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Rumeshika set to break Dharsha s 100 metres record Sprinter improves Dharsha s 200 metres record for a second time
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 - 11:03 AM SL Time

Just two days after being included in the Sri Lanka team for the Asian Athletic Championship, St. Joseph s Balika sprinter Rumeshika Ratnayake proved beyond doubt that she is a future prospect as she improved on Damayanthi Dharsha s Junior National 200 metres record for the second time in the meet on the third day of the Junior National Athletic Championship at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium on Monday.

The athlete coached by A.D. Nandawathie (Nanda) produced a blistering 24.12 seconds performance to win the Under-20 girls 200 metres title.
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Why authorities don t see Lakshani s beyond-her-age feats, queries coach
Monday, 25 May 2015 - 10:30 AM SL Time

Vidusha Lakshani won an Asian Junior Athletics Championship medal in 2014. She took under her belt the Junior National record (Under-20) in the same year. She was Sri Lanka s sole girls competitor at the IAAF World Junior Championships last year. She was selected for the Sri Lanka national team for the upcoming Asian Athletics Championship when she smashed the national record a fortnight ago at Diyagama. The 18-year-old improved her own meet record with a feat of 13.12 metres on the second day of the Junior National Championships yesterday.
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Nishangan Nadaraja wins men s crown at Otter Open Tennis
Friday, 22 May 2015 - 9:08 AM SL Time

Nishangan Nadaraja who beat top-seed Sankha Atukorale to win the Men s Open Singles title at Otter Open Tennis in Colombo this week. (Pic by Kamal Wanniarachchi/Files)

In a tussle between two Davis Cup players in the final, St. Peter s College schoolboy Nishangan Nadaraja got the better of top-seed Sankha Atukorale in three sets to win the Men s Singles plum at this year s Otter Aquatic Club Open Ranking B Grade Tennis Tournament in Colombo this week.



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Jayasundara and Warnapura make a case on final day
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 - 10:46 AM SL Time

Udara Jayasundara and Madawa Warnapura compiled workman like half centuries on the fourth and final day of the 2nd unofficial Test between Sri Lanka A and Pakistan A which wound down to a tame draw in Pallekele.

After restricting the visitors to 333 with only a-six run lead the duo got together in the third over after first innings half centurion Dhananjaya De Silva was bowled by Imad Wasim for a duck. There on in, the heavy run scorers with immense potential in the domestic circuit, went on to add 154 runs for the second wicket in 45 overs.
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The need to improve fielding
Monday, 18 May 2015 - 10:35 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka and Pakistan had the worst fielding units during the recently concluded ICC Cricket World Cup. Here Jeewan Mendis puts down a chance in the curtain-raiser of the tournament against New Zealand in Christchurch.

I write this piece to give an insight to the significance of fielding in the game of cricket. In the aftermath of Sri Lanka s deplorable fielding in the bilateral series in New Zeeland and in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zeeland, where the national cricket team along with Pakistan were regarded as possessing the worst two fielding sides in the competition.
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sugath new head of SLAA
Friday, 15 May 2015 - 10:33 AM SL Time

CT Sports: Sugath Thilakaratne has been elected as the new President of Sri Lanka Athletics Association (SLAA) at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at the auditorium of the National Institute of Sports Science (NISS) yesterday. He will serve his inaugural term in office from 2015 to 2017.
The newly elected honcho of the SLAA collected 83 votes with his rival to the post Upali Kumarasiri a retired DIG polling just 24 votes out of a total of 107 votes.

Meanwhile, Sunimal Rupasinghe was elected for the post of General Secretary and D.M.Nayananda becoming his deputy. Tronado Jayasundara and S.Muruganadham were appointed uncontested for the post of Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer respectively. Saman Kumara with 97 votes was elected as the Recorder beating his rival Madawa Senaratne who could only muster seven votes.
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Mathews stays Test, ODI skipper
Friday, 15 May 2015 - 10:32 AM SL Time

Angelo Mathews has been reappointed captain of the Sri Lankan Test and One-Day International teams, Sri Lanka Cricket said on Thursday (May 14). The national selectors have also retained Lasith Malinga as the captain for Twenty20 Internationals.

