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Greenberg looks to the Klitschkos for inspiration

By Danny Caro, January 7, 2010

Roman Greenberg is scheduled to make his long-awaited return to the ring next month in the Ukraine.

Back in full training in Kiryat Motzkin, near Haifa, the Israeli-based heavyweight has been reunited with David Porat, his original coach, and is likely to be fighting in a co-promotion by his manager Robert Waterman and K2 East Promotions, a company owned by the Klitschko brothers.

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Hot on Roni

By Simon Griver, January 7, 2010

Fulham are targeting Finnish international Roni Porokara.

The winger had been expected to sign for Maccabi Haifa this month.

Born in Helsinki, Porokara, 26, moved to Sweden two years ago where he plays for Orebro in the Swedish top-flight. He has made nine appearances for Finland and scored two goals including a strike in Finland’s 2-1 win against Wales in a World Cup qualifier in October.

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Peer protest

By Simon Griver, January 7, 2010

Shahar Peer (30) reached the quarter-finals of the ASB Classic in Auckland with victory over Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova (44). Amid highly embarrassing scenes for the tournament organisers, the match was marred by loud protests from pro-Palestinian demonstrators outside the Auckland Tennis Centre.

Peer, 22, persuaded officials not to postpone the match. She said: “It makes me all the more determined to win. It’s a disgrace that year after year the demonstrators target me. I’m a tennis player not a politician.”

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Levy-pool

January 7, 2010

Ronny Levy, the former Maccabi Haifa, boss is relishing locking horns with Yossi Benayoun’s Liverpool after taking charge of Romanian champions Unirea Urziceni.

Levy, 43, replaces former Chelsea player Dan Petrescu and will spearhead Unirea’s Europa League’s challenge next month. He has signed an 18-month contract worth 450,000 Euros.

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Israel's basketball star Casspi returns

By Simon Griver, January 7, 2010

Sacramento Kings star Omri Casspi has pledged that he will play for Israel in the Euro 2011 qualifiers.

The first Israeli in the NBA, Casspi, 21, will return to the national squad after missing last year’s European Championships.

Casspi said: “The NBA season ends in the spring so the timing is right to play for Israel in the summer. I could not play for the team last year because it would have messed up my preparations for the NBA.”

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North West Neasden close call

By Danny Caro, January 7, 2010

North West Neasden A were given an almighty scare by Division Three side UJS Norstar A in the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup.

Last season’s double champions, who included Maccabiah star Matt Stock and Daniel Stanton, were expecting an easy run-out but they were taken to the wire by Phil Peters’ troops.

Going into the closing seconds, NWN led 5-4. Norstar missed a great chance and with that went their hopes of taking the match to extra time as NWN scored on the counter.

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Maccabi boss: Don't abandon matches

By Danny Caro, January 7, 2010

The chairman of the JC Maccabi Southern Football League has pleaded with teams to ensure that the season is completed.

After another 12 matches fell victim to the weather last weekend, David Wolff described the situation as “a bit of a nightmare”. And in true Delia Smith style, he made an, albeit more measured, rallying call to players to postpone matches only as a last resort.

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Gershfield helps Wingate and Finchley glory

By Paul Lerman, January 7, 2010

James Gershfield helped Wingate & Finchley put a bad week behind them with a thumping 4-0 victory over lowly Leyton in the Ryman League Division One North.

In a match dominated by the Blues, Gershfield, who came on at the start of the second half, scored one, hit the bar and terrorised the Leyton defence with a display that typified his Maccabiah Games selection last summer. He scored Wingate’s third with a sensational individual effort.

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London Lions increase table lead after 5-1 win

January 7, 2010

London Lions reserves extended their lead at the top of the Herts Senior County League Reserve Division One with a 5-1 victory over Cuffley.

In one of only four matches played in the league, an excellent all-round team performance saw the Lions run out comfortable winners, although the match was closer than the scoreline suggests.

The Lions forged ahead when Nick Goodman galloped down the right. His driven cross was turned into his own goal, under pressure from the Jason Goldstein, by a Cuffley defender.

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Israel manager under investigation for smuggling

By Simon Griver, January 6, 2010

Outgoing Israel manager Dror Kashtan is under investigation for smuggling tens of thousands of shekels worth of alcohol and cigarettes into Israel

A spokesman for Israel's Tax Authority has confirmed Kashtan was questioned today for the first time on the matter.

The alleged offences took place over several years on trips with the national team and on privately.

A Tax Authority spokesman said: “We cannot reveal details of the investigation but we can say that the investigation began some time ago and not today.

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