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MR s sons no longer rugby team captains
Thursday, 29 January 2015 - 8:38 AM SL Time

Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa s sons Yoshitha and Rohitha are to be removed from the captaincy of the Rugby teams of the Navy and Army respectively, on the instructions of a highly placed official, informed sources said yesterday.

Instructions had been issued to the relevant officials in this regard.

Yoshitha Rajapaksa was the captain of the Navy team and his younger brother Rohitha Rajapaksa was the captain of the Army team.
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Magic Makarova routs Halep to reach semi-finals
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 - 9:23 AM SL Time

Reuters) Ekaterina Makarova continued her impressive rise as a grand slam contender by dismantling listless third seed Simona Halep 6-4 6-0 to reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open on Tuesday.

The 10th-seeded Russian, who made her maiden grand slam semi-final at the U.S. Open last year, leaped on Romanian Halep s serve, breaking her twice in the first set and three times in the second to roar to a 5-0 lead.
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Saturday, 24 January 2015 - 10:15 AM SL Time

Former Australia wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi belted 170 off just 99 balls as part of a world record sixth-wicket partnership for New Zealand in a convincing ODI win over Sri Lanka at Dunedin`s University Oval.

Ronchi came to the crease with the Black Caps in all sorts of trouble at 5-90, after Sri Lanka`s pacemen cleaned up the Kiwi top order.

But Ronchi combined with batsman Grant Elliott to pull New Zealand out of the mire and then take their side into the stratosphere with an incredible 267-run stand, as the Kiwis finished on 5-360.
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Sports Minister sends strong message to Cricket Board
Friday, 23 January 2015 - 9:48 AM SL Time

While maintaining that he didn t intend to interfere with the work of elected officials of Sri Lanka Cricket, new Sports Minister Naveen Dissanayake sent a strong message yesterday when he said that cricket officials should not interfere with others duties.

Speaking to journalists at the Sports Ministry auditorium in Colombo -7, Minister Dissanayake said that individuals should only carry out duties designated to them and should stop interfering with others work.
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Record Breakers on display at CWC 15
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 - 9:17 AM SL Time

AB de Villiers record-breaking 31-ball century lit up the cricket world on Sunday. The fastest one-day international ton, scored from just 31 balls, was an ominous show of form from the South African captain and number one ranked ODI batsmen ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

Labelled the `most valuable player on the planet` by Adam Gilchrist just last week, fans in Hamilton, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra Auckland and Wellington will be treated to the de Villiers show when the tournament kicks off next month.
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Devastating De Villiers sets new one-day benchmark
Monday, 19 January 2015 - 10:15 AM SL Time

AB De Villiers required just 31 balls for his genius to propel him to the fastest ever one-day international century, a matchless masterclass that left even Chris Gayle bowing in admiration as South Africa walloped West Indies on Sunday. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Friday, 16 January 2015 - 11:33 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka easily won the second ODI against New Zealand at Seddon Park to square the seven-game series yesterday.

Opener Tillekaratne Dilshan struck his 19th ODI ton to anchor Sri Lanka`s 252 for four for a six-wicket win.

There were useful hands from Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene while captain Angelo Mathews pulled the winning runs to the fence to be on 39 when the win was achieved with 14 balls to spare.

Dilshan drove splendidly, and cut and pulled with relish in his 116 off 127 balls, to dominate the innings.
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Sanga regains top Test Ranking
Monday, 12 January 2015 - 11:58 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka star Kumar Sangakkara has returned to the top of the Test Players Rankings following the completion of the second Test in Wellington, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced today.

Despite 2-0 series defeat, Sangakkara s knocks of 203 and five have seen him replace South Africa s AB de Villiers at the top of the ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, where he is one point clear on 909 points.

Kane Williamson of New Zealand has jumped seven places to a career-best ranking of seventh in the batting rankings following his scores of 69 and 242 not out. In achieving his highest Test score to date, Williamson also passed the 3,000 runs mark, reaching 3,034 runs in 39 Tests.
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Queen s Open Ranking Tennis 2014 Under-10 age group semi-finalists found
Saturday, 10 January 2015 - 10:01 AM SL Time

The last four of both girls and boys in the age group of Under-10 were found by Friday at the Queen Open Ranking Tennis Tournament, now being held at the club clay courts, Colombo.


