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Yannik and Kaya take the lead

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Sri Lanka Junior Open Golf Championship 2021

Yannik Kumara (with 69 gross) and Kaya Daluwatta (with 74 gross) overcame tough course conditions to take the lead in the boys’ and girls’ categories respectively after the first day’s play of the Sri Lanka Junior Open Golf Championship at the Royal Colombo Golf Club.

There was a close competition in the boys’ category with K. Danushan (71), defending champion Nirekh Tejwani (72) and Haroon Aslam from Kandy (75) battling against adverse course conditions due to overnight rain.

In the girls’ category, Sherin Balasuriya was four shots behind Kaya with a gross score of 78 and Dhevinka Kanag-Iswaran was on 90. The first day’s results indicate stiff competition during the next two days of play.

In the most junior category Copper Division, Revaan Amarasinghe was leading by ten shots with 44 gross score over nine holes, followed by Saqeeb Zuhar (54), Daink Daluwatte (57), and Anuja Methsara from Anuradhapura (63). It was heartening to see junior players blossoming from different regions of Sri Lanka.

The Bronze Division and Silver Division results were pending as the divisions were not completed at the time the results of the other divisions were issued. Officials were expecting a high standard of golf during the next two days. The championship organized by the Sri Lanka Golf Union is sponsored by Prima Sunrise Bread. It is the 13th year that the brand has been associated with this championship. (RF)



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Man United’s David de Gea after Brentford defeat: Last season’s horror show still in our minds

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David de Gea has said Manchester United are struggling to get over last season’s traumatic campaign and added the hangover is contributing to a nightmare start to life under Erik ten Hag.Ten Hag is the first United manager in more than 100 years to lose his first two games in charge after back-to-back defeats to Brighton and Brentford.

The 4-0 humiliation at the Gtech Community Stadium on Saturday left Ten Hag’s team bottom of the Premier League table and De Gea said the dismal end to last season, when United lost seven of their final 12 games, is playing a part.

“It was a difficult season and probably it’s still in our minds,” he said. “When something goes wrong people get panicky, it’s difficult. But we have to learn, we have a new manager, some new players, we need to be more positive, keep learning and improve.”

All four goals at Brentford were conceded in the opening 35 minutes, prompting Ten Hag to replace Luke Shaw, Lisandro Martinez and Fred at half-time. The Dutchman said afterwards he wanted to change his entire starting lineup following a disastrous first 45 minutes and De Gea said the United boss relayed his anger to the players at the break.David de Gea endured a miserable afternoon as Manchester United were thrashed at Brentford. Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

“He said it was unacceptable, what we were doing on the pitch,” De Gea said. “Nothing else to be honest. It was horrible, then some tactical things. It was horrible from us.

“I must take responsibility, I think I cost two goals to the team today. That first goal cannot happen. As a team we should react much better than we did, but I think I cost the team two goals.”

It won’t get any easier for United with Liverpool their next opponents at Old Trafford on Aug. 22. United haven’t beaten Liverpool in a league game since 2018 and the last three fixtures against Jurgen Klopp’s side have ended in three defeats and a combined score of 13-2.

“It’s about winning games,” De Gea added. “As soon as we win one game, two games, we’re going to start feeling better and more positive.

“We’re training really well, people are training hard, everyone is giving everything, to be honest, but then in the games we are not performing. For sure we’re going to learn, we have to learn and we have to play much better.”

(ESPN)

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Godamanne retires as Sri Lanka secure Group III promotion

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Sri Lanka registered a 2-0 victory over Iraq to earn promotion to Group III as they won the vital encounter in the Asia Oceania Zone Group IV Event, which was also the final Davis Cup match for Harshana Godamanna at the SLTA clay courts in Colombo on Saturday.

In the singles Yasitha de Silva beat Abdullah Ali Hatem 6-4, 6-2 and Harshana Godamanna beat Adel Mustafa Al-Saedi 6-3, 6-2.

Godamanna who represented Sri Lanka for 20 years made his retirement from the game a memorable one. He was presented with a plaque with many pictures of him in action and his parents in appreciation. The presentation was made by Iqbal bin Issack president of SLTA.

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Sri Lanka Under 19s leave for England  

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Sri Lanka Under 19 team led by Nalanda College all rounder Raveen de Silva left for a month long tour in England. The 18-member team which left Sri Lanka yesterday will compete in three Youth ODIs and two Youth Tests.

Sri Lanka Under 19 team: Raveen de Silva – Captain (Nalanda College Colombo), Abhishek Liyanarachchi (D.S. Senanayake College Colombo), Pawan Pathiraja (Trinity College Kandy), Ranuda Somarathne (Trinity), Sadeesha Rajapaksa (Royal College Colombo), Shevon Daniel (St. Joseph’s College Colombo), Anjala Bandara (Mahanama College Colombo), Lahiru Dewatage (St. Peter’s College Colombo), Wanuja Kumara (St. Peter’s), Vinuja Ranpul (Nalanda), Malsha Tharupathi (Richmond College Galle), Duvindu Ranatunga (Mahanama), Sahan Mihira (St. John’s College, Panadura), Dulaj Rajapaksa (Central College, Weeraketiya), Traveen Mathew (St. Anthony’s College Kandy), Hasitha Amarasinghe (St. Servatius’ College Matara), Caniston Gunaratnam (S. Thomas’ College. Mt. Lavinia), Asitha Wanninayake (St. Anthony’s College Kandy) 

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