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5th Janaka Bogollagama memorial ranking tennis from Dec. 4
Thursday, 26 November 2015 - 8:43 AM SL Time

The 5th Janaka Bogollagama Memorial Ranking Tennis Tournament will be held from Dec. 4 at the Kurunegala Club.

The tournament was inaugurated in 2011 in memory late Mr. Bogollagama, a junior National champion during the 1960s, who later became President of the Kurunegala Club and the Sri Lanka Tennis Association (SLTA).

`The main purpose of the tournament is to promote tennis in Kurunegala and provide opportunity to young tennis players from around the country to participate in a Ranking Tennis Tournament,` says Ms. Heshani Bogollagama, Tournament Directress. `We also strive to conduct the best ranking tournament in the island dedicated only to the junior age groups,` she added in a media communique this week.
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PCB approaches Sri Lanka to host India Pakistan series
Tuesday, 24 November 2015 - 9:17 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka is set to host the high profile cricket series between bitter rivals India and Pakistan later next month after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief approached his Sri Lankan counterpart Sidath Wettimuny yesterday.

According to Future Tour Programme (FTP), India was originally scheduled to play Pakistan in two Tests, five ODIs and two T-20s, but due to limited time frame the series is likely to be curtailed to three ODIs and two T-20s. Since this is Pakistan s home series, PCB needs to sort out the location. Pakistan is out of bounds to international cricket teams following the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in 2009.
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Sasindu spins Moratu Vidyalaya to victory
Saturday, 21 November 2015 - 9:03 AM SL Time

Spinner Sasindu Fernando produced a seven-wicket haul on his way to completing a match-bag of 13 wickets as Moratu Vidyalaya cruised to a nine-wicket victory over Anuradhapura Central in their Under-19 match ended with a session to spare at Moratuwa on Friday.


Anuradhapura 91 all out in 26 overs (Sachin Randima 18 Sarindu Jayakody 2/21, Sasindu Fernando 5/24, Shanuka Madushan 3/15) and 139 all out in 42.2 overs (Wishmitha Dananjaya 33, Sanuka Kelum 23, Ravintha Prehashwara 21 Sasindu Fernando 7/42, Rashan Fernando 3/36)
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More open than usual 2015/16 Inter Club rugby season gets underway today
Friday, 20 November 2015 - 11:08 AM SL Time

The 2015/16 Inter Club rugby season, which gets underway today, Friday, has a slightly open look. As the reigning champions, Kandy SC has got to be numero uno. Yet, looking at the composition of four other teams, a hard fought first round in the offing.

One striking factor is that many players have changed clubs. The old fashioned club loyalty no longer exists. Services are provided to the highest bidder.

With the decision not to permit foreign players, something has gone out of the local game. This could be overcome to a certain degree by the expected close contests between the stronger clubs. Reliable information has it that the police, Army and Air Force were in favour of playing foreigners. However, the other five clubs in the fray (Kandy SC, Havelocks, Navy, CR and CH) opted not to.
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Lomu big, fast, amazing
Thursday, 19 November 2015 - 12:32 PM SL Time

(FILES) In this file picture taken on September 14, 1998, New Zealand rugby star Jonah Lomu (2nd R) pushes out of the tackle of Fijian captain Saimoni Rikoni (L) as New Zealand heads to victory and the gold medal in the rugby sevens competition at the XVI Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur. Rugby legend Jonah Lomu, regarded as the game s first global superstar before kidney disease ended his career, died unexpectedly on November 18, 2015 aged 40.
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Krishan, Samadhi new Junior National Table Tennis Champions
Tuesday, 17 November 2015 - 8:39 AM SL Time

Vidyartha College, Kandy paddler Krishan Wickramaratne beat his schoolmate Udaya Ranasingha 3-1 to win the boys title of the recently held Junior National Table Tennis Championship, while Mahamaya School girl Samadhi Hettiarachchi won the girls championship beating Musaeus College s Ruvini Kannangara in a five sets final.

Wickramaratne beat Ranasingha 11-7,15-13,11-6 and 14-12 to win the Under-18 championship before partnering him to beat D. Kavishka and P. de Silva to win the Boys Doubles as well.

