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PICTURES: Michael Dunlop tests Tyco BMW at Kirkistown

Michael Dunlop has tested the Tyco BMW at Kirkistown in Co Down as the 15-time Isle of Man TT winner warms up for the opening road race of 2018 at the Cookstown 100 this weekend.

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Little Clodagh McNamee and her mother, Ciara, with the Joey's Bar MCC 125 Honda during a visit by Nikki Coates (second from left) and Gary Dunlop (front) who staged a charity football match in aid of the Children's Cancer Unit Charity. They are pictured here with Play Specialist, Francine McDonald and Wallace McFall from Charles Hurst, who sponsored the event.

Bike racers’ charity football match raises £9,000 for Children’s Cancer Unit

A charity football match between motorcycle road racers and short circuit riders held in January raised over £9,000 for The Children’s Cancer Unit.

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Donemana celebrate last season's title triumph and they will be favourites to make it an historic seven in a row this year!

Donemana, Brigade set to dominate North West cricket season

The domestic cricket season gets under on Saturday - a week earlier than usual- to facilitate clubs getting time off in early May for Ireland’s historic first home Test match against Pakistan.

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Lee Johnston on the Honda Racing Fireblade SP2 during pre-season testing in Spain.

NW200: Lee Johnston unfazed by new Honda Racing challenge

New Honda Racing signing Lee Johnston doesn’t believe a lack of track time with the Fireblade SP2 will have an adverse affect on his prospects at the Vauxhall International North West 200 in May.

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VIDEO: Health, Fitness and Mindset - with Seamus Fox

AWARD winning personal trainer, Seamus Fox has worked with Derry City Football Club, professional boxers and kickboxers during an impressive career which has spanned over 15 years.

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William Dunlop set for Bishopscourt

William Dunlop will be in action at this weekend’s third round of the AJ Plumbing Ulster Superbike Championship at Bishopscourt in Co Down, promoted by the Temple Club.

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Northern Ireland's Summer Lecky in the Women's High Jump final

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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Michael Dunlop will compete in the Superbike class for the Tyco BMW team in 2018.

Dunlop set for Tyco BMW debut

Michael Dunlop is due to make his debut on the Tyco BMW Superbike at the KDM Hire Cookstown 100 this month.

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Local man Gareth McAuley, who won a bronze medal for Skeet shooting at the Commonwealth Games in Australia on Monday.

COMMONWEALTH GAMES: Gareth Mcauley wins bronze medal

Local man Gareth McAuley said it was ‘a dream come true’ after he won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games.

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Eileen Burns

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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Michael Dunlop will ride a Superbike for the Tyco BMW team in 2018.

COMMENT: Tyco BMW debut for Michael Dunlop at Cookstown 100?

Thursday’s official launch of the KDM Hire Cookstown 100 has raised the sense of anticipation with the new Irish road racing season now only weeks away.

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David Johnson on the Gulf BMW at Donington Park.

NW200: David Johnson eyes maiden podium on North Coast

Australian contender David Johnson is quietly confident of challenging for the podium at next month’s Vauxhall International North West 200.
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Michael Dunlop will ride the SC-Project Paton in the Lightweight race at the Isle of Man TT.

TT 2018: Michael Dunlop eager to add sixth manufacturer to roll of honour

Michael Dunlop says the lure of winning for a sixth different manufacturer at the Isle of Man TT has given him renewed impetus to challenge for a maiden victory in the Lightweight race for Italian marque Paton.

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Ballymoney stopper, Jodie Shannon

HOCKEY: Defeat for Ballymoney Firsts in final home game

Easter Saturday saw Ballymoney Firsts play their final home fixture of 2017/18 season at Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre, unfortunately they slipped to a 2-0 defeat to Lurgan, who are challenging for league title.
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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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Michael Dunlop has joined the Tyco BMW team for the Superbike races in 2018.

COMMENT: Michael Dunlop and Tyco BMW - a match made in heaven?

Confirmation last Tuesday that Michael Dunlop had agreed terms to ride a Superbike for Northern Ireland’s Tyco BMW team took many within the road racing community by surprise.

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Tournament winner Jeff Watt.

DARTS: Over £2,000 raised at chairty event in Ballymoney

A great night was had by all at the Route Taxis Ballymoney darts league Prostate cancer charity darts night.

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Michael Dunlop has yet to finalise his plans for the Superbike class in 2018.

TT 2018: Michael Dunlop contemplating next move

​Michael Dunlop says he hopes to have his Superbike plans firmed up sooner rather than later as the 15-time Isle of Man TT winner contemplates his next move.
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