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Special Olympics Ireland medal haul for Team Ulster

Team Ulster athletes are travelling back to Ulster with a haul over 250 medals from the 2018 Special Olympics Ireland Games in Dublin.

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Carrick's Michael Gilmour.

CARRICKFERGUS: Michael Gilmour looking at squad’s long-term gains

As Carrickfergus approach an important double header this weekend, it is clear that their future is very bright.

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Colin Turkington. Pic by Jakob Ebrey.

COLIN TURKINGTON: Emotional weekend for British touring cars race winner

Colin Turkington produced a double podium display on an emotional weekend at Oulton Park in the British Touring Car Championship.

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Dan Soper

Ulster coaching role confirmed: Dan Soper takes up skills position

Dan Soper will join Ulster Rugby's coaching team next season in the position of Skills coach.
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Participants get underway at last year's Walled City Marathon and another large field of athletes is expected for this weekend's event. (Photo: JIm McCafferty Photography)

Walled City Marathon is all systems go for Sunday!

Its all systems go for Sunday’s sixth staging of the SSE Airtricity Walled City Marathon according to Race Director, Noel McMonagle .

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WATCH: Rob Herring's statement on behalf of Ulster players following the IRFU review decision

Senior Ulster player Rob Herring has said the group has to move on following the decision by the IRFU to revoke the contracts of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding.

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Northern Ireland's Summer Lecky in the Women's High Jump final

Team NI athletes reflect on a great Games on Gold Coast

Kevin Seaward brought a fine Commonwealth Games to a close for Northern Ireland’s athletics team with fourth place in the men’s marathon in Gold Coast on Sunday.

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Graeme McCarter in action for CSNI

Cricket: CSNI’s McCarter moves to Scotland and Carrick return unlikely for Holmes

Civil Service North are hoping that Graeme McCarter will still be available for much of the new cricket season, despite the Ireland international’s move to Scotland to start a new job.

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Northern Ireland's Leon Reid in action during the Men's 200m Round One heats at the Carrara Stadium during day six of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday April 10, 2018. See PA story COMMONWEALTH Athletics. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No video emulation.

COMMONWEALTH GAMES: Mixed bag for Northern Ireland athletes

Northern Ireland boxing trio Kurt Walker, Aidan Walsh and Michaela Walsh are guaranteed bronze medals at least after emerging victorious from their quarter-final Gold Coast bouts.

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Eileen Burns

Commonwealth Review: Team NI

Northern Ireland boxers Kurt Walker and Aidan Walsh have both reached quarter-finals at the Commonwealth Games. Lisburn bantamweight Walker beat Australian Jack Bowen on a 4-1 decision with welterweight Walsh earning a unanimous win over Pakistan's Gul Zaib. Danielle Hill finished eighth in the women's 50m freestyle final. The 18-year-old's time of 25.56 was 0.24 seconds faster than her semi-final and left her 1.30 seconds behind Canada's bronze medallist Taylor Ruck. Watch Commonwealth Games live Hill's team-mates Conor Ferguson and Jordan Sloan both clinched semi-final spots. Ferguson finished second in his heat of the 50m backstroke in 25.79 seconds and was fourth fastest behind three Australians heading into the semi-finals at 11:19 BST. Sloan will be involved in 100m freestyle semi-finals at 11:59 after qualifying 12th fastest in 49.72 seconds with David Thompson (50.22) in 21st spot and Calum Bain (50.47) 22nd. Weightlifter Emma McQuaid was fourth in her event with gymnast Rhys McClenaghan 10th in the all-round final. Newry-born McQuaid was competing in the 63 kilogram division as her total of 182 left her 24 kilos behind South Africa's bronze medal winner Mona Pretorius. Northern Ireland gymnast Rhys McClenaghan in action in the all-round final on Saturday Gymnast Rhys McClenaghan will be a strong medal hope in Sunday's pommel horse final Competing in the all-round men's gymnastics final, McClenaghan posted the best pommel horse score of 15.050. While Olympic pommel horse champion Max Whitlock was not involved in the all-round decider, McClenaghan's score bodes well for Sunday's pommel horse final. Ewan McAteer received a late call-up for the all-round gymnastics final and finished up in 18th spot with his best score a vault of 14.000. Bantamweight boxer Walker, who won European bronze last year, will face Lesotho's Moroke Mokhotho in the quarter-finals on Tuesday with Walsh taking on New Zealand's Leroy Hindley in his last-eight bout on the same day. Northern Ireland's bowling struggles continue as men's pair McClure and Kelly exit Northern Ireland's disappointing bowls campaign in Gold Coast continued as men's pair Ian McClure and Gary Kelly exited following a 21-8 defeat by Wales and women's single Catherine Beattie also bowed out. Beattie needed to beat world number one and gold medal favourite Karen Murphy to keep her hopes alive but the Australian clinched a 21-17 victory. The Men's triples and women's fours earned wins but their hopes of qualification for the knockout stages had already been extinguished. Simon Martin, Martin McHugh and Andrew Kyle beat Scotland 16-14 with the women's four edging out England 15-14 for their only win in the group stage.

