Serena Williams sets grand slam record

World number one Serena Williams set a new Grand Slam record of 308 victories with a win over Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan at the US Open in New York. The 34 year old American, won 6-2 6-3 to pass Roger Federer in the all-time list of matches won at the tennis majors. She moves on to the quarter-finals, where she will face Romanian fifth seed Simona Halep, who beat Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2 7-5. Speaking of her 308th Grand Slam win, Williams said that it is’a huge number’. Halep has lost seven of eight matches against Williams but hopes that will at least keep the pressure off Read more...

Tillakaratne Dilshan, a game changing cricket player: Arjuna

Minister of Ports and Shipping Arjuna Ranatunga also the Former Test Cricket Captain said yesterday that Tillakaratne Dilshan is a game changing cricket player. The Minister stated this appreciating the great service done for cricket by Tillakaratne Dilshan who initially announced that he is retiring from international cricket. “We shouldn’t forget the commitments that Tillakaratne Dilshan made as a sportsman. He began his cricket career as a middle order batsman. Similarly he is a skillful fielder. Read more...

Steven Smith rested; David Warner to lead Australia in Sri Lanka

Australia’s Steve Smith has been rested to focus on next month’s tour of South Africa leaving David Warner to lead the side for the remainder of the Sri Lanka series. In Smith’s absence, David Warner will captain Australia for the first time. Smith will head home to Australia today and miss the final three ODIs and the two Twenty20 Internationals to follow against Sri Lanka over the coming weeks. Smith, who is Australia’s captain across all formats, said, “I hate missing cricket, but in Read more...

Australia strike first in opening ODI

Half-centuries from Steve Smith and Aaron Finch lifted Australia to a morale-boosting three-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the opening one-day international in Colombo on Sunday. The Aussies put aside their embarrassing 3-0 Test whitewash to grind out a hard-fought victory on a dry slow wicket and take an early advantage in the five-match series. A determined looking Smith led the way with a gritty 58 under lights in the Sri Lankan capital, as the Aussies survived a late flurry of wickets to reach Read more...

Mahela Jayawardene century inspires Somerset into semi-finals

Mahela Jayawardene hit his 21st one-day century as Somerset cruised into the Royal London One-Day Cup semi-finals with a crushing nine-wicket victory against Worcestershire at Taunton. The visitors were bowled out for 210 with only Moeen Ali (81) and Daryl Mitchell (64) making any impression. Both fell to Peter Trego (three for 33) and there were two wickets apiece for Craig Overton and Josh Davey. Under no pressure to score quickly, Jayawadene (117 not out) and Jim Allenby (81) replied with an opening Read more...

Usain Bolt wins 100m gold thrice

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt became the first athlete to win three Olympic 100m titles by beating American Justin Gatlin to gold at Rio 2016. Bolt, 29, ran 9.81 seconds in his final Olympics to replicate his success at Beijing 2008 and London 2012. Gatlin, twice banned for doping offences, finished 0.08 seconds behind Bolt to take silver. “I expected to go faster, but I’m happy that I won,” Bolt told BBC Sport. “I’m here to perform. I did what I had to.” Canada’s Read more...

Niluka loses Olympic opener

Sri Lankan shuttler Niluka Karunaratne lost his first game in Group P of the men’s badminton tournament, going down in straight sets to Chinese world number 2 Chen Long 21-07, 21-10 at the Rio Olympics. Chen, who was a bronze medalist in London four years ago, dispatched Karunaratne in 40 minutes. Karunaratne’s next match will be against Kevin Cordón of Guatemala on Saturday at 4 a.m., and then Adrian Dziółko on Saturday at 4:55 p.m. Source – Daily Mirror  Read more...

21 and Counting for Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps won a gold medal on Tuesday night, which is almost ordinary by now. It was his 20th Olympic gold.  His post-race performance, however, was something different. After winning the 200-meter butterfly — his signature event — for the third time, Phelps stood triumphant in the pool, gesturing with bravado. He was stone-faced and silent, but his motions loudly said, “I’ll take all comers.”  “I was pretty fired up after that race,” Phelps said, adding, “I didn’t say anything Read more...

Australia set to tumble in cricket rankings after Sri Lanka debacle

Labelled Australia’s worst touring team to Sri Lanka, Steve Smith’s team now face the prospect of giving up their No1 Test ranking. Down 2-0 in the series, even if Australia win the third and final Test starting in Colombo on Saturday, they will relinquish top spot if other results go against them. England moved into the box seat to go top of the pile when they beat Pakistan in the third Test at Edgbaston on Sunday and go 2-1 up in their four-match series. If England win the remaining Test Read more...

Rio Olympics kicks off with glittery opening ceremony

Brazil unfurled a vast canvas celebrating its rainforest and the creative energy of its wildly diverse population to the tune of samba, bossa nova and funk in welcoming the world on Friday to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. In a country of great economic inequality, the opening ceremony celebrated the culture of the favelas, the slums that hang vertiginously above the renowned beaches of Rio and ring the site of Friday’s spectacle, the famed Maracana stadium. There was no glossing over history Read more...