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Three sent off as Coleraine hold Cliftonville at Solitude

Cliftonville's Jay Donnelly and Coleraine's Lyndon Kane in action. Credit: Press Eye

There were no goals and three red cards as Cliftonville and Coleraine played out a feisty and incident-packed 0-0 draw at Solitude on Saturday.

Paul Finnegan was the first to receive his marching orders after picking up his second yellow card for a challenge on David Kee in the 66th minute.

There were two further dismissals in the closing stages, with Adam Murray sent off for second yellow after a handball incident, before James McGovern was red-carded for an elbow on Saul McCaughan.

The result means that Cliftonville are now nine points behind second-placed Linfield, with the Bannsiders are four points behind them in fourth.

Honours even between Carrick and Glenavon

Carrickfergus Rangers' Kyle McVey and Glenavon's Guy Bates. Credit: Press Eye

It was honours even as Carrick Rangers and Glenavon played out a dreary 0-0 draw in a forgettable affair at Taylors Avenue on Saturday.

Glenavon controlled proceedings throughout the contest, and enjoyed the best chance of the opening 45 minutes when Mark Sykes saw his goalbound effort well saved by Brian Neeson.

It was a similar story in the second half as the visitors continued to boss possession and territory, with Greg Moorehouse and James Singleton both missing chances.

In the end the Lurgan Blues were unable to make the breakthrough, as Carrick held on for what could prove to be a vital point in their battle to avoid relegation.


McIlroy hits back at criticism after round with Trump

Rory said the round of gold with the US president was "not an endorsement". Credit: PA

Rory McIlroy has hit back at critics following his recent round of golf with US President Donald Trump.

In a statement released on Twitter, the world number three said that some people had labelled him a fascist after playing 18 holes with the president in Florida last Sunday.

Holywood man McIlroy added that his decision to play with Donald Trump "was not an endorsement nor a political statement of any kind" and described it as "quite simply, a round of golf."


Sexton preferred to Jackson for France test

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Fit-again Johnny Sexton has been given the nod ahead of Paddy Jackson at fly-half for Saturday's Six Nations game against France at the Aviva Stadium.

Jackson has been widely praised for his performances in Ireland's first two games of this Championship, against Scotland and Italy.

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Leinster's Sexton, though, is vastly experienced, and comes into the starting side for the crucial home game.

With Jackson on the bench, returning captain Rory Best is Ulster only representative among the starting XV.

Iain Henderson and Andrew Trimble are also named among the replacements.

Flanker Peter O'Mahony is fit enough to be named in the squad after returning from a hamstring injury.

After picking up a shoulder injury playing for Leinster, Josh Van der Flier is likely to miss out on the remainder of the tournament.

Viewers can watch the game live on ITV, with coverage starting at 4.15pm (k.o. 4.50pm).

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