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SCHOOLS’ CUP RUGBY: Semi-final draws for Cup and Shield confirmed

Holders RBAI will face the biggest test of their Danske Bank Schools’ Cup credentials in the penultimate stage when they meet Ballymena Academy on Monday, February 27.

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Wallace High School Jonny Hunter game winning try is disallowed

SCHOOLS’ CUP RUGBY: Ballymena Academy through to semis after thrilling win over Wallace High

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Young Ballymena United fan at Seaview

LEAGUE CUP FINAL: Fans enjoying day out at Seaview

Ballymena United and Carrick Rangers fans made the League Cup Final a bright occasion at Seaview on Saturday.

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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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Michael Stronge in action for Ballymena Academy at Dalriada

SCHOOLS’ CUP RUGBY: Ballymena Academy are made to work hard for fourth round win by Dalriada

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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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Dungannon's Nicholson Aholelei
and Ballymena's Izaak Hackett

RUGBY: Ballymena off to winning start against Dungannon in Nutty Krust tournament

The group stages of this season’s Nutty Krust Under-18 Floodlit Cup are underway with Ballymena edging out Dunganon 17-12 at Chambers Park, Portadown.

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Ballynahinch's  Michael Graham and Ballymena's tony Mc Guinness

RUGBY: Ballymena meet Ballynahinch in crucial derby All Ireland League match

Ballymena and Ballynahinch clash at Eaton Park on Friday night (8pm) in a big All Irelnad League Ulster Division 1B derby.

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Ballymena Academy captain Alexander Clarke

SCHOOLS’ CUP: Dalriada and Ballymena Academy meet in derby fourth round tie

Dalriada School will take on Ballymena Academy in a North Antrim derby Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup tie at the Ballymoney venue on Saturday morning (10.30am).

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The Ulster Bank Schools Cup draw was made by Sean Murphy
of Ulster Bank (left) and Peter McMorran, President of the Northern Cricket Union.

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Belfast Royal Academy have received a tough draw in their bid for a hat-trick of titles in the Ulster Bank Schools Cricket Cup.

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Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz

PICTURES & VIDEO: Huge crowds at weigh-in for Frampton v Santa Cruz showdown in Las Vegas

Wherever Carl Frampton goes, the fans follow and they turned out in their droves for the big fight weigh-in yesterday.

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Carl Frampton with the world title belt.

BOXING: Frampton vows to bring belt back to Belfast

Carl Frampton has vowed to bring his WBA Featherweight World title back to Belfast.

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Carol Frampton training in Las Vegas

BOXING: Carl Frampton will light up Las Vegas - Eamon Loughran

Former WBO welterweight World champion Eamon Loughran is convinced that Carl Frampton will retain his WBA featherweight World title in Las Vegas in the early hours of Sunday morning.

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Richard Caldwell, Danske Bank Managing Director of Personal Banking, Stephen Black, Chairman of the Schools Committee and Ulster Rugby President John McKibbin make the drawn for the Danske Bank Schools' Cup fourth round

RUGBY: Draw made for Danske Bank Schools’ Cup fourth round

The top ranked teams in this year’s Danske Bank Schools’ Cup entered at the fourth round draw stage with two set to make their exit when the ties are staged on February 4.

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Mark Allen

Mark Allen beats John Higgins in thriller

Two-time winner John Higgins was knocked out of the Dafabet Masters in the first round following a thrilling 6-5 defeat to Mark Allen at Alexandra Palace.

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Dave Shanahan will make his first senior start for Ulster against Exeter

EUROPEAN RUGBY: Rookies handed starts for Ulster in crunch Pool Five game at Exeter

Ulster have handed rookie scrumhalf Dave Shanahan his first senior start in Sunday’s win or bust European Champions Cup tie away to Exeter Chiefs.

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‘Tensions’ over Ballymena Showgrounds pitch extension proposal

Tensions between Ballymena United Football Club and Ballymena Raceway have “come to a head” amid proposals to extend the pitch to meet UEFA standards, according to a council report.

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Gymnasts have a spring in their step

Antrim Phoenix Trampoline Club, based at Antrim Forum, have enjoyed success at the British Trampoline League Finals.

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Armagh's Matty Russell
celebrates after scoring against Ballymena.

Armagh battle back in Linden Cup thriller

Armagh stormed back from 2-0 down at half-time to defeat Ballymena 3-2 in an exciting Linden Cup final in front of a big holiday crowd at Deramore yesterday.

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Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill has been awarded an MBE after his team's fantastic achievements over the past two years. Photo by William Cherry

NI honours list dominated by two sporting success stories

Having led Northern Ireland to its first major finals since Mexico 1986, manager Michael O’Neill received an MBE for services to football and community in the Province.

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