Girls Under-10 Singles:

Dinethya Dharmaratne (Seed 1) vs Vishmi Serasinghe (6)

Shashini Jayakody (4) bt Shenaya Thissera 9-2

Panchali Weerasekara bt Binudi Wijayawardane

Akithma Dias (2) bt Minuki Wanniarachchi 9-2

Boys Under-10 Singles:

Wenuka Kithnula (1) vs Vichinthya Nilaweera (5)
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Tharanga s omission and inclusion of Mendis shocked me
Friday, 9 January 2015 - 3:57 PM SL Time

The Sri Lanka squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 contained two big surprises for me: the absence of opener Upul Tharanga and the inclusion of Jeevan Mendis as a spin-bowling all-rounder.

Tharanga s omission shocked me. True, he had not been picked against England or New Zealand, but he has a decent One-Day International record, averaging just under 34, and he has the precious gift of experience, with 176 matches under his belt.
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Chief Selector insists fielding should improve No surprises in World Cup squad
Thursday, 8 January 2015 - 12:41 PM SL Time

Sri Lanka s selectors named a strong 15-member squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup next month during a media briefing at Sri Lanka Cricket headquarters at Maitland Place, Colombo yesterday. Fast bowler Lasith Malinga, who underwent surgery on his left ankle and hasn t played a game since August is expected to be fit for the World Cup.

`Currently Lasith is undergoing rehabilitation in Australia and we are confident he will recover in time,` Jayasuriya, a veteran of five World Cups and the Player of the Tournament in 1996, said.
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Charuka bags ten wickets as Joes crush Wesley Under-19 Cricket
Wednesday, 7 January 2015 - 9:49 AM SL Time

Spinner Charuka Raveen completed a match-bag of ten wickets and Pathum Madusanka top-scored with 152 runs as St. Joseph s beat Wesley by an innings and three runs in the Under-19 tournament cricket encounter at Darley Road on Tuesday.


Wesley 99 all out in 47.2 overs (Jonathan Caderamanpulle 39, Andrew Parais 21 Charuka Raveen 5/33, Jehan Daniel 2/14) and 164 all out in 79 overs (Jason de Silva 44 n.o., Helitha Bambarenda 39, Shamod Athulathmudali 32 Charuka Raveen 5/47, Jehan Daniel 2/09, Harin Cooray 2/46)
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Friday, 2 January 2015 - 9:25 PM SL Time

The Sri Lankan cricketers who saved face although losing the First Test to New Zealand by 8 wickets, have promised to rectify their mistakes committed in Christchurch and enjoy a memorable outing in Wellington.

The Basin Reserve in Wellington will be the venue of the Second of Two Tests against New Zealand beginning tomorrow and the Lankan cricketers have been stung to the quick by the First Test defeat and are all fired up to strangle the Kiwis.
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Sanga, Herath and Mathews complete outstanding year 2014 REVIEW
Thursday, 1 January 2015 - 10:35 AM SL Time

Mathews also grew in stature as a leader. A Test series win in England had eluded many famous Sri Lankan captains and yet Mathews at 27 was able to achieve the milestone. Mathews also revived his largely neglected bowling and there was quite a bit of success as he claimed ten wickets this year in Tests that included a four-wicket haul in Headingley when conditions helped seam bowling. He was denied a fifth wicket as fielders slipped a couple of catches.

Having painfully watched Sri Lanka being humbled by New Zealand s pace attack in Christchurch, most observers would agree that there s plenty of work left to be done for the national cricket team especially when it comes to competing overseas. Obviously there was also the memory of 5-0 drubbing at the hands of the Indians not too long ago, Sri Lanka s first ever whitewash. However, the fact remains that 2014 was one of Sri Lanka s best years in all three formats of the game.
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