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Euro 2020 qualifying draw – live!

Updates from the draw in Dublin, starting at 11am GMTPolitics, weather and 55 nations – how the draw worksEmail Ben or tweet @benfisherj with your thoughts 11.05am GMT Before the off in Dublin, a few more things to run through. Five of the 10 groups wi…

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Nations League roundup: Swiss stun Belgium with comeback to reach finals

• Haris Seferovic hat-trick as Switzerland win 5-2• Relegated Northern Ireland lose 2-1 to AustriaHaris Seferovic scored a hat-trick as Switzerland recovered from conceding two early goals to beat World Cup semi-finalists Belgium 5-2 on Sunday and qual…

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Valentino Lazaro’s late strike for Austria ends Northern Ireland’s search for point

• Northern Ireland 1-2 Austria• Lazaro scores in injury time after Corry Evans’s equaliserValentino Lazaro broke Northern Ireland hearts as he struck a winner for Austria with virtually the last kick of the game at Windsor Park.Corry Evans’s first inte…

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Croatia stun Spain to set up Nations League decider against England

• Tin Jedvaj’s stoppage-time winner gives Croatia 3-2 win• Wembley showdown will decide qualification and relegationTin Jedvaj scored a last-gasp winner to revive Croatia’s hopes of reaching the Nations League finals as Spain fell to a 3-2 defeat in Za…

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Republic of Ireland rescued by Darren Randolph in draw with Northern Ireland

Any sign of wider discord over this Irish cross-border encounter was left to the unsatisfactory fare on the Aviva Stadium pitch.There were hard borders of a different kind for both teams who continue to struggle with goalscoring. It was a tetchy clash,…

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Croatia v Spain, Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland and more – live!

All the Nations League and international friendly actionEngland v USA – live with Ben FisherFeel free to email Ed or to tweet @ed_aarons 7.13pm GMT Over in Dublin there is much excitement about the return of Robbie Brady. The Burnley man hasn’t played …

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Nations League round-up: Northern Ireland face relegation after Dzeko double

• Michael O’Neill’s side beaten 2-0 in Sarajevo• Switzerland relegate Iceland with 2-1 victoryNorthern Ireland were shown the value of clinical finishing as the Bosnia-Herzegovina captain, Edin Dzeko, condemned them to a third successive Nations League…

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Theresa May backs joint UK and Ireland bid to host 2030 World Cup

Prime minister says future bid would have full support after Labour backed it in JulyThe government has joined the Labour party in offering to support a joint bid from the UK and Ireland to host the 2030 World Cup.The football associations of England, …

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International roundup: Klich denies Republic of Ireland win over Poland

• Millwall’s Aiden O’Brien scores on debut in 1-1 draw• Northern Ireland coast to 3-0 friendly win over IsraelAiden O’Brien marked his senior international debut with a goal as the Republic of Ireland came within minutes of ending a turbulent week with…

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Bosnia’s Saric gives Northern Ireland and Will Grigg too much to do

• Northern Ireland 1-2 Bosnia-Herzegovina• Will Grigg 90; Haris Duljevic 37, Elvis Saric 64Northern Ireland’s Nations League campaign got off to a frustrating start as they lost 2-1 to Bosnia-Herzegovina at Windsor Park despite dominating the match. Mi…

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Bosnia’s Saric gives Northern Ireland and Will Grigg too much to do

• Northern Ireland 1-2 Bosnia-Herzegovina• Will Grigg 90; Haris Duljevic 37, Elvis Saric 64Northern Ireland’s Nations League campaign got off to a frustrating start as they lost 2-1 to Bosnia-Herzegovina at Windsor Park despite dominating the match. Mi…

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Nations League: Northern Ireland v Bosnia-Herzegovina – live!

Updates from the Nations League game at Windsor ParkEmail Barry or tweet @bglendenningConfusion greets new Nations League format 1.40pm BST A weird nugget of trivia from Sky Sports: For unexplained reasons, Robert Prosinecki has only brought four defen…

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Nations League: Northern Ireland v Bosnia-Herzegovina – live!

Updates from the Nations League game at Windsor ParkEmail Barry or tweet @bglendenningConfusion greets new Nations League format 1.40pm BST A weird nugget of trivia from Sky Sports: For unexplained reasons, Robert Prosinecki has only brought four defen…

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St Mirren name Coleraine coach and PE teacher Oran Kearney as new manager

• Kearney replaces Alan Stubbs at Scottish Premiership club• First match is at home to Celtic on Friday nextScottish Premiership side St Mirren have appointed Oran Kearney, a PE teacher and manager of Coleraine in Northern Ireland, to replace the sacke…

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Jimmy McIlroy obituary

Elegant Burnley inside-forward who was a creative force in the remarkable Northern Ireland side of the 1950sThe footballer Jimmy McIlroy, who has died aged 86, was an elegant cornerstone of Burnley’s First Division title-winning side of the late 1950s …

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Ex-Celtic youth coach jailed after admitting sexual assault

Jim McCafferty sentenced to three years and nine months for offences against a boy A former Celtic football club youth coach has been jailed for three years and nine months after admitting eight counts of sexual assault.Jim McCafferty, 72, initially pl…

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Motorcycle racer William Dunlop dies after crash in Skerries 100 practice

• 32-year-old dies after ‘tragic accident’ in County Dublin• Dunlop’s father and uncle also died in racing accidentsThe Northern Ireland road racer William Dunlop has died after a crash during practice for the Skerries 100 in County Dublin.The 32-year-…

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Michael O’Neill: Panama have passion but England should escape pain

Northern Ireland’s pre-World Cup friendly showed just how much it means to the Central Americans to be in Russia but a lack of playmakers limits their attacking optionsUnderstanding the intensity of Panama’s feeling towards the World Cup may well be ke…

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Feminists to stage rally at Ulster rugby match after rape acquittal

Protesters to descend on stadium calling for end to sexism after players cleared of assault Hundreds of protesters are preparing to gather at the home of Ulster Rugby as organisers of the demonstration say they want to “stamp out” misogyny and sexism i…

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Irish rugby player tries to recover legal fees after rape acquittal

Paddy Jackson seeks to retrieve some or all of estimated £100,000-plus costs from trialAn Irish rugby international who was acquitted of rape is attempting to recoup his legal costs, it has emerged.The Ulster player Paddy Jackson is seeking to recover …