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SLC ruining our chances in World Cup Arjuna
Thursday, 23 October 2014 - 11:33 AM SL Time

World Cup winning former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga has questioned the scheduling of the five match ODI series against India next month. Sri Lanka agreed to fill the void created by West Indies pulling out of Indian tour and Ranatunga fears the series could burn out the players.

With the India series scheduled out of the blues, Sri Lanka will now play 19 ODIs ahead of the World Cup, which is four months away.
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National Sports Festival from October 25
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 - 11:21 AM SL Time

The National Sports Festival will be held in the North Central Province Sports Complex in Anuradhapura from October 25 to 27 with the participation of 834 athletes from all the nine provinces and 350 officials .

A total of 60 track and field events and the finals of the men s football will be worked off during the three day meet. The opening ceremony will be on October 25 at 3.30 under the patronage of the Prime Minister D M Jayaratne.

Hammer throw has been included for the first time in NSF and the men s and women s finals will be worked off on the first day.
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History s biggest tennis tournament from Saturday Carlton Junior Cup Tennis at SLTA
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 - 11:19 AM SL Time

By Revata S. Silva

The Tournament Directory Dinith Pathiraja introduces this as the biggest tournament of the history . Over 1,000 participants from nine regions in the country representing numerous schools, both girls and boys , will be in the fray. In fact, the Under-12 and 10 inter-school tennis this year, named Carlton Junior Cup Tennis, will surely see a heck of a gathering at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association from this Saturday to Tuesday. One could do nothing but to agree with Pathiraja. The number one-thousand has not been recorded in a tennis tourney so far.
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Sports Sri Lanka A lead by 78
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 - 10:55 AM SL Time

Right arm off spinner Tharindu Kaushal captured five wickets while Nuwan Pradeep 3/28 and Kasun Madhusanka 2/30 ended the West Indies A team s dream of taking a first innings lead in the second unofficial test being played at the Uyanwatta Stadium Matara. The West Indies A team were all out for 151 runs 15 runs short of the Sri Lanka A teams first innings score of 166.

Sri Lanka A resuming from their overnight score of 137/6 were unable to consolidate their innings and were dismissed for the addition of twenty nine runs.Shanon Gabriel captured three wickets in the morning session to end up with a five wicket haul. Left hand batsman Kithruwan Vithanage topped the score card with 54 runs scored off sixty balls including eight boundaries and a six.z_p12-sri.jpg
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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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