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MAL retains Maccabi T20

By Danny Caro, July 12, 2010

MAL retained the Maccabi GB T20 in emphatic style after crushing Southgate by nine wickets with more than nine overs to spare in the final in Bushey.

A 20-run victory in the semi-final over Belmont & Edgware was followed by a one-sided final where, having dismissed Southgate for 86, an 83-run partnership between captain Mark Landau and Yoav Lebens eased them home.

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Avram Grant: Germany not better than England

By Alex Carson, July 12, 2010

West Ham manager Avram Grant is urging England fans to keep faith in the national team following their disappointing World Cup campaign.

After watching England go down 4-1 to Germany, Grant says that the situation really is not as bad as it appears, insisting that English football can still be a major force in the world.

“I have faith in English players,” he said. “I’ve been coming here at least five times a year since I was 20 so I know the English mentality better, in some cases, more than the people here. I see it from the inside and from the outside.

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NJCL Reps beat Ladybridge

By Danny Caro, July 12, 2010

A fine performance from NJCL saw them beat Ladybridge CC by 47 runs in the latest Representative match.

NJCL won the toss and skipper Steve Glicher elected to bat on what turned out to be a very slow pitch.

Openers Black and Rabinovitz got off to a steady start putting on 54 for the first wicket before Rabinovitz was bowled by Wood for 37.

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Keinan agrees Blackpool move

By Simon Griver, July 12, 2010

Maccabi Haifa defender Dekel Keinan has agreed a one-year deal with Premier League new boys Blackpool.

Israeli international Keinan, 25 met Blackpool manager Ian Holloway on Saturday and agreed terms for the season.

Keinan has returned home to Kibbutz Rosh Hanikra in northern Israel and will travel to Blackpool on Wednesday to undergo a medical and sign a contract.

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Israel set for European Division 2 challenge in Guernsey

By Steven Shein, July 9, 2010

For those fearing withdrawal symptoms following the completion of the World Cup, they need not panic. Another major international sports event kicks off just two days after the final in Soccer City, and Israel will be even be participating in this one. Of course the event in question is the ICC Europe Division 2 Cricket Championships taking place in Guernsey from July 13 - 19..

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Hartsbourne win Glancy Cup

July 8, 2010

Hartsbourne retained the Glancy Cup for the third consecutive year after overhauling Abridge's overnight lead on day two at Dunham Forest Golf & Country Club in Altrincham.

The competition is the most important of the year's events arranged by the Association of Jewish Golf Clubs and Societies. This year's line-up featured 18 teams of eight players.

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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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