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Kapil Dev tips Sri Lanka to win World Cup
Monday, 20 October 2014 - 10:26 AM SL Time

World Cup winning former captains Clive Lloyd (1975 & 1979), Kapil Dev (1983), Allan Border (1987), Arjuna Ranatunga (1996), Steve Waugh (1999) and Ricky Ponting (2003 & 2007) came together for a discussion titled `Seven Wonders: All WC Winning Captains on One Platform`.

World Cup winning former Indian captain Kapil Dev has tipped Sri Lanka to win next year s ICC Cricket World Cup in New Zealand and Australia. The former great was part of a discussion that India Today hosted titled `Seven Wonders: All World Cup Winning Captains on One Platform`.
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Chamari Atapattu (106) propels Sri Lanka to 209/8
Saturday, 18 October 2014 - 10:11 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka women`s captain Chamari Atapattu scored a fluent hundred to propel her side to 209-8 before rain stopped the second One Day International against the South African counterparts in an ICC Women`s Championship match played at the Sinhalese Sports Club grounds, Colombo on Friday.

Atapattu, the only century maker in the Lankan Women`s ODI history, struck 106 runs in 151 balls including 11 boundaries to reach her second hundred after the left hander made 111 runs against Ireland at P Sara Oval in 2011.
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Sahan, Kavindu, Subuddhi power Mahanama Under-19 Cricket
Friday, 17 October 2014 - 11:19 AM SL Time

Sahan Peiris, Kavindu Munasinghe and Subuddhi Kaushalya scored valuable half centuries for Mahanama College to record a first innings victory over St. Servatius College, Matara in their Under-19 match at Galle Stadium on Thursday.


St. Servatius 153 all out in 61 overs (Ashen Deemantha 37, Nimesh Maduranga 35, Ramesh Nimantha 40, Rajantha Chandula 25, Kalindu Lakshan 4/28, Dulanjana Seneviratne 3/33) and 62 for 4 in 22 overs (Ashen Deemantha 31 Dulanjana Seneviratne 2/06)

Mahanama 106 for 1 o/n 251 all out in 79.2 overs (Sahan Peiris 61, Kavindu Munasinghe 91, Subuddhi Kaushalya 56 Lochana Mohotti 3/25, Ashen Deemantha 5/65)
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Maris Stella, Ratnayake Central retain titles Akila Ravishanka hogs limelight
Thursday, 16 October 2014 - 11:05 AM SL Time

Asian Youth Games medallist Akila Ravishanka smashed Maleen Udaya Kumara s meet record with a feat of 14.25 seconds in the Under-18 boys 110m hurdles to top best performers list in the boys category as Maris Stella College, Negombo and Ratnayake Central, Walala retained the overall boys and girls titles respectively of the Sir John Tarbet Senior Athletics Championships concluded at Diyagama on Wednesday.

Maris Stella won the boys title for the second consecutive year as they aggregated 132 points largely through victories in sprint events. Ratnayake won the girls title for the 16th time. They collected 202 points.
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Sri Sumangala athlete Sarangi creates history
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 - 10:55 AM SL Time

Sarangi Silva of Sri Sumangala College, Panadura became the first ever school girl to break the six-metre barrier at a school competition as she achieved her personal best with a jump of 6.01m to own the Under-20 girls long jump record at the Sir John Tarbet Senior Athletics Championship at Diyagama on Tuesday.

No athlete has ever cleared the six-metre mark at either the Sir John Tarbet Athletics Championship or the All Island Schools Games Athletics Championships according to record books of the two premier championships. The athlete, trained by national long jump coach Y. K. Kularatne, has been representing Sri Lanka at junior international competitions.
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Four new records on first day
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 - 10:40 AM SL Time

Four new meet records were established on the opening day of the Ritzbury sponsored 84th Sir John Tarbet Senior Athletic Championship worked off at the Mahinda Rajapaksa Sports Complex in Diyagama, Homagama yesterday.

Three records were set up in the girls Under-20 Triple Jump, boys Under-18 Pole Vault and the boys Under-20 Discuss Throw in the morning session before the boys Under-16 Triple Jump record, which was shattered in the evening.

IAAF Junior Qualifier Vidusha Lakshani of Newstead Girls College Negombo broke a 10-year-old Triple Jump record with a distance of 12.50m erasing the previous record of 12.25m set by Ruwini Rubasinghe of St Mary`s College Matara in 2004. However, Lakshani`s best performance was 12.99m at the Junior Athletic Championship held in May this year.
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Fiji edges Samoa 31-24 in thrilling final to win Gold Coast Sevens
Monday, 13 October 2014 - 10:37 AM SL Time

Fiji have sealed a third Gold Coast rugby sevens title with a try seconds from full-time Sunday, getting their quest for a maiden Olympic medal off to a flying start.

The Fijians won a thrilling final 31-24 against Pacific rivals Samoa, holding on for victory in the face of a brave Samoan fightback.

