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Woolf in Cup row defence

By Darren Witcoop, August 18, 2016

David Woolf has defended the Peter Morrison Trophy overhaul after branding the changes as a 'practical decision.'

The MSFL chairman hit back at South Manchester Sports Club chairman Jonny Davis, who dubbed members of the National Football Committee as "weak".


Zoe quits

August 18, 2016

Olympic silver medallist Zoe de Toledo has confirmed she will quit rowing to resume her studies.

De Toledo, 28, the cox who helped GB's women's eight to an historic second placed finish in Rio, will not be going for gold in Tokyo 2020.

Instead the post-graduate student will swap the oars for her books and return to Oxford University to take up medicine.

She said: "It's been amazing journe


Barnsley boy

August 18, 2016

Israeli Under-16 International striker Amir Berkovich is set to join Championship outfit Barnsley.

The 16-year-old Hapoel Ra'anana player impressed and scored earlier this month in a 3-3 youth match against Everton.

Berkovich - no relation to former Israel international Eyal Berkovich - scored 25 goals last season for Hapoel Ra'anana youth team.


Raisman signs off with another medal

By Darren Witcoop, August 17, 2016

Aly Raisman signed off her Olympic Games with a silver medal in the floor routine.

The defending champion scored a 15.500 for her precise tumbling and own arsenal of extremely difficult tumbling skills.

But it wasn't enough to overhaul fellow American gymnast Simone Biles with Britain's Amy Tinkler, who at just 16, winning bronze.


Fox vows to come again in 2020

By Darren Witcoop, August 16, 2016

Jessica Fox has vowed to return for the 2020 Olympics in a bid to end her wait for a gold medal.

The Australian put in a storming display to win a bronze medal in the women's K1 kayak competition.

The 22-year-old picked up a two-second penalty in the final but was still able to clock a time of 102.49 on her way to winning another Olympic medal.


Knyazyeva-Minenko misses out on medal

By Darren Witcoop, August 15, 2016

Israel’s Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko had to settle for fifth place in the triple jump final.

Knyazyeva-Minenko jumped 14.2 meters in her first attempt, matching the length that got her into the finals but the eighth best length among other finalists.

She improved her distance to 14.39m on her second jump to move up to sixth place.


Davidovich's medal hopes blown off course

By Darren Witcoop, August 15, 2016

Israel’s Maayan Davidovich was left to rue a poor finish as she missed out on a Olympic medal in the women’s RS:X windsurfing competition in Rio.

Davidovich entered the decisive race well placed in fifth place overall, tied with third and fourth positions, with the top two only five points in front.


De Toledo reveals medal pride

By Darren Witcoop, August 14, 2016

Zoe De Toledo spoke of her pride after steering Britain’s women’s eight to an historic silver medal in the rowing final.

The cox urged her crew to a second place finish behind defending champions the USA in Saturday's race in Rio.


Sasson wins second bronze medal for Israel

By Darren Witcoop, August 13, 2016

Or Sasson has won a Israel's second bronze medal of the Rio Olympics.

The Israeli judoka won a consolation round in the men's 100 kilogram plus weight class.

Sasson defeated Cuban Alex Garcia Mendoza, shortly after losing a sem-ifinal match to world champion Teddy Riner.

Sasson follows judoka Yarden Gerbi in celebrating with a podium finish.


Ervin makes Olympic history in the pool

By Darren Witcoop, August 13, 2016

Anthony Ervin has made history to become the oldest ever Olympic swimming champion following a stunning victory in the 50m freestyle.

The 35-year-old American, who won joint gold in the same event in 2000, out-touched France's Florent Manadou by .01 seconds in a thrilling finish.

Ervin also won gold when he was 19 but quit the sport just four years later.