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Madugalle completes triple-century of ODIs
Monday, 16 November 2015 - 10:26 AM SL Time

Former Sri Lanka cricket captain Ranjan Madugalle became the first Match Referee to complete 300 One-Day Internationals when he refereed the second ODI between Pakistan and England in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

Madugalle was appointed to the ICC Match Referees Panel in 1994 and became the first person to hold the position of Chief Match Referee in 2001, a post he still occupies.
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We have done this for the welfare of cricket- Wettimuny
Saturday, 14 November 2015 - 10:44 AM SL Time

Interim Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket ahead of an election in January introduced a new structure with an aim of improving Sri Lanka s domestic Cricket structure and taking facilities into outstation. The new structure was introduced in a media briefing held at Sri Lanka Cricket on Friday (13).

According to new structure a T-20 Tournament, limited-overs tournament and four-day tournament will hosted apart from the current domestic competitions.

The new plan also include a decentralized format where each province will have their own officials to take care of administrative, finance, commercial, Infrastructure, umpiring and Coaching. Every province will be given an international ground, a well-known coach, trainees, and all other Infrastructure such as indoor stadiums to improve cricket in their regain. The five provinces are Western Province, Southern Province, North Central Province, Eastern Province and Central Province.
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Catches win matches says Bravo
Friday, 13 November 2015 - 10:29 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka s fielding lapses were highlighted during their recent series defeats to India and Pakistan and although Sri Lankans have shown more enthusiasm to fielding in recent weeks, the team is far from being spoken of in the same breath as some of the other leading fielding units.

West Indies put an end to their extremely disappointing tour of Sri Lanka on Wednesday with a win in the final T-20 and the team s exceptional fielding was highlighted after their 23 run win to level the two match series 1-1.
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Boxing brings death to school girl?
Thursday, 12 November 2015 - 8:40 AM SL Time

KANDY A 17-year-old girl of Sivali Vidyalaya, Ratnapura participating in an Inter-school boxing competition at Balagolla after falling ill over a week ago died at the Kandy General Hospital on Tuesday 10.

The A/Level student Harshani Sewwandi was a competitor at the Inter-School boxing competition in the premises of a BOI industrial firm at Pallekele, police said.

The event took place on October 30 and the student who fell ill was admitted to Kandy general hospital.

She was undergoing treatment till Tuesday 10.
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Dilshan and Mathews seal thumping win
Tuesday, 10 November 2015 - 9:50 AM SL Time

Sri Lankan batsman Dinesh Chandimal plays a shot during the first Twenty-20 against West Indies at Pallekele International Stadium on Monday. Chandimal smashed an unbeaten 40 to help Sri Lanka to a total of 215 for three.

Sri Lanka beat West Indies by 30 runs in the first T-20 International at Pallekele International Stadium yesterday. The victory helped Sri Lanka to hold onto their number one rank in T-20s irrespective of the result in the second and final T-20 International in Colombo on Wednesday.
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SL urged to improve investment climate with transparency and good governance Dramatic hike in new vehicle registrations in 2015
Saturday, 7 November 2015 - 10:00 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka requires to improve the investment climate with transparency and good governance for businesses to flourish. If not the economy will suffer immense fiscal pressures, Carmudi Sri Lanka Managing Director Firaz Markar said.

`The wider macro-economic factors, such as steady GDP growth, access to low cost credit, and a rising level of affluence within major demographics of Sri Lankan society, have combined to generate an unprecedented level of growth within the Sri Lankan automotive industry in the recent past , Markar told a media conference in Colombo on Thursday.
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Who is the best batsman Sri Lanka ever produced?
Saturday, 7 November 2015 - 9:58 AM SL Time

When entrusted with the task of picking three of the best Sri Lankan batsmen of the past, I would recall those greats of the past, the likes of Mahadevan Sathasivam, Aravinda de Silva and Kumar Sangakkara, who with my two cents knowledge of the game fits into my equation.

Their phenomenal performance with the willow, in the playing fields at home and in international cricket tells the story.
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DIMO and Textured Jersey to fight for Emerald Ceylon Tea Cup
Thursday, 5 November 2015 - 8:30 AM SL Time

Two youthful and well balanced teams-DIMO and Textured Jersey will come out with all guns firing in order to savour the Emerald Ceylon Tea Cup, when the MCA B Division 50 Over League Tournament 2016 final takes place on Saturday, at the MCA grounds commencing 10:00 am.

DIMO has been starved off match practice, as their quarter-final against Commercial Bank A and the semi-final against Mobitel got rained off. They walked through to the final on their credentials of holding the higher position in the league points table. DIMO finished as number one in group A .
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