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IN FULL: Irish Cup fifth round draw

Linfield - and Andy Waterworth - grabbed the spotlight in last season’s Tennent’s Irish Cup final thanks to a 3-0 success over Coleraine.

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The BetMcLean League Cup. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

LEAGUE CUP: Ballymena United and Cliftonville semi-final off but morning review planned for Crusaders’ trip to Dungannon Swifts

Officials have confirmed fresh plans for Tuesday’s scheduled BetMcLean League Cup semi-final ties.

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Local club representatives at the draw for the early rounds of the Northern Cricket Unions Arthur J Gallagher Senior Challenge Cup: Lurgans Oliver  McCollum (second left), Stephen Hanna of
Donacloney Mill and Greg Thompson of Waringstown. The draw was made by Shane Matthews, regional managing director of AJG, and the vice president of the NCU, Richard Johnson.

CRICKET: Mixed luck for cricketers in cup draws

Waringstown have been favoured with a home tie at the start of the Northern Cricket Union’s main knock out competition and it’s also against a side from a lower division.

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Leah Ewart

FEATURE: Leah McGuire ready to come in from the wilderness, but her faith will always come first

Ulster woman Leah McGuire, formerly Ewart, has forced her way into contention for a place in Ireland’s World Cup squad after emerging from under the radar following five years in the international wilderness.

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Johnny Black when with Coleraine

FOOTBALL FEATURE: Johnny Black enjoying life to the full Down Under

Former Irish League defender Johnny Black admits he is loving life in Australia following spells with Glentoran, Coleraine, Linfield and Portadown.

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Portadown FC legend Geordie Richardson.

IRISH LEAGUE: Sad passing of former Portadown kit man Geordie Richardson

George (Geordie) Richardson’s devotion to Portadown Football Club ran far deeper than simply singularly defined by his 30 years of service as team attendant.
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The Cookstown 100 will be the first Irish National road race in 2018.

Irish road race dates confirmed for 2018

The Cookstown 100 will kick-start the Irish National road racing season next year following confirmation of the 2018 schedule at the MCUI Inter Centre Conference over the weekend.

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Mark McAllister celebrates scoring a goal for Crusaders. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

IRISH LEAGUE: McAllister back in Portadown with deal to ‘benefit all parties’

Mark McAllister has reached an agreement to cancel his Crusaders contract - allowing the striker to make a return to his home town.

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Adam Foley (centre) celebrates breaking the deadlock for Glenavon against Portadown. Pic by Tonypixsport.

MID-ULSTER SENIOR CUP: Glenavon take derby bragging rights over Portadown to seal final spot

Knockout football presents the sole chance this campaign for a Mid-Ulster derby in the aftermath of Portadown’s top-flight relegation - and Glenavon claimed the bragging rights at Shamrock Park along with a spot in the Mid-Ulster Senior Cup final.

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Jonathan Rea

Jonathan Rea makes BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017 shortlist

Three times World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea has been included on the BBC Sports Personality of the Year shortlist
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Ballyclare Comrades manager Clifford Adams.

IRISH LEAGUE: Ballyclare protect league lead with home win over Portadown

Gary Brown’s second-half strike helped Ballyclare Comrades bank three points at the expense of struggling Portadown and cement a slot at the head of the Bluefin Sport Championship standings.

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Portadown manager Niall Currie.

IRISH LEAGUE: Portadown and Welders share the spoils

It was a case of honours even during a scoreless draw at Shamrock Park between Portadown and Harland and Wolff Welders which left both camps with regrets.

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The 1966 World Cup winning England team's first match after cementing their place in the history books was played at Windsor Park for a home nations championship game

‘FIFA should bring back British Home Nations cup’

The IFA should push for a home-nations tournament this summer to help make up for the disappointment of missing out on the World Cup, one life-long Northern Ireland fan has suggested.

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Northern Ireland's Jamie Ward with Switzerland's Stephan Lichtsteiner and Yann Sommer

FOOTBALL: Northern Ireland's World Cup dreams are over

SWITZERLAND 0 NORTHERN IRELAND 0
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Portadown manager Niall Currie.

CHAMPIONSHIP: Teenager Balde grabs first senior goal as Portadown see off Knockbreda

Fifteen-year-old Alberto Balde found the net for the first time in senior football to set Portadown on the path to three points over Knockbreda.

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NI fans watching the game in Sydney with young relatives, from left, David Martin (originally from Lisburn), Mark Baxter (originally from Lisburn) and Andy Berryman (originally from Omagh), Sydney NISCs honorary president

THAT penalty cursed all the way to Australia

At 6.45am yesterday morning, a merry bunch of ex-pats sat down to watch the Green and White Army in Sydney, Australia.

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Carrick Rangers manager David McAlinden.

IRISH LEAGUE PREVIEW: Carrick Rangers v Warrenpoint Town

Carrick Rangers host Warrenpoint Town on Saturday afternoon hoping to maintain home comforts on the pitch and move further away from the visitors in terms of league position.

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Northern Ireland v Switzerland

NI v Switzerland: Controversial penalty award gives Swiss the advantage

NORTHERN IRELAND 0 SWITZERLAND 1

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Institute's Eamonn Seydak skips past Portadown defender David McCullough. DER4517-106KM

FOOTBALL: ’Stute battle back to earn a point

Institute 2-2 Portadown

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Darren Kelly - the former Derry City and Portadown player - is aiming to guide Hyde United to FA Cup glory tonight over MK Dons. Pic courtesy of Hyde United FC.

FA CUP: Former Derry City and Portadown player Kelly aiming to make Hyde United history

Darren Kelly has developed something of a regular working routine across the past 18 months as manager of Hyde United.

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