the President of Sri Lanka Badminton Association (SLBA) Suraj Dandeniya stated that he is not bothered about statements made by non-functional elements. Dandeniya said this while counteracting on the letter sent by the WPBA duly signed by its President L.R. [...]

This could be a chance to get into winning ways again

This could be a chance to get into winning ways again

Defeats, even in crunch games, need not lead to negativity. They have their positives. Kandy SC finds themselves in a strange, rather unusual situation. Nittawela, with its teeming fans, was Kandy’s insurance against defeat, not any longer. A Navy outfit that, on the day, played a superior brand of rugby was able to perform the [...]

Junior Open Golf tees of tomorrow

Junior Open Golf tees of tomorrow

Local golf stars of future will rise and shine at this year’s Sri Lanka Junior Open Golf Championship which will tee off at the Royal Colombo Golf Club in Colombo tomorrow morning. This three-day championship, the stepping stone for professional golfers of tomorrow, will be sponsored by Prima Sunrise Bread for the sixth consecutive year, [...]

It is not the right time to stage Colombo Night Races

The Colombo Night Races will screech to an exciting conclusion tonight after several speedy and spectacular vehicles, including a championship Formula One race car, rips down the streets along Galle Face Green. The show is guaranteed to be exhilarating, but will it remain only a breathtaking spectacle or will it offer any lasting benefits beyond [...]

A puncher’s chance

A puncher’s chance

With the 89th Boxing National Championships culminating in a series of spectacular bouts, David Stephens catches up with some of the competition’s exciting fighters As a quiet evening carefully picks its way toward the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium, the facility’s boxing ring echoes with the beat of staccato dull thuds, as leather gloves collide emphatically with [...]

Trinity still top of the hill

Trinity still top of the hill

The first half of the season having ended, and with exams holding sway, the time is opportune to take a look at school’s cricket over the past three months. Trinity College continues to be the team to beat. Though not as dominant and overpowering as the Jayasundera- and Dikwella-led teams, Ron Chandragupta’s lads remain a [...]

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