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UJS Norstar A complete league double

By James Martin, March 18, 2010

UJS Norstar A demonstrated championship quality as they twice came from behind to complete a league double over title rivals Montana Boca United B.

This JC MSFL Division Three contest failed to hit the heights although after a last-minute winner from Eli Houri, with his second of the game, Norstar were not complaining.

Norstar manager Phil Peters said: "We knew that we had team spirit and proved today that we won't lie down and get beaten.


Israel close to announcing new manager

By Simon Griver, March 18, 2010

FOOTBALL Luis Fernandez and Winfried Schäfer are the frontrunners to replace Dror Kashtan as the national manager of Israel.

With IFA chairman Avi Luzon determined to make a high-profile appointment from outside of Israel, the pair have been invited for interviews with Fernandez scheduled to visit the Ramat Gan headquarters on Sunday.

Fernandez, 50, has managed PSG, Atletico Bilbao, Espanyol and Real Betis, is seen as the clear favourite. He also has experience of Israeli club management on his CV, having steered Betar Jerusalem to third in Ligat Ha'al in 2005/06.


London Lions boost title hopes after Mill Hill win

March 18, 2010

A Dean Nyman double helped London Lions boost their title hopes after beating Mill End Sports 2-1 in the Herts Senior County League Premier Division.

Lions manager Tony Gold said: "The players knew the importance of the game because in the past we have come unstuck in similar situations so today was a big result.

"We're not out of it by any means, we're still right in there. I've said all along it will be close but we must continue to win these kind of games."


Daniel Field named top Jewish sportsman

By Danny Caro, March 18, 2010

Not many English cricketers can lay claim to scoring a century against Australia at any level but that dogged determination is one of the reasons why Daniel Field was this week named the community's top sportsperson.

The England international blind cricketer held off a top-class field including Oldham Athletic footballers Joe Jacobson and Dean Furman to lift the Pentland Senior trophy in Finchley.


Stolerman double helps MSFL team beat Turks

By Danny Caro, March 18, 2010

Two goals from Adam Stolerman plus one from Jonathan Ellis helped the JC MSFL Rep Team make a flying start in the London Inter-League Cup after beating highly-fancied Turkish Federation League A 3-1 at Brimsdown Rovers on Wednesday night.

The Maccabi boys made their intentions clear from kick-off, winning a corner inside the first 10 seconds. Their bold tactics paid dividends almost immediately as Stolerman latched on to a clever pass from Adam Levene to lob the keeper with the ball going in off the underside of the bar inside two minutes.


Nyman keeps London Lions in title contention

March 17, 2010

A Dean Nyman double helped London Lions boost their title hopes after beating Mill End Sports 2-1 in the Herts Senior County League Premier Division.

The Lions kept pressure on the top two by edging a tight contest to record their seventh away victory of the season. A tight contest in relation to the score but in truth Lions should have been out of sight with the chances created and not converted.


Hull City approach Avram Grant

March 16, 2010

Portsmouth manager Avram Grant has been approached to take over at Hull City, according to reports.

The Tigers are searching for a new manager after parting company with Phil Brown yesterday.

The Israeli has previously stated that he is committed to his role with the troubled South Coast club.

Last night, Portsmouth lost 4-1 against Liverpool but they are still in the FA Cup, awaiting the winner of the Fulham/Spurs replay.


Peer reaches round 4 at Indian Wells

March 16, 2010

Shahar Peer is through to the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells after beating ninth seed Flavia Pennetta of Italy 6-4, 6-7, 6-1.

The Israeli, seeded 17 in the competition will play world No. 9 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia late tonight for a place in the quarter-finals.

In the men’s doubles, Andy Ram and Michael Llodra are into the quarter finals after the Serbian duo of Viktor Troicki and Janko Tipsarevic withdrew from their second round match.


Winston named Team GB manager for EMG

By Danny Caro, March 16, 2010

Ben Winston will manage the Team GB Open football team at next year’s European Maccabi Games in Vienna.

Winston was assistant-manager to Jonathan Kestenbaum at last year’s Maccabiah Games, where the team took silver after losing to Argentina on penalties in the final.

Ben is the current assistant-manager at Wingate & Finchley. He was also part of the bronze-winning Open Football management team at the 2007 EMG in Rome.


Dudi Sela returns to form in Indian Wells

March 15, 2010

Dudi Sela returned to form with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 victory over 14th seed Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open Masters at Indian Wells.

The win set up a third round match against 18th seed Tommy Robredo of Argentina who the Israeli beat in the third round at Wimbledon last year.

In the first round in Indian Wells, Sela beat Jesse Levine 6-2, 6-2. This is easily Sela's best performance in 2010. The Israeli's slump in form prior to this week saw him slip down to 72 in the ATP rankings from a high of 29 last summer.