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Handy Andy is back on top

November 5, 2009

Andy Lee reclaimed the Robert Whiteson Memorial tournament singles title after a gap of 12 years. In a repeat of last year’s final, Lee defeated David Binder in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4. Maccabiah star Lee, 29, grew up in Manchester and won the title as a teenager three years in a row from 1995 to 1997.

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Smashing stuff

November 5, 2009

In the first-ever Squash England-sanctioned competition, nine-year-old Elise Lazarus, daughter of Maccabiah titan David Lazarus, and Millfield School scholar Daniel Poleshchuk, 13, eschewed their age groups.

Elise won the Under 13 title, where she could have taken the easier route by playing in the Under 11s and Daniel won the Under 17s whereas he could have played in the Under 15 age groups.

The icing on both cakes was that neither player dropped a game throughout the Finchley Open tournament.

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Lions held by their killer Bs

By James Martin, November 5, 2009

London Maccabi Lions A 2-2 London Maccabi Lions B

Eilon Kennet, the manager of London Maccabi Lions A, was left to rue missed chances and the brilliance of young B team keeper Ben Adaki as his team’s title hopes suffered a blow in the inter-club derby in the JC MSFL Premier Division.

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Once bitten, twice shy as Lerner teaches Neasden a lesson

By Danny Caro, November 5, 2009

Rob Lerner came back to haunt his old club as he booked Brady Maccabi a place in the second round of the JC League Cup with a 2-1 victory over North West Neasden B.

Eli Houri (4), Jeremy Elster (3) and player-manager Phil Peters (2) steered UJS Norstar A to a 9-0 drubbing of HMH.

A hat-trick from Paul Lenchner lifted Faithfold A to second in the JC MSFL Premier Division following a 4-0 victory over Hendon United B. Substitute Daniel Stock was also on target.

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Israeli boxer Yuri Foreman takes on Las Vegas

By Paul Berger, November 5, 2009

The first Israeli citizen ever to fight for a world boxing title will step into the ring in Las Vegas next week.

Yuri Foreman, 29, will take on Daniel Santos at the MGM Grand next Saturday as the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto fight. At stake is the World Boxing Association light middleweight crown.

Foreman is studying to become an Orthodox rabbi and is known as the ‘Lion of Zion’.

He immigrated to Israel from Belarus with his family in 1990, at the age of 10. Nine years later, he moved to New York to further his boxing career.

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South Manchester Maccabi miss top spot

November 5, 2009

South Manchester Maccabi 2nd missed the chance to go clear at the top of the MJSL when they were thumped 4-1 by Republic of Mancunia.

A hat-trick from Rob Jacobs plus an own goal contributed to their downfall. Bobbie Cousins bagged a consolation.

Shiran Kraemer and David Joseph were on target as third-placed Broughton Park drew 2-2 with Manchester Maccabi 3rd.

Leeds J-New Uni hit 25 goals without reply in two games spread over five days. First, they hammered Oakhill Lions 12-0 with goals from Oli Grant (5), David Cohen (4), Sasha Nusenbaum (2) and Dan Pletan.

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Glenthorne kick on at the top

November 5, 2009

Goals from Greg Morris and Jason Levy helped Glenthorne United A maintain their grip at the top of the Maccabi Masters Football League with a 2-0 win over London Maccabi Lions A.

North London Raiders head the chasing pack after they dispatched South Mancunians 4-1 thanks to goals from Dean Schulberg (2), Kevin Lotzof and Daryl Manning. Darren Coon scored Mancs’ consolation.

Laurence Beck was the matchwinner as Brady Maccabi A consigned Faithfold to their fourth consecutive defeat.

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Omri Casspi: first victory in the NBA

By Simon Griver, November 5, 2009

Omri Casspi tasted victory for the first time in the NBA earlier this week as the Sacramento Kings beat Memphis Grizzlies 127-116 in extra time.

The rookie forward scored 15 points and was also complimented by Kings coach Paul Westphal for his strong defensive play.

The former Maccabi Tel Aviv player was not in the starting five but spent 30 minutes on the court and scored crucial points.

Last week Casspi, 21, became the first Israeli to play in the NBA, also scoring 15 points on the opening day of the season in the 102-89 defeat to Oklahoma.

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More Champions League heartbreak for Haifa

By Danny Caro, November 4, 2009

Maccabi Haifa suffered their fourth consecutive Champions League defeat on Tuesday night, going down 1-0 to Italian giants Juventus in Ramat Gan.

Teased and tormented by the Serie A outfit, Haifa’s European scoring drought continued as they failed to register for a fourth consecutive match.

Unlike the corresponding encounter a fortnight ago in Turin, Haifa failed to get a foothold in the game as Juve’s Brazilian playmaker Diego dictated the contest.

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Shahar Peer to face Bartoli in Bali

By Chris Burton, November 3, 2009

Shahar Peer will face Marion Bartoli, the world number 12, at the Tournament of Champions in Bali, Indonesia. The Israeli tennis star holds a 6-1 winning record against Bartoli, from France, with her last victory at Indian Wells in March.

"I have big chances. All of us have big chances here," said Peer, who was granted a visa into the tournament despite strong opposition from the Indonesian government.

She has been drawn into Group A, and will also play against Magdalena Rybarikova, the world number 46.

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