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WSBK: Jonathan Rea opens title defence in winning style at Phillip Island

Northern Ireland’s Jonathan Rea made the perfect start to the defence of his World Superbike title after claiming a hard-earned victory in race one at Phillip Island in Australia.
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Northern Ireland football manager Michael O'Neill after he received his Member of the Order of British Empire (MBE) medal

Northern Ireland boss, Michael O’Neill, MBE, talks football with the Queen!

Michael O’Neill talked football with the Queen as he was appointed an MBE at Buckingham Palace.

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Jonathan Rea during the final pre-season test of 2017 at Phillip Island in Australia.

WSBK: Jonathan Rea fastest in final test at Phillip Island

Jonathan Rea topped the times during the final pre-season test at Phillip Island as the reigning World Superbike champion set out his stall ahead of this weekend’s opening round in Australia.

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Ards' Lucy McKee.

HOCKEY: Ards secure highest ever EuroHockey finish

It was a case of mission accomplished for Ards in Lithuania as they retained their second-tier status at the EuroHockey Indoor Club Trophy tournament in superb fashion.

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Seanna Foster in action for Carrick. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye

LEAGUE CUP FINAL: Carrick’s Foster out to settle desk rivalry

Carrick Rangers’ Seanna Foster has more reasons than most to win Saturday’s League Cup Final at Seaview.

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This weekend's League Cup final will be broadcast live on Sky Sports. 
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IRISH LEAGUE: NIFL and Sky Sports announce five year deal

The Irish League is back on Sky Sports.

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Northern Ireland will meet New Zealand at the National Stadium at Windsor Park in June

FOOTBALL: Northern Ireland line up international friendly with New Zealand

Northern Ireland will face New Zealand in an international friendly in Belfast this summer.

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Jono Gibbes

RUGBY: Ulster confirm Jono Gibbes as new head coach from next season

Ulster have landed a major coup in attracting former All Black international Jono Gibbes to Kingspan Stadium as head coach ahead of the 2017-18 season.

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Crusaders David Cushley  and Ballymena's Tony Kane

IRISH LEAGUE: Crusaders stay top with home win over Ballymena

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World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea and team-mate Tom Sykes unveiled the 2017 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR during a special launch event in Barcelona.

Jonathan Rea pulls wraps off 2017 Kawasaki in Barcelona

Jonathan Rea has pulled the wraps off the factory Kawasaki he hopes will fire him to an unprecedented third straight World Superbike crown this year.

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Steven Ward will fight at the Waterfront Hall on February 18

BOXING: Steven Ward looking to have two reasons to celebrate

Steven Ward will look to get another win on his record in the Waterfront Hall in Belfast on February 18 - while trying to avoid a fight with his wife to be.

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Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter looks on as Paul Heatley leaves the pitch following his red card. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

IRISH LEAGUE: Baxter slams Crusaders red card as ‘embarrassment’

Crusaders boss Stephen Baxter fumed at what he called an ‘embarrassment’ of a sending-off during last night’s County Antrim Shield final.

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Bangor II defeated Randalstown to book their place in the last eight and continue the defence of the Towns' Cup, the team the club's firsts won last year

RUGBY: Ulster Towns’ Cup quarter-final draw

River Rock Towns’ Cup favoruites, Ballynahinch II will travel to Carrickfergus for the quarter-finals on Saturday, February 25.

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RBAI's Michael Lowry  in action with Ballyclares Jack lewis

SCHOOLS’ CUP RUGBY: Holders RBAI ease into quarter-finals with emphatic win over Ballyclare High

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BRA's Jack Burton in action with Rainey's mark Mullholand

SCHOOLS’ CUP RUGBY: BRA ease past Rainey Endowed to quarter-finals

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Ballymena United defeated H&W Welders to make the quarter-finals

TENNENTS IRISH CUP: Quarter-final draw

Crusaders will meet Linfield in the quarter-finals of the Tennents Irish Cup.

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Wallace's Jonny Hunter in action against Omagh Academy

SCHOOLS’ CUP RUGBY: Fourth Round results and quarter-final draws

Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup holders RBAI will face city rivals, Campbell College away in the quarter-finals.

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PSNI striker Lukas Adamczyk up against Howard Beverland during the last meeting with Crusaders. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

IRISH CUP: Friends become foes as Crusaders face PSNI

Crusaders and PSNI will firmly shelve a fine friendship come Saturday afternoon.

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Charley Irwin starred at Belfast Arenacross.

Irwin hits the heights

Ballyclare’s Charley Irwin was the toast of the SSE Arena at the weekend as he raced his Discount Beds KTM to two brilliant podiums in the 65cc class over two nights of spectacular racing in rounds four and five of the 2017 Arenacross championship.

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Rainey captain Adam Currie

SCHOOLS’ CUP: Home comforts for Rainey Endowed in fourth round tie with Belfast Royal Academy

Rainey Endowed are happy to wear the underdogs tag when they travel to Belfast Royal Academy on Saturday morning for a Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup fourth round tie (kick-off 10.45am)

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