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Silver lining for Israel

By Danny Caro, August 17, 2009

Israel were runners-up at the Game On quadrangular tournament at the 02.

They were beaten 85-69 by eventual winners Turkey in their opening fixture but improved as the competition wore on, beating Poland 86-72 and whipping boys Great Britain 79-69.

The competition was a warm-up for the forthcoming Eurobasket.


Israel opts for youth

August 13, 2009

Israel have dropped all-rounder Isaac Massil for the European Championships Division Three clash against Spain.

A stalwart of the national team, who won bronze at the Maccabiah Games last month, Massil has been omitted to give opportunities to younger players.

Captain and coached by Herschel Gutman, Israel have named their youngest-ever squad. All-rounder Gabi Schachat, player of the tournament at last year’s ECC Under 17 Championships, as well as Maccabiah starlet Nir Dokarker have been included in the senior squad for the first time.


King Casspi setting NBA targets high

By Danny Caro, August 13, 2009

Omri Casspi has explained why he is putting club before country after ruling himself out for Israel at next month’s Eurobasket competition.

Casspi, 21, recently became the first Israeli to join the NBA after signing a three-year contract with the Sacramento Kings, worth $3.5 million.

Ranked 23 in the draft, he hopes to put Israeli basketball on the map in America.


Play it again lads, says Gold

By Danny Caro, August 13, 2009

London Lions manager Tony Gold has challenged his troops to match last season’s runners-up finish in the Herts Senior County League Premier Division ahead of tomorrow’s opening fixture at home to Sandridge Rovers.

The Rowley Lane club achieved its best-ever finish but missed out on promotion through a technicality.

A top-two finish in the division puts clubs into a position to go up. But there are strict league regulations about grounds that include floodlights and a 100-seater stadium.


Cyclists hit new heights

August 13, 2009


Two North London cyclists successfully completed the 173km mountain stage of the recently concluded Tour de France — along with 9,500 cyclists from all over the world.

Property developer, Ashley Fulton, and solicitor Warren Phelops took part in the stage of the Tour that is open to serious amateurs. They finished it by climbing Mont Ventoux, colloquially known as the ‘Giant of Provence’.

The pair trained for several months, with 100-mile trips and hundreds of circuits over the Highgate hills.


'Yossi is the best ever,' says Avi Cohen

By Simon Griver, August 13, 2009

Exactly 30 years after becoming the first Israeli to play in England, a former Liverpool defender is looking forward with relish to the new Premier League season.

Today, Avi Cohen is the chairman of Israel’s Professional Footballers Association. He is tipping Liverpool to win the league title but admits he is biased by being an ardent Reds fan who wanting to see Yossi Benayoun crown his career with a trophy.

Cohen said: “I think Yossi has now become the most successful Israeli ever to play in England, or for that matter, anywhere in Europe.


GB strike gold again

August 13, 2009

Team GB won 22 medals at the JCC Games in San Francisco. The 19-strong delegation brought home 10 gold, eight silver and four bronze.

The Under 14 boys football team went through the competition unbeaten, defeating Mexico 2-1 in the final.

In table tennis, Daniel Cohen won two golds and a silver. Yoni Smith claimed gold, silver and bronze and Josh Dobias won gold and bronze.

In track and field, Zac Skry won gold, silver and bronze while Simon Zeffertt earned gold and three silver.


I’m bullish over Bulls, says Levy

August 13, 2009

Maccabi Haifa coach Elisha Levy believes his team has a strong chance of reaching the group stages of this season’s Champions League after being drawn against five-time Austrian league winners Red Bull Salzburg in the knockout round.

Having squeezed through the third qualifying round, courtesy of a 4-3 win over FC Aktobe, Haifa will have home advantage in the second leg.

“I think we have a good chance of advancing,” said Levy. “It’s an advantage to be playing the second leg at home. We will give our all to reach the group stage.”


Dudu keeps the faith

By Danny Caro, August 13, 2009

Dudu Awat believes that Israel must treat their four remaining World Cup qualifiers like cup finals to stand a chance of qualifying for next year’s competition in South Africa.

The keeper, in Belfast this week for Israel’s lacklustre 1-1 draw against Northern Ireland, admitted that there is no room for error if the team is to keep their hopes alive — while still depending on other results going their way.

“We have four games left and if we win them all we have a chance”, said Awat, 31. “We can do it. As long as we have a chance, we’ll keep fighting.”


Israel make their point in Belfast

By Danny Caro in Belfast, August 13, 2009

A first-half strike from Elyaniv Barda earned Israel a draw following an encouraging performance in an international friendly against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park.

Ahead of next month's World Cup qualifying double-header against Latvia and Luxembourg, Israel boss Dror Kashtan saw his squad performing for the first time in four months.

Going into the match, Israel had not beaten their opponents in six previous meetings.