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Accrington Stanley appoint woman chairman

By Danny Caro, September 24, 2009

Marcelle Lazarus, the new co-chairman at Accrington Stanley, is confident of helping the cash-strapped club stay in business.

Stanley was served with a winding up order in May for unpaid taxes. An outstanding £308,000 bill must be paid by November and Lazarus, 47, a mother of six from Whitfield, has been looking to develop the club brand with her contacts in the sport.

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Haifa beat Hapoel

By Danny Caro, September 22, 2009

Defending champions Maccabi Haifa maintained their 100 per cent record in this season’s Israeli Premier Division with a 2-1 win over Hapoel Tel Aviv at the Bloomfield Stadium.

First half strikes from captain Yaniv Katan and Eyal Golasa gave them the upper hand and although Itai Shechter pulled one back before haif time, the Greens went on to record their fourth league win of the campaign.

Haifa made a dream start with ex-West Ham player Katan putting them ahead from the penalty spot after Omri Canada handled in the area a minute into the contest.

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Peer wins in China

By Danny Caro, September 21, 2009

Shahar Peer has won the Guangzhou Open in China, her first WTA singles title in three years.

Seeded five, Peer, 22, beat first-time finalist Alberta Brianti of Italy 6-3, 6-4 in the final.

The victory marked a fourth career singles title for the Israeli on the tour.

“I’m very happy to win this title,” said Peer. “It’s really important to me.

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Israel outclassed in Davis Cup semi

By Danny Caro, September 20, 2009

Defending champions Spain outclassed Israel to reach their seventh Davis Cup final after claiming an unassailable 3-0 advantage to spare in Murcia.

With Israel lining up in its first-ever Davis Cup semi-final, and Spain in the last four for the fifth time in 10 years, the odds were stacked against the visitors continuing their fairytale run.

On Friday, David Ferrer comfortably defeated Harel Levy. The pair, who are separated by over 100 places in the men's rankings, were a mismatch, with the Spaniard dropping just eight games in a 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 win.

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Spain lead Israel in Davis Cup semi-final

By Danny Caro, September 18, 2009

Hot favourites Spain were leading 1-0 against Israel in the Davis Cup semi-final in Murcia.

The defending champions were given the perfect start when David Ferrer beat Harel Levy 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 in one hour and 53 minutes.

Levy came out playing a more aggressive game than usual, hitting through his backhand rather than relying on his trusted slice.

Ferrer took the opening set in just 25 minutes. Levy broke serve midway through the second set to lead 3-1. But he was unable to sustain it against a natural clay-courter, and Ferrer eventually ground him down.

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Hapoel Tel Aviv topple Celtic

By Danny Caro, September 18, 2009

Two goals in the last 15 minutes helped Hapoel Tel Aviv come from behind to humble Celtic in the opening Europa League Group C match at the Bloomfield Stadium on Thursday night.

The Scottish giants led at the break through Georgios Samaras but Nemanja Vučićević levelled after 75 minutes and supersub Maaran Lala struck the winner two minutes from time.

Hapoel coach Eli Gutman said: "We decided to take a risk at half-time and we started to pressure the Celtic defence. We played very well in the second half and I think we deserved to win this game."

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Champions held up by the Manx

September 17, 2009

Defending champions Brady Maccabi A were forced to settle for a point against South Mancunians with Laurence Beck (2) and Nick Collins on target in a 3-3 draw in Division One. Paul Herszaft, Mark Powell and Jon Cohen netted for Manx.

Title rivals London Maccabi Lions A and Glenthorne United A drew 1-1. Nick Baum’s strike was cancelled out by Jason Levy.

Trevor Tucker, debutant Henry Charles and Martin Schultz were on target as Brady B overcame Ashlodge 3-2 in Division Two. Geoff Green and Glen Hyams replied.

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MSFL: North West Neasen stop title rivals

By Danny Caro, September 17, 2009

North West Neasden A captain Jonny Ellis was proud of his team’s never-say-die attitude as the defending JC MSFL champions came from two goals down to claim a vital draw at title rivals Redbridge Jewish Care A at Redbridge FC.

The clash of the titans saw the hosts make a dream start with summer signing Mitch Lassman and Steve Summers put them in a strong position at the break.

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Cole: I'll rid the reps of fear factor

By Danny Caro, September 17, 2009

Jamie Cole has vowed to take the fear factor out of Jewish football after being appointed manager of the JC MSFL Rep team.

Filling the void left by former boss Jonathan Kestenbaum, the North West Neasden joint-manager hopes to become only the second man to lead the Maccabi League to victory in the London Inter-League Cup.

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Nadal injury boosts Israel’s cup chances

By Simon Griver, September 17, 2009

Israel’s hopes of reaching the Davis Cup final for the first time received a major boost after two of the world’s top 10 ranked players withdrew from the Spanish squad on the eve of the clash in Murcia.

Going into the last four tie, Australian Open champion Rafael Nadal (3) and Fernando Verdasco (10) pulled out with injury concerns for the defending champions.

With Croatia or the Czech Republic awaiting the winner, the Israelis will be looking to repeat their giant-killing feat against Russia in the quarter-final in July.

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