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Nakash inflicts ‘Storm’ damage

By Mike Sinclair, July 16, 2009

Cruiserweight prospect Ran Nakash extended his winning run to 19 fights with a fourth-round stoppage over American William “The Storm” Bailey in New Jersey.

Bailey was undone by Nakash’s body punches, causing the referee to step in 1 minute 49 seconds into the round at the Prudential Centre in Newark.

It was the hard-hitting Haifa boxer’s 15th inside-the-distance victory since turning professional three years ago. He has moved up to No 28 in the WBC world rankings.

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Davis Cup heroes make history

By Simon Griver, July 16, 2009

Israel reached the Davis Cup semi-finals for the first time with a stunning 4-1 victory over Russia in Tel Aviv at the weekend.

The 10,800 capacity crowd at the Nokia Arena went wild as Israel raced into a decisive 3-0 lead over the first two days of the tie.

Israel’s chances were improved by the fact that Russia — the Davis Cup champions in 2002 and 2006 — were without their two top-ranked players through injury. But no one expected 210th-ranked Harel Levy to sweep aside Igor Andreev (24) in four sets in the opening rubber.

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Highs and lows for Team GB bowling

By Danny Caro, July 16, 2009

It was a day of mixed fortunes for Team GB in Wednesday morning’s first event of the competition, the singles.

On very difficult conditions, only one bowler averaged over 200 with Mexico’s Isi Eskenazi winning gold with a total pinfall of 1232 (205.33 av). Eskenazi went one better than his silver medal in the same event in 2005, when he bowled as a 16 year old. Since 2005, he has been Mexican amateur champion, and currently bowl’s for Wichita State University in the USA.

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Haifa hit Glentoran for six

By Danny Caro in Haifa, July 16, 2009

Five second half goals helped Israeli champions Maccabi Haifa take a giant step into the third qualifying round after they hit Glentoran for six at Kiryat Eliezer Stadium on Wednesday night.

With national coach Dror Kashtan and his assistant Moshe Sinai in the stands, Maccabi were somewhat lacklustre in a tepid first half.

The broke the deadlock close to half time when Lior Refaelov coolly side-footed home from 10 yards.

Haifa must have received a half time grilling as they came out for the second half all guns blazing.

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Exit door opening up for Team GB football

By Danny Caro, July 16, 2009

Team GB’s hopes of reaching the quarter-finals of the Open football competition are hanging by a thread following a sub-standard performance in a 2-1 defeat against France at Neve Shaanan in Haifa.

Having drawn 1-1 against Argentina in their opening fixture, Jonathan Kestenbaum’s men were poor from start to finish. In order to progress from the group, they must beat Brazil by a couple of goals and hope results go their way elsewhere.

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GB Open Futsal loss is 'nerves'

By Danny Caro in Ramat Gan, July 15, 2009

Team GB open futsal manager Keith Herman believes that nerves played a part in his team's demise as they failed to claim a win in any of their first three matches.

Wednesday's 6-2 defeat against an Israel team ranked in the world's top 30 was the final straw following a 3-3 draw against Spain followed by a 5-2 defeat against Australia.

Israel opened the scoring inside 10 seconds and despite having a player sinbinned for a headbutt on James Steele, they roared into a 6-0 lead. The result could have been even worse were in not for the brilliance of keeper Jared Cohen.

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Promising signs as great Scots go it alone

By Danny Caro in Ramat Gan, July 15, 2009

Taking part as Team Scotland for the first time, the 13-man delegation are in medal contention after week one of the Maccabiah Games.

In table tennis, Masters players Brian Wright, Jeremy Banks and Mark Georgevic started well, whitewashing opponents from Team GB and Canada. He was scheduled to play in the semi-finals on Thursday.

Zachary Cohen and Samuel Georgevic lost their first two matches in the junior event.

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Life's a beach for GB volleyball boys

By Danny Caro in Tel Aviv, July 15, 2009

Taking part in the open beach volleyball, GB’s youthful squad gave a good account of themselves on Gordon Beach, Tel Aviv on Day Four of the 18th Maccabiah Games.

Split into two teams, the GB boys were forced to compete in the open event after the junior competition was scrapped.

Up against men much older and taller, GB 1 and 2 found themselves up against. In team 1, Joe Davis and Joel Barnett took on athletes from Australia and France.

They were beaten 21-5, 21/12 by the Aussies and 21-11, 21-13 by the French.

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Lee wary ahead of SA crunch clash

By Danny Caro, July 15, 2009

The Over 35 Masters football team must beat South Africa in their final group game on Thursday to reach the last four.

Paul Linger scored a late winner as they beat USA 1-0 in their opener. This was followed by a goalless draw against Mexico.

Manager Darryl Lee said: “If we beat South Africa we’re out of the group but ideally we want to avoid Argentina in the semis. I have been surprised how defence teams have been against us. Mexico packed 10 men behind the ball.”

Victory against SA would set up a clash against Israel, Brasil or Argentina.

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Shooting star Swerner puts Vets into semis

By Danny Caro, July 15, 2009

A hat-trick from London Maccabi Lions striker Laurence Swerner helped Team GB’s Over 45 football ensure a medal match as they beat USA 3-0 in their final group game.

Swerner bagged a brace in the opening 3-0 win over Brazil. Defender Danny Schindler scored the other.

GB were beaten 2-0 by Israel in their second game.

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