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Team GB name 35-man squad for JCC Games

By Danny Caro, February 22, 2010

Following a successful trip to San Francisco last year, Maccabi GB has selected a 35-man squad that will travel to Denver for the 2010 JCC Maccabi Games in August.

Team GB has participated in the event for 16 consecutive years with more than 1,000 young people taking part in the largest event for Jewish teen athletes in the world.

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FC Team reach first London FA Cup Final

By JC Reporter, February 22, 2010

FC Team reached the final of the London FA Cup for the first time after beating AFC Mottingham.

In what manager Mitch Young described as the biggest match in the club’s history, Team were up against a the reigning Bromley & District League Premier champions. The south-east London outfit went into the game harbouring interests in five competition, amounting to a 26-match unbeaten run.

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Israeli ice dancers close to Olympic medal

By Danny Caro, February 22, 2010

Israel's ice dancing team at the Winter Olympics are in 10th place following the first two rounds of the figure skating in Vancouver.

Roman and Alexandra Zaretsky, who performed a tango on Friday night in which they gained a score of 34.38, performed ‘Hava Nagilla’ in last night's original dance, scoring 55 points.

They are 15 points off the medals, going into tonight’s final round, in which they will dance to music from Schindler's List for their free dance routine.

Americans Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto, who is Jewish, are in fourth place.

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Peer into Dubai semis

By Marcus Dysch, February 18, 2010

Shahar Peer has continued her sensational run at the Barclays Dubai Championships with a quarter final victory over China’s Li Na.

Leading 7-5 3-0, the Israeli advanced after Chinese player Na, world number 10, retired injured.

Peer, ranked 12 places lower than her opponent, has been making impressive progress in the tournament from which she was excluded last year when the UAE refused to grant her a visa.

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Lions Cup win amid linesman controversy

By James Martin, February 18, 2010

Referee Tony McEvoy defended his decision not to use linesmen during the first half of a controversial JC League Cup tie in which the Lions came from behind to win.

The official was clearly rattled after an incident-packed tie during which he awarded the hosts two disputable penalties and sent off RJC left back Sam McCarthy after the final whistle for foul and abusive language.

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Faithfold stun Raiders in Division One

February 18, 2010

Goals from Darren Gurner (2), Paul Chilton and Manny Ezekiel helped Division One basement battlers Faithfold shock title-chasing North London Raiders 4-1. Ashley Davidson netted a consolation.

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Maccabi Masters will face Glasgow after Lions win

February 18, 2010

Two goals from Nick Collins paved the way for the Maccabi Masters Select XI to beat London Maccabi Lions C and set up a clash against Glasgow Maccabi. Mark Wagman finished the job.

Masters boss Dan Collins praised an "excellent team performance against a very strong Lions side".

A hat-trick from Lloyd Becker steered Southgate Harmen A to an 8-4 win over Red Sea in the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup. Alex Bourne (2), Jonathan Hirshler, Grant Taylor and Alan Hart claimed the others.

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The Maccabi Awards: In full

By Danny Caro, February 18, 2010

Maccabi GB have drawn up the list of nominees for their Sports Awards on March 14 in London.

Defending champion Joe Jacobson, who won the Senior award in 2008, has been shortlisted again, as has triathlete Lara Nyman, winner of the JC Junior accolade. Here are the others:

Senior

● Daniel Field, 21 (Blind cricket) Made his debut for England against Sri Lanka in 2006. In 2008 he achieved his highest score of 126 not out in Australia. Daniel holds the record for most England caps for a wicketkeeper, currently 21.

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Kennet joins Hapoel Bnei Lod on loan

February 18, 2010

Josh Kennet has joined Hapoel Bnei Lod from Maccabi Herzliya on a six-month deal.

Mill Hill born Kennet, whose contract with fellow Liga Leumit club Herzliya was due to expire this summer, rejected offers from two other Israeli clubs.

Josh's father, Eilon, who manages London Maccabi Lions A, said: "Unfortunately Josh has not had the best of luck with injuries this past year and has not played as many games as he would have liked.

"There will be an option for both Josh and Lod to look at extending the deal at the end of the campaign."

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Jody Scheckter's fear of Formula One

By James Martin, February 18, 2010

FORUMULA ONE

Ex-Formula One world champion Jody Scheckter says he reached top despite fearing the high risks of one of the world's most dangerous sports.

The South African born Scheckter said: "The risks, which were high, were never going to stop me trying to make a career in motor sport. However, I didn't miss putting myself in danger when I retired. I lived with the risks but didn't like them."

Scheckter, who moved to London as a 21-year-old, said: "I had achieved everything I wanted to do in the sport when I retired.

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