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Blood instead of urine for banned substance tests

The National Anti Doping Agency has decided to take blood samples instead of urine for banned substance test from beginning of next year. NADA’s President Professor Arjuna de Silva said that the banned substance test was done by taking players’ urine samples, but World Anti Doping Agency has decided to do it by taking blood samples in the future.

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World XI squad in Pakistan

South African Test and T20 Captain Faf du Plessis, who is leading the World XI squad in the Independence Cup 2017, said that the international cricketers on his team were "playing for something bigger than the game itself". Faf du Plessis and World XI coach Andy Flower were addressing a press conference in Lahore today, following the arrival of the World XI cricket team.

Mahaweli Sports festival ends today.

 

Today is the 2nd and final day of the Mahaweli Sports Festival which is being held at the Polonnaruwa Gallella sports complex. Two new records were set yesterday. The award ceremony will be held this afternoon under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.

Mahaweli sports will be held today and tomorrow

 

The 29th Mahaweli Sports Festival will be held at the Polonnaruwa sports complex today and tomorrow. Ministers Dayasiri Jayasekara and Mahinda Amaraweera will be the chief guests at the opening ceremony. The award ceremony will be held tomorrow with the participation of President Maithripala Sirisena. Over 5,000 sportsmen and women from all 10 Mahaweli zones are due to participate.

T20 against India and Sri Lanka will be played in R. Premadasa stadium in Colombo at 7.00 pm.

The first and only T20 international against India and Sri Lanka of the current series will be played in R. Premadasa stadium in Colombo at 7.00 pm. India whitewashed Sri Lanka in the ODI series.

The 5th and final ODI between Sri Lanka and India will be played this evening.

The 5th and final ODI between Sri Lanka and India of the current series will be played at the R. Premadasa stadium in Colombo this evening. It is important to Sri Lanka to win this match to qualify World Cup Tournament without playing the selection matches. India is now lead the series 4.0.

The 5th ODI in Colombo today

The 5th ODI between Sri Lanka and India will be played in R. Premadasa grounds in Colombo.

One time captain of the Sri Lanka Cricket team Minister Arjuna Ranathunga points out the need to uplift cricket to a high level in Sri Lanka.

One time captain of the Sri Lanka Cricket team Minister Arjuna Ranathunga points out the need to uplift cricket to a high level in Sri Lanka. Speaking at a media briefing today, he stated that he has sent a special letter to the President and Prime Minister detailing the measures that need to be taken in this regard. He further stated that in order to uplift the sport, first the mindset of the sportsmen needs to be at a healthy level.

Floyd Mayweather stops Conor McGregor in 10th round in Las Vegas

Floyd Mayweather extended his perfect career record to 50 fights unbeaten by stopping Conor McGregor in the 10th round of one of the richest bouts in boxing history.

The former five-weight world champion faced flurries of early punches from UFC's most iconic figure, who was making his debut in professional boxing at Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena.

McGregor delivered a crisp uppercut in round one and, though he edged close to breaking the rules with several punches to the back of the head, he imposed himself admirably without ever looking as though he would knock out Mayweather.

The American, who came out of retirement for a potential $300m (£230m) pay day, executed a gameplan which pounced on McGregor's lack of conditioning for the late rounds which prove so key on big fight nights.

As the Irishman tired, Mayweather upped his ferocity and by round nine the 40-year-old began to stalk his opponent, whose legs were weakening under more successful shots.

And in the 10th, with McGregor again near the ropes and offering little, the fight - which followed weeks of manic build-up, spiteful words and chaos - was over. He was not bowled over by a conclusive blow, but with Mayweather throwing rapidly, his target was left too vulnerable.

Referee Robert Byrd's stoppage may have arrived too early for some, as McGregor's early effort led to a belief inside the arena he could pull off the biggest upset in the history of the sport.(BBC)

Women’s Rugby

 

England's reign as world champions was ended by a magnificent performance from New Zealand as the Black Ferns ran in seven tries in Belfast. A penalty try and the first of Lydia Thompson's double helped England lead 17-5 approaching the break. But it was a narrow advantage having

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