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Stone calls for calm at Barnet

By Danny Caro, January 6, 2011

First-team coach Michael Stone admits that he is facing the biggest challenge of his career with strugglers Barnet.

Stone, 32, has been retained by the club who sacked manager Mark Stimson following the 2-1 defeat at home to Aldershot on New Year's day.

The Bees lie bottom of the table with 19 points from 23 games and Stone will now work alongside caretaker-manager Paul Fairclough and continue
his role with individual player


Gold lays into his lame Lions

By Danny Caro, January 6, 2011

Tony Gold, the London Lions manager, is refusing to hit the panic button after his team started 2011 in disastrous fashion, going down 5-0 against Hoddesdon Town on Tuesday.

Gold's men started the match in sixth place in the South Midlands League Division One but they were left to rue a string of missed chances - and an inspired performance by home keeper Tom Bullock - against a Hoddesdon team playing its first competitive game since November 27.


Lennon: Kayal's my top boy

By Danny Caro, January 6, 2011

Neil Lennon, the Celtic manager, praised Israel midfield Biram Kayal following his match-winning display in his first Old firm derby.

The former Maccabi Haifa player had endured an injury-ravaged start to his career in Scotland since signing in July but produced a tigerish display in midfield in the 2-0 win over Rangers at Ibrox.

Lennon said: "He did exactly what we thought he was capable of. We brought him here because he is good at breaking the play up and strong in the tackle.


Tamir: I'll decide my next move

By Simon Griver, January 6, 2011

Tamir Cohen, the Bolton midfielder, was set to return to England yesterday after completing his compassionate leave following the death of his father, Avi.

Indications are that Cohen would like to carry on with the Trotters, although he has not ruled out a return to Israel.

He said: "I do not yet know what I will be doing. Within the next three weeks I will decide if I am staying in England or returning to Israel to be close to my mother, brother and sister."


Wasteful Lions put to the sword

By Danny Caro, January 5, 2011

London Lions started 2011 in disastrous fashion after suffering their heaviest defeat of the season.

They went down 5-0 at Hoddesdon Town but the scoreline in this South Midlands League Division One clash does not start to tell the story as the Lions bossed the game in terms of possession and chances.

The Lions started the match in sixth place but they were left to rue a string of missed chances and an inspired performance by home keeper Tom Bullock against a Hoddesdon team playing its first competitive game since November 27.


JC Olim League round-up

By Danny Caro, January 5, 2011

After a slow start to the season by last year's runners-up, Jerusalem roared back to life following their recent return to form with an impressive 6-1 demolition in Modi'in.

Debutant from Chile Javier Mendez’s first touch in the JC Olim League could not have been better. A pin-point pass found Eli Warner on the edge of the box and the former North West Neasden striker composed himself to slot home into the bottom corner.


JC MSFL Matchday 17 preview

By Danny Caro, January 4, 2011

After a two-week winter break, the JC MSFL resumes with some mouth-watering action in league and cup.


Brady Maccabi are one of the teams of the moment and I don’t expect Camden to cause them too many problems on Sunday in one of several cup ties held over from last year.

Josh Rosenfeld’s men have fired 23 goals in their last four games with Josh Hershman, Mark Smith and Steven Field bang in form. Field goes into the game in buoyant mood having bagged the JC Player of the Week award.


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.