Wallabies job not under threat – Cheika

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Michael Cheika said Sunday he did not feel under threat as coach, as the Wallabies eyed a record low-point of Test defeats in the wake of their latest heavy loss to New Zealand. The All Blacks claimed the Bledisloe Cup for the 14th straight year with a comprehensive 29-9 win over the Australians in Wellington on Saturday following their 42-8 ...

S Thomas’ outclass De Mazenod to reach the semi-finals

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S.Thomas’ College, Mt Lavinia recorded an effortless first innings win over De Mazenod College, Kandana to book their semi-final spot in the ongoing Singer U-15 Cricket tournament. S Thomas’ were at 123/2 going into stumps on day 1 requiring 83 more to get a first innings lead. The young Thomians were in total control throughout the second day as they ...

Iglesias gives Pumas first home win over Boks

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Replacement fly-half Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias kicked a penalty two minutes from time to give Argentina a 26-24 Rugby Championship victory over South Africa in Salta Saturday.  It was the first home triumph for the Pumas over the Springboks after a draw and 10 defeats since they first met in South America 23 years ago. The lead changed several times before ...

Jaffna thump Ambalangoda to clinch U16 inter regional title

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Gampola District vs Negombo District - U16 All Island District Championship - Consolation Final - Kelaniya Complex - 21/08/2016 - 3rd place Negombo Region Jaffna District vs Ambalangoda District - U16 All Island District Championship - Final - Kelaniya Complex - 21/08/2016 - Champions Jaffna Region Jaffna District vs Ambalangoda District - U16 All Island District Championship - Final ...

SAFF delegates take important decision for the future

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The SAFF officials meeting which took place on the 24th of August at Jetwing Blue, Negombo saw the discussion of important matters such as the proposition of a new 8 team inter club tournament and the 2017 SAFF Championship. The 8 team SAFF Club Cup tournament was awarded to Bangladesh for hosting including the SAFF men’s championship which will be ...

Sri Lanka U18 Champions of AR 7s tournament in Taipei

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A fortnight ago the U20 sevens team won the Asian sevens title, and now here the U18 young brigade has followed the same path winning all 6 games in Chinese Taipei. In the first leg in Hong Kong a month ago Sri Lanka U18 finished third behind Hong Kong and Thailand.  However in this leg there were no teams from ...

Sri Lanka bat first in Dilshan’s last ODI

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Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first in the third ODI match against Australia at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Dambulla, hosting day/night cricket for the first time since 2010 will be legendary batsman Tillakarathne Dilshan’s last ODI. Sri Lanka made no changes to their team from the second ODI while Australia made three changes ...

Arsenal beat Watford 3-1 to ease pressure on Wenger

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A fine first half garnished by goals from Santi Cazorla, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil gave Arsenal a 3-1 win at Watford for their first Premier League victory of the season, easing the pressure on long-serving manager Arsene Wenger on Saturday. Under fire from fans demanding new signings before the transfer window closes on Wednesday, Wenger was given some breathing ...

Aubameyang double gives new-look Dormund winning start

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice to give new-look Borussia Dortmund a winning start to the Bundesliga as they beat Mainz 05 2-1 on Saturday. Defender Michael Hector was sent off for the second time in as many appearances for Eintracht Frankfurt while Cologne’s 2-0 win over Darmstadt was halted for 12 minutes in the second half as lightning flashed around the ...

Champions Leicester beat Swansea for first win of the season

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Defending Premier League champions Leicester City got their first win of the season as Jamie Vardy’s trademark first-half strike and Wes Morgan’s second-half effort were enough to see off Swansea City 2-1 in wet conditions at the King Power Stadium on Saturday. In an attacking move that became a familiar sight during Leicester’s title-winning campaign, Vardy was picked out by ...

Given own goal secures Everton win over Stoke

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Shay Given scored a bizarre own goal as Everton beat Stoke City 1-0 at Goodison Park in an exciting game on Saturday to extend the visitors’ wait for a first Premier League win of the season. Given initially saved Leighton Baines’s penalty after Ashley Williams fell under pressure from Phil Bardsley, only for the ball to bounce back off the ...

Dann’s late header earns Palace draw with Bournemouth

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Scott Dann’s stoppage-time header earned Crystal Palace a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday. Striker Josh King put Bournemouth ahead with a neat finish after 11 minutes and Palace wasted a great chance to equalise when Yohan Cabaye’s penalty was well saved by a diving Artur Boruc. Bournemouth had chances to extend their lead but Dann ...

Hazard back to his best as he inspires Chelsea win

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One of the villains in Chelsea’s feeble title defence last season, Eden Hazard has been at the centre of the Stamford Bridge club’s sizzling 100 percent start to the Premier League campaign. The Belgium winger opened the scoring in Saturday’s 3-0 home win over Burnley and also played a big part in the second goal, linking up with Diego Costa ...

Kroos missile helps Real down impressive Celta

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A late goal by Toni Kroos sealed victory as Real Madrid defeated an impressive Celta Vigo side 2-1 to win their first home La Liga game of the campaign on Saturday. Alvaro Morata scored his first goal for the hosts since returning from Juventus to break the deadlock on the hour before Fabian Orellana levelled for Celta in the 67th ...

Late show helps Mourinho’s United join Chelsea on top

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After Chelsea continued their 100 percent start with a 3-0 win over Burnley on Saturday, a last-gasp goal by Marcus Rashford helped Jose Mourinho keep pace with his old club as Manchester United beat Hull City 1-0. Elsewhere, Arsenal and champions Leicester City picked up their first Premier League wins of the season by beating Watford and Swansea City respectively ...

Sri Lanka Tennis Nationals Awards Ceremony

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The 101st edition of the National Tennis Championship concluded last evening with an awards ceremony to recognize the best players of the tournament. The chief guest for the evening was the Minister of Sports Dayasiri Jayasekara, who shared his thoughts about the importance of developing outstation tennis and most interestingly spoke about a talent identification program he plans on implementing ...

England v Pakistan: Impressive hosts win second one-day international at Lord’s

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England produced another polished display to beat Pakistan at Lord’s and take a 2-0 lead in the one-day series. Having won easily at the Ageas Bowl on Wednesday, England reduced the tourists to 2-3 courtesy of impressive new-ball spells from Mark Wood and Chris Woakes. Sarfraz Ahmed scored a superb 105 and Imad Wasim struck 63 not out to salvage ...

Sri Lanka announce squad for ODI’s in Dambulla

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The Sri Lankan selection panel led by Sanath Jayasuriya lately announced the official 16-man squad for the ODI’s in Dambulla and Pallekale.  Teenager Lahiru Kumara’s inclusion in place of Milinda Siriwardena was key as Sri Lanka opted to strengthen their fast bowling unit. Lahiru Kumara bowled beautifully in the recently concluded Sri Lanka U19 tour to England. Sri Lankan ...