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Date set for Frampton v Santa Cruz rematch

Carl Frampton took the WBA featherweight title after defeating Leo Santa Cruz in July. Credit: Press Eye

The date has been set for Carl Frampton’s rematch with Leo Santa Cruz.

The Jackal will face the Mexican in Las Vegas on 28 January, hoping to defend his WBA featherweight world title.

Tiger’s Bay man Frampton confirmed the details in a tweet on Tuesday evening.

Crusaders back in IRN BRU Cup

Alan Lithgo was ineligible, the SPFL said. Credit: Pacemaker

Crusaders are back in the IRN BRU Cup after Livingston were found to have fielded an ineligible player.

A disciplinary hearing said the suspended Alan Lithgo played the full 90 minutes of the Scottish side’s 2-1 win earlier this month.

Livingston have been fined £4,000 and ordered to replay the game on 1 November at Seaview.

SPFL Chief Executive Ian Doncaster said: “In the interests of sporting integrity and fairness to both sides the game will be replayed.”


Ports beat Mallards to ease pressure

Portadown's Niall Henderson celebrates his goal during Saturday's game at Ferney Park, Ballinamallard. Credit: Pacemaker
  • Ballinamallard United 1-2 Portadown

Portadown picked up only their second win of the league campaign with a 2-1 win over fellow strugglers Ballinamallard at Ferney Park.

Niall Henderson gave the visitors the lead from the penalty spotb in the 33rd minute after Niall Haire had been fouled inside the area, and Stephen Hughes doubled his side’s lead in the 50th minute when he fired home after some neat interplay with Robbie Garrett.

The Mallards pulled one back from Shane McGinty’s 58th minute header but were unable to muster an equaliser.

The result sees Portadown stay bottom on -3 points, although they move to within eight points of the Co Fermanagh side in the table.

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