Mathews s appointment will run till the end of Sri Lanka s tour of England next year, while Malinga will lead the T20I team till the end of the 2016 World T20 in India.
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SLC agm prior to Jan 2016 Navin Dissanayake
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 - 9:32 AM SL Time

Minister of Sports Navin Dissanayake who met with former members of the dissolved Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) at the sports ministry last afternoon, had assured the aggrieved officials to hold an election to the sport`s local ruling body prior to January 2016.
Responding to questions posed by the former board members, Minister Dissanayake said that the ICC matter will be handled cordially by him, together with the Interim Committee.

The Minister further mentioned that he clarified his position to the ICC in this regard, when he met with the Chief Executive David Richardson and General Counsel Iain Higgins at the ICC offices in Dubai last week. He had told the former SLC members that the SLC remains as an active and vibrant member at the ICC.
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Sri Lanka reappoint Ramanayake as fast-bowling coach
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 - 10:04 AM SL Time

Champaka Ramanayake has been reappointed as Sri Lanka`s fast-bowling coach after two years away from the role. He replaces Chaminda Vaas, who parted ways with SLC at the end of April.

`The appointment takes effect from June 1 and Ramanayake`s appointment will cover three inbound tours namely of Pakistan, India and the West Indies,` an SLC release said.
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School athletes are the fastest
Monday, 11 May 2015 - 10:56 AM SL Time

Sprinters Himasha Eshan and his training partner Suranjaya de Silva shared the first two places of the men s 100 metres dash in an eagerly anticipated final, while St. Joseph s Balika, Kegalle athlete Rumeshika Ratnayake turned tables on veterans in the women s 100 metres as the Asian Athletics Championship selection trial ended at the Mahinda Rajapaksha International Stadium, Diyagama on Sunday.

Kalutara Vidyalaya sprinter Eshan clocked 10.49 seconds to pip his training partner de Silva by just 0.03 seconds. While Mohamed Ashroff was placed third with a time of 10.63 seconds former champion Shehan Ambepitiya settled for the fourth place with a time of 10.67 seconds.
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BNP Paribas World Team Cup from May 25 in Turkey
Sunday, 10 May 2015 - 9:08 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka wheelchair tennis team at the 2012 World Team Cup. (From L-R): Jagath Welikala (Coach), Upali Rajakaruna, Gamini Dissanayake and Sunil Perera.

The BNP Paribas World Team Cup is the wheelchair tennis equivalent of the Davis Cup and Fed Cup. There are divisions for men, women, quads and a junior event supported by the Cruyff Foundation.

It is held annually with a different nation playing host each year.

Sri Lanka has been featuring in World Group II for many past years and finished among top four most of the time coming close to topping the Group and earning qualification to the prestigious World Group I. In their effort in the previous years, she beat, due to solid efforts especially by Upali Rajakaruna and Gamini Dissanayake, and their long-standing coach Jagath Welikala, many higher ranked countries.
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Unpleasant experience with UK Immi. officer-Sanga
Sunday, 10 May 2015 - 8:58 AM SL Time

Former Sri Lanka Cricket captain Kumar Sangakkara has undergone an unpleasant experience with a UK IMMIGRATION officer last night when he arrived in London.

The veteran cricketer tweeting about his experience a short while ago has described it as rude, patronizing and extremely discourteous. . .

In the series of tweets that he updated, Sangakkara has noted that this is the first time that he had to undergo such an issue although he has been travelling to the UK for the past 15 years.
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Mahela `very happy` at Sussex
Friday, 8 May 2015 - 10:42 AM SL Time

Former Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene is `very happy` with the `great opportunity` to play for Sussex in the T20 Blast.

The 37-year-old right-hander is `really looking forward` to playing against former team-mate and friend Kumar Sangakkara, who is playing for Surrey.

Jayawardene retired form international cricket after this year`s World Cup having scored over 10,000 runs in both Test and one-day international cricket. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Angelo Mathews Cricketer of the Year 2015
Thursday, 7 May 2015 - 10:57 AM SL Time

There has been plenty on Angelo Mathews s shoulders in recent times. This is not just a metaphor. As he leans back on a plastic chair, his tanned biceps roasting in the Colombo sun, it is surprising to see the prairie of dark hair that runs from the back of his black and orange singlet, reaches just over the tips of his collarbones, and spreads down the back of his arms. Mathews has been Sri Lanka s boy-next-door heart-throb ever since he leapt into the national consciousness with a piece of sublime boundary fielding at the 2009 World Twenty20 in England. Now 27, and established as a classy batsman and nimble-witted seamer, Sri Lanka s youngest captain has indisputably become a man.
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