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Solomon century helps Israel end losing streak

By Danny Caro, July 19, 2010

Israel bounced back from three consecutive defeats at the ICC Europe Division 2 Championships in Guernsey with a 30-run victory over Gibraltar.

Batting first, Israel's Eshkol Solomon became only the second Israeli to score an international century, playing a lone hand in guiding Israel to 200.

Earlier, Shailesh Bangerra (27) and Josh Evans (17) gave Israel a useful start, adding 44 for the first wicket, before a dramatic collapse left the Israeli innings in tatters at 102-7.

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Ben Haim set to join West Ham

By Danny Caro, July 19, 2010

West Ham manager Avram Grant has been reunited with Israeli defender Tal Ben Haim after agreeing to sign him from former club Portsmouth.

The Hammers agreed a deal with the cash-strapped club, relegated from the Premier League last season, after agreeing a compromise on Ben Haim's wages.

West Ham originally offered £30,000 a week, around £8,000 a week short of what the Ben Haim was earning at Portsmouth but they have improved their offer.

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Bnei Yehuda drawn to face Juventus

By Simon Griver, July 16, 2010

Bnei Yehuda have been drawn to face Juventus in the third qualifying round of the Europa League if the Israelis can overcome Shamrock Rovers in Tel Aviv next Thursday.

Managed by Dror Kashtan, the former Israel manager, Yehuda go into next week's tie deadlocked at 1-1. Omri Afek put the Israelis ahead in the 26th minute in Dublin last night but a stoppage time strike from Robert Bayly drew the Irish club level.

With the away goal advantage Yehuda will be confident of hosting the Italian giants on July 29 with the return in Italy on August 5.

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Best yet for Goodman

By Brian Sacks, July 15, 2010

Richard Goodman registered his most prestigious track title in winning the English Schools 3,000m in Birmingham.

The Maccabiah double gold medallist from Stanmore fought a duel with Shaftesbury training partner Niall Flemming.

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How little Mark and his pals aim to be a big hit in Denver

July 15, 2010

Maccabi GB's 44-srtrong squad is completing preparations ahead of a trip to Denver for the JCC Maccabi Games.

The delegation features 36 athletes and eight managers. There are high hopes for golfer Marc Brenner, 14, who is currently number two for his age in the county. Brenner is also the youngest junior vice-captain at Abridge Golf & Country Club. The Essex county squad member will become junior captain in October. The squad departs on July 29.

The delegation features 36 athletes and eight managers including Neil Taylor, the Manchester based athletics manager who was born in Belfast.

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Wall reaches new heights

July 15, 2010

2016 Olympics hopeful Francesca Wall enjoyed success in two recent events.

Competing at the Harrogate Hydro, Wall, aged nine, took gold in her age group and broke the record for the highest points score in the competition's 10-year history. The performance took her up to level three, the highest for her age group, and she is now two levels away from Olympic qualification.

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Hapoel joy

July 15, 2010

Hapoel Tel Aviv moved a step closer to the group stages of the Champions League after beating FK Zeljeznicar 5-0 in the second qualifying round first leg at Bloomfield Stadium. Ma’aran Lala (3), new signing Yossi Shivhon and an own goal put Hapoel in pole position ahead of Wednesday’s second leg in Sarajevo.

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All change at Oldham

By Danny Caro, July 15, 2010

Simon Corney has taken over as chairman of Oldham Athletic after Simon Blitz left the club, along with director Danny Gazal.

Blitz cited personal and economic pressures for ending his seven-year association with the Latics after reportedly running up an eight-figure loss in that time.

Blitz said: "I don't feel I'm able to give the supporters the contribution they are looking for in the future."

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Keinan set to be Blackpool's rock

By Simon Griver, July 15, 2010

Maccabi Haifa defender Dekel Keinan is set to clinch a dream move to the Premier League after agreeing a one-year deal with Blackpool.

Israeli international Keinan, 25 met Blackpool manager Ian Holloway last weekend before returning to Kibbutz Rosh Hanikra in northern Israel. He went back to Blackpool to undergo a medical before travelling with the team for their pre-season training camp in Ireland.

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Israel well beaten by Guernsey at Euro Championships

By Danny Caro, July 14, 2010

Israel lost its second consecutive match at the European Division 2 Cricket Championships, going down by eight wickets to hosts Guernsey.

Following yesterday’s three-run defeat against Norway, a poor batting display saw Israel dismissed for 86 after 35.2 overs at Port Soif.

Guernsey cruised home, finishing on 90-2 after 23 overs with Stuart Le Provost finishing unbeaten on 42.

Israel have a rest day on Thursday before games on consecutive days against France, Gibraltar and Germany.

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