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Oscar Pistorius trial: tears as athlete overcome with relief

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(Colombo Lankapuvath) It was hot, airless and excruciatingly tense - and that was even before the judge entered the courtroom.

Oscar Pistorius, formerly known solely for his extraordinary feats as a double amputee athlete, arrived at Pretoria's High Court as an accused murderer.

He knew that by the end of the day, he might not walk out the front door at all.

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Nations Cup 2015: Cameroon hit form to thrash Ivory Coast

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(Colombo Lankapuvath)  Cameroon continued their resurgence as they hammered Ivory Coast 4-1 in their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Yaounde.

Having put their disastrous World Cup campaign behind them to beat DR Congo last weekend, the Indomitable Lions made it two wins out of two games in Group D in their quest to reach next year's tournament in Morocco.

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SL youth rugby side to be selected today

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(Colombo Lankapuvath) The Sri Lanka youth rugby pool of 25 players plus five stand by will be selected today after trial games at the Royal Sports Complex at 4 p.m.

Already 48 players are under the watchful eyes of Head Coach Nilfer Ibrahim and Technical Advisor Ananda Katurirachchi. Trinity Fly Half and ‘Rugby Lion’ Tharinda Ratwatte is expected to lead the outfit.

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Sri Lanka reconfirmed as Host for Asian Youth Games 2017

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(Colombo Lankapuvath)The President of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and Chairman of OCA Sports Congress, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabahhas reconfirmed that Sri Lanka would be endorsed as the Host for the 2017 Asian Youth Games in the cities of Colombo and Hambantota.

A high-level delegation from Sri Lanka led by Ajith Nivard Cabraal, Joint Chairman of the Organizing Committee for Asian Youth Games 2017, and consisting of Hemasiri Fernando, President, National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka and the Deputy Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Anura Jayawickrema, Secretary to the Ministry of Sports, Maxwell de Silva, Secretary General, National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka, and Prema Pinnawala, Adviser to H E the President of Sri Lanka on Sports, met with Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah at the Headquarters of the OCA in Kuwait on the 2nd of September 2014, at which this reconfirmation was made.

At this meeting, Cabraal conveyed the commitment of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his government towards the organization of these Youth Games, and in response, Sheikh Ahmad expressed his appreciation of the efforts of President Rajapaksa towards the development of sports, both in Sri Lanka and in Asia.

The logistics in relation to the organization of the Games as well as the events to be conducted were also discussed, and it was agreed that a final decision on the specific sports and venues would be taken, immediately after the General Meeting of the OCA which is due to be held in Incheon, Korea in mid-September 2014.

Hemasiri Fernando and Anura Jayawickrema also agreed to closely follow up with individual National Sports Associations in Sri Lanka regarding the selection of training venues and other modalities, while the Venues Committee headed by Palitha Fernando, President of the Athletics Association of Sri Lanka, was to be entrusted  with the task of coordinating the activities pertaining to the preparation of the sports venues, which were to be made games ready by the third quarter of 2016, so that the Asian Youth Games 2017 could be successfully conducted in August 2017

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US Open: Kei Nishikori beats Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals

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(Colombo Lankapuvath)  Kei Nishikori stunned world number one Novak Djokovic at the US Open to become Japan's first Grand Slam singles finalist.

The 10th seed won 6-4 1-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 and will take on Marin Cilic for the title on Monday after the Croat shocked Roger Federer in straight sets.

Nishikori, 24, coached by Michael Chang, responded superbly after losing the second set to seal his biggest win.

"It's just an amazing feeling, beating the number one player," said Nishikori.

 "I hope it's big news in Japan. I feel the support from Japan. It's 4 o'clock in the morning but I hope a lot of people are watching."

Nishikori had needed 10 sets and more than eight hours to win his previous two matches, but produced a remarkable performance as temperatures hit 36C and humidity soared.

"It was really tough conditions today, it felt a little bit heavy and humid," he added. "I guess I like long matches."

Few expected Nishikori, making his Grand Slam semi-final debut, to have the stamina to test Djokovic after his epic wins over Milos Raonic and Stan Wawrinka in previous rounds.

The Japanese player made the better start though, breaking twice to take the first set against a strangely flat Djokovic, who beat Britain's Andy Murray in a gruelling quarter-final.

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