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Omri Casspi: first victory in the NBA

By Simon Griver, November 5, 2009

Omri Casspi tasted victory for the first time in the NBA earlier this week as the Sacramento Kings beat Memphis Grizzlies 127-116 in extra time.

The rookie forward scored 15 points and was also complimented by Kings coach Paul Westphal for his strong defensive play.

The former Maccabi Tel Aviv player was not in the starting five but spent 30 minutes on the court and scored crucial points.

Last week Casspi, 21, became the first Israeli to play in the NBA, also scoring 15 points on the opening day of the season in the 102-89 defeat to Oklahoma.

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More Champions League heartbreak for Haifa

By Danny Caro, November 4, 2009

Maccabi Haifa suffered their fourth consecutive Champions League defeat on Tuesday night, going down 1-0 to Italian giants Juventus in Ramat Gan.

Teased and tormented by the Serie A outfit, Haifa’s European scoring drought continued as they failed to register for a fourth consecutive match.

Unlike the corresponding encounter a fortnight ago in Turin, Haifa failed to get a foothold in the game as Juve’s Brazilian playmaker Diego dictated the contest.

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Shahar Peer to face Bartoli in Bali

By Chris Burton, November 3, 2009

Shahar Peer will face Marion Bartoli, the world number 12, at the Tournament of Champions in Bali, Indonesia. The Israeli tennis star holds a 6-1 winning record against Bartoli, from France, with her last victory at Indian Wells in March.

"I have big chances. All of us have big chances here," said Peer, who was granted a visa into the tournament despite strong opposition from the Indonesian government.

She has been drawn into Group A, and will also play against Magdalena Rybarikova, the world number 46.

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Lions regain top spot in Herts League

By Danny Caro, November 3, 2009

London Lions returned to the top of the Herts County Premier Division courtesy of an outstanding team performance that earned them a 1-0 victory at Park Street Village.

What made the win even more special was that it was in Park Street’s back yard, where no previous Lions team had been successful.

Lions produced their finest performance of the season and deserved the points against tough opposition.

They defended with heroic determination, attacked with poise and precision and eventually came out victorious, courtesy of an own goal from an undependable cross from Dean Nyman.

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Lions to play Redbridge in League Cup

By Danny Caro, November 3, 2009

MSFL giants London Maccabi Lions A and Redbridge Jewish Care A will go head-to-head in the tie of the second round following the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup draw made in Edgware on Monday night.

The Lions will go into the tie with a psychological edge having beaten the East Londoners 3-1 in the league a fortnight ago.

Lions’ B team have also drawn top-flight opposition in the shape of Glenthorne United A. The teams recently drew 4-4 in the league.

Holders Hendon United A have been drawn away at Division Four high-flyers Real Life.

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Maccabi tumble out of the cup

By Danny Caro, November 2, 2009

Manchester Maccabi 1st bowed out of the Margaret Piggot Memorial Cup after going down 2-1 against RVP.

Constant overnight rain and a ferocious howling wind made for a not so welcoming arena as Maccabi entertained fellow premier division opponents in the main cup for the league.

With striker Luc Fracheboud having returned to his home country, manager Scott McGarvey brought in bright prospect, David Herman up front to partner Leor Sidle.

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Hawks record a perfect 10

By Danny Caro, November 2, 2009

Hendon Hawks A Under 10s secured a third consecutive victory, beating Redbridge Jewish Care by 10-2 in the MGBPFL clash.

The Hawks were quick out of the starting blocks with Matti Karp opening the scoring with a counter-attack. A Redbridge corner was whipped in only to be headed out to Matti Karp, who ran the length of the pitch to slot the ball into the back of the net.

The Hawks continued to dominate proceedings and within minutes the Hawks lead was extended by David Amor, who was on hand to poach home the re-bound after Josh Weiler's effort was parried.

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Peer granted Bali visa

By James Martin, November 2, 2009

Dr Ian Froman, the chairman of the Israel Tennis Association, said he was relieved to see an aversion "of a clash between sport and politics" after Shahar Peer was granted a visa into the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions, held in Bali, Indonesia.

Dr Froman said that the Indonesian government, which does not have diplomatic ties with Israel, decided to grant Peer a visa despite “some of its politicians saying she shouldn't be accepted”.

He said: “Despite strong opposition to the decision, the government didn't want to go head-to-head with the sport's governing bodies."

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Abrahams takes his place in running's hall of fame

October 29, 2009

Harold Abrahams, the most celebrated of all Anglo-Jewish athletes, has been inducted into the England Athletics Hall of Fame.

The 1924 Olympic 100 metres champion received a posthumous honour at an awards ceremony in Birmingham. Athletics writer and selection panel member Mel Watman spoke of Abrahams’ “massive and varied services to British and international athletics”.

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Grant hands England historic doubles win

October 29, 2009

Handball

Daniel Grant has helped England to their most successful world championships of all time.

Part of a 12-man squad competing in Portland, Oregon, Grant, 24, partnered Ady Lee to win the One Wall Big Ball doubles title.

The Rugby Fives pairing defeated the Eton Fives duo of Pete White and Pete Cohen to ensure England’s first piece of silverware from a World Handball Championship.

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