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Commonwealth Games are just around the corner
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 - 12:09 PM SL Time

The garden-like city in the northern part of the United Kingdom will be the place to be when the 20th Commonwealth Games starts. Scotland hosts the Games after a lapse of 28 long years, having the honour of hosting this multi sports extravaganza in 1986 in Edinburgh and this is the third occasion that the Commonwealth Games is being held on Scottish soil. The iconic queen`s baton which was passed on to nearly 4000 people, covering a world-wide journey including Sri Lanka, entered Glasgow on Saturday and it was a signal to both athletes and the public that the Games are just around the corner...
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Steyn stars in big South African win
Monday, 21 July 2014 - 10:49 AM SL Time

Dale Steyn picked up four wickets on a spinner s pitch, Sri Lanka Vs South Africa, 1st Test, Galle, 5th day, July 20, 2014.

Rex Clementine

Reporting from Galle

South Africa tasted their first Test win in Sri Lanka after 14 years, as they beat the hosts by 153 runs, here at the Galle International Stadium in the first Test Match on Sunday.

Shaun Pollock was the last South African captain to win a Test match in Sri Lanka and it was a special day for Hashim Amla as he achieved the milestone in his first ever Test match as skipper.
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Steyn fire flattens Sri Lanka
Saturday, 19 July 2014 - 12:10 PM SL Time

Dale Steyn (R) celebrates after he dismissed Lahiru Thirimanne (L) during the third day of the opening Test between Sri Lanka and South Africa at the Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle on July 18, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI

Rex Clementine

reporting from Galle

Over the years, fast bowlers haven t had much compliments about the Galle pitch, but the lionhearted Dale Steyn proved yesterday why he is world s most dreaded fast bowler claiming the best figures by an overseas fast bowler here as the Proteas took a crucial first innings lead of 172 runs with two days remaining.
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Duminy unbeaten century the highlight
Friday, 18 July 2014 - 10:52 AM SL Time

An unhurried unbeaten century (100) from left hander Jean-Paul Duminy which had responsibility and concentration written all over it helped South Africa to a massive 455 for 9 declared.

In the 12 over remaining Sri Lanka had made 30 for no wickets still needing another 226 runs to avoid the humiliation of following on at the of the second day`s play in the First Test at the Galle International Cricket Stadium, here today.

Openers Kaushal Silva 8 and Upul Tharanga 20 were peppered with some short pitched bowling by Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Mornie Morkel. But it was a waste of energy because they were not life threatening or wicket taking ones.
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Lankan bowlers restrict SA to 268 for 5
Thursday, 17 July 2014 - 10:07 AM SL Time

After a stylishly carved out century from left hander Dean Elgar (103) who was involved in a stand of 125 for the second wicket with Faf du Plessis (80), the Lankan bowlers did well to restrict South Africa to 268 for 5 on day one of the First of Two Tests at the Galle International Cricket Stadium here, today. South Africa batting first on a good surface was going well on 195 for one with Elgar and Du Plessis at the wickets and looked set to make a formidable first day score when the Lankan bowlers struck back.As bowling coach Chaminda Vaas reiterated at the close of play media briefing it was a good wicket to bat on and complimented the bowlers for bowling in the right areas to restrict the visitors. Vaas also gave good reasons for Mathews not bowling more overs.
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Tharanga set to return after seven years
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 - 10:48 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka s Upul Tharanga waits to bat during a practice session at the Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle on July 15. Sri Lanka and South Africa play a two-Test series starting in Galle from today.


Left-handed opening batsman Upul Tharanga is set to make a return to Test cricket in today s first Test against Proteas at the Galle International Cricket Stadium. The 29-year-old hasn t featured in a Test Match since 2007, but will get another opportunity when he will partner Kaushal Silva to open the Sri Lanka innings in the Test starting today.
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Amla set for historic Test
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 - 11:04 AM SL Time

Hashim Amla will make history on Wednesday when he takes the field as South Africa s first permanent non-white skipper, helming a team in transition after the retirements of Test greats Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis.

