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Benayoun is Israel's most expensive player ever

By Danny Caro and Simon Griver, July 8, 2010

Yossi Benayoun has become the most expensive ever Israeli player after moving from Liverpool to Chelsea.

The £6.5m transfer fee surpasses the £5.75 million that Celtic paid West Ham for Eyal Berkovic in 1999.

As we reported on June 14, the move was authorised by former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez and rubber-stamped by new boss Roy Hodgson.

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Massu hopes for Davis Cup

July 8, 2010

Nicolas Massu believes that the absence of Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych has given Chile a fighting chance going into Davis Cup quarter-final assault against the Czech Republic, starting today.

Massu, 30, considers Chile the underdogs even though they have home advantage at the Enjoy Tennis Centre in Coquimbo. But their hopes received a timely boost when Czech No. 1 Berdych ruled himself out of the tie because of abdominal muscle injury.

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Smith joins LA Galaxy

By Danny Caro, July 8, 2010

Scott Smith hopes to follow in the footsteps of David Beckham after scoring twice on his debut as a striker for the LA Galaxy Under 20 team.

Smith, 19, was selected for a trial at the end of last year after impressing in the youth team at Barnet. From a pool of around 1,600 footballers, Smith, the son of football agent Jon Smith, went on to make the final cut of 26.

Smith said: "The standard is really good but the problem has really been the heat which is quite intense and the length of the trials which ran for almost a month.

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Arsenal star impressed by Avram Grant

By Andrew Pentol, July 8, 2010

Former Arsenal star Brendon Batson has praised incoming West Ham boss Avram Grant. He also backed new Chelsea signing Yossi Benayoun to shine at Stamford Bridge after the midfielder completed his move from Liverpool last week.

Batson said: "There have always been Jewish players giving their best week in, week out, but in terms of managers, Avram Grant is well respected and has performed at a high level off the pitch."

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Israel youth player joins Scots

By Danny Caro, July 8, 2010

Football Gil Blumenshtein has joined Scottish Premier Division Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Blumenshtein, a former Israel youth international midfielder, was signed by manager Terry Butcher, the former England defender, from Hapoel Beer Sheva on a one-year contract.

Blumenshtein said: "Terry is a very good coach and manager. I think that I can learn a lot from him."

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Awat considers WBA approach

By Simon Griver, July 7, 2010

West Bromwich Albion have reportedly made a bid to sign Israeli international keeper Dudu Awat.

The newly promoted Premier League outfit are seeking a goalkeeper to challenge Scott Carson for the first team place and have approached Awat’s team Real Mallorca.

Awat would prefer to stay in Spain where he had his best ever season last year after joining Mallorca from Deportivo La Corunna. He helped the Islanders to a fifth place La Liga finish and the team was only pipped at the post to a Champions League place by Sevilla on the last day of the season.

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Barcelona release Gai Assulin

By Simon Griver, July 6, 2010

Barcelona have released Israeli starlet Gai Assulin.

Assulin, 19, saw his contract expire on July 1 and leaves Camp Nou after seven years rising through the ranks of the Catalan club.

The player's agent Pini Zahavi said: “The decision not to renew Gai’s contract was mutually taken by us and the club. At the moment we are considering his professional options.”

Assulin said: “I believe in myself and I’m confident I'll find a good club.”

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Borehamwood & Elstree win Twenty20 debut match

By Danny Caro, July 5, 2010

Borehamwood & Elstree won its first midweek Twenty20 match, beating Stanmore by 20 runs in an Inter-Synagogue match.

With both teams featuring players from London Maccabi Vale and Belmont & Edgware, the quality of play was always going to strong.

Missing injured skipper Joel Sager, stand-in Skipper Harvey Samuels tossed up with his opposite number and was pleased when Stanmore decided that BESCC should bat first.

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Cricket Scoreboard

July 5, 2010

Cricket scoreboard – July 4

MIDDLESEX LEAGUE DIVISION THREE

Harrow St. Mary’s 210-9 Ashley Connick 3-36
Belmont & Edgware 160 Ashley Connick 34
BECC lost by 50 runs

London Maccabi Vale 2nd 273-4 Jeremy Harris 74, David Freedman 30

West Middx 96 Ali Livingston 4-16, Jonathan Freedman 3-33

LMV won by 177 runs

MAL 192-9 Brian Kobrin 56, Matthew Plax 47 not out

Haryom 125 Gav Lebens 6-24, Anthony Wise 3-19

MAL won by 67 runs

NJCL

Salford 141 Elliot Koffman 31

Manchester Maccabi 103 Andrew Niman 4-21

Salford won by 39 runs

Salford 17 pts, Maccabi 8

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Harris and Lederman sparkle in LMV success

By Danny Caro, July 5, 2010

LMV secured their third league win of the season, and in doing so scored their highest total and their biggest winning margin since joining the Middlesex Sunday Cricket League.

WM won the toss and somewhat surprisingly asked LMV to bat first in this Division Three contest. David Freedman and the in-form Benjamin Lederman opened the innings which got off to a bad start when the in-form Lederman was bowled off an inside edge by the fifth ball of the match.

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