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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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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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Northern Ireland's Emma Mitchell competes in the Women's 10,000m Final

COMMONWEALTH GAMES: Emma Mitchell’s a record breaker at Gold Coast

Emma Mitchell smashed her own Northern Ireland record in the 10,000 metres final at the Commonwealth Games yesterday to finish 15th on her international championship debut.

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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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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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Ireland's Andrew Balbirnie punches the air as he reaches his century against Scotland

CRICKET: Balbirnie century keeps Ireland's World Cup hopes alive

Andrew Balbirnie’s fourth international century helped Ireland keep alive their World Cup qualification hopes with a 25-run win against Scotland in Harare.

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Three-time champion Jonathan Rea could soon be racing in a World Superbike round on his home patch in Northern Ireland.

Three-year deal signed to bring World Superbikes to Northern Ireland

A three-year deal has been reached between World Superbike Championship organisers Dorna and Manna Developments to host a round of the series at the £30m Lake Torrent Circuit in Coalisland, Co Tyrone.
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2017 NI Open champion Robin Sciot-Siegrist from France with the trophy alongside Modest! Golf directors Mark McDonnell and Niall Horan

GOLF: Strokeplay format returns for Northern Ireland Open at Galgorm in 2018

Niall Horan might be in the Emirates this week supporting his players and friend Rory McIlroy, but he has news of his own international golf tournament as Modest! Golf confirmed they are back on board for this year’s Northern Ireland Open at Galgorm Castle.

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Blackhorse NI Motorcycle Festival organiser Billy Nutt pictured with (from left) Simon Reid, Keith Farmer and Alastair Seeley at the launch of the event on Thursday at the Eikon Exhibition Centre.

Plans in top gear for 2018 Blackhorse NI Motorcycle Festival

The 2018 Blackhorse NI Motorcycle Festival was launched on Thursday at the Eikon Exhibition Centre in Lisburn, where Alastair Seeley, Keith Farmer and Simon Reid were among the special guests.

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A late Niall Toner goal gave Derry victory nover Down in Celtic Park.

McKENNA CUP: Late Toner goal gives Derry victory over Down

Bank of Ireland Dr McKenna Cup, Section B

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Tributes pour in for cricket writer David Holmes

Tributes have come pouring in from across Ireland for the News Letter’s cricket correspondent David Holmes, who died on Sunday.

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News Letter cricket correspondent David Holmes

News Letter cricket writer David Holmes dies aged 54

The News Letter’s cricket correspondent David Holmes has died suddenly.

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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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Archer Frank Mulligan who was named in the New Year's Honour list for 2018

NEW YEAR’S HONOURS: Archery legend Frank Mulligan proud to receive BEM recognition

Northern Ireland archery legend Frank Mulligan has spoken about his pride at being awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the New Year’s honours list.

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Banbridge CC rider Mark Downey

CYCLING: Banbridge duo join Team Wiggins

Northern Ireland cyclists Mark Downey and Matthew Teggart have signed with Bradley Wiggins’ team for 2018.

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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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FEATURE: Aimee switches focus to Winter Olympics

FEATURE: Aimee switches focus to Winter Olympics

North Down-based snowboarder Aimee Fuller is well on the way to making it to the 2018 Winter Olympics to represent Team GB.

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Banbridge Archery Club members recently donated �540 to the Cancer Fund for Children thanks to a successful festive charity shoot.

ARCHERY: Banbridge members hit the mark at charity event

Archers from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland recently came to Gilford Castle Estate to compete in Banbridge Archery Club’s Annual Festive Charity Shoot, this year supporting ‘Cancer Fund for Children.’

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CYCLING: Chris Burns just fails to collect bronze

Banbridge’s Chris Burns - in his final event of the year - missed out on bronze success.

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