Amla, a devout Muslim, was named captain last month after Smith retired from international cricket, signalling the end of an era which saw him lead out the Proteas a record-breaking 109 times over ten years.
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FIFA World Cup: Germany are Champions of the World
Monday, 14 July 2014 - 11:57 AM SL Time

Germany have emerged as the Champions of the FIFA World Cup, Brazil 2014, after a hard fought 120 minute battle with Argentina at the Maracana.

Borussia Dortmund player, Mario Gotze, became the hero for the Germans with a superb finish via an assist by Chelsea s Andre Sch rrle in the 113th minute.

The two substitutes combined to devastating effect for Germany. Schurrle made inroads down the left hand side, and lofted in a neat cross towards the near post. Gotze took it excellently on his chest and with time and space to move, stabbed it into the back of the net.
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Sri Lanka look to maintain impressive record
Sunday, 13 July 2014 - 12:29 PM SL Time

Sri Lanka will go all out to maintain this year s impressive record when they face South Africa in the series deciding third and final ODI at Hambantota today.

After the defeat in Colombo, the hosts bounced back to level the series 1-1 with a 87-run victory at Pallekele and will want to win the series to maintain the impressive record in 2014.

However, analysts consider South Africa to have a slight edge at Hambantota as the venue produces more bounce and pace.
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Sri Lanka schools Colours Awards Ceremony on July 18 - See more at:
Friday, 11 July 2014 - 11:04 AM SL Time

The Sri Lanka Schools Colours Awards ceremony for the year 2013 will be held on July 18 at the BMICH at 2pm.

The event is organized by the Education Ministry and Sri Lanka Schools Sports Council (SLSSC). Nestle Lanka PLC will sponsor the event for the 21st occasion.

More than 409 athletes will be awarded in 29 sports while 87 athletes will receive colours for their performances in aquatics.

This was revealed at a press briefing at the CR and FC auditorium last evening.
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Sri Lanka square one-day series
Thursday, 10 July 2014 - 9:47 AM SL Time

Tillakaratne Dilshan (R) celebrates with team-mates after dismissing South African captain AB de Villiers during the 2nd ODI between South Africa and Sri Lanka at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on July 9. (AFP / Ishara S. KODIKARA)

Sri Lanka recorded a solid 87 runs victory in Pallekele last night over touring South Africa to square the three-match One-day series at 1-1. Chasing 268 to win, the Proteas were bowled out for 180 in 38.1 overs despite a fine century by skipper and opening bat Hashim Amla. Lasith Malinga and Tillakaratne Dilshan shared seven wickets between the two.
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Series at stake for jolted hosts 2nd ODI at Pallekele today
Wednesday, 9 July 2014 - 10:32 AM SL Time

Sri Lankan cricketers Kumar Sangakkara (R) and Mahela Jayawardene (L) look on during a practice session at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele on July 8, 2014. The second One Day International between South Africa and Sri Lanka will be played today, July 9, at Pallekele. (AFP PHOTO/ Ishara S. KODIKARA)

Sri Lanka will meet touring South Africa in the second of the three-match One-day International series today, July 9, in a day-night affair, at Pallekele in Kandy.
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Royal ruggerites stun Trinity
Tuesday, 8 July 2014 - 11:34 AM SL Time

A superb second half rally by Royal College Colombo helped them to register a thrilling 30 points (three goals, three penalties) to 29 (two goals, five penalties) win over Trinity College Kandy and qualify for the final of the Milo President s Trophy Knockout Rugby Tournament at Royal College Sports Complex yesterday after trailing 9-13 at the breather.

Royal drew the first blood through a 42 metre penalty by skipper and Full back Nimshan Jayawardena. Few minutes later, the visitors opened their account through a try by Lochana Girihagama with Trinity skipper and fly half Tharinda Ratwatte adding the extra points.
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Proteas secure huge 75 run win
Monday, 7 July 2014 - 10:01 AM SL Time

South African cricketer Imran Tahir (2L) celebrates with teammates the dismissal of Sri Lankan cricketer Sachithra Senanayake during the first One Day International between South Africa and Sri Lanka at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo on July 6, 2014. Pic by Ishara S. Kodikara.
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