They cruised to a 26-0 lead in the first half, with Setefano Cakau scoring a try double, before the Samoans piled on 24 unanswered points to trail by two points into the final minute of the contest. Jasa Veremalua`s strong run sealed the win for the Fijians. He dived over in the corner to ensure Fiji lead the IRB World Sevens series after the first of nine events.
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Attractive 42 retired from Deshan
Saturday, 11 October 2014 - 10:31 AM SL Time

The St. Sylvester s Dharmaraja match at the Pallekele Stadium was interestingly poised when heavy rain in mid afternoon put an end to the game.

First things first. Parakrama Tennekoon, an unbeaten 87 in 243 balls, was almost solely responsible for the Sylvestrians reaching 152 from the ruins of 13-4. A century was his for the taking, but a little negativity deprived him of that honour. Venuka Galahitiyawa (4) and Upulitha Rajapakse (3) were the destroyers.

The Rajan reply was dominated by an eye catching innings from opener Deshan Gunasinghe. His driving down the ground was crisp and his shots were well timed. He retired at 42 because of stomach complaint.
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Rodrigo breaks away from Lakmali in disappointment
Friday, 10 October 2014 - 11:27 AM SL Time

Nadeeka Lakmali, country s top medal prospect could not live up to expectations at the Asian Games.

`I am really disappointed and I will no longer coach her. My decision is not based on her performance. The way she conducted herself during the meet hurts me,` said Rodrigo in reply to a query by The Island yesterday.

Veteran coach A.J. Rodrigo has broken away from his trainee and national javelin record holder Nadeeka Lakmali after her disappointing performance at the recently held Asian Games, where the Olympian produced a below par feat to be placed fifth. Serious lack of focus by the athlete during the Asian Games is cited as the reason for her failure to live up to expectations.
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Mathews nominated for ICC People`s Choice award
Thursday, 9 October 2014 - 9:48 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathwes has been nominated for the International Cricket Council`s `People`s Choice` award for 2014, ICC announced yesterday.

Mathews, 27, is the only batsman on the shortlist, which also includes the pace trio of South African Dale Steyn, Australia`s Mitchell Johnson and India`s Bhuvneshwar Kumar and the only woman cricketer, England captain Charlotte Edwards.
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Vidusha, Awchithya and Maris Stella boys establish new records
Tuesday, 7 October 2014 - 11:23 AM SL Time

Newstead Girls School, Negombo jumper Vidusha Lakshani, sprinter P.N. Awchithya of Verenketagoda MV, Ampara and Maris Stella College sprinters hogged limelight by establishing new records on day four of the Athletics Championship of the All Island Schools Games at the Sugathadas Stadium on Monday.

Despite failing to reach her personal best, Lakshani managed to better her own meet record by clearing a distance of 12.47 metres in the Under-19 girls triple jump. She comprehensively beat P.D. Bandarawatta of Dharmapala College, Pannipitiya (second- 11.88m) and S.A. Danushki of Holy Family Convent, Wennappuwa (third- 11.53m)who both failed to go beyond the 12 metres mark.
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Army athlete comes close to Olympic qualifying standards
Monday, 6 October 2014 - 10:35 AM SL Time

Geethani Rajasekara receives a bottle of water at a water point. She produced a record breaking performance when she finished second behind Kenyan runner Winfridah Kwamboka. (Pic by Nishan S. Priyantha)

by Reemus Fernando

Experts stressed the need to look after latest Sri Lanka women s marathon record holder Geethani Rajasekara in a quest to qualify country s first women s marathon participant for Olympics after the Sri Lanka Army athlete produced a stunning performance close to Olympic B grade qualifying standard at the Colombo Marathon yesterday.
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SRI LANKA strikes GOLD after 12 years
Saturday, 4 October 2014 - 11:07 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka won its first gold medal at an international multi-sport event when their men`s team emerged champions in the 17th Asian Games T20 cricket tournament at Yeonhui Cricket Grounds here, today.

They beat Afghanistan by 68 runs in a completely one-sided affair in the final of the 12-nation T20 men`s cricket tournament of the Incheon 2014 Games. The T20 cricket title was Sri Lanka`s first Asian Games gold medal in 12 years after sprinters Damayanthi Darsha (w0men`s 400m) and Susanthika Jayasinghe (women`s 100m) won their respective pet events when South Korea last hosted the Asian Games in Busan 2002.
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Jaffna school girl Aniththa equals lowly SL national pole vault record
Friday, 3 October 2014 - 10:57 AM SL Time

Aniththa Jegatheeswaran competes in the Under-19 girls pole vault.
(Pix by Kamal Bogoda)

A school girl from Jaffna equaled the lowly Sri Lanka women s pole vault national record at the Athletics Championship of the National Schools Games at the Sugathadasa Stadium on Thursday.

17-year-old Aniththa Jegatheeswaran of Mahajana College, Jaffna cleared 3.32 metres in the girls Under-19 pole vault to equal the existing record held by Anoma Karunawansa.
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