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Irish League fixtures: Saturday's Dankse Bank Premiership matches and kick-off times

There's a full round of top-flight matches in Irish League this afternoon.
Football
Rory Best

SIX NATIONS: Ireland captain Rory Best wants referee to protect his team

Ireland’s Rory Best wants his side’s squeaky-clean scrummaging record to be “protected” by the officials in Saturday’s NatWest 6 Nations clash with Wales in Dublin.

Rugby
Kenny Shiels watched his side slump to a 2-1 loss in Sligo

DERRY CITY: City slump to defeat in Sligo

Sligo Rovers 2, Derry City 1
Football

IN PICTURES: 10 Irish League photos that will leave you nostaglic for the 1990s

We’ve delved into the archive to bring you back to the late ‘90s in the Irish League.

Football
Ben Reynolds

ATHLETICS: Megan Marrs picked for World Indoor Championships

Megan Marrs will make her major championship debut in Birmingham next week after being called into the Great Britain and Northern Ireland squad for the IAAF world indoor championships.

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Paul Stirling

CRICKET: Paul Stirling on form as Ireland beat Hong Kong

Paul Stirling scored 156 for the second consecutive match to lead Ireland to a nail-biting three runs win (DLS) against Hong Kong in a rain-affected contest in Pretoria.

Cricket
Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola: Manchester City boss charged by FA over 'political message'

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been charged by the Football Association for "wearing a political message, specifically a yellow ribbon", the governing body has announced.
Football
Eugene Laverty

WORLD SUPERBIKES: Eugene Laverty faster than Jonathan Rea in practice

Jonathan Rea was fifth fastest in free practice in Phillip Island as he began his challenge for a fourth successive World Superbike title.

Motorcycling

IN PICTURES: How Windsor Park has evolved through the years

From George Best to David Healy, Windsor Park has witnessed some memorable footballing moments down the years with the Northern Ireland team.

Football
Ireland outhalf Jonathan Sexton

SIX NATIONS: Rory Best insists Jonathan Sexton will be fit to face Wales

Rory Best has insisted Johnny Sexton will shake off a sore back and be fully fit for Saturday's NatWest 6 Nations clash with Wales in Dublin.

Rugby
Ulster's Andrew Trimble

RUGBY: Andrew Trimble returns to Ulster starting line-up for PRO14 game against Scarlets

Ulster's most capped player Andrew Trimble returns to the starting side for the crunch Guinness PRO14 game at Parc Y Scarlets on Saturday night.

Rugby
Ballymena United's Jim Ervin

Ballymena United captain Jim Ervin ready for Seaview test

Ballymena United skipper Jim Ervin wants to put the defeat to Dungannon Swifts in the BetMcLean League Cup Final behind him as his side travel to the Shore Road to face Crusaders at Seaview.

Football

Ireland boss Schmidt admits 'fear' of facing Wales without injured Lions trio

Joe Schmidt has admitted Ireland will carry a level of "fear" into facing Wales without injured British and Irish Lions trio Tadhg Furlong, Iain Henderson and Robbie Henshaw.

Rugby
Portadown manager Niall Currie.

PORTADOWN: Niall Currie’s apology to fans for his reaction after defeat

Portadown manager Niall Currie has issued an apology to the club supporters - and warning to the players - following the latest promotion setback.

Football
World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea during the final test at Phillip Island in Australia.

WSBK: Jonathan Rea set for World Superbike opener at Phillip Island

Jonathan Rea is paying little attention to his rivals as the Ulster rider prepares to open the defence of his World Superbike crown this weekend at Phillip Island in Australia.

Motorcycling
Ronnie McFall has taken over as Glentoran manager.

Ronnie McFall confirmed as new Glentoran manager

Ronnie McFall has been confirmed as the new manager of Glentoran until the end of the season.

Football

IN PICTURES: 8 photos of Newtownabbey faces from the Newtownabbey Times’ sports archive

Take a trip down memory lane with 10 images of Newtownabbey faces from the Newtownabbey Times’ sports archive.

Offbeat
Jacob Stockdale.

ULSTER: Stockdale signs fresh deal

Jacob Stockdale is in it for the long term with Ulster.

Rugby
Andy Warwick. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

ULSTER: Warwick taking modern approach to prop role

Andy Warwick is developing his game to become a modern prop.

Rugby
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