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Peer ousted by Williams at US Open

By Danny Caro, September 6, 2010

A brave display from Shahar Peer was not enough to stop Venus Williams from powering through their fourth round clash at Flushing Meadows.

Seeded 16 at the US Open, Peer succumbed to third seed 6-7, 3-6 as she suffered her sixth straight defeat against the collusus.

Peer broke Venus Williams to lead 3-2 in the first set but failed to hold her serve before losing 7-3 in the tie-break.

The Israeli was encouraged by her performance in New Tork, and will also take encouragement from a third round 6-4, 6-4 victory over 19th seed Flavia Pennetta of Italy.


Maccabi Masters season preview

By Jeremy Silverstone, September 3, 2010

With 351 players already registered, and 15 teams champing at the bit, the new Maccabi Masters League season is ready to kick off.


Erlich leaves Ram doubled up at US Open

By Danny Caro, September 3, 2010

Jonathan Erlich got the better of compatriot and former playing partner Andy Ram to reach the second round of the men’s doubles at Flushing Meadows.

Together with Jordan Kerr of Australian, Erlich won 7-5, 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (11-9) to stun the 8th seeds.

The result looks to have jeopardised Ram and Julian Knowle’s hopes of playing at the London Masters in November.

Having progressed to the third round of the ladies singles, Shahar Peer teamed up with Monica Niculescu to reach round two of the doubles. Seeded 13, they beat Michaella Krakicek and Marie Eve Pelletier in straight sets.


Furman is Oldham’s star man

By Danny Caro, September 3, 2010

Dean Furman is Oldham Athletic’s Player of the Month after making an impressive start to the League One campaign.

Furman, 22, scored spectacular goals against Notts County and Charlton from central midfield to claim the club’s Spindles Town Square Shopping Centre award for August.


Benayoun inspires Israel in Euro 2012 opener

By Danny Caro, September 3, 2010

A hat-trick from captain Yossi Benayoun helped Israel make a winning start as they beat Malta 3-1 in the Euro 2012 qualifying Group F opener in Tel Aviv last night.

Benayoun, who joined Chelsea from Liverpool during the summer, put the hosts ahead inside seven minutes. Having already had a strike ruled out, he produced a composed finish, slotting Lior Rafaelov’s pass into the net.


Uefa boss on Israel's Euro chances

By Simon Griver, September 3, 2010

Israeli football received a big boost ahead of the Jewish new year with a blessing from Michel Platini, the Uefa president.

Platini, who has a Jewish wife, spoke of his joy at seeing Hapoel Tel Aviv reach the group stages of the Champions League for the first time.

And ahead of Thursday's Euro 2012 opener at home to Malta, he gave the thumbs-up to Luis Fernandez's men.

Platini said: "I know I'm not supposed to say it but as somebody who loves and supports Israel, I hope you will reach the Euro 2012 finals and I believe you will get there and do well."


Maccabi National Cricket Cup final preview

By Danny Caro, September 3, 2010

The Walker Ground in Southgate is the setting for this year's Maccabi Cricket National Knockout Cup final featuring Belmont & Edgware 1st and London Maccabi Vale 2nd.

The clash pits together the Middlesex Sunday League rivals who came through their respective semi-finals in contrasting style.

BECC managed to defend a total of under 100 in a pulsating affair. A top-score of 47 from Oli Simons got them out of jail in the face of impressive bowling from South's Mike Filson and Daniel Paul. Excellent displays from left-arm seamer Stuart Davis and spinner Richie Wienburg sealed victory.


Furman makes his mark at Oldham

By Danny Caro, September 3, 2010

Dean Furman has been named Oldham Athletic's Player of the Month after making an impressive start to the season.

Furman, 22, scored long-range goals against Notts County and Charlton from central midfield to claim the award for August.

Furman hopes that his industrious displays will help catch the eye of South African coach Pitso Mosimane ahead of the 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

But for now, he is concentrating on Oldham's promotion push. Furman said: "We are very happy with the first few games and to be four games unbeaten in the league is a great start."


MSFL preview: Division One

By Danny Caro, September 2, 2010

Much like last season, Division One looks one of the tightest on paper. Chigwell Athletic look the real deal after signing a host of top players from neighbours Redbridge Jewish Care.

Player-manager Richard Slater welcomes back Steve Summers, the club's all-time leading goal-scorer, along with former captain Daniel Castle. Adam Shafron, Russell Brill, Michael Witzenfeld and Dean Ben-Yosef also return. The forward line has been further boosted with James Ryan joining from FC Team plus Dean Ben-Yosef.


Ra'anana win junior cricket title

September 2, 2010

Ra'anana clinched the Israeli Under 19 title with convincing win over Ashdod/Lod.

Star batsmen Itamar Kehimkar played some majestic shots to reach 50. But with partners and overs running out, he played one shot too many and was caught magnificently on the boundary by fellow Israel senior player Josh Evans. Kehimkar was ably supported by Ashdod/Lod captain Yossi Ochayon who chipped in with a patient 31 and shared in an 80-run partnership with Itamar. Josh Foley-Comer, Gil Nojman and Rafi Schachat took two wickets a piece.