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Lezak gold

January 20, 2011

Olympic champion Jason Lezak started his preparations for this summer's World Championships in Shanghai by winning gold at the Austin Grand Prix.

Maccabiah gold medallist Lezak edged home ahead of national teammate Josh Schneider in the men's 50m free. Lezak won by just two one-hundredths for the win in 22.57. Schneider was second in 22.59.

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Joy for Jaffa

January 20, 2011

Strikes from Daniel Berkeley (2), Nir Madmon, Eyal Hoffman and Asaf Shapira and Nir Hacohen earned 10-man Jaffa a 6-0 victory over Modiin in the JC Olim League.

Rani Madmon was sent off and will miss the next match against Ashdod.

Next week's action sees title hopefuls England FC take on Raanana as well as a bottom-of-the-table clash between Netanya and Aviv City.

The eight-team league will soon be split into two divisions of four.

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Itay Shechter Premier League move off

By Simon Griver, January 20, 2011

Itay Shechter's dream of moving to the Premier League this month has been left in tatters. The Israeli striker was taken off with a dislocated shoulder just two minutes into Hapoel Tel Aviv's Ligat Ha'Al match against Hapoel Akko.

Shechter had only just returned to fitness after dislocating the same shoulder last month and will now require surgery which will keep him out for at least three months.

Last week, Italian Serie A side Chievo had an offer for Shechter turned down by Hapoel. The Israeli has also been linked with Celtic, Liverpool, Everton, Newcastle and Aston Villa.

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Cardiff in for defender Dekel Keinan

January 20, 2011

Dekel Keinan has agreed a two-and-a-half year deal with Cardiff City.

The Blackpool defender will earn £420,000-a-year, slightly higher than his earnings at Bloomfield Road, and receive a £100,000 bonus if Cardiff are promoted this season.

The Bluebirds currently lie third in the Championship, two points behind Swansea in the automatic promotion second place but with a game in hand.

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Jockey Sam Waley-Cohen is king for a day

By David Gold, January 20, 2011

Sam Waley-Cohen became the first amateur jockey to win a Grade One National Hunt race since Jim Wilson in 1981 when he rode his father Robert's horse Long Run to victory in the King George V Chase at Kempton on Saturday.

Kauto Star, ridden by AP McCoy, had been expected to break the record with a fifth successive triumph in the race, but Waley-Cohen swept to victory as Long Run outpaced the champion over the final circuit.

Waley-Cohen said that he had no plans to turn professional despite the triumph, preferring instead to concentrate on his dentistry business.

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Shahar Peer marches into round three in Melbourne

By Danny Caro, January 20, 2011

Shahar Peer, the 10th seed, stormed into the third round of the ladies singles at the Australian Open with another straight sets victory in Melbourne.

Ranked 12 in the world, Peer followed up her win over Mathilde Johansson with a 6-3, 6-2 success over Sorana Cirstea of Romania.

The Israeli believes that 2011 will be a big year. The 23-year-old has already reached two Grand Slam quarter-finals and is quickly becoming one of the most exciting players on the women's circuit.

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Peter Morrison Trophy last 16 draw

By Danny Caro, January 20, 2011

PETER MORRISON TROPHY LAST 16 DRAW

North London Raiders A vs Maccabi Masters

North London Raiders B vs Oakwood

Southgate Harmen A vs Montana Boca A

Oakhill Lions vs Redbridge A

London Maccabi Lions A vs Manchester Maccabi 1st

Faithfold vs North West Neasden B

Woodford Wanderers vs North West Neasden A

Haroldeans or Leeds Maccabi 1st vs Sporting JLGB

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JC MSFL Matchday 19 preview

By Danny Caro, January 19, 2011

Having smashed 12 in the Peter Morrison Trophy last Sunday, North West Neasden A will be on the goal trail again, this time in the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup. Danny Caro looks ahead to all the action.

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PETER MORRISON TROPHY LAST 16 DRAW

North London Raiders A vs Maccabi Masters
North London Raiders B vs Oakwood
FC Team B or Southgate Harmen A vs Montana Boca A
Oakhill Lions vs Redbridge A
London Maccabi Lions A vs Manchester Maccabi 1st
Faithfold vs North West Neasden B
Woodford Wanderers vs North West Neasden A

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JC Olim League Week 12 review

By Danny Caro, January 19, 2011

Jaffa recorded an emphatic 6-0 victory over Modiin in the JC Olim League.

A booking error at the Modiin home pitch meant that this game was played at a neutral venue in south Tel Aviv.

It was not long until the team from down the road in Jaffa took an early lead. Playing up front in place of his suspended brother, Daniel Berkeley tucked away his first of the night to put Jaffa ahead.

The following 20 minutes saw Modiin come back into the game and dominate possession without creating too many shooting opportunities.

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Manchester Maccabi 3rds make it 10 out of 10

By Danny Caro, January 18, 2011

Daniel Rubenstein (2), Harry Myers, Max Rose, Adam Stevens and an own goal helped Manchester Maccabi 3rds maintain their six-point advantage over the chasing pack as they thumped Westdene 2nd 6-2 in the MJSL.

Maccabi controlled proceedings throughout, but Westdene set themselves up defensively in the first half and were able to keep Maccabi largely at bay as a result.

The visitors were playing their first league game for over a month, and it showed as they displayed signs of rustiness in the final third.

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