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The Olympic torch arrives in Rio de Janeiro

The Olympic torch has arrived in Rio de Janeiro by boat after a three-month tour of Brazilian cities.
The mayor of Rio, Eduardo Paes, carried the torch on its first few laps through the city centre.

The torch arrived in Rio by boat accompanied by Brazilian Olympic gold medallist yachtsmen, Lars Grael (L)
In order to prevent traffic chaos during the Olympic torch relay, Rio's Mayor Eduardo Paes announced Thursday will be a holiday.

Australia awaits another trial by spin in the 2nd test against SL.

The 2nd Test between Sri Lanka and Australia will begin at Galle today. Australia enters the match 1-nil down in the three-match series and a losing campaign would likely result in them slipping from number one on the rankings. They could even fall as far as third. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka will be keen to continue its winning streak with its new heroes


Discussions underway to locate ICC headquarters in Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lanka Cricket Institute has initiated discussions to locate the headquarters of the International Cricket Council in Sri Lanka. Currently it is situated at Dubai. However, since tax concessions are not granted in Dubai from year 2019, the International Cricket Council is planning to establish its headquarters in another country.

Meanwhile, the headquarters of the Asian Cricket Council which was located in Malaysia is now established in  Sri Lanka. The first meeting of the council will be held at the premises of the Asian Cricket Council which is situated at Sri Lanka Cricket Headquarters.

Rio Olympics : SL swimmers receive foreign training.

Swimmer Mathew Abeysinghe who will be representing Sri Lanka at the Rio Olympics will join the team after a training at the United States. Secretary of the Sri Lanka Aquatic Sports Association Migara Gunaratne says Mathew will compete for the 100 meters free style swimming event.

Meanwhile, Kimiko Raheem who will be representing Sri Lanka at the 100 meters backstroke swimming event is to join the team after a training in Thailand.

SL Olympic Team leaves for Brazil today.

The will leave for Brazil today. The team is comprised of
9 athletes. It will be led by Marathon runner Anuradha Indrajith Cooray. He along with Geethani Rajasekera and Sumedha Ranasinghe will be featured in the athletic events while Mathew Abeysinghe and Kimiko Rahim will represent
Sri Lanka in the swimming events.


Kei Nishikori will face Novak Djokovic in the final of the Rogers Cup.


Kei Nishikori will face Novak Djokovic in the final of the Rogers Cup after beating Stan Wawrinka in straight sets.


A test victory for Sri Lanka against Australia after 17 years.


The Sri Lankan Cricket Team has gained a test victory after 17 years. It was a remarkable win for Sri Lanka, who were shot out for 117 in the first innings and were reeling at six for two in the second before Kusal Mendis made an epic 176, which earned him


Mohammad Hafeez highest earning Pakistan cricketer in 2015-16

Senior batsman Mohammad Hafeez has turned out to be the highest earning Pakistani cricketer in 2015-16 after he took home approximately 39 million rupees as earnings from the Cricket Board.

According to documents sent by the PCB to the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Co-ordination for the fiscal year 2015-16, it paid some 46 cricketers around 550 million rupees as their fees and bonuses for all formats of the game. Not surprisingly the players representing Pakistan in all three formats have earned the highest money in the last fiscal year.

Sarfaraz Ahmed earned around 33 million rupees. In contrast flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi, who now represents Pakistan in only T20 cricket, earned approximately 18 million rupees.

Australian fast bowlers rule first session of the 1st Test against SL.

Sri Lankan cricket team is yet again in a desperate situation after losing 8 wickets for just 100 runs on the first day of the first Test match against Australia played at Pallekele.

Ironically Australian fast bowlers were the ones who did more damage to the Sri Lankan batting line up, although there was much controversy about Sri Lankan spin king Muttiah Muralitharan serving the Australian team as a consultant on a spin bowling over the last 10 days.

Right arm fast bowler Josh Hazelwood picked up the wickets of three front line batsmen of the Sri Lankan innings while he was well supported by left arm pacer Mitchell Starc. Nathan Lyon also bagged three wickets.

Earlier on the day Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews decided to bat first after winning the toss. Right hand batsman Dhananjaya De Silva and left arm chinaman Lakshan Sandaken made their Test debuts today.

Russia to form new Olympic team

The Russian Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhukov says more than 8 athletes are expected to miss the Rio Games under new International Olympic Committee rules banning Russian athletes sanctioned for doping from competing.

The Russian committee had announced that it will send 387 athletes, but Zhukov said the new rules will affect at least 8 of them. He added that the number will rise.

Zhukov said full information about athletes' doping test records will be available in the near future, and indicated that a new team of athletes who meet the regulations will be formed by Thursday.

On Sunday, the IOC imposed strict conditions for allowing Russian athletes in the Games, prohibiting those who have been sanctioned for doping from competing.

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