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Israelis eliminated at Australian Open

By Dan Goldberg, January 27, 2010

Israel's flag was lowered at the Australian Open on Wednesday as its last two competitors crashed out of the first Grand Slam tournament of the year.

Yoni Erlich and his doubles partner blew two match points in their men’s doubles quarter-final, bowing out in three sets to the No. 2 seeds, 4-6, 6-1, 6-7.

Erlich and France’s Arnaud Clement, who were unseeded, had one match point at 5-3 in the third set and one in the subsequent tie-breaker at 6-5 against Daniel Nestor from Spain and Nenad Zimonjic from Serbia.

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FC Team victory over Kentish Town

By Danny Caro, January 25, 2010

Richard Salmon and Laurence Judah were among the scorers as FC Team claimed victory in their first outing of 2010 with a 3-1 success over Kentish Town in the Middlesex County League Division One.

Playing on an excellent surface at John Lyon School in Harrow, Team started the match brightly with Irvine Howson and Salmon going close.

Team piled on the pressure in the first half and Kentish Town were having difficulties dealing with some excellent set-pieces from Jon Breger and Neil Weyman. They should have forged ahead but somehow, Paul Kent headed over from underneath the cross bar.

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Peer eliminated in round three

By Dan Goldberg, January 25, 2010

Shahar Peer self-destructed in the third round of the Australian Open, going down 4-6, 0-6 against world No. 4 Caroline Wozniacki.

There were few Israelis and fewer Israeli flags – and no Palestinian protesters – among the 10,000-plus fans at Rod Laver Arena, but Peer, 22, seemed unfazed, breaking the Danish starlet to lead 2-0 and 4-3 in the first set.

She outgunned her younger opponent early on, showcasing an array of forehand and backhand winners, lobs and drop shots that suggested she had the ticker and the talent to conquer Wozniacki.

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Bourne out for five weeks

By Danny Caro, January 22, 2010

Southgate Harmen A’s title hopes have suffered a major blow after it was confirmed that striker Alex Bourne has been ruled out for five weeks with a cracked metatarsal.

Bourne, the league joint-top goal-scorer on 13 goals, has helped Harmen lead the JC MSFL Division One table from the beginning of the season with two hat-tricks to his tally. The husband of pop star Rachel Stevens has scored 18 goals in all competitions.

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Hapoel Tel Aviv sign De Ridder from Wigan

By Danny Caro, January 22, 2010

Daniel De Ridder is expected to make his debut for Hapoel Tel Aviv on Monday in the top of the table clash at Maccabi Haifa after sealing a six-month loan deal from Wigan.

The 25-year-old Dutchman has moved to Israel until the end of the season in a deal worth £180,000.

Celta Vigo, his former club, were also interested but the winger was not keen about playing in the Spanish second division.

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Nakash knocks out Makula

By Mike Sinclair, January 21, 2010

Ran Nakash, the unbeaten Haifa cruiserweight, extended his 100 per cent record to 22 wins with a second- round knockout over Attila Makula at Tel Aviv’s Hangar 11 on Monday.

Makula, a Hungarian who has now lost all his four professional fights, did not have the credentials to face 31-year-old world-ranked Nakash, who has secured 16 of his victories inside the distance.

On the same bill, Tel Aviv light-welterweight Elad Shmouel made it 21 wins from 23 fights with a four-round points win over debutant Ahmad Atia.

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Yuri Foreman close to Cotto match

By Mike Sinclair, January 21, 2010

Yuri Foreman is close to a deal to make the first defence of his WBA world light-middleweight title against former welterweight champion Miguel Cotto at Madison Square Garden on June 12.

The New York-based fighter is ready to commit after a proposed defence against Manny Pacquiao, rated the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, fell through.

Foreman has now switched his attention to Cotto and his manager Murray Wilson said: “We want the fight.”

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Raiders reach the quarter-finals

By Danny Caro, January 21, 2010

Hat-tricks from Jacob Gold and supersub Igal Yahya eased North London Raiders A into the last quarter-finals of the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup after they thumped Temple Fortune 8-1. Jonny Blain and Dan Sanford were also on target. Rob Benson claimed Fortune’s consolation from 35 yards.

Mike Pearson (3) and Lee Bibring (2) lifted London Maccabi Lions A joint-top of the JC MSFL Premier Division with a 5-2 win over London Maccabi Lions B. James Gold and Dan Levy replied.

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Phillips keeps Faith tuned in

By James Martin, January 21, 2010

Faithfola A 2-1 FC Team A

Faithfold A manager Zuriel Solomon believes that his team’s Premier Division quality and experience proved the difference after his team were given a scare before proceeding to the quarter-finals of the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup.

A late strike from Daryl Phillips helped the Superhoops come from a goal down to beat second division FC Team A in one of only four JC MSFL matches played.

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Goodman's cross-country triumph

By Brian Sacks, January 21, 2010

Richard Goodman, 16, faced the cream of the UK Under-20 cross country runners in the McCain UK Challenge in the grounds of Cardiff Castle, and again emerged triumphant.

Using the race as a sharpener for an international meeting in Spain this weekend, Goodman finished the 6.5km course in 18:55, 11 seconds clear of junior international Dewi Griffiths, with youth international Jonathan Hay a further 13 seconds behind.

Goodman said: “The course was superb — fast and flat, like running on a cricket pitch, and with some wooded parts as well.

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