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Ligat Ha'Al hits crisis

By Simon Griver, June 30, 2011

Israeli football has been rocked by police investigations into alleged systematic match-fixing in Ligat Ha'al with the involvement of leading club owners, coaches and players linked to gambling rings controlled by organised crime.

The investigation has reached the very top with Israel FA chairman Avi Luzon questioned by police under caution.

After Luzon was released without charges, IFA CEO


Zahavi will fill his boots

By Simon Griver, June 30, 2011

Pini Zahavi, the Israeli super-agent, has been recruited by Roman Abramovich to help rebuild Chelsea following the appointment Andre Villas-Boas.

Sources in Israel confirm that Zahavi has been in Brazil for several days in an attempt to persuade Santos striker Neymar, 19, to come to London.

Chelsea are reportedly prepared to pay £40 million for the teenager but Zahavi faces competition from


Celtic swoop for Omer Damari

By Simon Griver, June 30, 2011

Celtic have agreed a three-year deal for Israeli striker Omer Damari.

Peter Lawwell, Celtic's chief executive, met Maccabi Petach Tikvah chairman Amos Luzon in London yesterday and agreed to pay the Ligat Ha'Al outfit £2 million for the 22-year-old striker.

Lawwell also discussed Damari's personal terms with the player's agent Dudu Dahan.


Rafael Nadal puts Fish out of Wimbledon

By Jennifer Lipman, June 29, 2011

Jewish tennis player Mardy Fish is out of Wimbledon after losing to defending champion Rafael Nadal.

The US player, who is ranked the American tenth seed, managed to win the third set but could not score an overall victory. The match was his third Grand Slam quarter final.

Nadal will now play Andy Murray in the semi-finals of the competition.


Game over for Lipsky

By Danny Caro, June 29, 2011

Scott Lipsky, the French Open mixed doubles champion, is out of Wimbledon.

Lipsky and Rajeev Ram were beaten in four sets by Jurgen Meltzer and Philipp Petzschner in round two of the Men's doubles.

Fellow American Sean Berman bowed out of the Boys' singles in round two.


Winston: GB ready for action

By Danny Caro, June 29, 2011

Ben Winston came away from the Team GB's final European Maccabi Games warm-up match with plenty of positives following a 1-1 draw against Wingate & Finchley on Tuesday night.

A first-half effort from TJ Keterman put GB ahead but the Ryman League club levelled following an error at the back from Michael Sacks that was emphatically punished.


Zahavi joins Palermo

By Danny Caro, June 29, 2011

Hapoel Tel Aviv striker Eran Zahavi has signed a five-year deal with Serie A outfit Palermo.

The Israel international, 23, caught the eye during Hapoel's Champions League campaign last season.

Zahavi hit 27 goals in 91 League games for Hapoel and was had the most assist in Ligat Ha'Al last season.


Jacobson joins Shrewbury Town

By Danny Caro, June 29, 2011

Joe Jacobson has joined Shrewbury Town on a two-year deal.

Jacobson, the former Wales Under 21 captain, joins from League 2 rivals Accrington Town where he made 26 appearances after joining on following an initial loan spell from Oldham Athletic.


Double delight for Peer

By Danny Caro, June 28, 2011

Shahar Peer enjoyed a win double at Wimbledon on Tuesday.

Having progressed to the third round of the Ladies’ doubles with Cara Black earlier in the day, she then teamed up with Jonathan Erlich to beat the fifth seeds in the mixed.

The Israeli pairing overcame Aisam Quereshi and Kveta Peschke 6-3, 6-1 on Court 10.


MAL 2nd claim 150-run victory

By Danny Caro, June 27, 2011

MAL 2nd claimed a 150-run victory over Belmont & Edgware 2nd in a friendly.