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Shahar Peer: I'm not playing at ASB Classic tournament

December 6, 2010

Shahar Peer will not compete in next month's ASB Classic tournament in Auckland for the first time since she turned professional.

Peer has been the focus of disruptive anti-Israel protests in New Zealand in recent years. But her spokesman and brother, Shlomi Peer, insists that she has not been deterred by the demonstrators but now ranked 13, has outgrown the tournament and will instead begin her 2011 campaign at the Brisbane International.

Julia Glushko has won the ITF Challenger event in Traralgon, Australia.

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Ramaging Lions set up date with Kings

December 6, 2010

London Lions have been rewarded for an emphatic victory over Baldock with a home Herts FA Centenary Trophy quarter-final clash against South Midlands Division One leaders Kings Langley

Goals from TJ Keterman, Daniel Stanton, Aron Barnes and a double from Adam Stolerman put the disappointment of last week's defeat at Dunstable firmly behind them. The Lions were back to their best, producing an excellent first half of football that their visitors just could not deal with.

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England FC close the gap

December 6, 2010

England FC moved to within two points of leaders Jaffa FC after winning the top-of-the-table clash 2-0 in the JC Olim League.

The derby was on a knife-edge until the 60th minute when Yaron Galinsky pounced from close range from a Lewis Kaye free kick to release the tension.

England, who are yet to concede this season, stood firm and as Jaffa chased an equaliser, they killed off the game 20 minutes from time. Roy Bihi finished off a free-flowing move by side-footing home at the back post.

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Zahavi scores against Colombia

By Simon Griver, December 6, 2010

Midfielder Alex Zahavi scored a debut goal for the US Under 20 team in a 1-1 draw with Colombia. Zahavi also scored in a penalty shoot-out as the US lost 4-3 to Mexico in a friendly tournament.

Zahavi has previously played for the Portugal Under 17 team but FIFA allows players under 21 to switch allegiances.

The Maccabi Haifa starlet was born in the US and has Israeli citizenship through his father and Portuguese citizenship from his mother. His late grandfather, Avraham, is a first cousin of the agent Pini Zahavi.

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Brand is pick of the bunch

December 6, 2010

Adam Brand is London Maccabi Vale's Player of the Season.

The 1st XI captain had a phenomenal year, steering the team to the Middlesex Sunday League Division Two title. He hit 766 runs at an average of 69.64 and chipped in with 18 wickets.

LMV chairman Terry Hyman said: "Adam's determination and leadership brought out the best in the rest of the team."

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Ben Haim to profit from West Ham's Manchester United mauling

By Simon Griver, December 6, 2010

Carling Cup West Ham's shock 4-0 demolition of Manchester United has dramatically changed Tal Ben Haim's prospects of staying with the club.

Ben Haim, 28, joined West Ham on a five-month loan from Portsmouth on August 3 and sources in Israel had reported that Hammers boss Avram Grant planned sending his compatriot back to Fratton Park next month.

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Joy for Joel

December 6, 2010

A solitary strike from Joel Leighton helped Hendon Hawks Rangers bounce back from consecutive defeats with a hard fought win against Redbridge in the Maccabi Junior Football League Under 11 Division.

Hawks captain Shmuli Miller put in another strong defensive display and was instrumental in creating the winner. He started a move that saw Jamie Rosen release Leighton who struck the ball into the far left-hand corner.

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Norstar sparkles again

By Danny Caro, December 6, 2010

Three goals from Simon Perlmutter helped leaders Norstar A boost their title hopes after thumping Hendon United Sports Club B 6-1 in Division Two.

Eli Houri made it five in two games with a brace, with Anthony Goodmaker completing the rout as the Stars marched seven points clear.

Hendon's goals came through Chaim Gothold and Josh Lipman.

Norstar boss Phil Peters said: "It was a great team performance."

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Accrington for Oldham's Joe Jacobson

December 6, 2010

Joe Jacobson has joined Accrington Stanley on loan until January 3. The Oldham left back was recently placed on the transfer list and he signed in time to play in 1-0 defeat FA Cup defeat at Port Vale.

Jacobson, a former Wales Under-21s captain, went to Stanley on loan in 2006 while at Cardiff.

Accrington manager John Coleman said: "Joe's a good player who we have had before. He can play in a couple of positions he's certainly comfortable on the ball and he has a good left foot. All the fans liked him when he was here first time round so I hope he enthuses them as well."

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Venter says Spurling has bright future with Saracens

By Danny Caro, December 6, 2010

Brendan Venter, the South African World Cup winner, believes that Scott Spurling has a bright future after he signed a two-year contact with Saracens.

Venter, the club's outgoing director of rugby, was impressed by Spurling during pre-season. The hooker will link up with the club's senior academy next July after completing his A-levels at Harrow School where he is on a sports scholarship.

Spurling said: "Brendan said I had good potential but must continue to work hard. I believe that I can play for England. Otherwise, I'd be playing in the park with my mates."

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