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Gridiron stars show no sign of flagging

By Steven Jaffe, September 10, 2009

The Israeli American football teams take the field in Belfast this weekend, in an international tournament that will see the three top countries win through to the World championships in Canada in 2010.

Playing the non-contact version of the game, known as Flag football, the Israelis are serious contenders. The women’s side topped a major international tournament played outside Frankfort earlier this year.

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We can't hit a barn door: Hendon thrash Faithfold

By James Martin, September 10, 2009

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Hendon United A 3-0 Faithfold A

Faithfold’s Zuriel Solomon tore into his troops after a disastrous start to the season against a rampant Hendon team.

The player-manager blasted his wasteful strikers, as they were swept aside by last season’s League Cup winners.

Bemoaning his side’s lack of cutting edge, Solomon said: “It was disappointing up front. We couldn’t hit a barn door with the way we finished out there.”

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Revitalised Levenfiche leads way as champs fly out of the traps

By Danny Caro, September 10, 2009

Daniel Levenfiche, last season’s Player of the Year, started the season where he left off, scoring four second-half goals as defending champions North West Neasden A thumped Glenthorne United A 5-0. Danny Cohen claimed the other.

Premier Division new boys South Manx A beat London Maccabi Lions B 2-1 with strikes from Jamie Kent and captain Paul Babai.

Shock of the day came at Rowley Lane where efforts from Ben Kon, Chaim Gothold and Gav Noe earned Hendon B a 3-2 victory over Lions A.

Lions scored either side of half time but Hendon took the points.

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Avram is the man for Israel chief Luzon

By Simon Griver, September 10, 2009

Avram Grant, the former Chelsea manager, is the favourite to replace Dror Kashtan as head coach of the Israel national team, following the catastrophic home defeat to Latvia that realistically ended the team’s hopes of qualifying for World Cup finals.

Grant, 54, is the preferred choice of Avi Luzon, the Israel FA chairman, who made it clear that Kashtan will not continue for the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.

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Israel handed World Cup lifeline

By Danny Caro, September 10, 2009

Israel were handed a World Cup lifeline as a late goal from Moldova in Greece saw the group’s bottom team claim an unlikely draw, a result which keeps the group, and Israel’s hopes, alive.

Even after Israel’s 7-0 win over Luxembourg last night, it looked as though the writing was on the wall for Dror Kashtan’s men following Saturday disastrous home defeat against Latvia.

Now, Kashtan is looking for a football miracle next month. Israel finish with matches at home to Moldova on October 10 followed by a trip to Switzlerland four days later.

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World Cup: Israel thrash Luxembourg

By Danny Caro, September 9, 2009

A hat-trick from Elyaniv Barda steered Israel to a 7-0 win over Luxembourg in Wednesday night World Cup qualifier in Ramat Gan.

Beaten 1-0 at home by Latvia at the weekend, Dror Kashtan's men led 4-0 at the break, with Genk striker Barda helping himself to a first-half hat-trick.

Barda opened the scoring after nine minutes. Aviram Bruchian doubled the lead six minutes later before Barda made it 3-0 midway through the half.

The striker, who was recently linked with a move to the Premiership, completed his treble two minutes before the break.

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Southgate frustrated

September 9, 2009

Southgate & Belmont & Edgware 2nd played out a draw in the Maccabi Sunday League. Needing two to win off the last ball, Southgate’s sixth wicket pair scampered a single to leave the sides level on 215. Clive Hart (75) and Ashley Smokler (69) were the star men of the Southgate innings. Stephen Altmann-Richer (45), Warren Averbuch (37) and Harvey Samuels (37) impressed for BECC.

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Europe bowled over in maiden Israel win

September 9, 2009

Israel are the European Division Three champions after a dramatic last day in Spain when the hosts collapsed to defeat.

A Spain victory over Isle of Man at Sporting Alfas would have given them the championship but, after bowling out the IOM for 211, they were dismissed for 111.

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Maccabi Sunday League cricket round-up

By Danny Caro, September 9, 2009

Southgate & Belmont & Edgware 2nd played out a draw in the Maccabi Sunday League. Needing two to win off the last ball, Southgate’s sixth wicket pair scampered a single to leave the sides level on 215. Clive Hart (75) and Ashley Smokler (69) were the star men of the Southgate innings. Stephen Altmann-Richer (45), Warren Averbuch (37) and Harvey Samuels (37) impressed for BECC.

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Andy Ram into last four at US Open

By Danny Caro, September 9, 2009

Andy Ram and Max Mirnyi have reached the semi-finals of the men’s doubles at the US Open at Flushing Meadow.

The fifth seeds came from a set down to knock out second seeds Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic 6-7, 6-4, 6-0 in the quarter-finals.

The pair line up against thirds seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles in the last four.

Shahar Peer bowed out at the third round stage in the ladies singles. She went down 7-5, 6-1 against sixth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia.

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