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Allen loses to Higgins in UK Snooker Championship

Mark Allen loses out after a tough battle with John Higgins. Credit: PA

Mark Allen is out of snooker’s UK Championship.

The Antrim man was beaten 6-3 by John Higgins in Thursday afternoon’s last 16 match at the York Barbican.

Allen lost the first two frames but recovered to draw level before the mid-session interval, finishing with a century break.

However it was Higgins who pulled ahead when play resumed and he went on to secure his spot in the quarter finals, where he will face Mark Selby.

Mark Allen tweeted his disappointment after the match.

Jared Payne out for three months with kidney injury

Jared Payne has been ruled out for three months. Credit: Presseye

The Ireland and Ulster centre Jared Payne has been ruled out for three months due to a kidney injury.

Payne sustained the injury in Ireland’s recent win over Australia, with Ulster Rugby confirming the news on Thursday.

It means he will miss the Six Nations games against Scotland, Italy and France.

There was more bad news for Ulster fans, as Andrew Trimble was ruled out for the next few weeks with a tendon problem in his foot.

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Armagh hit back to reach Mid Ulster final

Armagh City came from behind to see off Loughgall 2-1 in their Mid Ulster Cup semi-final clash at Holm Park on Wednesday night.

They will now face Warrenpoint Town in the final in the New Year.

It had all started so well for Loughgall, who took the lead on six minutes through Andrew Devlin.

They held onto that lead until first half stoppage time when Shea McGerrigan nipped in at the back post to make it 1-1.

Armagh edged ahead thanks to a superb free kick by Paul Carvill and despite late pressure from Loughgall, the home side held on for the win.

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