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New Zealand blade runner beats Pistorius record

New Zealand's Liam Malone has broken a Paralympic Games record held by South Africa's Oscar Pistorius. The 22-year-old from Nelson won gold in the men's 200 meters T44 final with a personal best time of 21.06 seconds.

The previous record time set by Pistorius was 21.30 seconds.

The President says the Mahaweli sports festival has become a platform to produce international level athletes.

President Maithripala Sirisena says the Mahaweli Sports Festival has become a platform to produce international level athletes. It has served a lot to buildup the sports skills of rural children. The Mahaweli movement has also caused economic and cultural revolution in the country.

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Mahaweli sports festival begins today

The 28 Mahaweli Sports-meet will inaugurate from Dehiattakandiya today. 1200 sportspeople representing 13 Mahaweli zones will be participating in the meet. The athletic events would be held today.

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04 US swimmers who created a hoax at the Rio Olympics suspended


The three American Olympic swimmers, Jimmy Feigen, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger involved with Ryan Lochte in the infamous gunpoint altercation in Rio last month have been suspended from the US national team for four months. The US Olympic Committee had suspeneded Lochte for 10-months earlier for his role in creating an international incident.

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Paralympic ticket sales surpass one million

The figure has quadrupled since the Olympic Games closing ceremony on 21st of last month, when only 300 thousand tickets had been bought for the September Games.

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Transitioning SL face another stern test against Aussies

Many Twenty20 specialist players are expected to feature in the Sri Lankan line up in today's 1stTwenty20 International against Australia. It includes the likes of Chamara Kapugedara, Sachithra Senanayake and Thisara Perera while Kusal Janith Perera is expected to move up the order.

This will also be the last international series Tillakaratne Dilshan will be included in the Sri Lankan line up. Therefore, the new team led by Dinesh Chandimal will be keen to thank Dilshan by winning both the matches.

Meanwhile, Australia is likely to play the same team although Glenn Maxwell can make his way into the team.

The match is scheduled to begin at 7.00 p.m. Sri Lankan time.

The first T20 between Sri Lanka and Australia this evening.


Seamer Kasun Rajitha has been named in Sri Lanka's squad for the two T20s against Australia, while allrounders Thisara Perera and Milinda Siriwardana, batsman Chamara Kapugedara, and spinner Sachithra Senanayake, have also all been recalled.

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Tharanga, Dickwella & Dasun included in the SL ODI squad.

Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews' calf tear has ruled him out of the remainder of Australia's tour, while all-rounder Thisara Perera and left-arm wrist spinner Lakshan Sandakan have been released from the Sri Lanka squad for the fifth One Day International.

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ICC Champions Trophy 2017 ticket ballot opens.

The International Cricket Council has announced that the ticket ballot for next year’s ICC Champions Trophy 2017, to be staged in England and Wales from June next year, opens today giving cricket fans the opportunity to apply to watch one of the 15 games.

Tickets prices start at just 5 pounds for children and 20 pounds for adults. The ballot will be open for 30 days through the official website at www.icc-cricket.com/tickets and fans can submit an application for as many games as they wish. The ballot closes at 20.00 British Standard Time on 30th of this month.

SL seek revival against depleted Australia in the 4th ODI

The Sri Lankan cricket team is likely to experiment a new opening pair in the 4th One Day International against Australia today. Therefore, Sri Lanka may push Dhananjaya de Silva up the order to open, as he does for his club team replacing retired T.M.Dilshan. Angelo Perera is expected to be featured in the middle order.
 
Meanwhile, with Shaun Marsh unavailable due to an inury Usman Khawaja is likely to enter the Australian team. Nathan Lyon may also play in place of Josh Hazlewood, as Dambulla track will have worn since Sunday.
 
Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka Cricket has announced that all the tickets for today's match have been sold out and that no tickets will be available at the venue.
 
The match is scheduled to start at 2.30 p.m. Sri Lankan time.

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