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Wasteful Lions put to the sword

By Danny Caro, January 5, 2011

London Lions started 2011 in disastrous fashion after suffering their heaviest defeat of the season.

They went down 5-0 at Hoddesdon Town but the scoreline in this South Midlands League Division One clash does not start to tell the story as the Lions bossed the game in terms of possession and chances.

The Lions started the match in sixth place but they were left to rue a string of missed chances and an inspired performance by home keeper Tom Bullock against a Hoddesdon team playing its first competitive game since November 27.

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JC Olim League round-up

By Danny Caro, January 5, 2011

After a slow start to the season by last year's runners-up, Jerusalem roared back to life following their recent return to form with an impressive 6-1 demolition in Modi'in.

Debutant from Chile Javier Mendez’s first touch in the JC Olim League could not have been better. A pin-point pass found Eli Warner on the edge of the box and the former North West Neasden striker composed himself to slot home into the bottom corner.

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JC MSFL Matchday 17 preview

By Danny Caro, January 4, 2011

After a two-week winter break, the JC MSFL resumes with some mouth-watering action in league and cup.

JC CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP ROUND 3

BRADY MACCABI vs CAMDEN PARK
Brady Maccabi are one of the teams of the moment and I don’t expect Camden to cause them too many problems on Sunday in one of several cup ties held over from last year.

Josh Rosenfeld’s men have fired 23 goals in their last four games with Josh Hershman, Mark Smith and Steven Field bang in form. Field goes into the game in buoyant mood having bagged the JC Player of the Week award.

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Maccabi Tel Aviv sacks Avi Nimni

By Danny Caro, January 4, 2011

Maccabi Tel Aviv have parted company with manager Avi Nimni.

The decision follows yesterday’s 3-0 defeat against league leaders Maccabi Haifa that left them eight points off top spot in Ligat Ha’Al.

A statement on Maccabi website said: “The Ownership feels that the team’s performances to date have fallen short of the clear goals and expectations set out at the beginning of the year.”

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Peer odds on for top 10 place

By Simon Griver, December 29, 2010

Shahar Peer begins the 2011 season at the Brisbane International tournament on Sunday, looking a great bet to move into the top ten during January.

Having climbed from 30 in the WTA rankings to a career high of 13, the 24-year-old Israeli is set to scale new heights. She will overtake Elena Dementieva (9), who has officially retired, and Serena Williams (4), who is out due to injury, in the next few weeks. Justine Henin (12), who is only 50 points ahead of Peer, has pulled out of Brisbane to play the Hotman Cup

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The go-kart kid looking for a winning formula

By David Gold, December 29, 2010

When Avi Day took his son Alon to the Nachshonim go-kart track near Ashdod to celebrate his 10th birthday, he was barely tall enough to reach the pedals.

But young Alon raced with such skill that those who saw him asked if he had ever raced before, and were astonished to learn it was his very first time behind the wheel.

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Darryl Lee: I won't rule out a comeback

By David Gold, December 29, 2010

Darryl Lee has indicated that he could make a comeback with the GB Maccabiah and European organising committee, having stepped down in July as a result of work commitments.

Lee, who is still involved in an unofficial capacity, said: "A return is possible. At the moment it would be quite difficult, but never say never. We will review it at the end of the games."

He insists that he made Maccabi GB more professional during his tenure through the use of nutritionists, masseurs and modern technology, but suggested: "It might be time for a younger person to come in and have their time.

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Tal Ben Haim in West Ham loan extension talks

December 29, 2010

Avram Grant has revealed that West Ham are in talks to extend Tal Ben Haim's loan deal until May.

The Hammers boss does not expect the Israeli defender to be returning to Portsmouth when his loan deal expires on Saturday.

Grant said: "We very much want Tal to stay. We have a problem over his contract with Portsmouth but he is good for us, and if they agree, we want to loan him until the end of the season."

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Maccabi leading the way

By Simon Griver, December 22, 2010

Maccabi Haifa ended the first round of 15 Ligat Ha'al matches two points clear of rivals Hapoel Tel Aviv at the top of the 16-team league. Haifa beat Maccabi Netanya 3-0 at Kiryat Eliezer with goals from Tomer Hemed, Eyal Meshumar and Vladimir Dabashvili.

Defending champions Hapoel Tel Aviv kept the pressure on Haifa with a 4-0 win over bottom team Hapoel Ramat Gan at Bloomfield with goals from Ben Sahar, Toto Tamuz, Douglas Da Silva and Shai Abutbul.

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Nevo the pick of the bunch in Dubai

By Simon Griver, December 22, 2010

Gal Nevo posted the best performance by an Israeli at the World Short Course Swimming Championships in Dubai.

Nevo, 23, finished seventh in the 400 metres medley in a record 4:05.26. He went on to set a new Israeli record despite finishing 23rd in the 200 meters butterfly.

The competition saw Israel overcome diplomatic obstacles to compete successfully thanks to the intervention of IOC executive member Alex Gilady. However, although the Israeli flag flew in the UAE, there was disappointment during the opening ceremony when the MC announced Israel as I.S.R.

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