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The Olympic games gets underway.

The 2016 Olympic Games officially got underway in Rio with the opening ceremony at the Maracana Stadium.
Athletes from 206 nations and a refugee team are in Brazil to compete in 28 sports and be watched by a global audience of billions.

Rangana Herath became the oldest bowler to take a Test hat-trick.


Rangana Herath became the oldest bowler to take a Test hat-trick as Australia were dismissed for 106 in the second Test in Galle. The left-arm spinner, who is 38 years and 139 days old, is the second Sri Lankan to take a Test hat-trick. Adam Voges, Peter Nevill and Mitchell Starc - after a third-umpire review - fell to Herath in the 25th over. Herath finished with figures of 4-35 as Australia were bowled out for their lowest Test score against Sri Lanka.

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A hat-trick by Rangana Herath at the test match against Australia.

A hat-trick by Rangana Herath at the test match against Australia. Sri Lanka cricket team scored 31 runs for three wickets for the second innings of the second test match against Australia when the match halted for lunch in Galle.

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Olympic Games gets underway tonight in Rio, Brazil.

The Olympic Games gets underway tonight with a spectacular opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium in Rio, Brazil. About 11,000 sportsmen and women from 206 countries will take part in this festival. The opening ceremony will be held at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Nine sportsmen and women from Sri Lanka will take part in this ceremony.

Carrying Sri Lanka’s lion flag at the opening ceremony will be veteran marathon runner Anuradha Indrajith Cooray. The long distance runner will be competing in his third Olympic Games, having done so in Athens 2004 and London 2012 Games.

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

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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.

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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.

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