While claiming that 2017 would not be a prosperous year, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) today charged the government had already planned to make 2017 the ‘Year of Betrayal’.
India and Sri Lanka held Ministerial level talks aimed at resolving the fishing issue. India’s Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Radha Mohan … Read more…
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England star Owen Farrell scored all 16 points as Saracens won 16-12 at Leicester in the English Premiership on Sunday to tighten their grip on second place.
The fly-half kicked 11 points and scored the only try of the afternoon as Saracens came from 9-6 down to win at Welford Road.
Leicester fly-half Owen Williams kicked all of the hosts’ points.
“We are chuffed to bits to come here and win where they have not lost this season,” said Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall.
“Not everything in our game was perfect — far from it. But what was tremendous was the fight we had and the effort we showed all the way through the game.
“Our defensive effort was extraordinary. We had to win without a platform because our scrum today was poor. To get a result without a scrum is tough.”
Defending champions Saracens sit a point below leaders Wasps, who won 34-30 at Newcastle on Friday.
Saracens were missing injured England lock George Kruis, but they recalled wing Chris Ashton after he made a try-scoring return from suspension as a replacement against Newcastle.
Leicester welcomed back their England trident of Ben Youngs, Tom Youngs and Dan Cole, while Freddie Burns started in the unfamiliar position of full-back.
The first half was a cagey affair dominated by the boot that finished 6-6.
There was bad news for Leicester, and watching England head coach Eddie Jones, when centre Manu Tuilagi was forced off with a leg injury after just eight minutes.
Tuilagi, recalled to the England training squad after an injury lay-off, had to hobble off after being hurt in a double tackle, with Tom Brady taking his place.
“He got a bang on the outside of his right knee and we don’t know the extent of the injury yet,” said Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill.
“His groin is feeling great so that’s one good thing. There’s always a positive.
“It’s disappointing because he is important to us. Normally it’s 24 hours, so we will see how it has settled down in the morning to see if there’s any swelling.
“It might just be a bang and a bit of swelling, it might be a couple of weeks. I’m just guessing.”
Williams made it 9-6 eight minutes into the second half with a 46-metre penalty that bounced over via the crossbar.
The fates appeared to be conspiring against Saracens when Ashton went off following a clash of heads before Farrell missed a straightforward penalty from close range.
But Williams also squandered a penalty and in the 55th minute Farrell gave Saracens a 13-9 Read more…
World number one Andy Murray insisted Sunday that Novak Djokovic will remain his biggest threat in 2017, as the pair prepare for a potential first clash of the season in Doha this week.
Newly-knighted Murray, speaking ahead of the first round of the Qatar Open which begins on Monday, said the Serb would continue to make life tough for him on court this year.
“In terms of the number one ranking, Novak would be (the biggest threat),” Murray told reporters.
“I had a great sort of four, five months at the end of last year and I still only got to number one by one match basically at the end the year, so I know it will be very tough to stay there.”
Murray also tipped six-times Australian Open champion Djokovic to be the player to beat in Melbourne, when the year’s first Grand Slam begins later this month.
In Qatar, Murray is the number one seed and if matches go to form it will set up a mouth-watering final clash with Djokovic, the number two seed and defending Doha champion, on January 7.
Murray’s first round match is against France’s Jeremy Chardy on Tuesday.
Djokovic begins his title defence on Monday against Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.
At this stage last year, Djokovic was dominating men’s tennis and there was much talk of him winning all four Grand Slams in 2016.
But despite winning in Australia and the French Open, Djokovic’s season tailed off in the second half of the season, which saw him crash out in the third round at Wimbledon and losing the US Open final to Stan Wawrinka.
But he denied on Sunday that his game was in “crisis”.
“I don’t see the six months, second six months of 2016 as a failure or anything like that,” he told reporters.
“It’s not in my mindset, I guess, in my philosophy of life to observe things in this way — that I didn’t succeed, that I failed, that I’ve fallen or something like that.
“I just feel like every experience is a blessing one way or another.”
The 12-times Grand Slam winner and former world number one added that he retained his hunger to win.
“Without a doubt, when I’m on the court there is no other thing than to win that tennis match.”
Despite Murray and Djokovic getting top billing in Doha, they are unlikely to get things all their own way this coming week.
Also playing is one of last year’s semi-finalists, Tomas Berdych, this year’s number three seed.
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Olivier Giroud stole the show as the Arsenal striker’s outrageous “scorpion kick” stung Crystal Palace and inspired his side’s 2-0 win at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
Giroud produced an audacious mid-air shot from behind his back to open the scoring and illuminate a dank afternoon in north London with one of the goals of the season.
The France international’s breath-taking strike deserves to be ranked alongside any of the wonder goals conjured by Arsenal legends Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp.
Fittingly, it came in the 200th league match at the Emirates and provided the foundation for a win that was confirmed by Alex Iwobi’s second-half goal, keeping third-placed Arsenal nine points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea.
A second successive win following consecutive pre-Christmas defeats offers Arsenal renewed hope of a sustained title challenge in 2017.
But while the specifics of this otherwise routine victory will soon fade, the memory of Giroud’s gem will remain emblazoned in the minds of all who were privileged enough to witness it.
Palace won’t feel quite so warm and fuzzy about a defeat that leaves them without a win in two matches under new boss Sam Allardyce and just two points above the relegation zone.
Despite the absence of ill playmaker Mesut Ozil, Arsenal started brightly and went close to an early goal when Nacho Monreal’s cross eluded Giroud and ran to the back post, where Iwobi teed up Mohamed Elneny for a shot that deflected over.
Alexis Sanchez was next to threaten as the Arsenal forward cleverly worked himself into space on the edge of the penalty area before unleashing a fierce strike that curled just wide.
Sweeping forward with typically extravagant passing moves, Arsenal looked at their elegant best and never more so than when Giroud opened the scoring in the 17th minute.
When Arsenal took possession on the edge of their own penalty area, Palace’s overwhelmed players must have hoped for a moment’s respite.
But the Gunners launched a ruthless counter-attack as a flurry of one-touch passing moved the ball out to Sanchez on the left of the Palace box.
Sanchez’s cross was just behind the diving Giroud but the Frenchman’s reaction was exquisite as he flicked his left foot behind him to guide an instinctive shot over Palace keeper Wayne Hennessey and in off the crossbar.
Giroud’s seventh goal of what had previously been an underwhelming season for the 30-year-old was such a bolt from the blue that even the man himself, grinning from ear to ear, wore the incredulous look of someone who couldn’t believe what he’d just done.
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The foundation laying of Rigid Tyre Corporation (Pvt.) Ltd., which is tipped to become Sri Lanka’s largest fully integrated tyre manufacturing facility with an investment of Rs.11.25 billion, is set to take place this Thursday (January 5), a company statement said.