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Doubles delight for Erlich at Queens

By Danny Caro, June 14, 2010

Israel’s Jonathan Erlich amd Serbia’s Novak Djokovic captured the doubles title at the AEGON Championships at Queens.

Playing together for the first time, they defeated Karol Beck & David Skoch 6-7, 6-2, 10-3 in the final.

Victory marked Djokovic’s first doubles crown on the ATP World Tour while for Erlich, it was his first doubles title since he teamed with countryman Andy Ram to win at Indian Wells in 2008.

Erlich said: “I’m very excited. I’d been waiting to win that title for a long time, for two years.

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Hapoel keeper shines against Argentina

By Simon Griver, June 14, 2010

Hapoel Tel Aviv watched Vincent Enyeama’s stunning goalkeeping performance in Nigeria's 1-0 defeat to Argentina with mixed feelings.

The Israeli champions had hoped to retain Enyeama’s services for their Champions League qualification campaign but a string of finger-tip saves from Lionel Messi won him the man of the match nomination and makes it likely that the 27 year-old Nigerian will be playing in the Premier League or La Liga in August.

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MAL beat Belmont & Edgware by 7 wickets

By Danny Caro, June 14, 2010

MAL bounced back from their disappointing performance against Harrow St Mary's, with a seven-wicket win over Belmont & Edgware in Division Three of the Middlesex Sunday League.

Going into the game with a 100 per cent record this season, BECC skipper Ashley Connick won the toss and chose to bat at the Met Police Ground in Bushey. Openers Alex Goodman and Daniel Abrahams gave them a great start, putting away the bad balls, particularly frequent from Mark Landau, and keeping the score ticking over.

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Israel's Nigerian World Cup contingent

By Simon Griver, June 10, 2010

Hapoel Tel Aviv's Nigerian international goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama will lead a contingent of five Israel-based players to the World Cup.

They include all three goalkeepers in the Nigeria squad: Enyeama, Austin Ejide (Hapoel Petach Tikvah) and Dele Ayienugba (Bnei Yehuda) as well as South African defender Tsepo Masilela (Maccabi Haifa) and Slovenian midfielder Andrej Komac (Maccabi Tel Aviv).

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Sela stuns Roddick at Queens

By Simon Griver, June 10, 2010

Dudi Sela upset fourth seed Andy Roddick 6-4, 7-6 to reach the men’s singles quarter-finals at Queens.

Sela, who has slipped to 63 in the ATP rankings, has had a dreadful year so far but suddenly came good on the grass against the world's No. 7 player. Sela will play German veteran Rainer Schuettler (82) in the last eight.

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World Cup predictions

June 10, 2010

● DAVID PLEAT (Former Spurs manager)

"We will reach the semis at best. Other teams have benefitted massively from our Premier League and I think that it's an indictment that we have very few players coming through.

Winners: Argentina

Dark horse: Serbia

● JOE JACOBSON (Oldham Athletic)

"I can see England going far. They're capable of winning it as the manager has them playing a way which helps them. Rooney is a step up from anyone else in the squad but you can't look further than Spain at the moment."

Winners: Spain

Dark horse: Portugal

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Maccabi GB women's football focus

June 10, 2010

Maccabi GB have appointed a new committee aimed at developing junior girls' and women's football.

Brad Solomon will chair the committee with Dr Tamar Koch named vice-chairman. They will help to prepare the squads over the next three years, including the 2011 European Maccabi Games and 2013 Maccabiah.

The pair have been set a series of aims and objectives to build a platform for GB's medal push.

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Senior Lions celebrate 'outstanding' season

June 10, 2010

London Maccabi Lions rounded off a successful season for the Senior section with the annual 7-a-side and awards night.

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Interview: USA World Cup star Jonathan Bornstein

June 10, 2010

Five years after competing at the 17th Maccabiah Games, USA left-back Jonathan Bornstein is relishing the prospect of locking horns with Wayne Rooney and co when he lines up against England tomorrow night.

Bornstein, 25, is one of 23 American players who have the added incentive of earning a bonus of £617,000 should the team ranked 14th in the world win the competition. The £13 million payout was negotiated by Washington lawyer Mark Levinstein.

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Cricket: South Manchester beat Leeds

June 10, 2010

Excellent bowling from Akiva Lieberman and Avrom Topperman earned South Manchester Maccabi 23 points after they beat Leeds Maccabi by seven wickets in the NJCL.

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