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When the Troubles intruded on the quiet world of golf in Northern Ireland | Andy Bull

Royal Portrush is a quiet haven nowadays but the Open venue brings back memories of bombingsA quarter before midday on Thursday 5 August 1976, two men walked into the pro shop at Balmoral golf club in south Belfast, one carrying a package in a plastic …

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R&A chief executive refuses to condone or condemn Portrush march

• Martin Slumbers: ‘Our job is to respect fact that we are guests’• Tourist firm owner says march an ‘unnecessary provocation’The R&A has refused to condemn a “celebration of marching bands” which is staging a three-hour show in Portrush on Saturda…

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The Belfast boxing coach who brought a broken city together with a gym

Gerry Storey, a Catholic who has cut across Belfast’s divide, found admirers even among Loyalist paramilitaries. In an abridged extract from a new book, Donald McRae tells his storyWhen I walked past the mural honouring Lyra McKee in Belfast, having ju…

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Euro 2020 qualifying: Belgium’s Lukaku and De Bruyne see off Scotland

• Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne earn Group I win for Belgium• Germany beat Estonia 8-0 but Northern Ireland top Group CA goal in each half from Romelu Lukaku and an unerring late drive from Kevin De Bruyne consigned Scotland to a 3-0 Euro 2020 qualiifying…

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‘Worse than Ronaldo’s’: fans mock George Best statue in Belfast

Artwork joins list of footballers’ bronzes that received less than glowing reviewsFrom Cristiano Ronaldo to Diego Maradona, a dubious likeness in bronze has become almost de rigueur for any self-respecting football superstar.Now the late, great George …

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Paddy Jackson’s revived rugby career is a backward step for feminism | Lara Whyte

Jackson was acquitted of rape last year, but he is a misogynist and should be banned from professional sportThe rugby team London Irish announced this week that Paddy Jackson will join their squad ahead of a return to the English premiership next seaso…

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Belfast City Marathon course too long, organisers admit

Officials estimated that runners had to run an extra 460 metres due to ‘human error’The organisers of the Belfast City Marathon have had to admit to runners and wheelchair athletes that the course they completed on Sunday was almost half a kilometre to…

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Josh Magennis strikes late for Northern Ireland to beat Belarus

The best moments in football are so blissfully simple as to appear in slow motion. Northern Ireland roared in a manner so customary under Michael O’Neill with a late winner which owed everything to ease. Stuart Dallas found Paddy McNair on the right an…

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Netherlands v Germany, Northern Ireland Belarus and more Euro 2020 clockwatch – live!

Live updates from the 7.45pm kick-offsGermany face long road back to top after Löw’s drastic overhaulFeel free to email Daniel or tweet @DanielHarris your thoughts 7.23pm GMT And there’s more! @DanielHarris Instead of discussing the Dutch game plan, Pi…

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Niall McGinn shows Northern Ireland the way in opening win against Estonia

Where it began … should Northern Ireland’s fanatical support, complete with recurring Sweet Caroline anthem, grace a second European Championship in succession the nature of victory against Estonia in the opening qualifying fixture will not matter one …

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Niall McGinn shows Northern Ireland the way in opening win against Estonia

Where it began … should Northern Ireland’s fanatical support, complete with recurring Sweet Caroline anthem, grace a second European Championship in succession the nature of victory against Estonia in the opening qualifying fixture will not matter one …

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José Mourinho dancing on ice – at last, he’s served up something watchable | Marina Hyde

From his Russian tumble to a Spain prison sentence, the erstwhile United manager has had a dim week. At least it’s entertainingAfter so many years of refusing to give the public what they want, it’s great to see José Mourinho finally serving up somethi…

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Cork City’s Lisa Fallon: ‘The lads don’t make exceptions. I’m just a football coach’

The only female coach working in men’s professional football in Ireland on her extraordinary career, keeping cool in the face of sexism and her battle for acceptance“It’s normal for me,” Lisa Fallon says as she reflects on her extraordinary career in m…

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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…