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FC Team march to London Cup semis

By Danny Caro, February 1, 2010

FC Team marched into the semi-finals of the London Cup after thumping West Green United 4-1.

Played on a small and bobbly pitch in Walthamstow, Team manager Mitch Young made only made one change to the starting line-up from the previous weeks win against Kentish Town, with the influential Kieran Allen Curry replace Neil Weyman.

Both sides looked nervous for the first 15 minutes with the opening stages littered with free kicks.

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Berman defeated in Boys Australian Open final

By Danny Caro, February 1, 2010

Sean Berman was beaten in straights sets in the Junior Boys final at the Australian Open.

Unseeded Berman, 17, went down 6-3, 7-5 against 14th seed Tiago Fernandes of Brazil.

On his way to the final, Berman, who was born in South Africa, overcame third seed Jason Kubler in the quarter-finals.

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Lions Masters bow out of Veterans Cup

By Danny Caro, February 1, 2010

London Maccabi Lions Masters brave run in the London Masters Veterans Cup was halted at the quarter-finals stage after putting up a fine show against an Interwood Vets side including a number of ex semi-professionals players.

Lining up against former Reading star Michael Gilkes and Andy Clarke, the ex-Barnet, Wimbleondon and Peterborough winger, the Lions settled well into their stride against well drilled opponents.

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Neasden fail in FA cup bid

By Danny Caro, February 1, 2010

North West Neasden A’s dreams of becoming the first Jewish team to win the Sunday FA Cup were quashed as they lost a 10-goal thriller against Sungate in Ilford.

Having lost in the LFA Sunday Challenge Cup last week, NWN let slip a 2-0 and 4-2 lead in a tie they finished nine men after Tony Keterman and Jake Gottlieb were sent off.

James Gershfield, Lee Cash, Danny Daggers and an own goal accounted for the NWN goals.

NWN joint-manager Jamie Cole said: “It felt like we played against 12 men as they had the referee firmly on their side.

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Eyal Golasa joins Lazio

By Simon Griver, February 1, 2010

Eyal Golasa has stunned Maccabi Haifa by signing a four and a half year contract with Italian giants Lazio.

The Israeli international has successfully undergone a medical and joined the Serie A outfit without Maccabi’s knowledge.

Golasa turned 18 in October and had not yet agreed a professional contract with the Israeli champions, though he did sign a five-year agreement with the club when he joined from youth team Betar Tobruk 18 months ago.

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Avram Grant: ‘I'm not resigning’

By Simon Griver, January 29, 2010

EXCLUSIVE: Avram Grant has moved to deny reports that he is about to quit Portsmouth over the imminent sale of Asmir Begovic and Younes Kaboul to Spurs. When contacted, he simply said: “I have not resigned.”

A source in Israel who is very close to the Portsmouth boss told the JC: “I spoke to Avram last night and he has no intention of resigning. He is certainly not angry.

“He understands that several players have to be sold but he is also bringing in three or four players before the transfer window closes.

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Team cheer

January 28, 2010

Richard Salmon and Laurence Judah were among the scorers as FC Team claimed victory in their first outing of 2010 with a 3-1 success over Kentish Town in the Middlesex County League Division One.

Salmon opened the scoring from a Jonny Breger corner. Town levelled before Team pressed on with Judah clinching the points with a penalty.

Manager Mitch Young said: “After eight weeks off, this was about getting three points, and we did that. However I was unhappy with the fitness of certain players, especially in midfield. This has to improve.”

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Israel wins ICC award

January 28, 2010

The Israel Cricket Assov ciation has won the Spirit of Cricket Award at the Pepsi ICC Development Programme Annual Awards.

The ICA’s Cross Border Cricket Programme has introduced cricket as a means of bringing together Jewish and Bedouin children in the Negev Desert to promote co-existence and tolerance amongst those caught up in the Israel-Arab conflict.

ICA chairman Stanley Perlman said: “We are so proud of our achievement. We want to show the world how Jewish and Bedouins get on through the medium of cricket. Be positive think positive and things will happen.”

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Goodman’s silver lining

January 28, 2010

Richard Goodman took silver in the Under 20 race at the Elgoibar International cross-country meeting in the Basque region of northern Spain.

The Maccabiah double gold medallist was narrowly out-sprinted by UK teammate Jonathan Hay in a thrilling finish. The pair had broken away from a field that included teams from Spain, France and Italy.

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Brady back at the summit

January 28, 2010

Brady Maccabi A returned to the top Maccabi Masters League Division One after thumping London Maccabi Lions A 8-0. Nick Collins (2), Jon Cohen (2), David Rose (2), Laurence Beck and Mark Wagman were the marksmen.

Ollie Olsen and Mark Powell earned South Manx a 2-2 draw against Faithfold. Goals from Mark Kingston (2) and Richard Fox helped EDRS Stonegrove maintain their Division two title charge with a 3-2 win over Glenthorne United B. Laurence Lambert and Adam Lennard replied.

Norstar beat Temple Fortune 3-1 with goals from Steve Feiger, David Coburn and Richard Kleiner.

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