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Polish Olympian sells Rio medal to save three-year-old battling cancer


Polish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski, who took silver at the Rio Olympics, said that he auctioned off his medal this week to fund treatment for a three-year-old boy struck with cancer. The 33-year-old world champion wrote on his Facebook page that he was moved to auction his prize after receiving a letter from the mother of a boy called Olek
who said he had been battling eye cancer for two years and that treatment in New York was his only hope.

Steven Smith heads home to rest ahead of 2016-17.

Australia captain Steven Smith will miss the remainder of the tour of Sri Lanka - three ODIs and two T20Is - as he returns home to rest ahead of the tour of South Africa. David Warner will lead the side in the rest of the fixtures in Sri Lanka.

Smith revealed the development at the end of the second ODI in Colombo, which Sri Lanka won by 82 runs to level the five-match series at 1-1.  Australia have lost four of their five international fixtures on tour so far, but Smith suggested his early departure had been considered since much earlier in the tour.

Australia's last match in Sri Lanka is a T20 international on September 9. Their tour of South Africa begins on September 27 with an ODI against Ireland in Benoni, after which they play five ODIs against South Africa. Smith, who is Australia's captain across all formats, said the role remained manageable despite the team's busy schedule. 

Sri Lanka levels the one day series while Australian skipper heads home.

Youngsters shined again to help Sri Lanka beat Australia in the 2nd One Day International by 82 runs leveling the series 1-1. Batting first after winning the toss, Sri Lanka made 288 all out in 48 .5 overs. Although Sri Lanka lost their openers within 12 runs Kusal Mendis top scored with 69, backed up by aggressive 50s from captain Angelo Mathews and Kusal Perera.

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SL plans cautious approach against Starc in the 2nd ODI

Sri Lankan Cricket Captain Angelo Mathews says his team would seek to shelve the ambitious strokes against Australian left arm quick Mitchell Starc. Mathews pointed out if his team can score 40 or 50 runs off him, they would be able to catch up against the other bowlers.
Starc was already miserly during the first One Day International. He did not concede a boundary in his
10 overs, which cost only 32 and was also penetrative, taking three wickets. Each of those dismissals, however, was the result of an expansive drive gone awry.

Meanwhile, if Dinesh Chandimal scores another fifty in today's match, he will join Andrew Jones, Kane Williamson, Mohammad Yousuf, Asif Iqbal, and Mark Waugh, at second on the list of most fifties on the trot in One Day matches. Javed Miandad holds the record with nine consecutive
half-centuries.

The 2nd One Day International between the two teams will get underway at the R. Premadasa stadium at 2.30 p.m.

Sri Lanka seek quick turnaround in 2nd ODI

Having taken an early lead in the five-match One-Day International series, Australia will aim to carry forward the momentum when they take on hosts Sri Lanka in the second game at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Wednesday.

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Pakistan rise to No. 1 in Test rankings for the first time.


Pakistan have risen to No. 1 in the ICC's Test rankings for the first time. They took the top position from India, following India's washed out Test against West Indies in Trinidad.

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Rio Olympics end with Maracana carnival.

The Rio Olympics has ended with a spectacular carnival-inspired closing ceremony, and the official handover to 2020 hosts Tokyo. The colourful ceremony, lasting almost three hours, celebrated Brazil's arts and was held in a wet Maracana. Among the highlights were Tokyo's impressive showcase and a vibrant carnival parade.

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The Prime Minister meets the members of the Asian Cricket council.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe states that Chinese government is ready to introduce cricket to their people. The Chinese Authorities had told the Premier about their willingness. He was speaking at a meeting with members of the Asian Cricket council at Temple Trees this afternoon.

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Great Britain's Mo Farah won his fourth Olympic gold.

South Korea's Inbee Park won the women's Olympic golf tournament in Rio. Park shot a final-round 66 to finish on 16 under, five clear of world number one Lydia Ko of New Zealand. China's Shanshan Feng took bronze, a shot further back on 10 under par.

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Sri Lanka - Australia 1st ODI will be played in Colombo today.

 

Sri Lanka - Australia 1st ODI will be played at the R. Premadasa grounds in Colombo at 2.30 this evening. A rising star in Sri Lanka’s Under-19 cricket team, top-order batsman Avishka Fernando has been picked in the Sri Lankan national team’s squad for the first two ODIs.

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