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Grant resigns from Portsmouth

By Danny Caro, May 21, 2010

Avram Grant has resigned as manager of Portsmouth, but is odds-on favourite to take charge at West Ham.

Grant, 55, announced his decision to leave the beaten FA Cup finalists in an open letter to fans on the club's website.

"This was one of the most difficult decisions I've had to take in my football career," said Grant who took over at Fratton Park last November.

Grant arrived as Portsmouth's director of football in October 2009 but replaced Paul Hart as manager the following month, with the club bottom of the league with just seven points from 13 games.

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Late strikes leave Faithfold broken-hearted

By Danny Caro, May 18, 2010

Late strikes from Mark Herman and Mark Wagman helped Brady Maccabi A clinch part one of a possible double after they overcame a resilient Faithfold in the Henry Swerner Cup final at Wingate & Finchley.

Herman broke the deadlock a minute from time with Wagman sealing the tie a minute into injury time.

Brady manager Daniel Collins said: “It was a very close game in the pouring rain. Faithfold played extremely well from the start. They didn’t let us play our normal style of football and it wasn’t until I moved a number of players around at half time did we get on top.

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London Lions win HSCL title

By Danny Caro, May 18, 2010

London Lions were crowned Herts County Premier League champions for the first time in the club’s history after beating Bovingdon 2-0.

Goals from Daniel Stanton and Dean Nyman completed a historical day for the club.

Going into the final game of the season in second place, Tony Gold’s troops knew that only a win would be enough to lift them above Wormley Rovers.

The visitors were focused from the off, and in an unstoppable mode as they took Bovingdon apart in the first 45 minutes.

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Lions clinch another Title

May 17, 2010

London Maccabi Lions Under 11s have won the Watford Friendly League White Division title.

Featuring the meanest defensive record in the League, conceding just 22 goals in 18 games including eight clean sheets, manager Darren Dryer commented that the boys success was down to “a never-say-die attitude" allied to having some very talented young footballers.

He said that the team “would now be concentrating on competing at the highest level in the Premier Division next season”.

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Lions Under 13 win cup at Wingate

May 17, 2010

London Maccabi Lions Under 13 produced a superb display to lift the Under 13’s Maccabi GB National Phil Spanjer Cup, with a 2-1 win over Manchester Maccabi securing a deserved season ending trophy

On an overcast cloudy May afternoon at Wingate and Finchley, the Lions kicked off and exerted much of the early pressure. Some neat passing exemplified the early Lions play and after six minutes from a great move started by Dom Feldman and Andy Gilbert, Dan Reuben fired home from close range to secure a lightening Lions lead.

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Oakhill Lions complete cup double

By Paul Rose, May 17, 2010

Oakhill Lions completed a cup double after beating Haroldeans in a five-goal thriller to lift the Feldman Cup at Boundary Park.

In a match pitting together the newly-crowned MJSL champions and the cup holders, the Oaks enjoyed the lionshare of possession with Haroldeans content to soak up pressure and play on the counter-attack in an enthralling contest.

The tone was set as early as the third minute when Oakhill’s Dan Cohen was presented with an early chance but scuffed his shot wide.

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Hapoel win Israeli League title

By Simon Griver and James Martin, May 17, 2010

Hapoel Tel Aviv completed a league and cup double after they were crowned Israeli Premier Division champions after a stoppage time strike from Eran Zahavi earned them a 2-1 win over Betar Jerusalem.

In the most thrilling climax to an Israeli season, Hapoel’s 10 men seal the title on goal difference from Maccabi Haifa who were denied by heroics from Bnei Yehuda keeper Ran Kadoch, formerly of Barnet. Maccabi led the table by two points going into the final round of matches but the could only draw as Hapoel clinched the title for the 13 time.

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Cricket round-up

By Danny Caro, May 17, 2010

The weather was the only winner in London yesterday as the community’s cricket teams were left frustrated by a mid-afternoon downpour.

Bad weather ruined what was shaping up to be a fantastic performance by MAL in a friendly. Skipper Gav Lebens opted to bowl, with uncertainty as to the weather later in the day. The Eastcote pitch was an absolute cracker, hard and true, and offering nothing to bowlers of any style. Yoav Lebens and Tony Wise opened the bowling but soon found that any slight error of line or length was punished.

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Neasden complete Jewish FA Cup treble

By James Martin, May 17, 2010

North West Neasden A joint-manager Jamie Cole hailed his side as “the best Maccabi league team ever” after winning the Peter Morrision Cup for the third year in a row thanks to a 3-1 win over Faithfold A.

A Jake Gottlieb free-kick and a double from Ben Eliis had the game sewn up in an hour. Cole said: " Our boys have really grown up over the last three seasons. To win a league or cup once can be done by many teams, but year-on-year success proves you are a great team. All of our side are good enough be in next summer’s European Maccabi Games squad.”

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Lord Triesman resigns as FA chairman

By Danny Caro, May 17, 2010

Lord Triesman has stood down as chairman of the Football Association as well as the England 2018 World Cup bid.

His hasty departure follows what he has described as "entrapment" by the Mail on Sunday.

Apprentice star and former Tottenham Hotspur chairman Lord Alan Sugar has voiced interest in replacing Lord Triesman as head of the FA.

Just hours after he presented the FA Cup to Chelsea captain John Terry, the newspaper said that Lord Triesman had suggested Spain could drop its 2018 bid if rival bidder Russia helped bribe referees at this summer's World Cup.

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