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Benaim makes a splash in Israel

By Brian Sacks, October 1, 2009

Reut Benaim, 15, triumphed in the Israeli National Championships in Netanya, winning six golds and a silver, and an award for the best age-15 swimmer overall.

Her individual gold medals all came in age-15 events in her preferred stroke, the butterfly. She recorded winning times of 28.8s for 50m, 1:04.04 for 100m and 2:26 for 200m - the 50m time setting a ‘long course’ (50m pool) Swiss Cottage and Camden Club record. Benaim then switched strokes to come fifth in 28.6s in the age-15 50m freestyle.

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Chelsea flop Ben Sahar proves critics wrong in La Liga

October 1, 2009

Ben Sahar, the former Chelsea striker, has put his Premier League blues behind him after making a flying start for Espanyol in La Liga.

The Israeli opened his account in the 2-1 win over Malaga and spoke of his preference for the Spanish League.

“In England the game is fast but also very physical,” he said, “but I’m enjoying my football more in Spain where the game is more technical and based less on long balls. You also have much more space and that’s what I like.”

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Peer wins fifth tennis title

By Danny Caro, September 29, 2009

Shahar Peer won her second consecutive WTA title after beating Akgul Amanmuradova 6-3 6-4 in the Tashkent Open.

Peer’s fifth career title saw her complete back-to-back tournaments without dropping a set. The victory lifted her to 34 in the rankings.

“That’s a nice feeling. I’m happy I’m playing well,” said Peer, 22. “I had played Akgul four times before and knew her game fairly well, but I knew it would be difficult. I tried to play my best and not give her any chances. I'm happy my father was with me these last two weeks, because I won both tournaments.”

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Salita lined up for boxing champ Amir Khan

By Mike Sinclair, September 29, 2009

Dmitry Salita will get his long-awaited world title shot against Amir Khan if Britain's WBA light-welterweight champion gets his way.

Khan's promoter Frank Warren has been in talks with Jewish fighter Salita's management team about a December fight in Britain and the Bolton fighter said: "I'd like to fight him.

"He's the number one contender and I think he's the ideal fight for me at this moment in time."

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Brighton table title challenge

September 24, 2009

Lying second in the British League Division One, Brighton are looking to build on an excellent start that featured a hat-trick of victories.

The 7-1 success against Urban Progress, last year’s Division One champions, was the most eye-catching with their opponents featuring top Hungarians Gergely Urban and Tibor Kadar.

The Brighton team includes captain Dov Katz, the men’s Maccabiah medallist and England men’s No. 90, Jewish No. 1 Ashley Stokes, Eli Baraty and former England international Cris Sladden, ranked 49 in the country.

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London 2012: Which Jewish athletes are in the running?

September 24, 2009

As anticipation starts to build for the London Olympics, the world’s greatest showcase of track and field athletics, now seems a good time to review the state of health of UK Jewish athletics.

Last month’s Maccabiah Games provided a telling indicator. It showcased the talents of two bright prospects — Richard Goodman, 16, of Stanmore, who won two golds and a bronze in the junior middle-distance events, and Jennifer Simmons, 18, of Manchester, who won gold in the senior 400m hurdles and bronze in the 400m flat.

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Birmingham ladies take golfing crown

September 24, 2009

Davina Greenspan, Evelyn Berman, Gillian Morris and Faga Speker formed the winning team at the Society of Jewish Lady Golf Captains’ annual competition at Shirley Golf Club in Birmingham.

A winning total of 76 points held off the challenge of Hilary Abramson, Oriol Phillips, Helen Land and Janet Cohen, who finished runners-up following a countback on the back nine.

Following the action, the SJLGC held their AGM before inaugurating Mrs Ruth Langdorf, the former lady Captain of Abridge, as Captain of Captains for the 2009-10 season.

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Levy: All is not lost for Haifa

By Simon Griver, September 24, 2009

Maccabi Haifa manager Elisha Levy is confident his team can get their Champions League plans back on track when they travel to Bordeaux on Wednesday.

The Israeli champions will look to bounce back from the 3-0 defeat against Bayern Munich in their opening Champions League group match.

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Greenberg set for boxing comeback

By Danny Caro, September 24, 2009

Roman Greenberg, the British-based Israeli heavyweight, is set to return to the ring towards the end of the year. Greenberg, 27, has not fought since suffering his first loss, a second-round technical knockout against Cedric Boswell last August.

He has since relinquished the IBO Intercontinental title and, during the past 12 months, has gone under the knife to repair a long-standing hand injury.

Robert Waterman, Greenberg’s promoter, says that his fighter is scheduled to have a comeback fight in November or December.

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South Mancunians fold after one match

September 24, 2009

South Mancunians B have folded just one game into the MSFL new season. Beaten 6-1 by L’Equipe on the opening week, a player shortage left them with no option but to disband their Division Three team.

Chairman Simon Davidson said: “Now we plan to concentrate on our A team and the Masters. I think it’s a good place to be. I feel a bit let down and am obviously sorry to have to let teams down.”

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