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Neasden fail in FA cup bid

By Danny Caro, February 1, 2010

North West Neasden A’s dreams of becoming the first Jewish team to win the Sunday FA Cup were quashed as they lost a 10-goal thriller against Sungate in Ilford.

Having lost in the LFA Sunday Challenge Cup last week, NWN let slip a 2-0 and 4-2 lead in a tie they finished nine men after Tony Keterman and Jake Gottlieb were sent off.

James Gershfield, Lee Cash, Danny Daggers and an own goal accounted for the NWN goals.

NWN joint-manager Jamie Cole said: “It felt like we played against 12 men as they had the referee firmly on their side.

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Eyal Golasa joins Lazio

By Simon Griver, February 1, 2010

Eyal Golasa has stunned Maccabi Haifa by signing a four and a half year contract with Italian giants Lazio.

The Israeli international has successfully undergone a medical and joined the Serie A outfit without Maccabi’s knowledge.

Golasa turned 18 in October and had not yet agreed a professional contract with the Israeli champions, though he did sign a five-year agreement with the club when he joined from youth team Betar Tobruk 18 months ago.

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Avram Grant: ‘I'm not resigning’

By Simon Griver, January 29, 2010

EXCLUSIVE: Avram Grant has moved to deny reports that he is about to quit Portsmouth over the imminent sale of Asmir Begovic and Younes Kaboul to Spurs. When contacted, he simply said: “I have not resigned.”

A source in Israel who is very close to the Portsmouth boss told the JC: “I spoke to Avram last night and he has no intention of resigning. He is certainly not angry.

“He understands that several players have to be sold but he is also bringing in three or four players before the transfer window closes.

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Team cheer

January 28, 2010

Richard Salmon and Laurence Judah were among the scorers as FC Team claimed victory in their first outing of 2010 with a 3-1 success over Kentish Town in the Middlesex County League Division One.

Salmon opened the scoring from a Jonny Breger corner. Town levelled before Team pressed on with Judah clinching the points with a penalty.

Manager Mitch Young said: “After eight weeks off, this was about getting three points, and we did that. However I was unhappy with the fitness of certain players, especially in midfield. This has to improve.”

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Israel wins ICC award

January 28, 2010

The Israel Cricket Assov ciation has won the Spirit of Cricket Award at the Pepsi ICC Development Programme Annual Awards.

The ICA’s Cross Border Cricket Programme has introduced cricket as a means of bringing together Jewish and Bedouin children in the Negev Desert to promote co-existence and tolerance amongst those caught up in the Israel-Arab conflict.

ICA chairman Stanley Perlman said: “We are so proud of our achievement. We want to show the world how Jewish and Bedouins get on through the medium of cricket. Be positive think positive and things will happen.”

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Goodman’s silver lining

January 28, 2010

Richard Goodman took silver in the Under 20 race at the Elgoibar International cross-country meeting in the Basque region of northern Spain.

The Maccabiah double gold medallist was narrowly out-sprinted by UK teammate Jonathan Hay in a thrilling finish. The pair had broken away from a field that included teams from Spain, France and Italy.

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Brady back at the summit

January 28, 2010

Brady Maccabi A returned to the top Maccabi Masters League Division One after thumping London Maccabi Lions A 8-0. Nick Collins (2), Jon Cohen (2), David Rose (2), Laurence Beck and Mark Wagman were the marksmen.

Ollie Olsen and Mark Powell earned South Manx a 2-2 draw against Faithfold. Goals from Mark Kingston (2) and Richard Fox helped EDRS Stonegrove maintain their Division two title charge with a 3-2 win over Glenthorne United B. Laurence Lambert and Adam Lennard replied.

Norstar beat Temple Fortune 3-1 with goals from Steve Feiger, David Coburn and Richard Kleiner.

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Joshua Newman trampoline win

January 28, 2010

Joshua Newman won the Under 13 Eastern Region Trampoline Grading Competition at Brentwood school sports centre.

A pupil at Clore Tikva, Newman, 11, performed a top score of 8.6 in the compulsory routine and equally impressive 8.3 in the voluntary routine.

He finished first by some distance with an impressive total of 46.2.

Newman (inset) was the only participant to pass the grade on the day. This will enable him to compete at a higher level in future.

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De Ridder injured in Hapoel Tel Aviv debut

By Simon Griver, January 28, 2010

Daniel De Ridder lasted just 16 minutes in his Hapoel Tel Aviv debut, a goalless draw against defending champions Maccabi Haifa on Monday.

Having joined on loan from Wigan last week, De Ridder came off the bench in the 66th minute at Kiryat Eliezer but had to be substituted eight minutes from time, needing five stitches after a clash of heads with Maccabi’s John Culma.

De Ridder expects to be fit for the weekend game against Maccabi Netanya.

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Roger Bruck takes gold in Indoor Pentathlon

January 28, 2010

Roger Bruck took gold in the British Masters Indoor Pentathlon Championships at Picketts Lock.

Competing in the first major Indoor Athletics meeting of the season, Bruck, representing the Southern Counties, came first in the seven-hour competition with a score of just under 3,000 points.

Following a reasonable start in the 60 metres hurdles, he put in a disappointing long jump, an event where he has won the British Masters title on three occasions. A much-improved performance in the shot put, was followed by a personal best in the high jump.

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