Big dreams inside a ‘small’ basketball court

Interview with Praneeth Udumalagala by a Special Sports Correspondent Praneeth Udumalagala has come a long way in one of his chosen sports basketball and is a hot prospect when he turns out for Sri Lanka in tournaments here and abroad. He is a rare sportsman having represented his country in swimming and basketball. But the latter is what has given him so much recognition and a clear view of what he loves to do in the future. He is engaged in business and manages to dedicate time for competitive sport…

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Sacred stays at home – but will be back next year | Racing News

Sacred has been put away for the year after connections decided against a trip to Del Mar next month for the Breeders’ Cup Mile. The three-year-old filly has gone back to her owner breeders at Cheveley Park Stud, and will stay in training in 2022. Cheveley Park Stud managing director Chris Richardson said: “We’ve decided not to go. We would have got our ground – but she’s a very special filly, and Mrs Thompson took the view she’s staying in training next yeae and we didn’t want to travel her.…

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England’s Fran Kirby reflects on ‘rollercoaster’ journey ahead of 50th cap against Latvia | Football News

Fran Kirby is proud of her “rollercoaster” international journey as she prepares to win her 50th England cap in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Latvia. The Chelsea forward will reach the landmark if she starts, as expected, in Riga as England look to maintain their perfect start in qualifying for the 2023 finals in Australia and New Zealand. Kirby would have likely surpassed the half-century of caps already were it not for her battles against injury, as well as being diagnosed with pericarditis in 2020. The 28-year-old also quit football…

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Namal sends Letter of Demand to Mahindananda over defamation

National Organiser of the All Ceylon Agrarian Federation Namal Karunaratna has sent a letter of demand to Agriculture Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage claiming that his reputation has been damaged due to a recent comment made aiming the farmers struggle, thereby demanding a compensation of Rs. 500 million within 14 days. The letter of demand has been sent via Attorney at Law Sunil Watagala and the Union Organiser stated that legal actions will be taken if the demanded compensation is not paid. Aluthgamage had publicly commented that…

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Ben Stokes added to England’s Test squad for upcoming Ashes tour of Australia | Cricket News

Ben Stokes will tour Australia with England this winter Ben Stokes has been added to England’s Ashes squad after declaring himself ready to play competitive cricket again. The all-rounder was initially unavailable when England named the touring group for Australia, having spent the past three months on an indefinite hiatus to allow a finger injury to heal as well as prioritise his mental health. However, after having a second surgery on his left index finger earlier this month, Stokes has filmed himself back in the nets batting and bowling, fuelling…

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PJA call for BHA to end investigation into jockey allegations | Racing News

The Professional Jockeys Association has called on the British Horseracing Authority to “bring to an end” its investigation into Bryony Frost’s allegations against fellow rider Robbie Dunne – because it believes a fair hearing has become impossible. Documents were leaked to a newspaper, and published over the past two weeks, and the PJA believes the matter therefore cannot now proceed “however unsatisfactory that is”. In the leaked documents, it emerged Dunne had been charged with “conduct prejudicial to the integrity or good reputation” of racing. Days later, it was revealed…

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Corrugated Packaging Industry facing multiple challenges, seeks support to cope a little better

The net profit margin of the industry is an average of 5% and it can vary around 3%-7%. The industry rarely makes 7% margin and that could happen only when paper prices are at rock-bottom Bannet Gamalath, CEO – UNIDIL Packaging Ltd – the packaging arm of VALLIBEL ONE PLC) – who is also the President of Lanka Corrugated Carton Manufacturer’s Association says that following the recent IPO announcement made by one of the carton manufacturers, people have started talking about the industry in an interested and excited way. “In…

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Lewis Hamilton says immediate fightback against Max Verstappen ‘tough’ prospect after US GP defeat

After losing out on victory to Red Bull at the Circuit of the Americas for the first time in the current rules era, Mercedes will need to try and hit back at one of two tracks considered a stronghold of their rivals in the past By James Galloway Last Updated: 25/10/21 11:41am Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes did everything they could to win the race, but ultimately couldn’t compete with the pace of the Red Bulls. Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes did…

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Heavy traffic in Colombo Fort due to protest march

The road from Colombo Fort to the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo has been blocked for traffic due to a protest march by teachers and principals. The protestors had marched from near the Fort Railway Station towards the Presidential Secretariat and are marching back along the same route, Ada Derana reporter said.  The protest march has been organized by the Teachers-Principals’ Trade Unions Alliance, demanding solutions to their wage issues.  Severe traffic congestion has been reported in the area due to the protest, Ada Derana reporter said.  Thank you

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Brian McDermott: Featherstone Rovers appoint former Leeds Rhinos boss as head coach | Rugby League News

Brian McDermott, 51, replaces James Webster who left Featherstone last week by mutual consent after the club missed out on Super League promotion with defeat to Toulouse in the Million Pound Game earlier this month Last Updated: 25/10/21 10:37am Brian McDermott most recently coached at Toronto Wolfpack until they left the Super League in 2020 Championship club Featherstone Rovers have appointed former Leeds Rhinos boss Brian McDermott as their head coach. The four-time Grand Final-winning Leeds coach McDermott, 51, replaces James Webster who left last week by mutual consent after…

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SJB lodges complaint in CID against Nano Nitrogen Fertiliser Scam

A massive financial scandal has taken place over the importation of nano-nitrogen liquid fertiliser from India, revealed Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) MP Mujibur Rahuman. Although Rs. 290 million has been given to the local agency to import the fertiliser, only Rs. 90 million has been paid to the Indian mother company in the prices, embezzling an amount of Rs. 200 million, the SJB MP said. The stolen monies have been remitted to a bank account known as ‘Govi Aramudala’ (Farmers Fund) which has been opened…

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NFL Week Seven best bits: Patrick Mahomes and Chiefs face more questions, Sam Darnold benched, Joe Burrow stars again | NFL News

There’s work to do for Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs endured a miserable loss to the Tennessee Titans, Tom Brady reached another career milestone, Joe Burrow’s Cincinnati Bengals put the NFL on alert and Deshaun Watson trade talk continued in Miami – we look back on Sunday’s NFL action. WEEK SEVEN RESULTS Kansas City Chiefs 3-27 Tennessee Titans Washington Football Team 10-24 Green Bay Packers Carolina Panthers 3-25 New York Giants Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Derrick Henry…

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Afghanistan facing desperate food crisis, UN warns

“It is urgent that we act efficiently and effectively to speed up and scale up our delivery in Afghanistan before winter cuts off a large part of the country, with millions of people – including farmers, women, young children and the elderly – going hungry in the freezing winter,” said QU Dongyu, the director of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation. Source link–!Thank You !–

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