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Fernandez appointed Israel manager

By Danny Caro, March 22, 2010

Luis Fernandez will lead Israel in the Euro 2012 qualifiers.

The 50-year-old Frenchman was appointed Israel manager on Sunday and has signed an 18-month contract starting May 1. This will be extended if Israel reaches the finals in Poland and Ukraine.

Speaking in Tel Aviv after receiving his appointment, Fernandez said: “Israel has always been a team that almost qualifies. I believe we can qualify.”

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Avram Grant: We might play a weak team

By Danny Caro, March 19, 2010

Avram Grant, the Portsmouth manager, has issued a warning that he could play weakened teams for the rest of the Premier League campaign after the team were hit with a nine-point penalty for entering administration, effectively sealing their relegation to the Championship.

Having booked their place in the FA Cup semi-final – where they await the winner of the Fulham vs Spurs replay –Grant’s decision could impact on teams at both ends of the table.

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Republic of Mancunia go top of division

March 18, 2010

Republic of Mancunia went joint-top of the Joan Collins Premier Division after thumping Crumpsall 6-1. David Eden (2), Paul Basger (2), Darren Loofe and Ben Blackston were the marksmen. Yossi Saunders claimed a consolation from the spot.

Oli Grant (2) and Nathan Cohen lifted Leeds J-New Uni to third after beating Sporting JLGB 3-1.

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Glenthorne pay the penalty in the cup

March 18, 2010

Second division EDRS Stonegrove caused shock of the round in the Henry Swerner Cup after eliminating holders and Division One leaders, Glenthorne United A.

Jacob Namer opened the scoring for Stonegrove but a brace from Richard Goldstein put Glenthorne in charge. But a last-minute header from Namer took the tie to penalties and Stonegrove held their nerve to win the shootout 5-4.

Ashley Davidson (2) and Jonny Summerfield sent North London Raiders into the semis with a 3-1 win over Clayhall Park Casuals. Brian Deal scored a consolation.

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Habs pupil takes judo gold medal

March 18, 2010

Max Goodkind, 9, made an impressive competitive debut by taking gold at the Hertfordshire Schools Judo Association Championships.

A pupil at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, Goodkind of Stanmore won the Under 27 kg category. He also won bronze in his weight category at the South of England Junior Championships.

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Munich massacre remembered at 2012 Olympics

By James Martin, March 18, 2010

Sir Keith Mills, deputy chairman of LOCOG, is planning to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Munich Massacre at the London 2012 Olympics.

"We should certainly find a way of incorporating a commemoration into the Games. Not just in memory of those who were killed but also for the victims of other tragedies, such as the terrorist act at Atlanta," said Sir Keith, who admitted "the details still need to be discussed".

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Brighton win Division One

March 18, 2010

Brighton have won the British League Division One after beating nearest rivals Fusion by a single game's average having finished level on points.

The champions now face a playoff in May with teams from the north of England to qualify for the Premiership.

Maccabiah medallist Dov Katz captained the side which included Maccabiah men's singles quarter-finalist Ashley Stokes and former England international Cris Sladden.

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Nitka new manager of Brixton Old Boys

By Danny Caro, March 18, 2010

John Nitka is the new manager of Brixton Old Boys.

As reported, Nitka resigned from Premier Division strugglers South Manx last week, a year after leading them to the Division One title.

He takes over a team lying at the foot of the first division.

Nitka said: "I had a few calls from various clubs but in the end I chose Brixton. Why? Because it's a challenge. I relish challenges. At 55 years, it's the oldest club in the league.

"I shall be looking to bring in some new players but if we go down, we go down but that won't put me off as we will come straight back up. Mark my words."

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Hendon United out of Peter Morrison Trophy

By Danny Caro, March 18, 2010

Two goals from James Ryan helped FC Team A cause shock of the round as they beat Premier Division Hendon United B in the Peter Morrison Trophy. Gav Noe had hauled Hendon level but Ryan's late winner set up a tie against Leeds Maccabi.

North West Neasden A set up a last 16 clash at South Manchester Maccabi 1st after thumping minnows Blizzard Storm 9-0. Tony Keterman (4), Lee Cash, Ben Ellis, Darren Yarlett, Matt Sofier and Scott Shindler eased them through.

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UJS Norstar A complete league double

By James Martin, March 18, 2010

UJS Norstar A demonstrated championship quality as they twice came from behind to complete a league double over title rivals Montana Boca United B.

This JC MSFL Division Three contest failed to hit the heights although after a last-minute winner from Eli Houri, with his second of the game, Norstar were not complaining.

Norstar manager Phil Peters said: "We knew that we had team spirit and proved today that we won't lie down and get beaten.

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