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Mystery surrounded over the surprise inclusion of the injured fast bowler Lasith Malinga who eventually returned back to the country without pl...

(AFP) Ashton Eaton cruised to his third consecutive heptathlon crown to complete a unique husband-and-wife double as American athletes dominated at the World Indoor Athletics Championships on Saturday.Olympic and world decathlon champion Eaton wrapped up a comfortable victory in the multi-discipline event by cruising home in third place in the 1,000m to roars from his hometown crowd. Eaton's win came just 24 hours after his wife -- Canada's Brianne Theisen-Eaton -- had snatched a dramati...

(AFP) Riyad Mahrez's 17th goal of the season sent Leicester City eight points clear at the Premier League summit as Claudio Ranieri's men won 1-0 at Crystal Palace on Saturday.The Algerian winger tucked away a cross from Jamie Vardy in the 34th minute to earn Leicester a third successive 1-0 victory and bring a staggering title triumph a step closer. Second-place Tottenham Hotspur can trim Leicester's lead back to five points if they beat Bournemouth on Sunday, while third-place Arsenal ...

CT Sports: Manjula Perera's all-round performance together with a well constructed 60 by Thenuka Liyanage helped St. Sylvester's College Kandy to beat their traditional rivals Vidyartha College by seven wickets in their Battle of the Babes annual limited over cricket encounter for the Mediwake Trophy played at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium yesterday. St. Sylvester's also retained the Trophy for the 12th successive year. Pabasara Perera (3/12) and Manuja Perera (3/26) restr...

The 5th Battle of the Golden Lions Inter-School Big Match between the traditional rivals Dharmapala College Pannipitiya and Rahula College Matara ended in a draw at the Uyanwatte Stadium in Matara yesterday. Rahula won the toss and elected to bat and they were bowled out 213 in 76.3 overs. In reply, Dharmapala were bowled out for 164 in 64.3 overs with Maheema Weerakoon scoring 55.In the second innings, Rahula scored 106 for five in 37 overs. Special Awards: Man of the Match - Piruna He...

Two fighting half centuries from Sahan Peiris (57) and Niduka Welikala (51) helped Mahanama College to force a draw to their 10th Annual Battle of the Golds Inter-School Big Match against the traditional rivals D. S. Senanayake College which concluded at the P. Sara Oval in Colombo yesterday. Mahanama reached 124 for three wickets in their second innings after D. S. Senanayake had earlier declared their first innings at 194 for seven.Special Awards: Man of the Match – Thimila Vidya...

(AFP) England, led by bullocking No.8 Billy Vunipola, confirmed their remarkable transformation from World Cup flops to Six Nations Grand Slam winners when they beat France 31-21 on Saturday. The victory was Australian coach Eddie Jones' fifth straight win since taking over from Stuart Lancaster, the English having seen off Scotland (15-9), Italy (40-9), Ireland (21-10) and Wales (25-21).It was England's first Grand Slam since their World Cup-winning year of 2003, when Jones was in charg...

(AFP) Novak Djokovic toppled a resurgent Rafael Nadal in straight sets Saturday to reach the Indian Wells final, where he'll be seeking a third straight and record fifth overall title. The 28-year-old world number one from Serbia was the heavy favourite coming into the joint ATP and WTA Tour event and he showed why as he dispatched long time rival and nine-time French Open champion Nadal 7-6 (7/5), 6-2."Today the first set was decided by just one or two points," Djokovic said. "The secon...

(AFP) A.B de Villiers hit a quick-fire half century as South Africa defeated Afghanistan by 37 runs in their World Twenty20 clash in Mumbai, India on Sunday. The right-handed batsman scored 64 off just 29 balls after Proteas Captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and opted to bat first in the Super 10 Group One match.De Villiers smashed five sixes and four fours as South Africa got their bid for a first international trophy back on track after an opening day loss to England. Afghanistan ma...

(AFP) Australia will be determined to demolish underdogs Bangladesh in their World Twenty20 clash on Monday, to secure their first points in the group stages and increase their chances of reaching the semi-finals. Steve Smith's side lost a thriller to New Zealand on Friday in a big blow to their hopes of winning a T20 Trophy that has so far proved elusive. Australia also face Pakistan and then title favourites and T20 world number one India in Group 2 - and will likely need to overcome b...

Ananda College beat their traditional rivals Nalanda College by 38 runs in their 42nd annual Battle of the Maroons limited over cricket encounter played at the SSC Grounds in Maitland Place yesterday. Nalanda won the toss and elected to field and Ananda went on to make 271 in 50 overs. Deputy Skipper Kavishka Anjula scored an unbeaten 100 in 78 balls with eight boundaries and five sixes. Sammu Ashan scored 54.Kavishka Anjula and Dinuka Gimhana (30) added 96 for the ninth wicket, while Sa...

Ananda College beat their traditional rivals Nalanda College by 38 runs in their 42nd annual Battle of the Maroons limited over cricket encounter played at the SSC Grounds in Maitland Place yesterday. Ananda: 271 in 50 overs (Kavishka Anjula 100 n.o, Sammu Ashan 54, Kalana Perera 2/35, Umeshka Dilshan 2/42)Nalanda: 233 in 48.2 overs (Lakshitha Rasanjana 71, Nimnaka Ratnayake 71, Ashel Sigera 3/33, Dileepa Jayalath 2/42). (IR)

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