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Tony Adams to speak at Finchley star's testimonial

February 18, 2010

Football Wingate & Finchley defender Craig Ellis will be welcoming former Arsenal and England star Tony Adams to the Abrahams Stadium next month.

A star of last year's Maccabi Games, Ellis, who has been at the club for 13 years, is holding a testimonial dinner on March 7 and Adams will be guest speaker.

A club spokesman said: "Craig epitomises Wingate & Finchley. As a captain, a centre-half, the longest servant at the club and fanatical Arsenal fan, Tony Adams is the perfect guest of honour for this deserved tribute."


Roberto Donadoni set for Israel manager

By Simon Griver, February 18, 2010

Roberto Donadoni, the former Italy boss, is the frontrunner to take charge of Israel.

Donadoni, 46, who led Italy to the quarter-finals of Euro 96, has reportedly been offered a two-year contract worth €2 million with a €500,000 bonus if Israel reach the 2012 finals.

His most recent job was as manager of Napoli last season. As a player, he helped AC Milan win the Serie A five times and three Champions Leagues. He also played in two World Cups and was a losing finalist in 1994.


Maccabi Masters will face Glasgow after Lions win

February 18, 2010

Two goals from Nick Collins paved the way for the Maccabi Masters Select XI to beat London Maccabi Lions C and set up a clash against Glasgow Maccabi. Mark Wagman finished the job.

Masters boss Dan Collins praised an "excellent team performance against a very strong Lions side".

A hat-trick from Lloyd Becker steered Southgate Harmen A to an 8-4 win over Red Sea in the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup. Alex Bourne (2), Jonathan Hirshler, Grant Taylor and Alan Hart claimed the others.


The Maccabi Awards: In full

By Danny Caro, February 18, 2010

Maccabi GB have drawn up the list of nominees for their Sports Awards on March 14 in London.

Defending champion Joe Jacobson, who won the Senior award in 2008, has been shortlisted again, as has triathlete Lara Nyman, winner of the JC Junior accolade. Here are the others:


● Daniel Field, 21 (Blind cricket) Made his debut for England against Sri Lanka in 2006. In 2008 he achieved his highest score of 126 not out in Australia. Daniel holds the record for most England caps for a wicketkeeper, currently 21.


Kennet joins Hapoel Bnei Lod on loan

February 18, 2010

Josh Kennet has joined Hapoel Bnei Lod from Maccabi Herzliya on a six-month deal.

Mill Hill born Kennet, whose contract with fellow Liga Leumit club Herzliya was due to expire this summer, rejected offers from two other Israeli clubs.

Josh's father, Eilon, who manages London Maccabi Lions A, said: "Unfortunately Josh has not had the best of luck with injuries this past year and has not played as many games as he would have liked.

"There will be an option for both Josh and Lod to look at extending the deal at the end of the campaign."


Jody Scheckter's fear of Formula One

By James Martin, February 18, 2010


Ex-Formula One world champion Jody Scheckter says he reached top despite fearing the high risks of one of the world's most dangerous sports.

The South African born Scheckter said: "The risks, which were high, were never going to stop me trying to make a career in motor sport. However, I didn't miss putting myself in danger when I retired. I lived with the risks but didn't like them."

Scheckter, who moved to London as a 21-year-old, said: "I had achieved everything I wanted to do in the sport when I retired.


Peer reaches round 3 in Dubai

By Danny Caro, February 16, 2010

Shahar Peer is into the third round at the Dubai Open following an easy victory this morning over 24th seed Virginie Razzano.

Having beaten Yanina Wickmayer in round one, Peer, ranked 22 in the world, beat Razzano of France 6-2, 6-2 in just 64 minutes.

The Israeli is scheduled to face either Danish No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki or Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova tomorrow's.

She has also the second round of the ladies doubles where she partners Kazakhstan's Galina Voskoboeva.


Luger Rosen impresses at Winter Olympics

By Danny Caro, February 16, 2010

Team GB's AJ Rosen finished 16th in the men's singles luge at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Going into the fourth and final run in 15th, Rosen, 25, would have made history as the highest placed British slider in the luge in Olympics history. But he missed out after going round the course in 48.856 seconds. His 16th place finish equalled his performance at the Turin Olympics four years ago.

“There have been some ups and downs, but overall I'm really happy with my performance. “The times are so close between the sliders, it was just fractions of a second.”


Peer reaches round two in Dubai

By Danny Caro, February 15, 2010

Shahar Peer has reached round two of the Dubai Open after beating Belgian rival, Yanina Wickmayer.

Competing in the competition for the first time, Peer won 3-6, 6-2, 7-5.

Peer, seeeded 22, will meet the winner of the match up between France's Virginie Razzano and Tunisia's Salima Sfar.


Avram Grant charged by FA

By Danny Caro, February 12, 2010

Portsmouth manager Avram Grant has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association after squaring up to a referee during a Premier League match on Tuesday night.

Infuriated by several decisions by ref Kevin Friend, the Israeli stormed on to the pitch at half time in the match against Sunderland.

Grant saw his team denied two penalty claims and have a player sent off. He was forced to watch the second half from the stands.

He has until next Thursday to respond to the charge, which will be heard by 5 March.