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Maccabi Tel Aviv sacks Avi Nimni

By Danny Caro, January 4, 2011

Maccabi Tel Aviv have parted company with manager Avi Nimni.

The decision follows yesterday’s 3-0 defeat against league leaders Maccabi Haifa that left them eight points off top spot in Ligat Ha’Al.

A statement on Maccabi website said: “The Ownership feels that the team’s performances to date have fallen short of the clear goals and expectations set out at the beginning of the year.”


Peer odds on for top 10 place

By Simon Griver, December 29, 2010

Shahar Peer begins the 2011 season at the Brisbane International tournament on Sunday, looking a great bet to move into the top ten during January.

Having climbed from 30 in the WTA rankings to a career high of 13, the 24-year-old Israeli is set to scale new heights. She will overtake Elena Dementieva (9), who has officially retired, and Serena Williams (4), who is out due to injury, in the next few weeks. Justine Henin (12), who is only 50 points ahead of Peer, has pulled out of Brisbane to play the Hotman Cup


The go-kart kid looking for a winning formula

By David Gold, December 29, 2010

When Avi Day took his son Alon to the Nachshonim go-kart track near Ashdod to celebrate his 10th birthday, he was barely tall enough to reach the pedals.

But young Alon raced with such skill that those who saw him asked if he had ever raced before, and were astonished to learn it was his very first time behind the wheel.


Darryl Lee: I won't rule out a comeback

By David Gold, December 29, 2010

Darryl Lee has indicated that he could make a comeback with the GB Maccabiah and European organising committee, having stepped down in July as a result of work commitments.

Lee, who is still involved in an unofficial capacity, said: "A return is possible. At the moment it would be quite difficult, but never say never. We will review it at the end of the games."

He insists that he made Maccabi GB more professional during his tenure through the use of nutritionists, masseurs and modern technology, but suggested: "It might be time for a younger person to come in and have their time.


Tal Ben Haim in West Ham loan extension talks

December 29, 2010

Avram Grant has revealed that West Ham are in talks to extend Tal Ben Haim's loan deal until May.

The Hammers boss does not expect the Israeli defender to be returning to Portsmouth when his loan deal expires on Saturday.

Grant said: "We very much want Tal to stay. We have a problem over his contract with Portsmouth but he is good for us, and if they agree, we want to loan him until the end of the season."


Maccabi leading the way

By Simon Griver, December 22, 2010

Maccabi Haifa ended the first round of 15 Ligat Ha'al matches two points clear of rivals Hapoel Tel Aviv at the top of the 16-team league. Haifa beat Maccabi Netanya 3-0 at Kiryat Eliezer with goals from Tomer Hemed, Eyal Meshumar and Vladimir Dabashvili.

Defending champions Hapoel Tel Aviv kept the pressure on Haifa with a 4-0 win over bottom team Hapoel Ramat Gan at Bloomfield with goals from Ben Sahar, Toto Tamuz, Douglas Da Silva and Shai Abutbul.


Nevo the pick of the bunch in Dubai

By Simon Griver, December 22, 2010

Gal Nevo posted the best performance by an Israeli at the World Short Course Swimming Championships in Dubai.

Nevo, 23, finished seventh in the 400 metres medley in a record 4:05.26. He went on to set a new Israeli record despite finishing 23rd in the 200 meters butterfly.

The competition saw Israel overcome diplomatic obstacles to compete successfully thanks to the intervention of IOC executive member Alex Gilady. However, although the Israeli flag flew in the UAE, there was disappointment during the opening ceremony when the MC announced Israel as I.S.R.


'We're top - but nothing has been won yet,' says Mancs boss Simons

December 22, 2010

It has been a case of so far, so good for Manchester Maccabi 3rd who go into 2011 six points clear at the top of the Joan Collins Premier Division.

Martin Simons' side have won nine out of nine as they look to win the title for the first time.

Despite their imperious form, Simons is refusing to make any predictions about his team's title hopes and is wary of the perils that injuries could pose to their challenge.


Garbacz: 'It's nice to end the year on top'

December 22, 2010

Premier division

David Garbacz, the manager of Hendon United Sports Club A, has warned against complacency as the Reds go into the new year three points clear of Redbridge Jewish Care A.

Although the last round of games was hit by a blanket postponement, Garbacz believes that the recent 2-1 win over Raiders can be used as a launch pad. He said: "This was a massive result that enabled us to go into the new year with a small cushion at the top."


Blumenshtein fit and ready for action

By Danny Caro, December 22, 2010

Gil Blumenshtein will be looking to make up for lost time when he rejoins the Inverness Caledonian Thistle squad for Sunday's Premier Division clash at home to St. Mirren.

Blumenshtein, 20, has made just three appearances in an injury-plagued season after joining from Hapoel Beer Sheva in July. Inverness lie fourth in the SPL table and Blumenshtein is keen to help maintain their European aspirations ahead of three games in nine matches over a busy festive period.