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World Cup predictions

June 10, 2010

● DAVID PLEAT (Former Spurs manager)

"We will reach the semis at best. Other teams have benefitted massively from our Premier League and I think that it's an indictment that we have very few players coming through.

Winners: Argentina

Dark horse: Serbia

● JOE JACOBSON (Oldham Athletic)

"I can see England going far. They're capable of winning it as the manager has them playing a way which helps them. Rooney is a step up from anyone else in the squad but you can't look further than Spain at the moment."

Winners: Spain

Dark horse: Portugal

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Maccabi GB women's football focus

June 10, 2010

Maccabi GB have appointed a new committee aimed at developing junior girls' and women's football.

Brad Solomon will chair the committee with Dr Tamar Koch named vice-chairman. They will help to prepare the squads over the next three years, including the 2011 European Maccabi Games and 2013 Maccabiah.

The pair have been set a series of aims and objectives to build a platform for GB's medal push.

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Senior Lions celebrate 'outstanding' season

June 10, 2010

London Maccabi Lions rounded off a successful season for the Senior section with the annual 7-a-side and awards night.

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Interview: USA World Cup star Jonathan Bornstein

June 10, 2010

Five years after competing at the 17th Maccabiah Games, USA left-back Jonathan Bornstein is relishing the prospect of locking horns with Wayne Rooney and co when he lines up against England tomorrow night.

Bornstein, 25, is one of 23 American players who have the added incentive of earning a bonus of £617,000 should the team ranked 14th in the world win the competition. The £13 million payout was negotiated by Washington lawyer Mark Levinstein.

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Cricket: South Manchester beat Leeds

June 10, 2010

Excellent bowling from Akiva Lieberman and Avrom Topperman earned South Manchester Maccabi 23 points after they beat Leeds Maccabi by seven wickets in the NJCL.

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Foreman's wife's despair at boxing title loss

By Danny Caro, June 10, 2010

The wife of boxer Yuri Foreman almost came to blows with the referee after watching her husband lose his world title.

Leyla Leidecker, a former model and boxer herself, blamed ref Arthur Mercante for not stopping the fight earlier after Foreman lost his WBA Light Middleweight title on a ninth-round TKO against Miguel Cotto at the Yankee Stadium.

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NJCL round-up

June 10, 2010

The bowlers dominated proceedings in the NJCL at the weekend with both matches particularly low-scoring affairs.

In the top game between South Manchester Maccabi beat Leeds Maccabi by 7 wickets at Scholes Field.

South won the toss and put Leeds in to bat on a damp wicket and were immediately on top. Avrom Topperman bowled Leeds danger man Simon Williams with an unplayable in swinging delivery which removed his middle stump.

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Grant confirmed as West Ham manager

By Danny Caro, June 9, 2010

Avram Grant has secured a work permit to start work as manager of West Ham.

Mr Grant, 55, agreed a four-year contract last week to succeed Gianfranco Zola

“I’m proud and honoured to be the manager of West Ham,” said Grant, who has been on holiday with Tzofit in Austria. “It's an exciting challenge and I'm ready to do my best.”

The Israeli has already begun the task of strengthening the West Ham squad, signing German midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger.

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Unlucky 13 for Manchester Maccabi colts

By Danny Caro, June 8, 2010

Manchester Maccabi Under 13s lost by 3 runs against Monton & Weaste.

The morning rain eased to allow Manchester Maccabi young under 13 cricketers to face their counterparts at Monton & Weaste and between the two teams served up an exciting match.

Monton chose to bat first and despite losing an early wicket when the score was on 10, motored along to 50 after just 10 overs. The wicket seemed to have little in it for the bowlers until captain Joe Lewis and Robbie Blackman removed three top order batsman.

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Basger wins MSFL Player of the Year

By Danny Caro, June 8, 2010

London Maccabi Lions earned a win double at the JC MSFL end of season awards on Monday night with two players scooping the top individual awards.

Defender Louis Basger won Player of the Year while midfielder Yoav Lebens claimed the Young Player title.

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