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Colin Turkington ready for another British Touring Car Championship season. Pic courtesy of Colin Turkington.

MOTORSPORT: Colin Turkington and Chris Smiley set for opening British Touring Cars Championship weekend

Colin Turkington has been tipped for British Touring Car Championship title glory but the Northern Ireland driver is playing down his credentials ahead of this weekend’s opening meeting.

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Ballyclare with the Towns' Cup

RUGBY: Ballyclare lift Towns' Cup with win over Portadown

BALLYCLARE 27 PORTADOWN 6

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GOLF:Team NIbidding to make a statement of Major proportions

The new golf season has quietly swung into action across the globe.

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Jacob Stockdale - Six Nations player of the championship 2018

SIX NATIONS RUGBY: Jacob Stockdale named Nat West player of the 2018 Championship

Ireland wing Jacob Stockdale has reflected on "a truly memorable few weeks" after being named NatWest 6 Nations player of the championship.

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Neill Weir of the Willowfield Harriers, who will be one of the runners taking part in this weekend's annual AES Larne Half Marathon.

HALF MARATHON: Record numbers set for 26th annual AES Larne Half

A record breaking field of 2,000 athletes will take on the 26th annual AES Larne Half Marathon this weekend, Saturday 24th March.

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WATCH: Jacob Stockdale looks ahead to Ireland final showdown with England in the Six Nations championship

Nine years ago Jacob Stockdale was a 12-year-old boy dreaming of playing rugby for Ulster and Ireland.
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Jacob Stockdale scores the first of two tries against Scotland

IRELAND 28 SCOTLAND 8: Jacob Stockdale brace helps Ireland to win over Scotland in Dublin

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SIX NATIONS RUGBY: Boost for Ireland as Lions duo passed fit for Scottish clash

Iain Henderson and Tadhg Furlong have been passed fit for Ireland’s pivotal NatWest 6 Nations clash with Scotland in Dublin on Saturday.

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Garry Ringrose

SIX NATIONS: Ireland’s Garry Ringrose will cause ‘havoc’ insists Keith Earls

Garry Ringrose is ready to transfer his attacking “havoc” from the training field to Ireland’s NatWest 6 Nations Grand Slam bid, according to Keith Earls.

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RiverRock Ulster Towns Cup Semi-Finalists Owen O'Hagan representing City of Armagh RFC and Grant Bartley representing Ballyclare RFC, Graffin Parke the IRFU Ulster Branch President, Gary Hall representing Portadown RFC and Stuart Cheshire representing Carrickfergus RFC pictured at the draw which took place at Kingspan Stadium. Photo - John Dickson

RUGBY: Semi-final draw for River Rock Towns’ Cup is revealed

Ballyclare got the draw no one wanted in Monday’s River Rock Towns’ Cup semi-finals - away to favourites City of Armagh II.

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