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Israel looks to diaspora to boost Olympic bid

By James Martin, December 10, 2009

Israel will select a maximum of five athletes for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, although the secretary-general of the Olympic Committee of Israel admits that there is “no hope” of the country gaining a medal.

The squad, which flies out to Canada in preparation for the games in early February, will include two figure skaters in the singles competition and a skier, whilst there could also be a involvement in the figure skating pairs if they make the qualification standard.

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Gershfield puts NWN in last 16

December 10, 2009

Four goals from Maccabiah star James Gershfield booked North West Neasden A’s place in the last 16 of the Sunday FA Cup as they beat Hammer 4-1.

With strikers Lee Cash and Daniel Levenfiche missing, Wingate & Finchley marksman Gershfield scored twice in each half to seal a third round meeting at home to Bungay Town on Sunday.

NWN joint-manager Daniel Fox said: “We are representing Jewish football and our proud of our achievement as the only Jewish team to get to the last 16 in the Sunday FA Cup this season.

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Salita: Gone in 76 seconds

By Danny Caro, December 10, 2009

Dmitriy Salita has vowed to bounce back from Saturday’s WBA light-welterweight title humbling against holder Amir Khan.

The Brooklyn-based fighter was blown away by a devastating flurry of punches from Khan who knocked him down three times in the first round. The first was a lightning left-right combination within 15 seconds of the opening bell. The fight, at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena, was stopped after just 76 seconds.

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Haifa go out of Champions League with a whimper

By Danny Caro, December 9, 2009

Maccabi Haifa’s Champions League campaign ended in humiliation as they were beaten 1-0 at home by Bordeaux on Tuesday. The defeat means that the Israeli champions lost all six matches and failed to score a single goal in Group A.

As per the corresponding fixture in France, Bordeaux won by a single goal with Jussie’s 13th minute proving decisive. The match was a dead rubber for the visitors who had already won the group.

The French side were so depleted that they were only able to name four players on the bench, compared to Haifa’s seven.

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John Gregory takes over at Maccabi Ahi Nazareth

By Danny Caro, December 8, 2009

John Gregory is the new manager of Israeli Premier Division side Maccabi Ahi Nazareth.

Gregory, the former boss of Aston Villa, QPR and Derby County, has not managed since leaving Loftus Road in 2007.

He takes over a Nazareth team who lie bottom of Ligat Ha’al, replacing Eli Mahfoud under whom Nazareth lost 9 out of 12 matches.

Gregory, 55 will be assisted by former Villa defender Najwan Grayeb. He has signed a deal until the end of the season.

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Maccabi champions MAL join Middlesex League

By Danny Caro, December 8, 2009

Maccabi champions MAL have pulled out of the Sunday League to join the Middlesex Sunday League.

They join London Maccabi Vale and Belmont & Edgware in the non-Jewish competition.

MAL's Mark Landau said: "The decision to leave the Maccabi League was not taken lightly, but was done with the intention of providing our members with the most competitive cricket that we can in order to continue our development.

Like LMV and BECC, they have agreed to keep supporting the Jewish game and will enter teams in the Maccabi T20, revamped Stuart Neils Cup and Indoor six-a-side tournament.

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Top two lose in Masters League

By Jeremy Silverstone, December 7, 2009

The race for the Maccabi Masters League Division One title was blown wide open after leaders Glenthorne United A and defending champions Brady Maccabi A were beaten.

Glenthorne were beaten 2-1 by title hopefuls North London Raiders, for whom Jonny Dubiner and Ashley Davidson were on target. Greg Morris replied.

Second-placed Brady failed to make up any ground as they were beaten by the same score by South Mancunians. Neil Kochane scored for Brady, but strikes from David Hyman and Paul Rodin secured the win for Mancs.

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Manchester Maccabi reach last eight of County Cup

December 7, 2009

Two goals by Leor Sidle steered Manchester Maccabi into the quarter-finals of the County Cup following a 2-1 win over Trafford FC.

After being dumped out of the Morrison trophy in their worst performance of the season followed by a one-goal defeat in the league, Maccabi produced a gritty performance to overcome a solid Trafford side from the Altrincham Premier division who had brought a healthy following.

Injury and unavailability led to a new pairing in central defence, but it looked fairly solid in the opening exchanges.

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Avram Grant saviours first Portsmouth win

By Danny Caro, December 7, 2009

Avram Grant breathed a sigh of relief after leading Portsmouth to their first victory since he took over as manager following the 2-0 Premier League home win over Burnley.

Beaten 4-0 by defending champions Manchester United last weekend and 4-2 by Aston Villa in the Carling Cup quarter-finals in midweek, the Israeli steered Portsmouth home in a relegation six-pointer with goals from Hermann Hreidarsson and Aruna Dindane temporarily lifting them off the foot of the table.

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Salita's dream over in 76 seconds

December 6, 2009

Dmitriy Salita’s WBA light-welterweight title challenge ended in 76 dramatic seconds in Newcastle as holder Amir Khan produced the most sensational performance of his career.

The 27-year-old was knocked down three times, the first by a lightning left-right combination within 15 seconds of the opening bell at the Metro Radio Arena.

A dazed Salita never recovered and was subjected to a further barrage that saw him collapse to one knee after a devastating left had sent him reeling across the ring.

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