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Ben Haim to miss Cup semi final

By Simon Griver, April 8, 2010

Tal Ben Haim is set for FA Cup heartbreak with injury likely to rule him out of Sunday's semi-final against Spurs at Wembley.

The Portsmouth defender spent Passover in Israel nursing a groin problem.

Ben Haim, 28, is struggling to recover from the injury which has plagued him since February, and with the possibility that he will not return to fitness this season, he might have played his last game in the Premier League.

Portsmouth's administrator Andrew Andronikou is eager to unload the Israeli international who earns £40,000 a week and is contracted to the club until August 2013.

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Red Sea parts company with MSFL

By Danny Caro, April 7, 2010

The JC MSFL has lost another team after first division Red Sea folded.

Following in the footsteps of Glenthorne United A, Bafana Bafana, AC Cricklewood, North West Neasden C and South Manx B, Red Sea withdrew after five years in the league which is now down to 49 teams.

Red Sea chairman Daniel Wynne said: “We have not been able to field a team for a few weeks now and have incurred a number of fines in the last two months, effectively bankrupting the club.

“We lost a lot of players to retirement through the start of this season and failed to recruit sufficient dedicated cover.

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Nakash cruises to win No. 23

By Mike Sinclair, April 7, 2010

Ran Nakash, the undefeated Israeli cruiserweight boxer, extended his 100 per cent record to 23 victories with a seventh round stoppage win over American Richard Srtewart at the Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia.

The victory over Nakash's 17th inside the distance.

Nakash, 31, is scheduled to fight again on April 29 at the Nokia Hall in his home city of Haifa, but no opponent has yet been named.

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Mancunia widen gap at top of MJSL Premier Division

April 1, 2010

Republic of Mancunia opened a six point lead at the top of the Manchester Jewish Soccer League's Joan Collins Premier Division after thumping Crumpsall 6-1.

Paul Basger (2), Yochai Zorno, Ben Blackston, Darren Loofe and Anthony Bloch completed their 10th win of the campaign against a Crumpsall side that have no wins from 13 games.

Goals from Mike Gastwirth (2), Simi Hibbert (2), Uri Steinberg (2) and Matt Jacobs earned Broughton Park a 7-1 win over Sporting JLGB. Danny Jacobs grabbed a consolation.

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Israel start Euro campaign against Malta

By Simon Griver, April 1, 2010

Israel will hope for a flying start to their Euro 2012 qualifiers at home to Malta in early September.

The fixture news comes on the heels of the appointment of manager Luis Fernandez as the successor to Dror Kashtan.

The easy looking opener will be followed by a much tougher fixture in Georgia on September 7.

There will be two crucial games the following month as Israel host Croatia before travelling to Greece a few days later.

"There are no easy games in football but it is vital we win our first two games," Fernandez said. "Then we can think about Croatia and Greece."

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Boxer Laura Saperstein returns

By Danny Caro, April 1, 2010

Having made a successful return to the British ring following a nine-month absence, Laura Saperstein has set her sights on the super featherweight world title.

Competing in her first six-round lightweight bout, Saperstein stopped Lana Cooper early on at York Hall in Bethnal Green after her opponent dislocated her shoulder throwing a punch that missed the former lawyer.

Saperstein cut a frustrated figure as she was keen to get more ring-time under her belt. "I had four weeks notice to get fit for the fight and was so annoyed with the way it finished.

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Richard Goodman struggles at U20 Championship

April 1, 2010

Richard Goodman found the going tough in the Under 20 World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Giving away up to three years on his competitors, the Maccabi GB Sports Personality of 2010 finished 74th in a race where the first 26 were from African nations.

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EDRS clinch Masters League 2 title

April 1, 2010

EDRS Stonegrove clinched the Maccabi Masters Division Two title after beating Brady Maccabi B 3-2.

Gary Rose put Brady ahead inside the opening 30 seconds and they doubled the lead in controversial fashion minutes later when Marc Herman took advantage of an EDRS goal-kick, which hit an overhead wire.

However, in an act of sportsmanship which exemplifies the spirit of Masters football, Brady captain Malcolm Hershman allowed EDRS striker Phil Silver to score unchallenged from the kick-off to restore their lead to a single goal. Tony Platman (2) secured the points for EDRS.

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Neasden reach Peter Morrison quarters

By Danny Caro, April 1, 2010

Peter Morrison Trophy holders North West Neasden A marched into the quarter-finals claiming an impressive 3-0 win at South Manchester Maccabi 1st with goals from Lee Cash, James Gershfield and Ben Ellis.

First half penalties from Daryl Phillips and Alex Levack took Faithfold A into the last eight as they bypassed a tricky test against Haroldeans in Liverpool. Josh Rubin netted for Merseysiders.

London Maccabi Lions A registered a perfect 10 against Camden Park with goals from David Dinkin (3), Mike Pearson (2), Yoav Lebens (2), Motti Colman, Josh Morris and Joel Ross.

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Pinner beat Harpenden

March 25, 2010

Will Pithers, Matt Lubel, Marc Shaw and Freddie Newman were among the scorers as Pinner JFC Under 18s thumped Harpenden Colts Eagles 6-1 in the Watford Friendly League Purple Division.

James Smyth was the hat-trick hero as Pinner Under 15s beat Cassiobury Rangers Spartans 3-2. Pinner were pegged back on two occasions but Smyth fired the winner three minutes from time.

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