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IRISH LEAGUE QUIZ: The week that was ... were you paying attention?

The Irish Cup took centre stage for Irish League clubs this week and we're keen to know if you, the faithful fans, were paying attention.
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Gareth McAuley questions referee Ovidiu Hategan's decision in the first leg play-off

Bookmaker to refund NI v Switzerland World Cup bets after ref admits penalty decision error

A prominent bookmaker is refunding punters who backed Northern Ireland to reach the World Cup in Russia after the referee admitted his game-deciding penalty decision was wrong.

Football
Bruce Anstey leads Peter Hickman, Conor Cummins, Dean Harrison and Dan Kneen in the Ulster Grand Prix Superbike race.

Fab five shortlisted for Race of the Year honour

A fabulous five red-hot races have been shortlisted for the coveted title of A.McLean Bookmakers Race of the Year this month at the prestigious Cornmarket Motorbike Awards in Belfast.

Motorcycling
Ballyclare Comrades manager Clifford Adams.

IRISH CUP: Nixon’s double delight seals success for Ballyclare Comrades over Portadown

Ballyclare Comrades bounced back from going a goal - and man - down at Shamrock Park as Stewart Nixon’s double secured a memorable extra-time success over Portadown.

Football

VIDEO: Irish Cup preview special

The Tennent's Irish Cup fifth-round draw has provided some fascinating ties for this weekend's programme.

Football
At the announcement of Team NI, hosted at Theatre at the Mill  Newtownabbey, for the XXI Commonwealth  Games Gold Coast, Australia were, Dame Mary Peters, Patron of Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Council, Cllr Paul Hamill Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and representatives including athletes and coaches from Team NI.

COMMONWEALTH GAMES: TeamNI announced for Gold Coast 2018

With just over three months until the Opening Ceremony of the XXI Commonwealth Games, 88 athletes have been named to represent Northern Ireland in Gold Coast, Australia.

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Haley Ballard, Gary O'Hanlon Current Irish Marathon Champion and Marir-Claire Caldwell Pictured during the Launch of the Spar 2018 Omagh Half Marathon at Omagh Leisure Centre

ATHLETICS: £5,000 prizefund on offer at Omagh half marathon

The 29th SPAR Omagh Half Marathon and 5k Fun Run was officially launched this week with organisers noting a high level of early sign ups for the race that is now well established on the Irish athletics scene.

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Jonny Evans

FOOTBALL: West Brom planning on life without Jonny Evans

West Brom boss Alan Pardew has admitted for the first time he has made plans for life without Jonny Evans.

Football
Belfast Giants Brendan Connolly scoring against the Edinburgh Capitals Jordan McLaughlin

ICE HOCKEY: Belfast Giants are seven-up against Edinburgh Capitals

The Stena Line Belfast Giants got back to winning ways with a 7-2 win over the Edinburgh Capitals in the Belfast sides’ first outing at home in 11 games.

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ICE HOCKEY: Belfast Giants beaten by Dlan at Braehead

ICE HOCKEY: Belfast Giants beaten by Dlan at Braehead

The Stena Line Belfast Giants lost out to the Braehead Clan with a late powerplay goal in Glasgow on Boxing Day.

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Crusaders Gavin Whyte fires his side into a 1-0 lead
 against Cliftonville

IRISH LEAGUE: Gavin Whyte double gives Crusaders win against Cliftonville

Stephen Baxter hailed Crusaders’ latest bout of derby day delight as two Gavin Whyte goals condemned Cliftonville to yet another defeat at the hands of their local rivals.

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John Jackson for Mossley and Luke Russell for Kilkeel

HOCKEY: Kilkeel defeat Mossley on penalties to lift Kirk Cup for first time

Kilkeel lifted the Kirk Cup for the first time in the club’s history when they defeated Mossley 3-2 on penalties after the sides had been locked together at 1-1 following a hugely entertaining final at Stormont on Boxing Day.

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Glentoran's Eric Foley scores against Carrick

IRISH LEAGUE: Festive spoils shared as Carrick and Glentoran draw

CARRICK RANGERS 1 GLENTORAN 1

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Crusaders Colin Coates  scores  against Ballymena

IRISH LEAGUE REACTION: Beating Ballymena was massive for Crusaders insists Spiers

Crusaders’ 14-match unbeaten record in all competitions looked under threat when Ballymena striker Shevlin ran on to Jonny McMurray’s nicely-weighted through ball to give the visitors a 17th-minute lead at Seaview.

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Gavin Whyte scores  for Crusaders against Ballymena

IRISH LEAGUE: Crusaders come from behind to beat Ballymena United

SCRUADERS 2 BALLYMENA UNITED 1

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Jamie Hamilton

Motorbikes star Jamie Hamilton upbeat despite leg amputation scare

Ballyclare motorcyclist Jamie Hamilton’s recovery after a horror crash at the Isle of Man TT more than two years ago has taken a major setback following a recent infection.

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Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter. Pic by INPHO.

IRISH LEAGUE: Baxter calling on Crusaders’ collective confidence ahead of Ballymena visit

Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter considers collective strength key to the club’s impressive consistency.

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Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis

FOOTBALL: Northern Ireland to play Panama and Costa Rica in 2018

Northern Ireland will travel to Central America next year to play Panama in Panama City on Tuesday 29 May before taking on Costa Rica on Sunday 3 June in San Jose.

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Jonny Evans

FOOTBALL: West Brom could cash in on Jonny Evans

West Brom could be ready to cash in on Jonny Evans should he fail to sign a new contract.

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Jonathan Rea has been named BBC Northern Ireland Sports Personality of the Year after becoming World Superbike champion for the third successive season in 2017.

Jonathan Rea named BBC Northern Ireland Sports Personality of the Year 2017

Three-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea has been named the 2017 BBC Northern Ireland Sports Personality of the Year.

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