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Mesler wins bobsleigh Olympic gold

By Danny Caro and James Martin, March 4, 2010

Steve Mesler savoured Winter Olympics ecstasy as he celebrated winning the four-man bobsleigh gold at Vancouver's Whistler Park.

Lining up alongside fellow crewmen Steve Holcomb, Justin Olsen and Curtis Tomasevicz, the 31-year-old from Buffalo overcame the German 1 team by 0.38 seconds over four rounds to ensure USA's first four-man bobsleigh gold in 62 years in a total time of 3: 24:36.

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Cole names JC MSFL Rep team against Turkey

By Danny Caro, March 4, 2010

Jamie Cole, manager of the JC MSFL Rep team, has named a 21-man squad for next week's London Inter-League Cup opener against the Turkish Federation League.

Ahead of next Thursday evening's match at Brimsdown Rovers FC in Enfield, Cole said: "We've never beaten this team in this competition so there's a massive incentive for players."

Daniel Stanton has been named captain. London Maccabi Lions defender Louis Basger missed out on a place as he is unavailable. Brady Maccabi striker Paul Hakim, who is the only player from outside the Premier Division is doubtful due to injury.

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Israel beats Romania in friendly

March 4, 2010

Goals from Yossi Benayoun and Elyaniv Barda earned Israel a 2-0 victory over Romania in Elyaniv Barda in an international friendly on Wednesday night.

In a match featuring two sides who failed to qualify for this summer’s World Cup, it was captain Benayoun who put the visitors ahead on the stroke of half time. Collecting the ball deep inside his own half, the Liverpool midfielder played a one-two before skipping between three Romanian defenders before coolly slotting into the corner of the net.

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Birmingham target Itay Shecter

March 2, 2010

Birmingham City have started negotiations with Itay Shechter, according to reports.

The Hapoel Tel Aviv striker caught the eye after helping the Israeli club reach the last 32 of the Europa League.

It is believed that Birmingham manager Alex McLeish has also called former Aston Villa boss John Gregory, now the manager of Maccabi Akhi Nazareth, for a scouting report on Shechter.

Birmingham are also understood to be tracking Hapoel midfielder Gil Vermouth.

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Maccabi Lions dominate Northwood

March 2, 2010

London Maccabi Lions Under 15s secured a further three points in the White Division of the Watford Friendly league through a convincing 3-1 victory against Northwood.

In difficult conditions, Lions opened the match strongly dominating the majority of the play but were unable to convert their many chances Adam Arnold slotted in a coolly taken penalty in the 24th minute to give Lions the lead but a combination of poor finishing and resolute defending from Northwood kept the score at 1-0 at half time.

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Israel’s Davis Cup tie goes ahead in Chile

By Simon Griver, March 2, 2010

Davis Cup organisers have confirmed that Israel’s Davis Cup World Group match in Chile go ahead as scheduled despite last week’s devastating earthquake.

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) insisted that the tie geso ahead and even chartered a plane to bring the Israelis to Chile on Tuesday. The Israeli team was en route to Chile last weekend when the quake struck but the flight was rerouted to Miami.

Israel had planned to spend the week practicing on clay courts, although Chile's plans have been equally disrupted with their star players arriving home later than scheduled.

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Israel Cricket wins development award

March 2, 2010

The Israel Cricket Association has won the Pepsi ICC Development Programme Annual Awards 2009 in the Spirit of Cricket category for their Cross Border Cricket project.

The project, the brainchild of ICA youth coach George Sheader, has been running for over 12 months, introducing young players in Bedouin towns in the Negev desert to the game, and then focusing on facilitating interaction between the Arabic-speaking Bedouin children and Hebrew-speaking Jewish children from other areas across Israel in which cricket cricket is coached through enjoying combined cricket acitivities together.

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Hapoel Tel Aviv out of Europa League

By Danny Caro, February 26, 2010

Hapoel Tel Aviv bowed out of the Europa League after a goalless draw in Israel saw them ousted 3-0 on aggregate by Rubin Kazan.

The Israelis hit the woodwork twice in the Round of 32 second leg at the Bloomfield, but otherwise created few chances as Rubin advanced on the back of a convincing first leg display.

Hapoel made their intentions clear from the off Dani Bondarv’s powerful drive deflecting off Christian Noboa, only for the ball to rebound off the crossbar after two minutes.

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Maccabi GB selects 35 for Denver Maccabi Games

February 25, 2010

Following a successful trip to San Francisco last year, Maccabi GB has selected a 35-man squad that will travel to Denver for the 2010 JCC Maccabi Games in August.

Team GB has taken part in the event for 16 years running with more than 1,000 young people taking part in the largest event for Jewish teen athletes in the world.

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Omri Casspi earns praise for NBA performance

February 25, 2010

Omri Casspi scored 13 points as the Rookies beat the Sophomores 140-128 at the NBA All-Star Challenge.

The Israeli forward, 21, said: "I'll have to work very hard to come back here. It was a good experience to go out there and play. I don't want it to stop.

"There's no time to get tired of it. When I get tired of it, I just keep thinking to myself, 'This is where I wanted to be all the time."

Casspi earned praise from NBA star Kobe Bryant who said: "I think he's surprised Sacramento. I think he's doing phenomenally well."

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