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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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'We're top - but nothing has been won yet,' says Mancs boss Simons

December 22, 2010

It has been a case of so far, so good for Manchester Maccabi 3rd who go into 2011 six points clear at the top of the Joan Collins Premier Division.

Martin Simons' side have won nine out of nine as they look to win the title for the first time.

Despite their imperious form, Simons is refusing to make any predictions about his team's title hopes and is wary of the perils that injuries could pose to their challenge.

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Garbacz: 'It's nice to end the year on top'

December 22, 2010

Premier division

David Garbacz, the manager of Hendon United Sports Club A, has warned against complacency as the Reds go into the new year three points clear of Redbridge Jewish Care A.

Although the last round of games was hit by a blanket postponement, Garbacz believes that the recent 2-1 win over Raiders can be used as a launch pad. He said: "This was a massive result that enabled us to go into the new year with a small cushion at the top."

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Blumenshtein fit and ready for action

By Danny Caro, December 22, 2010

Gil Blumenshtein will be looking to make up for lost time when he rejoins the Inverness Caledonian Thistle squad for Sunday's Premier Division clash at home to St. Mirren.

Blumenshtein, 20, has made just three appearances in an injury-plagued season after joining from Hapoel Beer Sheva in July. Inverness lie fourth in the SPL table and Blumenshtein is keen to help maintain their European aspirations ahead of three games in nine matches over a busy festive period.

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Ben Haim in limbo

December 22, 2010

Tal Ben Haim's future hangs in the balance after Portsmouth manager Steve Cotterill said that he is unsure whether or not he will return to the club next month.

Ben Haim has been on loan at West Ham since August and the Hammers must decide if they want the Israeli defender to extend his loan or take up the option of making the move permanent

Cotterill needs to reduce wage bill at the club relegated from the Premiership last season. He said: "For sure, I would want him here. Anyone would be a good addition to our squad at this moment in time.

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Bolton star in mercy dash for Avi

By Simon Griver, December 22, 2010

Tamir Cohen, the Bolton Wanderers midfielder, has been given special dispensation to be at the bedside of father Avi who is in a critical condition in an Israeli hospital following a road accident.

Cohen, 54, suffered severe head injuries after his motorbike was involved in a collision with a car near Ramat Gan on Monday.

Cohen, the first Israeli to play in England, was rushed to Tel Aviv's Ichilov Hospital where he was immediately taken into surgery.

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David Bernstein named new FA chairman

By Jennifer Lipman, December 22, 2010

David Bernstein has been appointed the new chairman of the Football Association (FA).

The Jewish former chairman of Manchester City, 67, was named as the permanent replacement to Lord Triesman, who resigned in May following a scandal.

The choice of Mr Bernstein was a surprise to many as the Jewish former FA and Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein had also been heavily tipped for the position

Mr Bernstein left Manchester City in 2003 after five years to take on a Director role at the revamped Wembley Stadium, where he became chairman in 2008.

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Avi Cohen seriously injured in road accident

By Simon Griver, December 20, 2010

Avi Cohen, chairman of the Israel Professional Footballers Association, has been seriously injured in a road accident.

Cohen, 54, was riding a motorbike which was involved in a collision with a car near the Ramat Gan Diamond Exchange. The former Liverpool defender was rushed to Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital where he was immediately taken into surgery.

Cohen’s son Tamir, who plays for Bolton, has been given leave to return to Israel immediately.

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Salita wins New York title

By Danny Caro, December 20, 2010

Dmitriy Salita floored late substitute James Wayka five times on his way to a third round knockout victory at New York's Roseland Ballroom.

Salita's body punching proved too much for the outclassed Wayka who was down twice in the second round and three more times in the third before referee David Fields waved the fight off.

The fight was billed for the vacant New York State title after Wayka, loser of 10 of his 27 fights, stepped in at short notice when Mike Anchondo, who was due to meet Salita for the vacant IBA welterweight title, withdrew through illness.

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