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Yossi Benayoun breaks a rib

By Danny Caro, January 14, 2010

Liverpool’s Yossi Benayoun faces four weeks on the sidelines after breaking a rib in Wednesday’s FA Cup defeat against Reading, according to reports.

Benayoun, 29, spurned a golden opportunity to take the tie to penalties when he was thwarted in a one-on-one by Reading keeper Adam Federici in extra time. It is believed that he picked up the injury following a hefty challenge in the last minute.

The injury is the attacking midfielder’s second of the season. In November, Benayoun received the controversial placenta treatment to help cure a hamstring injury.

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De Ridder’s move to Hapoel on hold

By Danny Caro, January 14, 2010

Talks have stalled over a move that could see Wigan Athletic midfielder Daniel de Ridder join Hapoel Tel Aviv.

The 25-year-old right-sided midfielder has yet to play for Wigan this season and appears to be out of favour at the DW Stadium under manager Roberto Martinez.

He joined the Latics under former boss Steve Bruce in July 2008 and has made 18 appearances but has failed to feature under Martinez who replaced Bruce last summer.

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Ra’anana and Betar reach Toto final

By Danny Caro, January 14, 2010

Hapoel Ra’anana will face Betar Jerusalem in the final of Israel’s Toto Cup.

Ra’anana pulled off a major shock on Wednesday night, defeating league leaders Maccabi Haifa 3-2 at the Ramat Gan National Stadium.

They did it the hard way, coming from behind after Mohammad Ghadir had put last season’s league champions ahead. But a 45th minute penalty from Itai Tuef saw them go in level at the break.

Lior Rafaelov restored Haifa’s advantage on the hour but they held the lead for just two minutes as Ra’anana’s Davit Dighmelashvili equalised.

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Neasden cup hopes hang in the balance

By Danny Caro, January 14, 2010

North West Neasden A’s hopes of becoming the first Jewish team to win five trophies look destined for failure after it emerged that they are close to pulling out of at least one competition to ease their fixture backlog.

The Maccabi League giants are three matches away from earning a place in the final of the prestigious Sunday FA Cup at Anfield and more than £2,000 in prize money.

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Resurgent Peer aims for top 20

By Simon Griver, January 14, 2010

Shahar Peer sees the Australian Open as a stepping stone in her determined climb back to the top.

Ranked 30 in the world, Peer, 22, will be seeded in the Melbourne tournament which starts on Monday. This should prevent a repeat of last year’s first-round exit when unseeded, she was drawn against 11th seed Caroline Wozniacki.

“My target is to get back into the top 20 and a good run in Melbourne will help me do that,” said Peer. “I feel I am playing my best tennis ever at the moment.”

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Hapoel defender escaped Angolan terror attack

By Simon Griver, January 12, 2010

Emmanuel Mathias, Hapoel Petach Tikvah’s Togolese defender, escaped the Angolan terror attack due to a lucky twist of fate.

Mathias, 23, would have been on the team bus that was gunned down by terrorists - leaving three Togo officials dead and several others injured - last Friday, had it not been for a clerical mix-up.

Having made five appearances for Togo, Mathias was named in the squad for the African Nations Cup but he did not make the final squad because his Israeli club were notified after the deadline about his selection and refused to release him.

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Pacquiao fears boxing champion Foreman

January 11, 2010

Manny Pacquiao, the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, is running scared of fighting unbeaten, light-middleweight Yuri Foreman.

After a bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr was scrapped, Foreman, Israel’s first world champion, was suggested as the Filipino's next opponent by promoter Bob Arum.

But Pacquiao’s camp fear that Foreman’s five and a half inch height advantage would make him an awkward opponent.

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Proud Peer finally beaten

By Danny Caro, January 8, 2010

Shahar Peer’s run at the ASB Classic in Auckland finished at the semi-final stage where she was beaten by third seed Yanina Wickmayer.

In a competition marred by anti-Israel demonstrations, Peer, 22, bowed out 6-4 7-5 against Yanina Wickmayer from Belgium.

Following one of the tightest matches in the competition, Peer, who is preparing for the first grand slam of 2010, the Australian Open, broke her silence on the protestors who have disrupted her matches.

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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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